Colleen Ihnken, a primary care provider with the Summit Youth Services Center, was honored with the title of provider of the year earlier this month.
The award came from the Colorado Association of School Based Health Centers. Ihnken provides her services through Summit Youth at both Summit High School and Summit Middle School, and is "incredibly flattered to be recognized by my peers and teens," she said.
"Colleen Ihnken is adored by her patients," said Brandi Thompson, development specialist at the Summit Community Care Clinic. "She has more than 20 years of experience in the medical field, as an ER nurse and now as a Nurse Practitioner. Colleen has been a primary care provider at Summit High School and Summit Middle School for the last two years, and in that short time frame she has built an impressive rapport among the student body."
It's Ihnken's calm, respectful and confident manner that makes it easy for students to trust and confide in her. The students all enjoy seeing her, and feel comfortable being frank and open about personal topics, Thompson said.
Ihnken has been in the community for more than two decades, and "is so much more to the students than a medical provider - she is a trusted adult and a role model for the students," Thompson said.