Lynne Evetts Nominated for 2021 Nightingale Award
(Pueblo, CO, August 30, 2021) – Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC) is pleased to announce that Lynne Evetts, RN, FNP, was nominated for the 2021 Nightingale Award. Presented by the Colorado Nurses Foundation, this award is Colorado’s highest nursing honor, and it recognizes nurses who advance their profession and positively impact their community in exceptional ways. PCHC CEO Donald Moore and CMO Dr. Claire Reed both advocated to the Nightingale Selection Committee for Evetts’ nomination.
Evetts received her BSN in 1992 and worked in many areas of care including oncology, home health and hospice in addition to hospital work. “Her personality is perfect for patients facing struggles with cancer or end of life issues. She is compassionate, empathetic, and provides amazing care,” stated Dr. Claire Reed, Chief Medical Officer at PCHC.
In 1996, Evetts obtained her MSN, FNP and was graduate student of the year, shortly after that she joined PCHC for 13 years part time as she worked at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center full time to pursue her passion serving patients facing serious illness. There, she developed a survivorship program, instilling hope and support for these patients and families. In 2017, PCHC asked Evetts to return full time to open a new clinic at Pueblo Community College. Evetts has a remarkable manner with students, providing care and educating them so they can make informed decisions about their health.
Evetts has been an informal leader of note at PCHC for years. She is one of two providers who are “superusers” for the EMR, troubleshooting daily issues, providing education to new provider staff, and offering ongoing updates as new EMR templates and utility are released. When PCHC's associate medical director announced his plan to retire, Evetts was selected to take over as quality director-managing peer view, QI projects, accreditation process, and the ongoing audits required to meet federal metrics.
“Lynne has been associated with PCHC for over 20 years meeting patients’ primary health care needs. She ably handles acute and complex clinical management issues, and patients trust her. I trust her, too,” stated Donald Moore, Chief Executive Officer at PCHC. Evetts was recognized at the virtual 2021 Annual Nightingale Nurse Recognition Awards on August 14, 2021.
Pueblo Community Health Center’s mission has been the same since 1983: To provide primary health care to those in need. In 2021, over 22,000 patients received care at a PCHC facility. To learn more about PCHC and its Foundation, please visit www.pueblochc.org and like or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.