Local Nurse Recognized for Innovation

The Telluride Medical Center has announced Emily McGough, BSN, RN, CPN  will receive a Nightingale Luminary Award from the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, in the category of innovation.

According to the the awarding organization, this award provides  an opportunity to acknowledge nurses in our region whose hard work improves health through advocacy, innovation, and leadership.

McGough has worked at the Telluride Medical Center since 2015. In January she became the medical center’s first Certified Pediatric Nurse; she created Mtn Mama 101, a class offered to new parents quarterly, free of charge; coordinated the Cavity Free at Three program to train providers and support staff to administer fluoride varnish treatments and to educate parents on the importance of early dental care for children; created a staff wellness committee; serves on the Palliative Support Advisory Board; works with the HPV Intermountain West Vaccine Coalition; and organizes lunchtime exercise programs for employees.

McGough was nominated by Dr. Kent Gaylord, MD; Paula Scheidegger RN, BSN; and Kathryn Beck, RN, BSN.

“In my 25 years as a family practice physician, I have never met or worked with someone I could more highly recommend for this award,” said Dr. Gaylord.

Scheidegger, who oversees McGough as the Practice Care Manager, noted in her nomination letter that in addition to her other contributions, McGough has applied for funding for the medical center to participate in a HPV vaccination improvement program and worked on a team that won the Telluride Medical Center the rare designation as a nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home.

McGough has also worked as a home health and palliative nurse, supporting patients and families with end of life care — “always doing this with compassion, empathy and grace,” said Scheidegger.

“She truly cares for the whole community, the spectrum of patients from newborn to the elderly, but also her coworkers and friends. Emily has inspired all of our nurses including myself to be innovators and to give the best care to our community,” said Scheidegger.

McGough will move forward to represent the region at an upcoming Colorado Nightingale Luminary Award Gala.