Randolph Woman Earns National Award

Colleen Walters of Randolph was recently acknowledged for clinical excellence through the prestigious, nationally recognized Sages of Clinical Service Award.

She and her husband were invited to Minnetonka, Minn., for the induction ceremony. An additional celebration at Heritage Village Rehab & Skilled Nursing in Gerry for Heritage Ministries’ Leadership Team, facility, staff and family was recently held.

Walters is a nurse practitioner with Evercare providing clinical services to residents of Heritage Village Rehab & Skilled Nursing. 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. She also serves as the clinical advisor to eight Evercare nurse practitioners throughout the Chautauqua and Buffalo regions.

Walters is extensively involved in her community through the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, American Cancer Association’s Relay for Life and the Kidney Foundation. Additionally, in response to her sister’s diagnosis of acute lymphocytic leukemia three years ago, her family established the Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye Foundation dedicated to promoting cancer awareness, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. The 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.” Sage Award Winners serve as role models for other nursing professionals exuding pride in their profession and exemplifying the values of integrity, compassion, balance, relationships, innovation and performance. Walters is the only recipient of the award from the entire northeast region of United Health group. Her site’s leadership and nursing colleagues as well as the Heritage Village staff all participated in her nominating process.

“Colleen has a natural way about her that makes her very easy to talk to,” said Valerie Johnson, Heritage Village director of social work. “She is honest and gentle which is why I feel so many families are grateful for Colleen. She goes the extra mile and will do research or give a family reading material to help prepare them for 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 a while. She is dedicated to their health and well-being.”

Johnson adds, “She is also a team player with other staff in our facility. Fellow staff members are also very respectful of Colleen because of the relationships she builds. She is helpful and goes out of her way to help others. 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 it is all because of Colleen. She exemplifies our organization’s 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.”

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