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District 6 health services coordinator receives award

Lori McCarty, the Health Services Coordinator for Greeley Evans School District 6, has been named the School Nurse Administrator of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Nurses.


McCarty began working as a school nurse in District 6 in 2014, and this year was promoted to Health Services Coordinator. She has lead the medical response and contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as coordinated other health services for students in District 6. She has a nursing degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a masters degree in Pediatric Nurse Leadership from the University of Colorado. McCarty has worked in pediatric and school nursing for 30 years.


Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch and Director of Special Education and Health Services Tom Gribble jointly submitted a letter of recommendation in support of McCarty’s nomination.


“Lori is providing unparalleled support for our health services staff and works tirelessly to ensure they have what they need to support students,” the recommendation letter states. “Lori is so deserving of this award. Lori’s leadership has had a long term impact on our system, prior to this pandemic, resulting in a high functioning, highly responsive and extremely effective health services team that meets the day-to-day needs of students, families and staff.”


McCarty was nominated for this honor by District 6 school nurse consultants Lynette Decker, Elizabeth Eberhard, Rachel Thomas, Lori Kingsley, Caryn Ishmael, Beth Lee and Jennifer Berg-Ramsey. In their nomination letter, the nurses cite McCarty’s ability to analyze and prioritize, and her deep commitment to children and their families as some of the reasons she deserves this honor.


“Lori is widely known as a caring and pragmatic nurse who is dedicated to her role and those she oversees,”

the nomination letter states. “Lori excels at building trusted relationships with internal and external teams to meet the health needs of students in the educational setting.”