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Amber Rushton honored as hospital TRAC STAR

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center named Amber Rushton of Salida its third-quarter TRAC STAR at a hospital ceremony on Oct. 30.4 people

TRAC STAR is an acronym for the core values that guide HRRMC employee performance: teamwork, recognition, attitude, customer service, safety, talent, accountability and respect. The TRAC STAR award recognizes outstanding employees and is presented quarterly.

Rushton is a registered medical assistant who works as a coordinator in HRRMC’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine Center. She was praised by her co-workers as “a natural ‘quiet’ leader” who “willingly goes ‘above and beyond’ and is not satisfied with ‘good enough.’ She demonstrates her compassion with each patient and takes responsibility for patients’ experiences with our practice…‘Customer first’ could be her motto.”

Rushton has also been repeatedly recognized as “Best Nurse/Best Medical Assistant” in the Best of Salida awards.

Hospital CEO Bob Morasko presented her with a $200 gift check, a fleece jacket with the hospital's TRAC logo, and a certificate to be professionally photographed. A plaque with her photo will be displayed in the hospital café.

Morasko also acknowledged the other two finalists for the quarterly award, Lori Kramer and Carol “CJ” Johnson, both of Salida.

Kramer, a scheduling coordinator in the Cardiopulmonary Department, was described as “the most positive person I have met” with a “whatever it takes attitude” by her nominator.

Johnson, a certified physician assistant in the Oncology Clinic, was recognized by her nominator as “an amazing physician assistant…Her knowledge and years of experience have been extremely beneficial to our department. We are lucky to have her.”

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 finalists and winner. All finalists are eligible to be named TRAC STAR of the Year.