Local nurse receives National Sages of Clinical Services Award

Colleen Walters, FNP-c, of Randolph was recently acknowledged for clinical excellence through the prestigious nationally recognized Sages of Clinical Service Award. Walters and her husband were invited to Minnetonka, Minn., for the induction ceremony. An additional celebration at Heritage Village for the Heritage Group’s Leader-ship Team, facility, staff, and family was held recently.

Walter’s is a nurse practitioner with Evercare providing clinical services to residents of Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility in Gerry. Evercare, a division of United Health Group, is one of the nation’s largest health care coordination programs for people who reside in skilled nursing facilities. Walters also serves as the clinical advisor to eight Evercare nurse practitioners through out the Chautauqua and Buffalo regions.

Walters is also extensively involved in her community through the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, American Cancer Associa-tion’s Relay for Life and the Kidney Foundation.

Addit-ionally, her family in response to her sister’s diagnosis of acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, three years ago established the Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye Founda-tion dedicated to promoting cancer awareness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Their mission is to help others in our community undergoing treatment for cancer and to raise funds in support of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Sages of Clinical Service Award acknowledges and publicly recognizes nursing professionals serving in a variety of roles throughout the United-Health Group Enterprise who personify the mission “Helping People Live Healthier Lives.”

SAGES serve as role models for other nursing professionals exuding pride in their profession and exemplifying the values of Integrity, Compassion, Balance, Relationships, Innovation, & Performance.

Walters is the only recipient of the award from the entire North East region of United Health group. Her site’s leadership/nursing colleagues and Heritage Village’s staff all participated in her nominating process.

Valerie Johnson, head of Heritage Village’s Social Work Department, said, “Colleen has a natural way about her that makes her very easy to talk to. She is honest and gentle which is why I feel so many families are grateful for Colleen. Colleen goes the extra mile and will do research for families or give them reading material to help prepare them with what their loved one may be dealing with. Families feel she is a true part of the team, not just someone checking on their loved one once in awhile. She is dedicated to the health and well-being of their family member. She is also a team player with staff. Her fellow staff members are also very respectful of Colleen because of the relationships she builds. She is helpful to other departments and goes out of her way to help others. This is who she is; this is not something she does. Evercare has been very successful in our building for many reasons. It is something we believe in, it is extremely helpful to the quality of care of our residents, and because of Colleen. She exemplifies our Core Values of Respect, Excellence, Acceptance, Compassion, and Honesty. Heritage Village, and our family members, are so fortunate to have Colleen as part of our team!”

Walters resides in Randolph with her husband Brandon and three young children: Connor, Colton, and Delaney.

She has been a member of The Nurse Practitioner Association Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Chapter since 2009.