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Celebra ng Healthcare Philanthropy

33rd Annual North Colorado Med Evac Golf Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Transforming local healthcare through philanthropy Cover photo courtesy of Juan Leal.

New Banner Hospital Strengthens Local Economy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20


WSBC GC Golf Classic benefiting the WESTERN STATES BURN CENTER

FOR MORE INFORMATION call 970.810.2687 or visit


In This Issue Letter from Foundation Leadership

Meet our board and committee members. . . . . 2

33rd Annual North Colorado Med Evac Golf Tournament raises over $44,000

Unique Program Offers Free Eye Care Screening for Greeley Children

2015 Grants and Scholarships Awarded

NCMC Foundation supports KidSight. . . . . . . . . 3

Cahill Makes a Difference for NCMC Foundation

13 years strong as a volunteer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Peratino Establishes Nursing Scholarship

Paying it Forward for NCMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

The How, What & When of Estate Planning

Frank Stepp, Sr. Vice President, Thompson & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

North Colorado Medical Center Honored by County Commissioners NCMC named one of America’s top 50 hospitals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

North Colorado Medical Center Foundation 1801 16th Street | Greeley, CO 80631 Ph: 970.356.9020 | Fax: 970.810.6723 Visit our website

Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers . . . 10 Nearly $500,000 distributed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

NCMC Cancer Institute Expansion & Renovation Update

NCMC Foundation continues to raise funds for cancer care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Kimball Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary Supports Burn Center Group presents check to support burn care. . . 17

NCMC Foundation Awards $56,000 in Scholarships

Ten recipients receive assistance. . . . . . . . . . . 18

New Banner Hospital Strengthens Local Economy

Banner Fort Collins Medical Center boosts employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

The North Colorado Medical Center Foundation promotes philanthropy to enhance and ensure the health and well being of the people in our region.

2015 NCMC Foundation Board of Directors Front row from left to right: Masoud Shirazi, Rose Stoller, Jean Morrell, Sally Warde, Al Dominguez-NCMC, Inc. Board Chair. Top row from left to right: Benjamin George, MD, Chris Kiser-Foundation President, John Haefeli, Steve Baker, Peter Martin, Tim Brynteson, John Dollarhide, Curtis Crylen, MD. Not pictured: Ray Cullen, Ryan Kamada, Royal Lovell-Board Chair, Marcus Reinhardt, MD, Rick Sutton-CEO Banner NOCO, Stephanie Torrez.

Letter from Foundation Leadership The Monfort Children’s Clinic committee consists of Steve Baker, Jean Morrell, Stephanie Torrez, and former board members Dick Boettcher and Tim Thissen.

It has been said that a nonprofit organization’s volunteer board of directors may be defined as a group of professionals who “believe in all work and no pay.” As the NCMC Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary, it is important to thank the many board members over the years who have played an instrumental role in transforming healthcare through philanthropy in our community. Their efforts have helped to raise over $50 million for local healthcare initiatives since the Foundation was formed in 1975!

Chris Kiser Foundation President

The current board of directors consists of 19 community-minded individuals, many of whom serve on multiple boards throughout Greeley and Weld County. The NCMC Foundation Board of Directors is structured like many boards in our community, with an executive committee, a finance committee, a development committee, and a committee that provides oversight to the Monfort Children’s Clinic.

Each board member plays an essential role in the oversight of the NCMC Foundation, particularly in this time of enormous opportunity for organized philanthropy in Weld County. The role and contributions of foundations are being reshaped by a combination of continuing growth in the philanthropic sector, new and different strategies for social change, and emerging forms of collaboration that lead to positive results, as well as a new set of perspectives that a younger generation is bringing to local philanthropy.

In order to continue to transform local healthcare through philanthropy, and to ensure that residents of Weld County receive the best possible care at NCMC, we need you to keep our hospital at the forefront of your personal philanthropy. Whether it is an annual gift; participation in one of our special events; making a gift Royal Lovell Chairman of the Board to one of our many funds; or, by including NCMC in your estate planning strategy; Members of the Executive committee include 2015 you are making a significant impact on the quality of Chairman of the Board, Royal Lovell; Vice Chairman, healthcare delivered in our community. Peter Martin; Development Chairman, Steve Baker; Thanks for your interest in the NCMC Foundation. If Treasurer, Masoud Shirazi; Board Secretary, Jean you would like to receive additional information on Morrell and Past Chairman, Ray Cullen. how you can make a difference as a donor or board Finance committee members consist of Tim member, please contact Royal Lovell or Chris Kiser at Brynteson, Dr. Curtis Crylen, John Dollarhide, Dr. 970-810-6775. Benjamin George, Royal Lovell, Peter Martin and Masoud Shirazi. Chris Kiser The Development committee includes Steve Baker, Ray Cullen, John Dollarhide, John Haefeli, Dr. Marcus Reinhardt, Rose Stoller and Sally Warde.

NCMC Foundation President Royal Lovell Chairman of the Board

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Unique Program Offers Free Eye Care Screening for Greeley Children

Bill Wolf explains the screening process to a captivated audience.

How would you like to save a child’s vision by volunteering at a KidSight screening?

This question is often asked as Bill Wolf, KidSight coordinator for the Greeley Lions Club, recruits volunteers to assist him in screening children ages 2-5 at preschools and daycare centers in Greeley.

After joining the Greeley Lions Club in 2000, Wolf became excited about the possibility of bringing a free vision-saving program, KidSight, to Greeley after witnessing a KidSight vision screening in 2006. “I can really make a difference; I can save a child’s vision as a volunteer,” said Wolf. Passionate about the program, he loves interacting with the children on screening day. “They are just so honest and fun, much like my grandchildren. It is so gratifying to know that I will help to save a child’s eyesight every time I volunteer and that is so very important to me,” he added.

The first Greeley KidSight screening was held on May 22, 2006. However, due to limited programmatic funding, the few specialty cameras used in the screening process had to be shared by all of the Lions Clubs in the state, making it very difficult to consistently screen children in Greeley. Thanks to the NCMC Foundation’s Curtis Strong Eye Care Fund, grant money was used to purchase a Welch Allyn autorefractor camera, film, and computer specifically for the Greeley Lions Club. This enabled Greeley children free access to eye-sight saving technology. The screening takes only moments per child, is free of charge, and requires no preparation or medication. The child must be able to focus on the red light in the camera, and then a digital photo of the eyes are taken, which provides a digital printout of the child’s eyes in

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Unique Program Offers Free Eye Care Screening for Greeley Children continued order to determine the presence of vision problems that can lead to amblyopia. The parents must sign an informed consent to give their child permission to have the screening. The screening data is then attached to each child’s consent form and is subsequently evaluated by specially trained staff at KidSight in Denver. Parents of the children who are identified as having a vision problem are notified and referred to an eye care professional for a full eye examination. The full eye examination is also free if families meet the established income guidelines.

Wolf’s commitment, along with other Greeley Lions Club members and volunteers to the KidSight program, has made a significant difference to local children. In just nine years, they have screened over 2,026 children, with 149 referred for an eye care specialist examination. The Greeley Lions Club screens children for amblyopia (often called lazy eye), and for vision abnormalities such as: astigmatism (irregular curve of the cornea - the most common condition diagnosed in Greeley), hyperopia (far sightedness), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), strabismus (misaligned eyes), and myopia (near sightedness). Thanks to the Greeley Lions Club (which is part of Lions Clubs International, the largest international service club in the world) and the NCMC Foundation’s Curtis Strong Eye Care Fund, children in Greeley are given the opportunity for free, early intervention in their eye care – a gift that will last a lifetime!

Why is it so important to have your preschooler’s vision screened? You might not know that 1 in 20

preschoolers have undetected vision problems that could turn into permanent vision loss if left

untreated? Many vision problems such as those listed to the left, can be detected through a simple screening process, and can be easily corrected if detected during a child’s preschool years. The earlier a child is screened, the better. Experts say that up to 80% of learning is visual, so children need to be screened early to identify vision problems while they can still be corrected. By the approximate age of five, the success of treatment diminishes significantly and the vision problems can lead to amblyopia. Often called lazy eye, amblyopia can blind children in one eye. The leading cause of monocular vision in the United States, amblyopia has been linked to learning disabilities, low self-esteem, and social and emotional problems. Vision screening for preschool children are not routinely performed and there are no Federal or State mandates for early vision screenings. That is why the Lions Club KidSight Program is so very important in saving children’s vision through early detection and treatment of the most common vision problems that can lead to amblyopia. The Greeley Lions Club needs additional KidSight volunteers. If you are interested in helping to save a child’s vision, please contact the Greeley Lions Club, P.O. Box 38, Greeley, CO 80632 or email Bill Wolf at

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Cahill Makes a Difference for NCMC Foundation Being able to give back to individuals and the community are two of many reasons that inspire Bill Cahill to volunteer at North Colorado Medical Center. Cahill is in his 13th year in NCMC’s Volunteer Services program. “My wife had a pacemaker installed, and then she went through cardiac rehabilitation. I served as her personal chauffeur during the rehab process. As I sat around waiting for her, I noticed all these people in blue shirts,” said Cahill. “I inquired about volunteering, and thirteen years later, here I am!” In addition to volunteering 25 hours per week at NCMC, Cahill also has an affinity for helping out the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation’s two annual fund raising golf tournaments – the Med Evac Tourney held every June and the Western States Burn Center outing in September.

Bill Cahill enjoying the recent North Colorado Med Evac golf tournament.

He has volunteered at each of those events since 2004. “I enjoy golf very much, and since I am not able to play it anymore, this is the next best thing,” mentioned Cahill. “I enjoy assisting the Foundation with their fund raising efforts.

“I think the Foundation is a wonderful, well run organization, with great people.”

Cahill, a native of McCook, Nebraska, moved to Colorado at an early age. He graduated from Denver West High School and attended the University of Colorado before embarking on a 36 year career with US West.

At US West, Cahill directed real estate transactions and construction activities throughout Colorado. He witnessed many technological changes during his time at US West. “When I began my career in 1954, manual phones were in use, where you had to have the operator connect you to your party. Soon after, we started converting to rotary dial phones. After that, it was computers, then micro-wave communications, and finally, when I retired in 1990, cell phones were becoming commonplace,” said the avuncular Cahill.

Bill at the front desk.

Cahill particularly enjoys his time as a golf tournament volunteer for the Foundation. “I think the Foundation is a wonderful, well run organization, with great people. It is important to the community, and I continue to be amazed at what all they do.” Cahill and his wife, Margarete, have two married daughters, six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

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Peratino Establishes Nursing Scholarship member of the first nursing graduating class from George was one of the most Mason University in Fairfax, important things on Bev VA. During this time, she Peratino’s “bucket list,” as she worked various jobs and put contemplated establishing a herself through college. The nursing scholarship through University of St. Francis in the North Colorado Medical Joliet, IL was the next step Center Foundation. “I needed where she received a Master’s to get my affairs in order, in Health Administration and wanted to do something and graduated Summa Cum meaningful with my funds, Laude. Peratino has worked both now and after my death. at a number of hospitals Regarding my nursing career, throughout her career starting I gave a lot and I got a lot in at Georgetown University return. I just wanted to pay it Hospital in Washington, forward,” said Peratino. DC; then became the head Bev Peratino Peratino has extensive nurse of University Hospital experience in operating room nursing and healthcare in Denver for almost ten years; and was also the administration: “When I reflect upon my forty-four Director of Surgical Services at Swedish Medical year nursing and healthcare administration career…. Center and Aurora Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to it truly was the perfect career for me, as I provided a joining the North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) positive impact on people entrusted to my care. As as the Director of Perioperative Services, she owned a director of the operating room, my ability to affect her own business, Surgical Services Solutions, for ten patient care by establishing a high level of patient years. During these years, she worked in hospitals care standards and holding staff accountable to ranging from small community for-profit facilities to implement those standards was important to me.” large teaching hospitals from the east coast to the west coast. She served her clients in the capacity of The educational steps leading up to Peratino’s career a surgical services transitional leader, mentor, project initially began with Bev, as a child, confiding in her manager and educator. mother that she was going to be a nurse. Peratino’s mother responded by insisting that she take typing, When asked what she liked most about working for Gregg shorthand, and that she become a “candy NCMC Peratino said “at NCMC there is a concerted striper” in her home town hospital. That way, her effort among medical and nursing staffs to improve mother reasoned, she would have secretarial skills the standard of patient care. Quality was a real and get to see what a career in nursing might focus in the operating room. Doctors, nurses, the look like. To her mother’s surprise, Peratino loved surgical team, everyone listened to each other for being a “candy striper.” Upon graduating from high the betterment of patient care. The improvement school, Peratino enrolled in a three-year diploma in metric scores demonstrated real teamwork in program at Rockingham Memorial Hospital School giving the highest quality of care. I am very proud of of Nursing in Harrisonburg, VA. She then went on to NCMC’s reputation of providing high quality patient attain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and was a care to the surgical patient.”

Paying it forward

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Peratino Establishes Nursing Scholarship continued Since retiring from NCMC in 2011, Peratino has been very busy traveling throughout the United States and overseas as well. She enjoys the thrill of experiencing new countries, meeting people and volunteering. A member of four community boards of directors and volunteer for the American Cancer Society, United Way of Weld County, Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Union Colony Civic Center, and a member of the Funeral Ministry of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Bev has little time to herself. Thinking about pursuing a career in nursing? Peratino has the following advice: “Nursing is a rewarding and satisfying profession. If you think you are interested in it, give it a try. I would suggest going to a community college for the first two years to get your associate degree. Community colleges are usually the more cost efficient, and then you can work as a nurse while immediately pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.” The Aims Community College Dual Enrollment Program was a perfect match for what Peratino had in mind for the scholarship recipient of the George A. Coleman and Beverly A. Peratino Nursing Scholarship, which is named after her deceased husband and herself, and is an endowed scholarship. This scholarship and the dual enrollment nursing program at Aims are in their inaugural year. The nursing student is automatically enrolled in both Aims Community College Nursing

Program and the University of Northern Colorado Nursing Program to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The recipient of their scholarship this year is Ivy I-Chun Ho, a nontraditional nursing student, who will also have the opportunity to renew the scholarship again in 2016. “Words cannot express what a wonderful feeling it is to help someone attain their goals. I had the opportunity to meet the recipient and see how deserving she was,” said Peratino.

In addition to establishing the George A. Coleman and Beverly A. Peratino Nursing Scholarship, she has also named it as the beneficiary of one of her financial investments in Nursing school graduation her estate plans. Helping allied professionals attain their healthcare education is also a goal of Peratino, and she has “Words cannot established another community express what a endowed scholarship for that purpose. wonderful feeling it

is to help someone attain their goals. I had the opportunity to meet the recipient and see how deserving she was,” said Peratino.

Knowing that this is just the first year of assisting nursing students in a career that will most likely result in a lifetime of helping others, and having that repeated year after year in the future, is exactly what Peratino had in mind as she completes her “bucket list.”

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The How, What & When of Estate Planning Frank Stepp, Sr. Vice President, Thompson & Associates are gone. Your executor or personal representative needs to know where the original will is stored. If you are one of the few Any lists that detail your Americans who actually financial records and life have a will, drafted by insurance policies will a local attorney, you be very helpful to them can pat yourself on the as well. They need to back. Statistics have know where the titles to shown us over 70% your house, car or other of Americans do NOT properties are kept. Many have a valid will. Of times, we are not sure the 30% who have a Frank Stepp visiting with planning clients. where those are ourselves. will, more than 50% of Can you imagine the issues this causes for someone them have not reviewed or updated their wills or other trying to settle your estate? documents in over 20 years. Perhaps this should not surprise us. We are, after all, a confident people. What about funeral plans, plans for pets, and personal property? If you want to help your heirs and I pay my income taxes every year because I have a executor, you should have this stored in a place easily deadline…and it’s the law. When it comes to thinking accessible. Most heirs want to honor the wishes of about a will we are not so dependable. Our twisted a loved one, but in order to honor someone’s wishes, logic may be, “after all, I’m not dead yet.” you have to know what those wishes were. First of all, it goes without saying, YOU NEED A Leaving a letter to your loved ones telling them of WILL. You also need Power of Attorneys (POAs), both your love for them, your hopes for their future and medical and financial. Even if you have meager what you intended to accomplish in your will may assets, a will ensures those assets pass in the be the perfect prescription for avoiding additional manner you desire and maybe with less family stress. family stress. Remember, it is impossible to “overFamilies have been torn apart over a piece of tangible communicate.” personal property such as a ceramic piggy bank or a stamp collection. Even though the financial value of When does including charity in my will actually an asset may be low, the sentimental value may be help my heirs? great, so instructions left behind can be a gift. This is a good question for everyone to ask. Is it possible that giving money to a good charity can We recommend you review your will every 5 years or actually be beneficial for my heirs? How can that be? major life change. If no changes are needed you can rest easy. Your power of attorneys should be reviewed The answer is “YES,” it can be beneficial in several and updated every 2 to 3 years. Financial institutions instances. Consider the following scenarios based on are more wary of accepting a POA that is several an estate of $800,000 and two heirs. years old than they are one issued just a year or two ago. Your local attorney will update these documents SCENARIO #1 and keep you free from sticky issues. You have $200,000 in your IRA when you pass away. You also own a house worth $200,000, you have What are the most important things my heirs need $300,000 in your investment account and you have a to know after I’m gone? $100,000 life insurance policy. You have two heirs to If you thought communication during your lifetime has whom you intend to leave your estate. been difficult, you should see what it’s like after you

How often should I review my will and other documents?

Frank Stepp is a certified estate planning consultant with Thompson & Associates. His services are provided free-of-charge to friends of North Colorado Medical Center Foundation. If you are interested in a free, no obligation appointment with Frank to discuss wills, trusts, or estate planning, please contact Donna Benson at 970-810-6773 or

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The How, What & When of Estate Planning continued If you pass away and leave all of your estate to heirs outright, they will pay taxes on the IRA funds they inherit. Statistics show us 80% of all inherited IRA’s are cashed in. That means, if your heirs cash in their portion of the IRA, you left them…they will pay income tax on that amount. In addition, heirs usually spend the IRA money within 12 months.

All retirement funds placed into the trust go in “TAX FREE”. While the income to the heirs is considered taxable income, the principal (Corpus) placed in the trust is not taxed. This provides for a larger annual payout to the heirs.

Since each heir’s share of the IRA would be $100,000, that means an additional $100,000 income for them. That may push them into a higher tax bracket. So the $200,000 you worked so hard to save may only pass to your heirs as a gift of $120,000 (depending upon their tax bracket).

If the trust is created upon the surviving spouse’s death, it is useful for insuring that your heirs will receive this payment for up to 20 years. No matter what their choices are for the rest of their inheritance, the annuity payment will be a dependable annual payment for the term of the trust. Once the Trust ends, then one or more qualified charities chosen by you will receive the assets held in the Trust.

So if you think an inheritance of $300,000 each is a nice inheritance, make the beneficiary of your IRA a charity and the entire $200,000 will pass to the charity because charities do NOT pay income taxes. Your heirs will still receive $300,000 each and they will see your legacy of sharing.

Finally, it provides an opportunity to include charities in your estate plan without reducing the amount you will leave your heirs. Heirs will receive as much or more inheritance over time and the legacy you may create will be an encouragement to them and to the community your gifts support.

SCENARIO #2 If you have concerns about leaving all of the IRA outright to charity but you don’t want the heirs to cash them in, consider a Charitable Remainder Trust.

Preparing to pass your assets to others is a BIG responsibility and should be carefully considered. If you would like to meet with Frank Stepp for a confidential review or discussion about your estate plan, please contact Donna Benson, at 970-810-6773 or

A testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is a Trust created upon your death, which provides an annual payout of 5% to 7% to heirs for up to 20 years.

North Colorado Medical Center Honored by County Commissioners The Board of County Commissioners of Weld County honored North Colorado Medical Center, NCMC, Inc. Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Monday, March 23. A Proclamation was read into the public record and presented to congratulate the employees, physicians and volunteers of NCMC along with the community representatives on the Boards for achieving recognition as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ by Healthgrades and a 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. In the proclamation, the Commissioners expressed their pride for the dedication to patients and the quality care provided by NCMC.

Pictured with the County Commissioners are Al Dominguez, Chair of NCMC, Inc.; Brandon Houtchens, Chair of the Board of Trustees; Ken Schultz, NCMC, Inc. Board Executive; Rick Sutton, Banner Health Northern Colorado CEO; Wendy Sparks, NCMC Chief Operating Officer; Tiffany Hettinger, NCMC Associate Chief Nursing Officer; and Gene Haffner, Director of Public Relations.

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33rd Annual North Colorado Med Evac Golf Tournament raises over $44,000 Tournament Winners The 33rd Annual North Colorado Med Evac Golf Tournament, hosted by the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation, was held on June 8, 2015, at the Greeley Country Club. Over 210 golfers, sponsors and volunteers joined forces to support the North Colorado Med Evac transport program, which has been serving the north Colorado region since 1982. One of the oldest fund raising golf tournaments in Colorado, the event netted over $44,000, with the proceeds earmarked for the purchase of life-saving flight medical equipment. Known for its excellence in safety, the flight teams have completed over 18,000 incident-free flights since 1982. “We could not have asked for a better day to play golf. The weather was perfect,” said the NCMC Foundation’s director of Special Events and Marketing, Diana Wood. “It is remarkable to have over 210 golfers, sponsors and volunteers support our Med Evac program. It is one of the very few tournaments of this type in the country.” Taking home top honors from the double shotgun, Arizona scramble format was Team Spradley Barr Ford Lincoln of Greeley, consisting of Mark Cook, who also served as this year’s tournament chair, Grayson Cook, Kirk Harrison, and Nick Umholtz. A poolside banquet concluded the day with dinner along with a silent auction and trophy presentations. The NCMC Foundation, founded in 1975, has served as North Colorado Medical Center’s philanthropic partner in supporting healthcare at NCMC and in the community. During that time, the Foundation has been entrusted as stewards of over $50 million in charitable gifts.

A big thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers who made the event so successful!

Professional Finance Company Championship Flight Winners

1st Place and Overall Tournament Winners: Spradley Barr Ford Lincoln of Greeley 2nd Place: Reck Flyers 3rd Place: NCMC, Inc. John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Masters Flight Winners

1st Place: Shirazi Benefits 2nd Place: Bouchard-Bates-Ripsam-Boxleitner Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors 3rd Place: Magna Energy Denver Health Signature Flight

1st Place: Rocky Mountain Inspection Services, Inc. 2nd Place: EagleMed LLC 3rd Place: Hensel Phelps Reck Flyers Medalist Flight

1st Place: Comprehensive Risk Services 2nd Place: Western States Fire Protection 3rd Place: JE Dunn Construction Longest Drive in the Fairway

Hole #15 Women’s Winner: Jamie Hepner Hole #15 Men’s Winner: Scott Warner Closet to the Pin

AM Winner Hole #2: Guy Beesley PM Winner Hole #2: Nick Umholtz AM Winner Hole #7: Rick Rhoden PM Winner Hole #7: Jordan Butts AM Winner Hole #16: Patrick Pollack PM Winner Hole #16: Tim Grabham Line Drive Contest Winner

Chris Greer

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North Colorado Med Evac Helicopters at Greeley Country Club on June 8, 2015.

2015 Tournament Committee Mark Cook Tournament Chairman Spradley Barr Ford Lincoln of Greeley Danny Beckle North Colorado Med Evac Dave Bressler NCMC Paramedic Services Chris Kiser NCMC Foundation Jonathan Lampros John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Jennifer Losh North Colorado Med Evac Rich Mollandor UBS

Jennifer MollandorOwens UBS Leiton Powell North Colorado Med Evac Masoud Shirazi Shirazi Benefits Sam Solomon North Colorado Med Evac Angela Solomonson North Colorado Med Evac Diana Wood Tournament Director NCMC Foundation Eric Zurbrigen Flood and Peterson

Med Evac Crew: Matt Hart, Natasha Winberg, Melissa Verseman

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Preparing to hit a drive on #1

Team NCMC: Gene Haffner, Dan Dennie, Scott McPherson, Jerry Lewis

PDC Energy Team 2: Nick Schilling, Mark Gorka, Susan Fakharzadeh, Daniel Medina

Putt on the Green Contest

One of the Med Evac crew getting a much needed chair massage, courtesy of Gateway Family Chiropractic

Comprehensive Risk Services: Dave Herbert, Sarah Kruger, Doug Egloff, Jon Edwards

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Todd Family Team: Mick Todd, Susan Todd, Dayna Bedingfield, Shelley Peetz

Tyler Carron, Tom Cislo, Nikko Landeros

BizWest Media: Sara Seely, Lindsay Gilliland, Karen Crilly, Julie Constance

Two youngsters look on intently at a Med Evac helicopter

Halliburton cooking up some tasty treats!

Shirazi Benefits: Mike Hill, David Sanchez, Michael Shirazi, Jordan Butts

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Thrivent Financial for Lutherans - Team Solomonson: Tyler Carron, Jeff Solomonson, Nikko Landeros, Curt Collins

EagleMed, LLC: Leiton Powell, Scott Byars, Jeff Losh, Neil Koehane

Cache Bank & Trust: Byron Bateman, Mike Higgins, Jeff Dove, Kendrik de Koning

Pepsi Bottling Group: Shawn Early, Matt McLaughlin, Bob Dunst, Dave Barnett

All photos courtesy of Juan Leal Team Spradley Barr Ford Lincoln of Greeley and tournament Champions: Mark Cook, Grayson Cook, Nick Umholtz, Kirk Harrison

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2015 Grants and Scholarships Awarded The North Colorado Medical Center Foundation funds lifesaving and life-changing programs both at North Colorado Medical Center and in the community.

The following grants were distributed during the first and second quarters this year:


to support the renovation, expansion and technological upgrade project for the NCMC Cancer Institute.

$37,341 to NCMC

Departments to support the Heart Safe City program, Lifetime Wellness, Monfort Family Birth Center, Hospitality House, Western States Burn Center, Doctor’s Day appreciation, Weigh & Win Kiosk, and NCMC staff education.

$46,116 for

portable IV pumps, flight suits, training mannequins, continuing education, and resale apparel for North Colorado Med Evac.

$12,823 in patient support programs for qualified individuals.

Support includes purchasing specialized burn garments for burn outpatients, assistance with living expenses for patients undergoing various cancer treatments, basic clothing to patients through the Hospitality Closet when their clothing has been destroyed or damaged due to their injury or during initial treatment by emergency personnel, mammograms and diagnostic services, Lifeline emergency alert systems and fitness programs for cardiac and pulmonary patients.

$1,930 for one-time

prescription assistance to people in Weld County who have an urgent medication need, but no way to cover the cost.

$4,198 for the Trauma

Conference - Emergency and Trauma Symposium.

$3,000 from the

Marilyn June Phelps Memorial Lectureship for the CardioVascular Institute Heart Conference.

$2,075 to support


for scholarships awarded to individuals pursuing a career in health care.

$40,000 from

the Keith and Lola Jerome Fund to support the Heart Safe City program and NCMC Cancer Institute renovation and expansion project.

$7,500 from

the Walter Bain Endowed Lecture Series to provide a speaker at the Regional Cancer Conference.

$481 for

patient educational materials.

the Will Rothman Family Chaplaincy program.

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NCMC Cancer Institute Expansion & Renovation Update In 2014, the North Colorado Medical Center embarked on a much needed Cancer Institute expansion and renovation project. As part of the capital project, the NCMC Foundation committed to raise $2 million of the $10 million needed to fund the project. The expansion and renovation includes: • A new linear accelerator and treatment vault • An expanded and improved high-dose rate (HDR) Brachytherapy suite • An expanded medical oncology clinic and infusion center • An additional support space to provide oncology care delivery services Since July of last year, the expansion and renovation project has significantly progressed. Phase one of the renovation has been completed and phase two is nearly half-way to completion. A new TrueBeam 2.0 Linear Accelerator was placed into operation on April 7th and is currently treating patients with new Calypso and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy technology. This new technology is cutting edge in terms of delivering high dose radiation to tumors and will serve a greater number of patients due to its faster treatment times. A new oncology pharmacy is also in service, while the expanded HDR Brachytherapy suites are currently under construction with completion in mid- August. There will be some minor renovation for oncology support space which will comprise phase three. Anticipated completion of the expansion and renovation is fall of 2015.

The need is great for this expansion and renovation. Best practices in cancer treatment, as well as increases in cancer cases and survival rate dictate a need for more space for cancer registry services, oncology research, patient support services, infusion treatment and of course upgraded technology. In fact, 762 new cancer cases were treated in 2014 at the NCMC Cancer Institute in Greeley. That’s up 23.7% over 2013. Patient visits for treatments such as chemo infusion, radiation and doctor consults exceeded 65,000 in 2014. This is up 15,000 over 2013. To-date the NCMC Foundation has raised $1.3 million in support of the Cancer Institute project. If you would like to support the NCMC Cancer Institute Expansion & Renovation through a financial gift, please contact the NCMC Foundation at 970-356-9020.

Kimball Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary Supports Burn Center Members of the Kimball Nebraska Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary made the trip to Greeley on June 12th to present members of the Western States Burn Center with a check for $500.00. The Auxiliary raised funds from various fundraisers and wanted the funds to go to support burn care at NCMC.

Pictured from left to right: Chelsea Autrey, Chelli Autrey, Holli Bohac, Alecia Green and Allison Bruce-Miller, Outreach Program Director, and Beth Meglin, RN from the WSBC.

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NCMC Foundation Awards $56,000 in Scholarships The North Colorado Medical Center Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2015 Scholarships. The Mildred S. Hansen

Nursing Program Scholarship is awarded

Andrew Garcia

Karina Metzler

Maud Darger

Barbara Parker

annually to a non-traditional student who is pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Northern Colorado. This two-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition, books, fees, and a stipend for living expenses. The 2015 recipient is Andrew Garcia of Greeley. The Nurse Education Tuition Assistance Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. This scholarship provides $1,500 per semester for up to five semesters. Recipients of this scholarship must agree to work for the North Colorado Medical Center upon completion of their degree. The 2015 recipient is Karina Metzler of Greeley. Karina is enrolled in the dual enrollment nursing program at Aims Community College and the University of Northern Colorado. The Belle Marquand

Loustalet Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established

by her son, Mike, and his wife, Marilynn, in memory of his mother. The scholarship is awarded annually to an individual who has been accepted into an accredited nursing program with plans to complete a bachelor’s or associate degree in nursing.

Two awards of $2,250 each were awarded. The recipients are Maud Darger of Greeley who is attending the University of Northern Colorado, and Barbara Parker of Frederick who is also attending the University of Northern Colorado.

George A. Coleman and Beverly A. Peratino Nursing Scholarship was established in 2014 by Beverly A. Peratino, RN, MS. Beverly, a retired nurse, director of operating rooms and hospital administrator, had a 44 year career in healthcare, which included Ivy I-Chun Ho most recently the North Colorado Medical Center. Applicants for this scholarship must have been accepted into the Aims Community College Dual Enrollment Nursing Program in conjunction with the University of Northern Colorado and seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) degree. The applicant must agree to apply for a registered nurse position at North Colorado Medical Center upon completion of degree. This $1,000 scholarship may be renewed annually. The recipient of this award is Ivy I-Chun Ho. The Florence Slack Memorial “Nurse of the Year” Award, in

memory of Florence Slack, began in 1986 because of the generosity of family and friends. The award recognizes a nurse annually who demonstrates the nursing skills and patient Andrew Canterbury care that Florence exhibited during her many years at NCMC. Florence was a role model for her peers and a valued member of the nursing team. Most important was her dedication to her patients. It is in the spirit of those traits and in her honor and memory that this award is given. The 2015 recipient of this award is Andrew Canterbury who received $1,000 to be used towards continuing education.

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NCMC Foundation Awards $56,000 in Scholarships continued Scholarship, established by the NCMC Volunteer’s, includes course tuition, certification testing fee, books and medical equipment required for course work. The 2015 recipient is Louis Morales Schnaider of Windsor.

David Bates Memorial Award was established

Casey Starks, MD

through memorial contributions from numerous donors in his memory. Awarded annually to one individual completing his or her residency at North Colorado Family Medicine, the 2015 recipient is Casey Starks, MD and she received $1,500.

The Lily E. Widney Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in her memory by the family of this long-time Greeley resident and former nurse. This scholarship is available to assist a North Colorado Medical Center employee in obtaining an Mark Buss associate or Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. This one-time $500 award serves to recognize an individual making an important contribution to NCMC while simultaneously pursuing a nursing degree. The 2015 recipient is Mark Buss of Ft. Collins. Mark is currently completing nursing school at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Dr. Sam Widney Memorial Award was established

Jacob Miller, MD

through gifts from the Widney Family. This award is given annually to one or more individuals completing his or her residency at North Colorado Family Medicine. In 2015, the award recipient is Jacob Miller, MD and he received $500.

NCMC Volunteer Scholarship is available to assist

any resident of Weld County in obtaining certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) through Nurse Aide courses offered at Aims Community College. This

Louis Morales Schnaider

The Florence Winograd

Educational Scholarship was established by Florence in honor of the care her late husband received at North Colorado Medical Center. The award serves to recognize and reward a group of individuals at NCMC who exemplify teamwork. The winning team shares a grant to be used for continuing education and/or approved expenses related to department or patient education. The 2015 recipient is the Critical Care Services Educational Council. This team is a nursing staff driven forum that advocates for, and provides education to bedside clinical staff to promote and provide excellent patient care. Team members include: Sarah Schneider, RN; Rebecca Cook, RN; Rachel Betz, RN; Andrew Canterbury, RN; Amy Danley, RN; Lindsay Fax, RN; Kara Haines, CNA; Jessica Johnson, RN; Melanie Ladwig, RN; Sarah Massengill, RN; Jackie Medina, CNA and Sarah Thiemann, RN. These team members will receive $2,000 to be used towards continuing education. As part of its ongoing commitment to health education, the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation annually awards these scholarships to individuals in the community and employees at the North Colorado Medical Center. To date, the NCMC Foundation has provided scholarships to more than 110 people. Some of these individuals have remained in Greeley and work as part of the staff at NCMC. Other recipients have chosen different paths. One went to work in a major metropolitan hospital emergency room, another joined the medical staff of a traveling clinic for Alaskan natives, and still another joined the teaching faculty of a university nursing program. Every NCMC Foundation scholarship recipient has a unique story to tell and all have worked very hard to achieve educational and career success.

Please feel free to call Donna Benson, Director of Planned Giving, if you would like more information about the NCMC Foundation scholarship program. She can be reached at 810-6773 or

NCMC Foundation Awards $56,000 in Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

New Banner Hospital Strengthens Local Economy Banner Fort Collins Medical Center boosts employment As the region’s newest full-service, acute care hospital, Banner Fort Collins Medical Center and the adjoining Banner Health Center have created a total of 397 new jobs, including hospital staff plus jobs indirectly created by the hospital, with total labor income topping nearly $15 million a year, according to economic multipliers provided by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The new hospital and outpatient specialty clinic opened April 6 offering Fort Collins and surrounding communities new choices for healthcare in a variety of medical specialties. The Banner Fort Collins Medical Center campus adds to Banner’s growing Northern Colorado employee force that now sits at 4,895 with $249.6 million in payroll, including North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Banner Medical Group, and other Banner Health entities. Along with the hospital staff and additional jobs created regionally, the $86 million construction cost had an impact of $171 million on the surrounding economy, as estimated from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis statewide multipliers from March 2014. For example, during the 18 months of construction, an average of 150 workers per week provided a total of 408,000 hours of labor throughout the course of the project. The hospital campus opened with 22 licensed patient beds and three operating rooms but is designed to eventually accommodate up to 144 patient beds, two additional patient towers, a parking structure and medical office building, as part of a pre-approved, 40-year plan. “Banner Health is committed to providing outstanding patient care in Fort Collins and the surrounding communities,” said Rick Sutton, chief executive officer of Banner Health in Northern Colorado. “With the construction and opening of Banner Fort Collins Medical Center, we’re excited to also help drive the local economy by offering high-quality healthcare and great employment opportunities.”

Banner Fort Collins Medical Center opened on April 6, 2015.

Located at 4700 Lady Moon Dr., Banner Fort Collins Medical Center offers emergency care, orthopedics, general surgery, women’s health, labor and delivery, gastroenterology, urology, pulmonology, neurosurgery, intensive care as well as other medical specialties. Additionally, the hospital is the first in Northern Colorado equipped with TeleAcute Care, a remote monitoring technology that allows expert, off-site nurses to observe real-time vital signs and test results for every patient admitted to the hospital, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that potential adverse trends are identified and promptly addressed. In addition to the latest technology, Banner Health also gives back to the community through charity care and nonprofit support. Last year Banner Health in Northern Colorado gave more than $62 million in charity care/bad debt and provided support to more than 55 organizations, programs and events.

About Banner Fort Collins Medical Center Banner Fort Collins Medical Center is a nonprofit, acute-care hospital offering emergency services, medical imaging, general surgery, orthopedics, urology, labor and delivery, women’s services, gastroenterology, intensive care, and other medical and surgical services. It is part of Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit healthcare systems in the country with 28 hospitals located in seven states. For more information, please visit

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North Colorado Medical Center Foundation 1801 16th Street Greeley, CO 80631

Upcoming Events Estate Planning Service

NCMC Turkey Trot

North Colorado Medical Center Foundation Monday, August 24 by appointment

North Colorado Medical Center Thursday, November 26

Meet individually with Frank Stepp, Senior Vice President with Thompson & Associates. The program is a free service provided to the community by the NCMC Foundation. For more information about the service or to schedule an appointment with Mr. Stepp, please contact Donna Benson at donna.benson@ or 970-810-6773.

This event benefits the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at NCMC. For sponsorship opportunities contact Diana Wood at diana. or 970-810-2687. Registration is open at keyword: NCMC Turkey Trot. For more information go to

Western States Burn Center Golf Classic

Boomerang Golf Links - Greeley Thursday, September 17

This golf tournament benefits the Western States Burn Center at NCMC. AM and PM tee times available. Contact Diana Wood at or 970-810-2687 to register.

NCMC Foundation Gala

Embassy Suites Hotel - Loveland Saturday, January 30, 2016

This event benefits the NCMC Cancer Institute. Contact Diana Wood at or 970-810-2687 for sponsorship opportunities and ticket information.

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