Local RN Promoted to Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator

Long time North Fork resident Kristen Townsend, RN was selected to be the new Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Coordinator at Delta County Memorial Hospital from a number of qualified applicants.

During her 14 years at DCMH she has worked in many areas of the hospital, adding to her excellent skills. In her most recent roles as an infusion nurse with Grand Mesa Oncology and Infusion Center, interventional radiology nursing and management of Grand Mesa Coumadin Clinic, Townsend's supervisors said she would be difficult to replace.

Townsend was raised in Hotchkiss and graduated from Hotchkiss High School. She is married and has four children. She received her LPN from Delta-Montrose Technical College and her RN from a satellite program through Trinidad State College. She is half way through her studies to earn a Bachelor's in Nursing (BSN).

Townsend commented that she is passionate about expanding and improving the cardiac and pulmonary center at DCMH. She is excited about working in an area of the hospital that focuses on the rehabilitation of people who have had MI's, cardiac surgical interventions and COPD. With a love for cardiac health, and being a patient advocate in her years as a nurse, the focus on health and wellness is a natural fit for her in this new position. Her goal is to establish a program that will provide optimal long term patient outcomes.

In addition to monitoring their recovery, Townsend will be teaching exercise and lifestyle changes to help patients regain a sense of control over their health issues.

Paula Raevsky, DCMH Rehabilitation Manager, commented "We are lucky to have recruited such a skilled professional. Kristen has a unique blend of enthusiasm, as well as medical knowledge and skill. She will be able to focus on enabling individuals with significant health challenges to return to their daily lives and routines with healthy habits of diet and exercise."