A Family Legacy: The Cochran Education Award at Lutheran

The Cochran family recently presented the annual Cochran Oncology Nursing Scholarship Award to Sabryna Silva, RN, at Lutheran Medical Center.

Silva, who has been at Lutheran for seven years, has already been advancing her education. She started as a Certified Nursing Assistant, now has her RN degree and is working on a BSN, with future plans at another advanced degree. She works in home hospice and palliative care at Lutheran Hospice.

Silva was nominated for “demonstrating the spirit and values of Lutheran Hospice in everything she does,” according to one comment in the nomination process. “She is gifted with compassion, insight and unconditional respect.”

The Cochran award has been given annually for 27 years in honor of John and Lois Cochran. Impressed by the level of care received by John and Lois at Lutheran, the Cochran family in 1990 funded an annual scholarship award for continuing education of an outstanding Lutheran cancer team member. The Lutheran Medical Center Foundation manages the Cochran Fund, which raises funds to support the oncology program at Lutheran.

The Cochran awardee is recognized for leading by example in improving the quality of care, and by showing extraordinary compassion to patients and families, as well as a commitment to professional and personal growth and teamwork in cancer care.

“I stand in awe of this nurse, whose compassion, insight and clinical skills are simply outstanding,” said a physician who nominated her.

The Cochran Award is prestigious among the Lutheran staff and its Cancer Centers of Colorado. Oncology nurses often see patients and families through a difficult journey, and the support and generosity toward staff shown by the Cochran family is an honor. Four generations of the family attended the presentation.

Dr. Cochran, who began his medical career in clinical and private practice in Denver, presents the award each year to honor his parents and provide ongoing support to the Lutheran cancer program. He retired last year as the executive director of the Permanente Federation at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Cochran volunteers his medical services in developing countries and is also a published author. He previously served as the president and executive medical director at Colorado Permanente Medical Group, PC.