The co-founder of a health care services provider for uranium and nuclear weapons production workers has earned recognition for her efforts.
Jenna Noem, chief executive officer of Nuclear Care Partners in Grand Junction, received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award presented during the Entrepreneurship Day luncheon at Colorado Mesa University.
The CMU Business Department presents the annual award to a local entrepreneur who starts or expands a venture, contributes to the economic development of the area and exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship.
“It feels great to be recognized for our work at Nuclear Care Partners and the impact it’s having on our communities,” Noem said.
Receiving the award from her alma mater was especially gratifying, she said.
Nuclear Care Partners provides in-home health services to uranium and nuclear weapons production workers under federal laws providing benefits to those who’ve developed illnesses from exposure to radiation and toxins in the workplace.
Nuclear Care Partners provides a range of services, including skilled nursing care, medication assistance and various therapies. The company also helps patients with grooming and hygiene, light housekeeping and meal preparation.
Noem earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from CMU and initially worked in psychiatric nursing and intensive care.
Noem co-founded Nuclear Care Partners in 2011 with two employees. Since then, Nuclear Care Partners has grown to provide services to hundreds of patients in more than a dozen states. The company employs hundreds of caregivers across the United States, 90 in Western Colorado.
Noem serves on the Community Hospital and Strive foundation boards and previously served on the CMU alumni board.
“Eight years ago, when we first dreamed of making a meaningful difference and creating a legacy of giving back to former atomic workers, we never imagined the extent of the impact that our mission would have,” Noem said. “Our success is a reflection of our exceptional clinical and nonclinical professionals dedicated to our shared mission.”