Kudos! – March 23, 2012

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CC history professor Anne Hyde wins Bancroft Prize

Anne Hyde, the William J. Hochman professor of history at Colorado College, has been awarded the prestigious Bancroft Prize for her book “Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860.” One of the most celebrated awards in its field, the Bancroft Prize is awarded annually by the trustees of Columbia University. Winners are judged in terms of the scope, significance, depth of research and richness of interpretation they present in the areas of American history and diplomacy. Hyde’s book, which Columbia University calls “a highly original history of the American West, “ was among the 175 books that were considered for the 2012 prize.

Colorado’s CIO named in top 100 IT leaders

Kristin Russell, Colorado’s State Chief Information Officer and Secretary of Technology, was selected as one of Computerworld’s 2012 Premier 100 IT Leaders. The award honors business and technology leaders from both private and public sectors for their exceptional technology leadership, innovative solutions to business challenges and effective management of IT strategies.

“In today’s business climate, IT executives must act quickly to recognize opportunities and create competitive advantage within their organizations,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “These 100 men and women have demonstrated an ability to make those clear-sighted decisions that help their IT organizations innovate and deliver business value. Whatever comes their way in 2012; these IT leaders have the skills, the savvy and the judgment to meet the challenge. We’re pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their achievements.”

Colorado humanities’ literacy program receives $240,260 grant

Colorado Humanities recently received a grant for its early childhood and family literacy program, Motheread/Fatheread Colorado, from the Social Innovation Fund, provided by a federal grant to Mile High United Way. The statewide Motheread/Fatheread Colorado will use the $240,260 grant for training educators in literacy curricula, partnering with community agencies and providing age-appropriate children’s literature. The program expects to serve about 25,000 preschool children.

Heiring named RE/MAX top agent two years running

Ann Heiring has been named RE/MAX Advantage’s “Top Individual Agent” for 2011. She also was the office “Top Individual Agent” for 2010. Heiring is a full-time Realtor, specializing in residential real estate in the Pikes Peak region.

Centura Health will be medical provider for USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Centura Health, a Colorado health care provider, will be the exclusive medical services provider for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge bicycle race, which takes place throughout the state Aug. 20-26. Centura Health will provide necessary medical services to the race staff and athletes, supporting the pro cyclists and their teams with medical services along the course, including the start and finish areas.

Leffler first woman to make lieutenant colonel in Colorado State Patrol

Maj. Brenda Leffler was promoted to lieutenant colonel this month and became the first female member of the Colorado State Patrol to achieve this rank since the CSP was created 76 years ago.

“Lt. Col. Leffler becomes an integral part of accomplishing our strategic plan, intelligence-led policing plans and other pressing challenges facing the patrol today,” said Col. James Wolfinbarger, CSP chief.

Penrose-St. Francis named Top 50 best hospitals

HealthGrades has named Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals.

To be recognized, hospitals must have risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5 percent in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at one of the top 50 hospitals have a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Penrose-St. Francis has been named by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals. It’s the only Colorado hospital to make the list.

HealthGrades found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of Penrose-St. Francis, more than 500,000 Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 2000 and 2010.

The finding was based on an analysis of more than 150 million Medicare patient records.

Girl Scouts receive grant

The Girl Scouts of Colorado received a $2,000 grant from the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation to support staff-led troops in underserved areas of Colorado Springs. The money will be used to mentor parents to take over leadership of the troops.