Janel Webb, night supervisor and clinical educator at Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), was awarded a full-tuition scholarship for an online master's degree in nursing through American Sentinel University's Colorado Health Care Star Award program, announced American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), during an April CHA annual awards dinner recently.
Webb was recognized as a Colorado Health Care Star in August 2017. She was nominated by the chief clinical officer at the hospital for her efforts in developing a comprehensive clinical education program in addition to her duties as ICU manager. She is also the lead instructor for Delta County Memorial's Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support classes.
"Janel is one of many excellent nurses that serve the Delta County community," said chief nursing officer Jody Roeber, RN, MSN. "Not only is Janel an outstanding health care provider, she is passionate about her work. Janel stands out because she always goes above and beyond in everything she does. She is quick to see a need and fills it. We are honored to have Janel Webb as part of our team at DCMH."
The Colorado Health Care Star Award program runs April-March, acknowledging one Colorado nursing or other health care professional each month for his or her exceptional performance and delivery of health care. At the end-of-year banquet in April, the university, CHA and all 12 recipients of the award are recognized, and one name is drawn to receive a scholarship to be used toward any degree program offered by American Sentinel.
Webb plans to enroll in American Sentinel's MSN nurse practitioner program, which the university launched in March 2018. "This is an opportunity that I am overwhelmed and surprised by," says Webb, who holds a BSN from Pensacola Christian College. "I am thrilled to be able to further my health care career. One of the things I love the most about nursing is you can advance your education in many different specialties and avenues. I am so excited to start this next part of my career and education and to be able to bring the knowledge I gain back to my hospital and community."
Elaine Foster, American Sentinel's dean of nursing and health care programs, keynoted the event, speaking about the value of education and nurses progressing as health care leaders.
"When American Sentinel and CHA founded Colorado Health Care Stars, our goal was to honor some of the healthcare professionals in our great state who are committed to excellence in care and exemplify true leadership," says Dr. Foster. "Janel is very deserving of the award and the scholarship. She is compassionate and devoted to making Delta County Memorial a quality provider of care to the community that it serves and has gone above and beyond to educate staff there. We congratulate her and look forward to welcoming her into the MSN program."
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.