Colorado Hospital Superhero Honorees

Colorado Hospital Association and American Sentinel University recognize the following exemplary employees from CHA member hospitals who have demonstrated courage, a strong moral code, a great sense of responsibility, fighting spirit and mental toughness to care for their patients and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful to these superheroes and all health care workers for their compassion and commitment to quality care. 

Superheroes of the Week


“Everything’s impossible until somebody does it.”


Complete List of Superheroes


Nolan TarkingtonChief Nursing OfficerAnimas Surgical Hospital
Kimberly MontejanoInfection Preventionist/Employee Health Nurse  Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center
Dr. Steven LoeckeChief Medical OfficerBanner Ft. Collins Medical Center
Teresa ColeDirector of Technical Services and Supply ChainBoulder Community Health
Jane Braaten, PhD, APRN, CNS, ANP, CPPS Director of Quality and Patient Safety OfficerCastle Rock Adventist Hospital
Dr. Sam DominguezAssociate Professor of PediatricsChildren’s Hospital Colorado
Dr. Thomas TobinChief Medical OfficerCommunity Hospital
Julie NegronSafety Officer and Emergency ManagerCraig Hospital
George Baier Plant Maintenance DirectorDelta County Memorial Hospital
Jesse ChavezDisease Intervention Clinical SpecialistDenver Health and Hospital Authority
Sally Roberts and Lab Staff Senior Lab ManagerEast Morgan County Hospital
Tabatha TomajkoPhysician’s Assistant, Trauma ServicesGood Samaritan Medical Center
Jessica MenuClinical CoordinatorGrand River Health
Benjamin TiceManager of Trauma Education and Outreach; Emergency PreparednessNorth Suburban Medical Center
Desirae WestphalDirector of Rehabilitation and Wellness ServicesHeart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center
James FosterDirector of HousekeepingLincoln Community Hospital
Cassandra YoungermanAssistant Nurse ManagerLittleton Adventist Hospital
Orji C. Okereke MBBS, MPH, CPH, CICInfection Prevention Program ManagerLongmont United Hospital
Wendy SparksChief Operating OfficerMcKee Medical Center
Joan Hillewaert, RNRegistered NurseMemorial Regional Health
Megan McBrayer, CICInfection Preventionist   Montrose Memorial Hospital
Megan McLaughlinCOVID NurseNational Jewish Health
Wendy SparksChief Operating OfficerNorth Colorado Medical Center
Dr. Angela MillsChief Medical OfficerNorth Colorado Medical Center
Craig WillefordLaboratory ManagerPagosa Springs Medical Center
April Krall BSN, RN, CCRNICU Relief Charge Nurse, Relief House SupervisorParker Adventist Hospital
Sara TappyRegistered NursePlatte Valley Medical Center
Brenda CordovaManager of Food and Nutrition ServicesPresbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Debra ShanahanPolysomnography TechnicianRose Medical Center
Matthew BrownRegistered Nurse, Respiratory InstituteSaint Joseph Hospital
Amy BlakesleePA-CSan Luis Valley Health
Jessica GarciaRN, Infection PreventionistSan Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center
Lori WightmanSenior Vice President, Chief Nursing OfficerSCL Health
Megan Nunnelly, RN, BSN, OCNClinical Manager IM/OncologySCL Health Lutheran Medical Center
Erin Minnerath,  MSPH, CICInfection Prevention ManagerSCL Health St. Mary’s Medical Center
Kathy GallegosRegistered Nurse, ICUSky Ridge Medical Center
Karma WilsonInformatics and Co-Infection Prevention SpecialistSoutheast Colorado Hospital District
Hsiang Wen SuRegistered NurseSpalding Rehabilitation Hospital
Mark IsaacManager Supply ChainSt Anthony Hospital, Lakewood Co
Dr. Lisa ZwerdlingerFamily Medicine ProviderRocky Mountain Family Practice/St. Vincent Health
Elizabeth Gardiner, RN, MSN, CENAssociate Director/Senior Nurse Manager – Emergency ServicesSterling Regional Medical Center
Sergio LujanCookSwedish Medical Center
Sharon Grundy, MDPhysician and San Miguel County Medical DirectorTelluride Regional Medical Center
Jacalyn DeHarteDirector of Cardiovascular Services and Progressive CareThe Medical Center of Aurora
Dr. Nathan Odom, MDMedical Director, UCHealth Rehabilitation UnitUCHealth Broomfield Hospital
Justin MynattManager of Central SupplyUCHealth Greeley Hospital
Candice KauffmanManager Sterile Processing DepartmentUCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital
Jeanine SnyderRegistered NurseUCHealth Longs Peak Hospital
Krista DixonRespiratory TherapistUCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies
Karen FlynnLaboratory ManagerUCHealth Memorial Hospital
Terry NunleyEMTUCHealth Pikes Peak Regional
Julie GriffinManager, Care ManagementUCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital
Eli NykampDirector of OperationsUCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center
Kathleen CombsRegistered NurseUniversity of Colorado Hospital
Kim FlynnSafety ManagerVail Health
Josh AndersonManager Safety, Security and Emergency ManagementValley View
Connie RichardsonRegistered NurseWeisbrod Memorial Hospital – Kiowa County Hospital District
Jennifer Kramer, BSN, RNChief Clinical Officer and Incident Commander for COVID-19 PandemicWray Community District Hospital

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