Local Trauma Coordinator Tapped for Statewide Position

Feb 12th @ 8:57 am in News, People, Public Service by Scott Staley

Misty Sakala - Trauma Nurse Coordinator -ED

Misty Sakala, RN, Delta County Memorial Hospital’s (DCMH) Trauma Nurse Coordinator in the Emergency Department was recently appointed to serve as a member of the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Designation Review Committee (DRG).  Sakala will represent the trauma III-V nurse coordinator on the state-wide DRG Committee.

The Colorado Designation Review Committee’s purpose is to improve the emergency care and trauma system statewide.  Sakala will contribute by providing advice and suggestions as a member of the DRG Committee at monthly meetings.

“Ms. Sakala’s time and expertise will enhance our trauma system,” stated Michelle Reese, Chief EMTS section of the Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division with the State of Colorado.

Sakala has been the nurse trauma coordinator for the Emergency Department at DCMH for 2.5 years. She has been a Registered Nurse for seven years and an LPN for two years.  Sakala worked in neuro-trauma for Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction.  She also worked as an RN in the Medical Surgical Unit at Montrose Memorial Hospital for 2.5 years and was employed as a contract nurse for approximately five years.

“I am truly looking forward to the learning experience and to working with my professional colleagues from around the state to improve trauma care in Colorado.  The best thing about the trauma system is that the professionals dedicated to working in trauma are passionate about it, and are willing to work so hard. Being named to serve on the DRG Committee is a great honor, as our commitment is that Colorado patients are assured that no matter what  emergency department trauma center they may need treatment from, they will receive the same top quality medical care,” Sakala said.