Barb Jensen, RN, CHEP, serves as manager of the health system’s trauma services and Forensic Nurse Examiner team
Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth congratulates Barb Jensen, RN, CHEP, on her achievement as recipient of the Trauma Center Association of America’s (TCAA) Award of Distinction for Outstanding Leadership. The association’s award, which is new this year, recognizes a member of TCAA who has made a significant impact in the field of trauma through leadership, clinical achievement or advocacy.
Jensen has served as a key figure at EvergreenHealth for nearly two decades, most recently as manager of trauma services. Having practiced as a registered nurse for 39 years, Jensen is also an active advocate for survivors of physical and sexual assault, and she currently serves as a member of EvergreenHealth’s Forensic Nurse Examiner Team, as well.
Dr. Brad Younggren, EvergreenHealth’s medical director of emergency management, nominated Jensen for the award, describing her as innovative, collaborative and “absolutely irreplaceable.”
“I have never met another individual with the work ethic and dedication Barb exhibits on a daily basis,” Dr. Younggren said. “She is a passionate leader who leads by example and is never interested in the personal rewards associated with her work. Everything she does, she does to advance the health and well-being of those we serve, and I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”
Jensen has channeled her commitment, compassion and tireless advocacy into spearheading various initiatives to benefit the greater community. For example, she introduced EvergreenHealth’s Forensic Nurse Examiner Team to school districts throughout the Puget Sound region to encourage discussion, disclosure and counseling referrals.
Additionally, Jensen helped launch a geriatric chest trauma protocol for physicians and hospital staff and championed Stop the Bleed education courses in the region, which to date has provided training in life-saving bleeding control techniques to over 3,000 hospital and community participants. She also represents EvergreenHealth as a member of the Regional Trauma Council, where she is well respected for her ability to partner and develop resolutions to difficult issues. She is often called upon to advise groups on trauma-related topics throughout the state, as well.
Jensen was honored with her award on April 30, 2019, at TCAA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
As one of the 383 TCAA-member hospitals in the U.S., EvergreenHealth has access to TCAA’s individualized advice from experienced consultants in trauma center operations, finance and trauma systems. Through this partnership and the work of dedicated, passionate employees like Jensen, EvergreenHealth’s emergency department is designated as a Level III Trauma center by the Washington State Department of Health – demonstrating 24-hour immediate response to emergency situations and comprehensive quality assessments.
For more information about EvergreenHealth’s commitment to providing high-quality, safe and exceptional trauma care, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/level-iii-trauma-center.
About Trauma Center Association of America
The Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) is a 501(C)(6) non-profit trade association dedicated to securing the economic viability of trauma centers and systems across the country. The Association’s mission is to foster the development of a national system of trauma care so that access to excellent care for the seriously injured is assured. TCAA’s 370+ members receive education on best practices, advice on trauma finance and system development, access to the most comprehensive trauma database and linkages to other trauma centers and systems. Members include trauma centers in 43 states and 9 state/regional trauma agencies responsible for trauma system development and oversight.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 13 primary care practices, five urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond locations.
EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 293 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Learn more at www.evergreenhealth.com.
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