Outstanding Nurse of the Year
Awardee: Deb Fending, RN, AE-C

2012 Outstanding Patient Care Assistant Deborah Fending has worked at National Jewish Health for the past 27 years in multiple areas. She worked in pediatrics (when it was on the eighth floor), pediatric clinic, Lung Line® and the Toolkit Programs. She also has participated in the Community Outreach Program and trained staff in smoking cessation for Quit Line. Deborah is a certified asthma educator who presents locally and nationally.


Outstanding Patient Care Assistant
Awardee: Kelly Seeley

Kelly Seeley has worked at National Jewish Health for two years and has impacted patient care in that time. Colleagues have written, “Kelly is a huge asset to the PCU team. She is so good with the kids and their families. She is always willing to go above and beyond for each family to help make them comfortable and meet their needs." Kelly took on the huge responsibility of organizing all of our skin testing materials, ensuring patient safety in the process by creating a simple system to check expiration dates of the antigen vials and keeping the trays clean and organized. Kelly has certainly developed some expertise in her role since she has been at National Jewish Health. She stands out as a leader and her colleagues – including MDs, RNs, and PCAs – go to her often with questions. She is very approachable and always willing to share her knowledge.”