Jillian Emmons

Jillian Emmons, Trauma Nurse Coordinator at DCMH accepting Trauma Nurse Coordinator of the Year Award from WRETAC.

Special to the Delta County Independent

Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) announced recently that Jillian Emmons, Trauma Coordinator in the DCMH Emergency Department, received the Trauma Nurse Coordinator of the Year Award from the Western Regional EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (WRETAC).

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Western Region EMS and Trauma Advisory Council for being Trauma Nurse of the Year,” said Emmons. “I was surprised but I am also thankful to have worked alongside this council for the last two years. The Council and the Western Slope Trauma Collaborative have been a tremendous help in shaping me into the Trauma Nurse Coordinator that I am today.”

The WRETAC promotes emergency medical and trauma care for patients in the counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel in Western Colorado. Its mission is to promote, foster and support cooperative organization of emergency medical and trauma services in the region and state of Colorado.

“Jillian’s expertise has prompted quality care for the trauma patients DCMH serves,” said Merri Brennecke, manager for the DCMH Emergency Department. “She acts as a liaison for patients, families, physicians, and clinical staff. Jillian is a driving force in keeping DCMH a Level IV Trauma Center.”

Emmons’ role in the WRETAC includes participating in meetings and continuing the education and trainings necessary to provide exceptional care to trauma patients at DCMH. Emmons also plays an instrumental role in leading the annual Trauma Conference that DCMH has provided to local hospitals for the past 12 years.

“Jillian enhances the education and development of trauma services by actively participating in caring for trauma patients,” said Brennecke, “and her receiving this award is a true acknowledgement of her dedication to trauma services and high standards of patient care that we have at Delta Hospital.”

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