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we’re on a mission community report 2017

Every day, we hear stories that inspire us.

we’re on a mission

Every day, we hear stories that inspire us. These stories exemplify Summit Medical Center’s mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities. This report gives us an opportunity to reflect on these stories and an outstanding year of care. We can only achieve this level of care with the support of our community, our generous donors, our skilled physicians, nurses and clinical staff, as well as every single volunteer and employee who contributes to a patient’s experience. It’s through these stories that we are able to show the true impact that one person can have on a patient. This year, we’ve been honored to provide high-quality health care for more than 25,000 patients while finding innovative ways to make care and coverage more affordable for our local residents. This includes free and low-cost immunization clinics, free support for new mothers and free injury prevention programs for the community. These programs and others like them are only possible thanks to you and your investments in our work. Thank you. As a part of the Centura Health network of care, Summit Medical Center has the support of 17 hospitals, 6,000 physicians and 21,000 clinical and non-clinical employees across Colorado and western Kansas. We’re on a mission to nurture health in our community … will you join us?

Paul Chodkowski Chief Executive Officer


Shelley Thompson Chief Development and Community Partnerships Officer


Godwin Nnamezie “Father Tema” Director, Mission Integration, Spiritual Care & Volunteer Services

Volunteers bring a sense of compassion and community.

The first face you see at Summit Medical Center (SMC) wears a big smile—and more often than not, it’s Shirley Beaty. A former resident of New York, Shirley found refuge 22 years ago in the Rocky Mountains. With her mantra of “be loving, kind and compassionate,” she put it to work as a volunteer at the front desk. Shirley understands that most people who walk through the doors are anxious or scared, and her purpose is to help them feel calm and relaxed, as if they were in their own living room. With more than 10 years greeting patients and families during their most difficult days, Shirley’s dedication won her the “Volunteer of the Year” award in 2017. In addition to sharing her smile and time at SMC, Shirley volunteers at the county library, local schools, and still finds time for herself—she meditates and walks seven miles every day. As Shirley can attest, the volunteers bring compassion and a sense of community that our patients, visitors and employees feel the moment they set foot in our hospital. Thank you to Shirley and all our volunteers for your support and smiles!



Care close to home helps reduce stress.

For those who are called to the practice of medicine, it is a path paved with intense training, unpredictable schedules, elation and heartbreak. Dr. Marshall Denkinger, Chief Medical Officer at Summit Medical Center, wouldn’t have it any other way. This is truly his calling, and he is proud to call Summit County his home. Dr. Denkinger has personally cared for neighbors and friends for more than 20 years as a physician practicing mostly in the ER. He understands the importance of being able to access care close to home and is grateful to provide this service for locals and visitors alike. During his tenure, Marshall has seen the Level 3 trauma program at Summit Medical Center grow to be the busiest of its class in Colorado. This world class program intertwines beautifully with Flight For Life to guarantee that patients who are critically injured or ill have every chance to survive that modern technology and skilled hands can provide. As an avid cyclist himself, Marshall knows the focus of his patients is to get well and stay well so they can return to the active lifestyle that makes Summit County such an exceptional place to live. Through their remarkable generosity, hundreds of Foundation donors make this possible for the thousands of patients Summit Medical Center treats each and every year.

The Foundation board knows that Summit Medical Center is the exception and not the rule. Access to world-class care is rare in a rural, mountain community. This dedicated group of community members and hospital administrators provides leadership and vision for the Foundation, so that community support is effectively channeled into our hometown hospital. Their passion and dedication allow Summit Medical Center to innovate, to support community programming and to invest in capital needs. Pictured Left to Right: Mitzie Hawkins, Lorie Williams, Karen White, Stacy Joyce, Marge Gavenda, Paul Chodkowski, Meg Nicolet, Patty Theobald, Edy Hughes, Don Parsons (Board Chair). Not pictured: Joan Houlton (Vice-Chair), Erin McGinnis, Lori O’Bryan


Maggie is back on her bike and enjoying views from the top.

On July 16, 2016, Maggie Holland was out for a bike ride in her neighborhood. Equipped with a new helmet, she was ready to enjoy a beautiful day in Colorado. Her ride was cut short when she was crossing the street and a car struck her. Maggie was knocked off her bike and sustained injuries to her back, knees and elbows. If it hadn’t been for her helmet and proper fitting instructions, she would have sustained more serious and life-threatening injuries. ThinkFirst came to Summit County in 1999 to prevent brain and spinal cord injuries through research, advocacy and education. This program is responsible for many success stories like Maggie’s. This groundbreaking program has distributed more than 900 helmets to those in need over the past year. The leaders of this program educate students in Summit County school district, local summer camps, ski school classes, bike rodeos and many other venues. While this program (and helmets) are free to the community, it wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our donors. Thanks to them, today Maggie is a thriving 13-year-old who is back on her bike and enjoying views from the top.



As a friend of Summit Medical Center, you deserve to know how a not-for-profit hospital benefits you, your family and your community—after all, YOU are our stakeholders. Giving back to our local community is a deep commitment for Summit Medical Center. Our community investment programs are carefully planned, implemented and measured in order to meet identified community health needs. We invest our money back into the community to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and nurturing health in our community. We do this by improving access to health care, partnering with organizations to support wellness and prevention, and relieving the burden of health care costs. While many of the factors contributing to cost are outside a hospital’s control, we are committed to doing everything we can to help our community members access and afford the care they need, which is why we are sharing data that shows how we reinvest our money back into the community through healing, health and prevention.

How we deliver on the mission DONATED CARE


These dollars reflect the cost of care we provide at our expense. We provide care to everyone and turn no one away.

*Charity Care = $1,663,487 Medicaid Gap = $2,682,142



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*Not including inpatient admissions


These dollars reflect the free training we provide at our hospitals and clinics to future health care professionals.


These dollars reflect the resources, both time and money, we invest into improving the health of the community through programs, education and community partnerships.

$89,424 Flight for Life


These dollars reflect our contributions to the health of our community that are not included in the areas mentioned above.



Thanks to you, Flight For Life remains the nation’s first and finest air medical transport program, transporting more than 4,000 patients every year. When minutes truly matter, Flight For Life is there. We respond regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Because of this, philanthropic support is critical to the continued success of this life-saving program.

Specialty Care and Infusion Center Thanks to you, specialized care and infusion therapy is available locally in a comfortable and convenient environment. The infusion center allows patients to remain close to home and receive specialized care when they need it most.


Wellness and Prevention Thanks to you, hundreds of students every year learn how to protect their bodies by using their brains. ThinkFirst is a nationally recognized injury prevention program that teaches students how to avoid injury. Your generosity ensures the future support of this program.


CHPG** Primary Care Idaho Springs 9




CHPG** High Country Healthcare

St. Anthony Keystone Medical Center*

(Urgent Care at this location)


Centura Health Emergency & Urgent Care




CHPG** High Country Healthcare



St. Anthony Summit Medical Center Frisco 9

St. Anthony Copper Mountain Clinic*

We also provide cuttingedge care from the comfort of your home. Visit Home Health Care on

* These locations are only open during the ski season ** Centura Health Physician Group

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center Foundation Board

Don Parsons, Chair Joan Houlton, Vice-Chair Paul Chodkowski Marge Gavenda Mitzie Hawkins Edy Hughes Stacy Joyce Erin McGinnis Meg Nicolet Lori O’Bryan Patty Theobald Karen White Lorie Williams

Copper Mountain

340 Peak One Drive Frisco, CO 80443

We extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.


St. Anthony Breckenridge Community Clinic and Emergency Center* CHPG** High Country Healthcare (Urgent Care at this location)

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