Employee Spotlight

Jeanne Kennedy, RN

Jeanne currently works as Ivinson’s trauma coordinator, in addition to working as a nurse in our Emergency Department.

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Jeanne Kennedy decid­ed to enter the health­care indus­try as a nurse after hear­ing sto­ries from her moth­er who worked as a nurse in the U.S Army. Her sto­ries made nurs­ing seem so fun, fill­ing and excit­ing,” said Jeanne. Also, I knew that if I went into nurs­ing I would always have a job.”

Jeanne cur­rent­ly works as Ivinson’s trau­ma coor­di­na­tor, in addi­tion to work­ing as a nurse in our Emer­gency Depart­ment. I like the inde­pen­dence I have in my posi­tion as a Trau­ma Coor­di­na­tor and I like mak­ing things bet­ter for the patients I see in the ED,” said Jeanne. I feel like I make a dif­fer­ence in their hos­pi­tal stay when I can make them laugh, even though I see them on their worst day.”

In addi­tion to patient care, Jeanne is pas­sion­ate about work­ing with mil­i­tary vet­er­ans. Both of my par­ents served in World War II,” said Jeanne. My mom was an Army nurse and my dad worked in the Army Air Corps.”

Inspired by her par­ents’ ser­vice, she decid­ed to become involved with the Rocky Moun­tain Hon­or Flight, a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to fly­ing every able and will­ing World War II, Kore­an War and Viet­nam War vet­er­an to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. to vis­it the memo­ri­als. In 2016, Jeanne went on her first Hon­or Flight, work­ing as a Guardian to ensure that every vet­er­an had a safe and mem­o­rable trip. As a Guardian, Jeanne was respon­si­ble for phys­i­cal­ly assist­ing the vet­er­ans at the air­ports, dur­ing the flights, at the memo­ri­als and in the hotel. It is a fab­u­lous expe­ri­ence that you just can’t explain,” said Jeanne. 

Jeanne recent­ly returned from her sec­ond Hon­ors Flight, in which she served as a mem­ber of the Med­ical Team, admin­is­ter­ing the veteran’s med­ica­tions through­out their trip. It tru­ly restores your faith in human­i­ty,” said Jeanne. The vet­er­ans are the hum­blest guys, and through­out the entire trip all walks of life come up to them to say their thanks.”

Ivin­son is proud of the work Jeanne does for our patients in the Emer­gency Depart­ment and of her work with the Rocky Moun­tain Hon­ors Flight pro­gram. Thank you, Jeanne, for show­ing your pas­sion to both patients and veterans.