Last Thursday, PVMC’s Medical/Surgical/Telemetry Director Gentry Mansur walked into a quiet room ready for her standing meeting with Kurt and walked out with the honor of becoming a CHA Colorado Health Care Star, an award for making a difference in Colorado health care.
As the award nomination was shared, tears welled up in Gentry’s eyes. The nomination was written by VP of Operations Kurt Gensert and reads:
Gentry is quite simply the finest Registered Nurse that I’ve encountered in my 25 years in healthcare. She is unique amongst her peers in several ways. First and foremost, she exudes the kind of natural and authentic empathy that is so often, and ironically, lacking in many caregivers. She manages a busy inpatient unit that admits a broad variety of medical, surgical, trauma, and cardiac telemetry patients. She has engendered complete credibility with staff and physicians through her consistent engagement as a true “servant leader.” It’s not unusual to see her presenting a polished, professional report at a quality improvement meeting one hour, and then see her carrying a complete patient load alongside her staff the following hour in order to offset the patient churn effect of concurrent discharge and admission activity. She rounds on her staff and patients faithfully, acts quickly on follow-up items and implements action plans with expedience and urgency. Her passion and enthusiasm are persuasively contagious. She brings out the best in her staff, her patients, and her peers. She is an amazing person, nurse, and leader and epitomizes the often-touted but rarely exemplified notion of patient-centered care.
“CHA looks for the best of the best among nursing leaders, and Gentry received this award along with a $100 gift card in December,” explains CHA’s Kelly Bonthron. “They also get entered into a drawing for a scholarship to American Sentinel University to receive an advanced nursing degree.”
“It is difficult to express my whole hearted appreciation for the Colorado Health Care Star Award,” explained Gentry. “I would not be the leader and clinician I am without the many incredible people I have encountered in my career. I have been fortunate to have the guidance from mentors like Kurt Gensert who believed in my ability to lead despite my short tenure as a nurse and the culture at Platte Valley Medical Center that fostered my professional growth. I am surrounded by peers who share their strengths and knowledge that challenge me to be better and I could not be a successful leader without my amazing team who are truly the epitome of compassion and selflessness. I am so grateful for this recognition and for all who have played a role in my success.”