SALIDA, Colo.- Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center named Buena Vista resident
Liz Krasnow, RN-CEFM, its TRAC STAR of the second quarter at a hospital
ceremony on July 25. TRAC STAR is an acronym for the core values that
guide HRRMC employee performance: teamwork, recognition, attitude, customer
service, safety, talent, accountability and respect.
Krasnow is a registered nurse in the Family Birthing Center who joined
HRRMC in 2009. She is certified in electronic fetal monitoring and teaches
a fetal-monitoring course to hospital staff. She has also organized a
nursery skills day for staff for the past two years and collected data
for the Safe Deliveries Project, a statewide initiative to improve newborn
outcomes in which HRRMC is participating.
"Liz gets many comments and cards from her patients," according
to the employee who nominated her for the award. She is also a team player,
who fills in for the department manager when she is gone and helped relieve
"a staffing crunch due to the resignation of a night nurse by volunteering
to give up her day shifts and do night shifts for a month to help get
through that time."
Krasnow was unable to attend the ceremony but as TRAC STAR of the quarter,
she receives a $200 gift check, a fleece jacket with the hospital's
TRAC logo, and a certificate to be professionally photographed. She was
also awarded a helicopter ride above Chaffee County, courtesy of REACH
Air Medical Services. A plaque with her photo will be displayed in the
Morasko also recognized the two other finalists for the quarterly award,
Laboratory tech Lillie Jones and Cardiopulmonary nurse Sue Miller, who
is also a certified health exercise specialist. Jones, a Salida resident,
"has worked in the HRRMC lab in almost every position available for
over 20 years," according to her nomination. "Lillie will often
come in on her days off to catch up on her duties as blood bank supervisor
and has done so throughout her career at HRRMC while holding other job
Miller, a Buena Vista resident who began working at HRRMC in 2013, has
"taken the cardiac rehab program to a new level," according
to her nomination. "Sue works well in group situations, works actively
to resolve conflict, and exhibits tact and consideration. She is the 'model'
for a positive attitude."
HRRMC employees can nominate any of their colleagues for the TRAC STAR
award. Members of the hospital's Communications Team review all nominations,
and then cast individual ballots to determine the three finalists and
the winner. All finalists are eligible to be named TRAC STAR of the Year.
Pictured: Salida hospital CEO Bob Morasko congratulates TRAC STAR finalist
Sue Miller. TRAC STAR winner Liz Krasnow (top portrait) and finalist Lillie
Jones (bottom portrait) were unable to attend the ceremony.