American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name Swedish Medical Center Nurse a Colorado Health Care Star

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Award Recognizes Laura Dechant as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference

American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association named Laura Dechant, a nurse with Swedish Medical Center, as a Colorado Health Care Star Award winner. This award recognizes Dechant as an exceptional health care professional.

Colorado Health Care Stars is a statewide health care professional award recognition program sponsored by American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association. The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge industry professionals in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care.

Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HCA’s HealthONE, is an acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, caring for more than 200,000 patients annually. It is an eight-time winner of the NRC Health Consumer Choice Award.

Laura Dechant exemplifies the care received by patients at Swedish Medical Center from the more than 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,400 physicians. Dechant serves as the Director of Orthopedics.

According to Brian Thomas, Vice President, Orthopedics at Swedish Medical Center, Dechant “has dedicated her life to not only improving the lives of her patients, but more importantly, helping to develop the next generation of nurses. You would be hard pressed to find an individual that is as committed as Laura to building an army of extraordinary nurses with the skills and compassion needed to care for our future patients. Laura is building a legacy that will go on to impact millions of lives through her efforts to build the next generation of great nurses.”

Thomas adds how Dechant has earned the respect of her almost 50-person team through her dedication and support: “Laura is in early and stays late - not because it is required of her position, but rather, because she is committed to her team and her staff and wants to be sure they have the support they need to be the best nurses in our hospital.”

“Committed health care professionals like Laura have an immense positive impact on Colorado healthcare and inspiring future generations of nurses,” says Michael Rickart, Vice President of Partner Engagement for American Sentinel University. He adds that “we are honored to recognize her as a Colorado Health Care Star.”

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Each month the Colorado Hospital Association draws from the pool of nominees and chooses an individual who will be featured the following month on the Colorado Hospital Association Career Center website, receive a $100 Visa gift card courtesy of American Sentinel University and be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a monetary scholarship toward an accredited health care certificate or degree at American Sentinel University.

Learn more about American Sentinel University’s online degree programs at or call 866.922.5696.

About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare, M.S. Information Systems Management, and M.S. Business Intelligence and Analytics). Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,

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About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. The Colorado Hospital Association partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.

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