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This Year's Outstanding Healthcare Award Nominees

This Year's Outstanding Healthcare Award Nominees

It’s your last chance to get tickets to the Black Cat Ball, which takes place Friday, September 20 at CAM-PLEX Energy Hall. Tickets are $125 per person. Contact Nachelle at 307.688.6235 or email Below are this year’s Outstanding Healthcare Award Nominees, along with a description about them. Enjoy!

Alice Bratton, Retired Nurse and Healthcare Volunteer
Alice began her career by being one of the first individuals to graduate with a Master’s of Nursing in 1960. Alice was appointed as a nursing faculty at Gillette Campus School of Nursing in 1986. Since her retirement in 1995 she has continued to contribute to the growth and development of Gillette College by serving as Chair of the Nursing Advisory Committee, member of the College Advisory Board and member of the Campus Master Planning Committee. Alice also served on the Children’s Developmental Services of Campbell County (CDS-CC) Board for 12 years. Her advocacy for health issues for young children was invaluable. When Alice first began her partnership with CDS-CC in the 1990’s, she developed a program for future nurses to participate in a “hands on” class at CDS-CC to experience child development. Alice has advocated and lobbied for nursing and healthcare issues throughout her career and life.

Vicki Wood, Sports Screening Volunteer
Vicki began what is now the Sports Screening program when her kids were in junior football and the cost of 2 doctor visits was not cheap. This year marks the 21st year that Vicki has been a crucial part of the success of the Sports Screening program, a partnership with Campbell County Health, Campbell County Healthcare Foundation, Campbell County School District and local physicians. She does the bookkeeping, purchases supplies and works with the training dept. to select the scholarship recipients. Sports Screenings has provided scholarships to two students a year for the past 20 years, and given funds to purchase equipment for Junior Football, CCHS, SVJH, TSJH and Wright Jr. Sr. HS. Her children are grown now and she’s no longer involved in Junior Football. Vicki has been the backbone, rarely missing a screening date. Vicki has never sought any recognition for herself and has always supported the goal of making participation in sports accessible to any and all children.

Dr. Nathan Simpson, Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Nathan Simpson is an extremely generous, knowledgeable and skilled orthopedic spine surgeon in the community. Dr. Simpson is always willing to answer questions and is always helpful and respectful to the nurses. There are many times when Dr. Simpson is not on call, but is willing to come in on holidays and weekends to perform a 5 hour emergency spine surgery so the patient to could remain in our community and not be transferred somewhere else. Dr. Simpson has been the sole sponsor for the Nurses Day 5K race for the last four years. He supports many local and national foundations and charities. Dr. Simpson also developed a surgical instrument to be used in spine surgery and even got a patent on it. He is very skilled and huge supporter of the community.

Jessica Salvatore-Perez, State Coordinator, Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Jessica is known as the “go-to” person in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and palliative care and state policy endeavors. She oversaw the creation of Wyoming’s first childhood cancer camp, Camp Courage. It is Jessica’s compassion and empathy for the children of Wyoming diagnosed with this terrible illness that drove her to make her dream of a free childhood cancer camp into the continuing reality that is Camp Courage today. After two years of engaging volunteers, working with Oncologists and Hematologists, developing a program, designing fundraisers, engaging corporate sponsors and recruiting specialists, the summer of 2012 Camp Courage welcomed 10 families where they received support, oncology counseling and offers relaxing and fun entertainment for the child and their families. Ten more families attended in August of this year. Camp Courage was well beyond her usual job requirements and could only be a success from her time, dedication and passion.

Dr. Roger Jordan, Optometrist, Gillette Optometric Clinic
Dr. Roger Jordan has worked in Gillette for the past 32 years and has been instrumental in providing Gillette and surrounding areas with the up most professional eye care. Dr. Jordan has served as the President of the Wyoming Optometric Association, President of the Wyoming Board of Examiners, is currently the Chairman of the Federal Regulation Committee for Optometry in Washington DC. Not only is Dr. Jordan a professional leader, he has spent countless hours to philanthropy. He was one of the founding members of Gillette Energy Rotary (noon club), served on the Gillette Jaycees, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Dr. Robert Barrelman, Dentist, Powder River Dental
Dr. Robert Barrelman demonstrates long-standing commitment and generosity to Gillette and Campbell County every day. Dr. Barrelman cares for his patients through his high quality dental work. He has gone above and beyond his dental education. He has served on several community boards such as the Campbell County Public Health and Gillette Rotary for over 20 years. He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a heavy supporter of United Way.

Jonni Belden, Administrator, Pioneer Manor
Jonni has took 23 years of nursing and combined it with her newly obtained Nursing Home Administrator’s license accomplishment and began to revive the community of Pioneer Manor. In her short time as Pioneer Manor administrator, Jonni implemented an annual memorial service to remember residents who’ve passed within the previous year, she spearheaded an annual caregivers conference and played an intricate role in the admission, dismissal process. Her leadership and quality of care has improved the lives of the residents immensely. Jonni has a natural ability to live, speak and encourage a candid culture, this new culture is refreshing and has been an irreplaceable tool with building her team at Pioneer Manor.

Peter Edis, Executive Director, Behavioral Health Services – Campbell County Health
Peter is dedicated professional development. In the past year he has achieved fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, was recently elected President Elect to the Wyoming Association of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Centers, honoring his commitment to bettering access to mental health treatment. Peter is also involved in the Council of Community Services, Campbell County Juvenile Drug Court & Juvenile Services Partnership, Campbell County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Campbell County Substance Abuse Advisory Council and Gillette Rotary. His most recent community contribution has been his work with the Campbell County School District to plan, build, obtain funding and implement at school based health care clinic.

Dr. Brooke England, Clinical Psychiatrist
Dr. England exhibits exemplary skills and leadership when it comes to training and improving services to the community. Dr. England has improved many relationships with other community service agencies such as Department of Family Services, State and Federal Probation & Parole, County Attorney’s Office, Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department in order to provide the best services to people in need. She has been known to come in on her day off to provide consultation. All of her contributions have resulted in increased morale and camaraderie within the department.

Todd Gentzler, Physical Therapist, North Platte Physical Therapy
Todd Gentzler has practiced physical therapy for the last 19 years, owning his own business for the last 13 years. Todd shows great leadership and motivates others to be the best. Todd supports fundraisers for MS, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as presents safety to coal mines and ergonomic in-services for local offices. Todd leads internships to students and takes on Campbell County School District mentor students. Todd is currently studying to become an orthopedic certified specialist. Todd is a true definition of leadership, dedication and community involvement.

Peggy Gray, volunteer, Campbell County Health
Peggy has been volunteering to the well-being of our community for the last 15 years. She gives much of her time assisting in the Professional Development, Infection Prevention and Employee Health Department of Campbell County Health, regularly visiting residents at Pioneer Manor and as a retired nurse uses her skills to offer respite care to several members of our community. She prepares meals, provides personal care and transportation to give caregivers a much needed break. Peggy consistently demonstrates her compassion for others in the community and her commitment to CCMH.

Julie Shock, Respiratory Therapist, Campbell County Health
Julie Shock has worked in her profession for over 30 years. In addition to being an asset in her department, Julie has been actively involved in Pilots for Christ for the last seven years and has served on their board for the last four. Pilots for Christ is a volunteer, non-profit that provides free air transportation for people in need. Julie is also a Master Gardener and active in Gillette Women of Faith and New Life Wesleyan Church.

Veronica Taylor, Director Infection Prevention, Campbell County Health
Veronica Taylor is a recognized leader in healthcare issues in Wyoming. She has served Wyoming citizens and Wyoming nurses as President of the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (2 terms) and President of the Wyoming Nurses Association. She is also a member of the Center for American Nurses and currently a board member of the Wyoming Center for Nursing and Healthcare and Gillette College Board. Veronica is also known for providing valuable information to state and federal legislators. In addition, to her career, Veronica has been a 4H and wrestling mom. She has also been on the Hospice of CCMH Advisory Board and served as the liaison to the Campbell County Healthcare Foundation. Veronica also supports Black Cat Ball, Festival of Trees, March of Dimes and the Close to Home Hospice Hospitality House.

Rachel Wilde, Personal Trainer, CCMH Wellness Department
Rachel Wilde is an inspiration to the community; she is a leader and shows true compassion for others. Rachel is a motivator that not only will challenge her co-workers and clients on a daily basis, but also challenges herself. Rachel is making her town better by providing preventative maintenance for her clients.

Occupational Therapy Department, Campbell County Health
Patient testimony… Recently I was injured in a significant accident that required long term occupational therapy. The therapists of this department did an outstanding job taking care of me, giving me hope , encouragement, listened, laughed and even cried with me. While in the midst of my rehabilitation, a co-worker of theirs was in a horrific car accident. I saw firsthand how this department coped and came together to support their fellow OT and friend. In addition to their difficult time, this team began fundraisers to help with their coworker with the enormous financial burden while away receiving major medical attention. This department volunteered their time to host a benefit run/walk as well as an benefit auction that same evening. They are amazing at putting into practice what they so eloquently teach to their patients – HOPE.

Gillette Optometric Clinic
All of the doctors and staff at Gillette Optometric Clinic are dedicated to the health and well-being of their patients. They are leaders in customer service and patient care with the largest optometric clinic in the state of Wyoming. Gillette Optometric Clinic not only provides the best customer services, but is also a leader in optometric state of the art technology. GOC also instills compassion and dedication to all their patients. “I had the privilege of working at GOC on my school breaks and would always hear from patients what a great facility, what caring doctors and the committed staff. It was the true definition of a TEAM.”

Razor City Cancer Run Committee, Chad & Chris Nannemann
Ten years ago, Chad and Chris’s mother succumbed to cancer. They soon learned that cancer is not only a hardship emotionally, but could be financially devastating as well. A Cancer Run was soon started to assist families with healthcare expenses related to cancer. The first year they only raised a few hundred dollars, but with true dedication and a major time commitment, the 2013 event brought in $38,000. It isn’t just funding that makes this group so special. They work tirelessly year round searching for sponsorship, donations and raffles. They do not get paid for this job; they are strictly volunteers trying to make a difference in people’s lives. The Razor City Cancer Run Committee is very deserving , showing dedication and community spirit.