Each year, the Grand County Rural Health Network honors modern-day healthcare pioneers who truly impact the health and lives of individuals and our community. These are individuals in the health field, professionally or as a volunteer, who have made significant contributions to our community.
According to Executive Director, Jen Fanning, “Seven excellent nominations were submitted in 2019, all of whom truly deserve an award for their contributions.” The Grand County Rural Health Network Board of Directors ultimately chose not one, but two award recipients this year. The 2019 recipients of the Award for Excellence in Healthcare Service are Katie Hornbaker, CRNA, and, Sue Johnson, MSW, LSW.
Katie Hornbaker is a board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA) who has worked at Middle Park Health (MPH) since 2014. Katie is the sole anesthesia provider for the facility and is responsible for all patients having surgery at MPH. She is highly specialized in opioid-free anesthesia and is one of only a few hundred in the nation (out of approximately 100,000 anesthesia providers) that provide this service. She uses a multi-modal approach to treat each patient’s specific needs and individualized care. Katie and the surgical team at MPH have been instrumental in the growth of the services now available, including total joint replacements and ‘emergency room to surgery’ cases.
Katie is also very active in her community. She volunteers at the Pregnancy Resource Connection by providing ultrasounds to expecting mothers. She is involved in her church with the focus of welcoming and including new families. Katie shares her love for volleyball by helping to coach and mentor student volleyball players through the county. She can typically be found out on the slopes or trails with her husband and two daughters and stays active and healthy through her Cross Fit gym.
Sue Johnson is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and is originally from the Detroit Metro area. Sue graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. In the summer of 2001, she was a VIP (Volunteer in the Park) for Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand County. Sue moved to Grand County permanently in 2002 and worked for Winter Park Resort, advancing to the role of Maintenance and Engineering Supervisor. In 2008, she became a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional in Operations and Maintenance. She served as a Founding Board Member of the Grand Resource & Recycle Coalition and filed their 501(c)3 as their first Treasurer to advance recycling opportunities in Grand County. In 2011, she became the Route Manager for Waste Management. Sue began her graduate program with the University of Denver in fall of 2015 to pursue her Master’s in Social Work and graduated in May 2017. She completed her internship with the Grand County Rural Health Network during her graduate program and has recently joined their board. During her internship, she helped develop the Behavioral Health Navigator Program.
Sue currently works as one of the two Behavioral Health Navigators and an Emergency Clinician at Mind Springs Health for Grand County. As Rachel Scott, Nurse Practitioner at Middle Park Health, wrote, “Sue is a strong leader and a great team player… As we continue to tackle the mental health needs in our community, we need more people like Sue Johnson leading the challenge.” Sue lives in Hot Sulphur Springs with her husband and two daughters and enjoys gardening, long hikes in the mountains, cross country skiing, roller skating at the Y, hunting, fishing, and camping with her family. And, being a vocal advocate for the community! You can also find Sue volunteering at numerous activities in the schools, Hot Sulphur and other community events.
Congratulations, Katie and Sue! They will be honored at Grand County Rural Health Network’s 7th annual Bulls, Boots, and BBQ fundraiser on August 15, 2019 at B Lazy 2 Ranch in Fraser. All are welcome to join the celebration. Tickets are available at gcruralhealth.com/Bulls,BootsBBQ or, at Winter Park Optical.
Past award recipients include: Heather Bentler, RN and John Nichols, MD in 2018; Wade Walker, RPh in 2017; Val Lind, RN in 2016; Hannah Foley, NP and Ray Jennings in 2015; Mary Jo Hargadine, RN in 2014; and Therese McElroy, RN in 2013.