Q2 Monarch Awards!

It’s official!  Here is a run down of our Q2 Monarch Award winners!

These winners were chosen because they exemplify the traits that M-O-N-A-R-C-H stands for. A Monarch is someone who Motivates, is Organized, Nurtures others, has the ability to Analyze critical situations and Restore normal operations, and Care for and Heal others.

The MONARCH nominees at Good Samaritan have so much energy, dedication and passion for what they do, and their teamwork and excellence is appreciated throughout their departments.

Please recognize the following nominees and our winner for their exemplary work:


Chris Singer – Respiratory Therapy The winner for our 2nd Quarter MONARCH AWARD!!!!



Mary Watson – Cancer Center Lab



Joe Gayatao – Physical Therapy



Rob Brouer – Chaplain



Paula Ellis – Behavioral Health



Lindsey Body – Tech Critical Care 1



Cassandra Bernal – C.N.A. Outpatient



Annabelle Boucher – EVS Aide



Heidi Marquard – C.N.A. Outpatient



Casey Ireland – C.N.A. Surgical Acute



Cassie Blatzer



Robert Ratliff – Facilities



Mike Lueck – Sky Cafe

Come Paint with Us!

Come Paint with Us!

Lutheran has been chosen as the only Colorado site to honor cancer patients and survivors through PaintFest America, Stars of Hope tour. Join survivors, staff and the community on Friday, July 29, to paint murals and a panel that will represent Colorado in New York City on Aug. 23.

You can register at lutheranmedicalcenter.org or by calling Cancer Services at 303-403-3608. Or you can just come down and paint! Weather permitting, the event will be held on the Lutheran patio outside Door 2. There will be tents, decorations and entertainment. It’s a painting party!

The Foundation for Hospital Art is hosting PaintFest America, a 50-day event (July 5th—Aug. 23rd) in order to reach the families, patients, and staff of cancer facilities in each state through artwork. In Colorado, the PaintFest America event will be held in partnership with Lutheran Medical Center.

Multiple murals will be supplied by the Foundation for Hospital Art at each PaintFest America stop. The murals feature different designs and offer a paint-by-numbers type approach. No artistic talent is necessary to participate.

Anyone can pre-register to participate, but cancer patients and survivors are especially encouraged to assist with painting murals. There will be 24 colorful panels to paint, creating four large murals to hang at Lutheran and other SCL Health facilities in the Denver area.

Additionally, cancer patients currently in treatment will partner with cancer survivors and oncology staff to paint a unique state specific panel which will include both the state bird and flower. That piece will be added to the 50-state mural “Stars of Hope” to be assembled in New York on the final day of the tour. The individual state panels will be returned to each participating hospital after the unveiling event on August 23.

Denver-area cancer survivors, patients, staff and families will paint 18 colorful panels for three large murals to hang in the hospital.

Notable attendees at the event will include:

  • Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay
  • Miss Colorado, Shannon Patilla, who as an accomplished vocalist will perform for participants
  • Scott Feight, Executive Director, Foundation for Hospital Art
  • Cancer Centers of Colorado at Lutheran administrators
  • Patients and Survivors
  • Lutheran staff, physicians and volunteers

Click here for the flyer!

Message from Grant – July 25

Heartwarming and Honoring – 

Every year – for the past 27 years – Dr. Jack Cochran and his family have come to Lutheran to support and honor one cancer team nurse as part of the family’s legacy and in memory of John and Lois Cochran.

For the first time, I was free to participate in this wonderful celebration of life and compassion. The Cochran family pays tribute each year to the parents of Jack, Judy and Marsha. Both parents were cared for here at Lutheran at the end of their lives years ago, and the family continues to fund an annual scholarship award through the LMC Foundation that supports a cancer team member in continuing education.

This year, the recipient of this generous and prestigious gift was Sabryna Silva, RN, a nurse in our hospice and palliative care program. She began her career at Lutheran seven years ago as a CNA and now has her RN degree, palliative care certification and she is nearly done with her BSN. Next up will be a master’s program.

Silva received high praise for her work with hospice patients on the night shift, a time that as Dr. Shannon Ryan says, is “the most difficult time for many of our patients. Fear, confusion and pain emerge forcefully, especially in advanced stage cancer patients.” Silva is there to comfort patients and families and ease the process for everyone.

The award was well-deserved, and I was honored to be a part of the event. Four generations of the family – 19 in all – attended the presentation. On a sad note, the Cochran siblings lost their sister Marcia recently. She was well-remembered and well-loved by all the family that attended the ceremony.

While Silva received the award, several other outstanding team members were nominated, including:

  • Brenda Dalton, RN, Infusion Center
  • Anette Ehry-Ventura, Financial Counselor, Infusion Center
  • Mary Ortleb, RN, Internal Medicine/Oncology
  • Justin Regan, RN, Radiation Oncology
  • Laurie Ann Turner, RN, Breast Care Center

Oncology patient care is some of the most difficult and also most meaningful care our hospital gives. I take great pride in the fact that our patients are cared for with such compassion. Thank you to the team for all you do every day.

Have a great week,