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Liz Krasnow Honored as Hospital TRAC STAR

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.Salida hospital CEO Bob Morasko congratulates TRAC STAR finalist Sue Miller.

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 hospital café.

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 titles."

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.