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True North

Winter 2017 • Volume 7 • Issue 3

Monfort Children’s Clinic –

Celebrating 20 Years of Caring. . . . . . . . . . . 10

In This Issue Letter from Foundation Leadership

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit transitioning to Level III status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Monfort Children’s Clinic: Celebrating 20 Years of Caring for Greeley’s Kids

Honoring the founders, the early years and the clinic today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Meet Wendy Sparks

Chief Operating Officer at North Colorado Medical Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Tax Savings For Those Who Don’t Itemize

Frank Stepp, Sr. Vice President, Thompson & Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Fundraising Concert to Support Monfort Family Birth Center and Pediatrics

Thanks to Peter and Beth Martin for hosting country music house party . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Pediatric Department Unveils New Playroom

Built with $60,000 NCMC Foundation grant via M. Lucile Harrison Pediatric Fund . . . . . . . 11

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

27th Annual Western States Burn Center Golf Classic Raises Over $68,000

Featuring winners, photos and thank you to sponsors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

NCMC Employees Make a Difference!

2017 Better Together Employee Campaign generates over $71,000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Stoller Family to Receive Legacy Award at 2018 Gala

Award honors family’s commitment to philanthropy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Greeley Stampede and Ranack Cares Foundation Assist North Colorado Medical Center

NCMC Foundation presented with a check for $16,000 to support NCMC Breast Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

NCMC Foundation Scholarships

Healthcare scholarship opportunities available for 2018. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

NCMC Foundation Awards Over $950,000 in Grants

Funding to support lifesaving and life-changing programs at North Colorado Medical Center and in the community. . . . . . . . 24

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

2017 NCMC Foundation Board of Directors Front row: Sally Warde, Jean Morrell, Wendy Sparks–NCMC COO, Stephanie Torrez, Rose Stoller. Top row: Curtis Crylen, MD, Tim Brynteson, John Dollarhide, Ryan Kamada, John Haefeli, Scott Warner, Steve Baker, Scott Johnson, Chris Kiser–Foundation President, Masoud Shirazi, Benjamin George, MD, Royal Lovell, Jeff Carlson–NCMC, Inc. Board Chair. Not pictured: Peter Martin–Foundation Board Chair

Letter from Foundation Leadership “A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” Pulitzer-prize winning author and poet Carl Sandburg aptly summarized the importance of providing the very best possible healthcare for the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. In an ever-evolving effort to provide leading-edge medical technology for the citizens of north Colorado, the Monfort Family Birth Center at NCMC will transition to a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2018.

Chris Kiser Foundation President

Special Care Nursery Transitions to Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2018

Currently, the Level II Special Care Nursery cares for babies who are 32 weeks or older and weigh more than 3.3 pounds. If a baby is delivered prior to 32 weeks, or smaller than the 3.3 pounds, they are transported to Denver for their care. Because babies are often hospitalized for weeks, this becomes a hardship for local families, as travel to Denver is expensive, time consuming and disruptive. By gaining Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit status in 2018, premature newborns and their families will be able to receive the necessary care at NCMC. Infants who are 28 weeks and older, and weigh approximately 2.25 pounds, will be cared for by a team consisting of a Neonatologist, a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, and specialty trained Registered Nurses along with the support from other hospital departments such as respiratory therapy. In addition to the specialized care from highly trained professionals, additional equipment is needed as part of the transition to becoming a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NCMC Foundation is collaborating with the Monfort Family Birth Center to raise funds for this special project. The new equipment needs are as follows:

Infant Warmers – utilized in high-risk deliveries, a warmer provides heat to keep the newborn warm, a scale to weigh the baby and it also provides the baby with oxygen and monitoring. The cost is $24,000 each.

Incubators – used to provide a consistent thermal environment for premature newborns. They reduce noise, and allow the staff to treat the baby so it can rest and grow while being undisturbed. The cost is $44,000 each.

Phototherapy – premature infants need phototherapy lights and biliblankets to decrease bilirubin levels. The cost of the lights and blankets are $3,000 each. Of the approximately 1,800 babies born each year at NCMC, an estimated 82 will need Level III NICU treatment. As we celebrate this season of giving, please consider a tax deductible gift to the NCMC Foundation that will truly make a meaningful difference to the youngest members of our community. Through your generosity, the NCMC Foundation will purchase this vital lifesaving equipment. Please return your contribution in the enclosed envelope or call 970-810-6775 for more information on how you can help.

Thank you for making a difference! 2

Chris Kiser NCMC Foundation President

Monfort Children’s Clinic: Celebrating 20 Years of Caring for Greeley’s Kids Imagine needing medical care for your child but not having the means to provide it. That’s how the parents of more than 5,000 Weld County children felt in 1994. Doctors accepting Medicaid were scarce so many turned to the emergency room, or simply hoped for the best. “These kids had no place to go, so they often went without care. There were only a few doctors willing to see them so they didn’t receive regular care and many were terribly behind on their immunizations. It was the kids with chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes, and those with seizures and heart problems that most desperately needed a medical home,” said Dr. Masroor Kakakhel, known as Dr. K, who gave up his position at Children’s Hospital in 1998 to dedicate much of his career as a pediatrician to care for Greeley’s children in need. Twenty years later the clinic is still going strong, with over 6,500 kids calling it their medical home. But how did it come to be? Who were the key players in making it happen? Why is it known as a success story for other communities to imitate? Read on to celebrate the achievements over the years that made the clinic what it is today.

Monfort Children’s Clinic as it appears today.

pediatrician in Greeley, was the one who had the idea for the clinic, but it was the army of volunteers behind him that made it a reality, many of those coming from the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation. In keeping with its mission of promoting and enhancing the health of our community, the Foundation spearheaded the creation of the Monfort Children’s Clinic. Through the coordinated efforts of NCMC Foundation Campaign Chairperson, Dr. Richard Kemme, a retired Greeley orthopedic surgeon, and board members, staff and supporters—including Richard Boettcher, Mike Shoop, Bob Francella, Gary Schrenk and several others— Cook’s grand idea became an even grander reality.

1997 – 2017

Celebrating the Founders of Monfort Children’s Clinic When you ask how the idea of the Monfort Children’s Clinic came about, the same names are mentioned again and again. Most agree that the late Dr. Donald Cook, a beloved, former

“Dr. Don Cook deserves all the credit for the idea and getting people involved. He came along to all of the committee’s asks and he explained the concept so well people would almost be reaching for their wallets before he finished,” said Dr. Kemme, who was the first to speak up and volunteer. 3

Monfort Children’s Clinic continued The campaign committee met once a week, with the goal of completing two donor requests a week. At the first meeting they discussed the names of community members they felt had both the interest and the capacity to give. Harold Winograd kicked off the fundraising campaign, and a $1 million gift from the Monfort Family Foundation soon followed.

The temporary clinic, circa 1995.

“We started with a goal of $1 million, then raised it to $5 million. In the end we raised over $6 million, a year ahead of time,” Kemme said. Dr. Donald Cook at MCC.

Today, over

6,500 patients

are served each year at MCC via

Mike Shoop, who served as Community Division Chairperson, had the job of raising smaller dollar amounts but from more people. He said the community rose to the occasion.

“People appreciated that the money with a pediatric we raised stayed medical provider. in Greeley to help Greeley kids,” said Shoop, who joined the NCMC Foundation Board at the time to help with the efforts and stayed on for 20 years. He held every position at one time or another on the Board. He was a key fundraiser for the Monfort Children’s Clinic, as was his father-in-law, Richard Boettcher.

22,000 visits

“As a pediatrician in town, Dr. Cook saw that children were not getting medical services when 4

Gary Schrenk and Bob Francella celebrate a job well done!

they needed them, so we decided to survey the families in person. We went around the community and asked parents, ‘Do you take your kids to the doctor?’ and over and over again we heard them answer no. They couldn’t afford it or they couldn’t get in. That’s when we knew we had to do something. Dr. Cook was the catalyst,” said Richard Boettcher, who served as Major Gifts Division Chairperson for the NCMC Foundation Board. Thanks to a good cause and generous enterprise zone tax credits at the time, gifts came easily. Donors received a generous state tax credit in addition to the standard tax deduction. The fundraising goal was to make the clinic selfsustainable, and thanks to the efforts of so many, for several years it was just that. In the end, 1,700 individuals gave a total of $4 million, along with a

Monfort Children’s Clinic continued $2 million endowment established to pay operating costs into the future. The endowment still exists, and some of it was recently used to replace the roof and enhance the grounds.

The Early Years—from Trailer to New Building The Foundation took on the charge of securing a building and setting up the operations of the clinic. Gary Schrenk, who served as the President of the NCMC Foundation at the time, stepped up to make the clinic a reality. One of his first moves was to hire Bob Francella as Executive Director for Monfort Children’s Clinic.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Monfort Children’s Clinic, September 1996.

“Don Cook spoke about the issue at Rotary, and I went to Bob and said, ‘What do you think? Should the NCMC Foundation build a children’s clinic?’ As a foundation, we went well beyond what hospital foundations were doing at the time. It’s still unique today for a foundation to be actively involved in the health of the community,” Schrenk said. Guests enjoy the grand opening celebration, August 1997.

“I always say, creating the Monfort Children’s Clinic was the Foundation’s signature achievement over the years. The clinic is still meeting the needs of kids today, and remains a valuable community asset.” – Chris Kiser, NCMC Foundation President

Construction of Monfort Children’s Clinic, November 1996.

He said it took a complex array of meetings, discussions, and great leadership from volunteers to build the clinic. Thanks to the large group of dedicated, Grand Opening Cake! influential people who got behind the effort, the clinic moved from idea to reality. “As Campaign Chairperson, Dr. Dick Kemme deserves a great deal of credit. He really stuck with it. You rarely find a fundraising volunteer that will do the amount of work he did,” Schrenk said. 5

Monfort Children’s Clinic continued Since the need demanded immediate action, the group decided to open the clinic in a temporary location before the new building could be constructed at 100 N 11th Avenue, where it still resides today. Schrenk and Francella located a four-unit modular clinic building—lovingly called the trailer—in Yuma, Colorado and had it disassembled, transferred to Greeley on four trucks, and reassembled on site. “We asked the City of Greeley if we could use the corner of Rodarte Park as a temporary location, and knowing the need, they granted our request,” Francella said. Bob Francella had the nuts and bolts task of setting up first the temporary clinic in 1995, and

then the permanent clinic in 1997. This meant hiring staff, creating policies and procedures, buying software, equipment, and furniture— basically doing everything it takes to set up a medical practice.

Richard Boettcher at the grand opening.

“It was the capstone of my career to meet the healthcare needs of area families. It’s a terrible thing for a family to go through, wondering where they can take their child for care. We at the Foundation knew we could do better, and we poured our hearts and souls into it,” Francella said. With the temporary clinic up and running, the group turned their efforts toward planning what the permanent clinic would look like. They considered how many patients they expected, and what the design should include—a welcoming entrance, waiting area, separate waiting area for sick kids, a play area, clinical areas and a community center.

Richard Boettcher and Dr. Richard Kemme at the MCC Campaign Celebration.

MCC Campaign Celebration – Andrea Wilson, Richard Boettcher, Masoud Shirazi, Kay Kosmicki, Dr. Donald Cook, Dr. Richard Kemme and Mike Shoop


“We went through 10 to 15 generations of drawings in the dreaming phase. I would literally take the blue prints and put them on the counter and clinic staff would look at it and make suggestions, like how about you connect the nursing station to this patient area? Staff would put sticky notes all over it, and we’d take it to the group for another round of review. It was a highly cooperative process,” Francella said. By the time the new $2 million, 15,000-foot building was constructed, it already had 5,400 children that called it their medical home—those that had come and sought care at the temporary location.

Monfort Children’s Clinic continued “It was startling how many people found us so quickly. If you build it, they will come and they certainly did! We had a great group of providers and we achieved a high level of excellence resulting in customer satisfaction numbers in the upper 90th percentile every quarter,” Francella said.

Hope Gauna at MCC front desk.

In the early days, Dr. Don Cook took up the charge as the primary doctor of the clinic, until his third and official retirement in 1998. After retiring, he was elected to serve as President of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1999-2000—where he spread the word on how to set up clinics for the underserved. If he were still living today he would be proud to see what Monfort Children’s Clinic has become.

Francella credits the success of the project to the efforts of Schrenk for bringing people together, the dedication of volunteers, and the hiring After two years of of good people. Schrenk planning and 292 days was the one who pushed of construction, the clinic for a new building rather was completed. Thissen than renovating an existing Construction served as building. According to the general contractor Francella, Schrenk said, for the project, and the Dr. Masroor Kakakhel at MCC nurse’s station. ‘Let’s do it right, let’s build NCMC Foundation was something that would be a represented by Borge lasting testament to our commitment to children.’ Villumsen, the project’s volunteer construction manager. In the end, more than 100 volunteers “I wanted us to build something people could get contributed nearly 3,500 hours to complete behind and support. We created a great vision for people to rally around. It feels really good to know that we succeeded in building that vision, and bringing along thousands of people who helped along the way,” Schrenk said. Francella also names early staff members— including Hope Gauna, who is still with the clinic as manager of the dental clinic for Sunrise Community Health, Gayle Duggar, and Amy Gomez, current office coordinator with the NCMC Foundation, and others—as the reason the clinic was so successful from the start.

1999 Retirement Celebration for Dr. Donald Cook at the MCC. Guests included Mitzi Moran, Sunrise Community Health CEO (far left), as well as the late Mike Bloom, former Sunrise Community Health CEO (second from left).


Monfort Children’s Clinic continued which serves the whole person, offering acute care, wellness care, dental care and behavioral health. “Providing integrated care is really essential to the long-term success of these kids. By building a family medicine clinic right next door, we’ve expanded care to the entire family. We believe that when parents are healthy, kids are healthy,” said Mitzi Moran, CEO for Sunrise Community Health. The donor wall recognizes generous contributions.

Dr. Kakakhel served as medical director and head pediatrician for over eighteen years. He still sees patients and will, he says, “as long as I am able to walk and talk and think.” “Back in 1999, I saw the need and was happy to fill it, plus I knew Dr. Cook for years and it was really hard to say no to him. It has been a good career for me,” Dr. Kakakhel said.

Donor wall unveiling at MCC grand opening.

the building of the clinic, and more than 1,700 generous individuals contributed upwards of $5.5 million to see it through.

The Clinic Today In 2001, the Monfort Children’s Clinic became a part of the Sunrise Community Health Centers. Joining has provided stability and expanded services for patients. The missions aligned well, and being a part of Sunrise—a federally qualified health center—meant an ongoing source of funding for future operations. The clinic continues to provide quality healthcare to kids in need. The focus today is integrated care


Today, Dr. Deborah Archer is the lead pediatrician at the clinic. Brian Stromer, PA, heads up the family medicine clinic next door, and Ashlee Garcia serves as the clinic manager. “I believe in the spirit of our community. I believe our hearts are open and that it’s hardwired into the fabric of this community to care. My hope for Monfort Children’s Clinic is that we will always have good people who step up to do this noble work—and I believe we will,” Francella said. “I am so pleased that 20 years later, the founding vision is still cooking. It was important then, and it is just as important now. It’s an honor to continue the vision and mission that the founder’s started. The fact that the original vision is still going strong is the biggest accomplishment of all,” Moran concluded.

Meet Wendy Sparks Chief Operating Officer at North Colorado Medical Center Wendy Sparks has witnessed many changes in healthcare in her 29 years at NCMC, particularly on the local level. “When I started my career at NCMC, we were a stand-alone community hospital,” she said. “Over the years, I have watched as we became part of the Lutheran Health System and then the transformation into Banner Health. It’s been a very interesting and positive journey for me.” Sparks, a 31 year resident of Greeley, worked her way up the ranks at NCMC, starting out as a buyer and spending 24 years in supply chain management, where she specialized in contracting for supplies and equipment. Now the Chief Operating Officer at NCMC with a great deal of administrative oversight responsibilities, Sparks has an admirable way of staying involved with NCMC’s patients, their families and the clinical staff. “I try to visit a patient care area once a day. It helps me to stay grounded and it reminds me why I am here. It’s all about the patients and making sure they receive the best possible care,” she said. “Whatever we can do to make healthcare easier for folks is what will differentiate us.” Sparks, a graduate of Colorado State “ Whatever we University with a Bachelor of Science can do to make degree in business, healthcare also earned an MBA easier for folks from Grand Canyon is what will University. Her differentiate us.” husband, John, is a logistics analyst at Agrium. They are the parents of two grown children, Tyson, 26, an aerospace engineer, and Tanner, 23, an estimator in the construction business. Both of her children were born at NCMC.

Wendy and John at the Grand Canyon.

A Sparks’ family wedding

Enjoying their time as empty nesters, the Sparks’ enjoy biking, hiking, country music, skiing and working out. Travel is also a passion, as they have visited 13 countries in recent years. An active community volunteer, Sparks is treasurer of the Upstate Colorado Economic Development board, and also serves on the investment committee for the United Way of Weld County. 9

Tax Savings For Those Who Don’t Itemize by Frank Stepp, Sr. Vice President, Thompson & Associates

The Charitable IRA Roll-Over

Clients meeting with Frank Stepp

North Colorado Medical Center Foundation is pleased to offer our friends and supporters a valuable Values-based Estate Planning service from an expert estate planning advisor. Frank Stepp, from Thompson & Associates, visits Greeley monthly to meet with and assist families or individuals as they navigate through various practical, emotional, and planning related issues. If you are interested in learning more about this complimentary service, or scheduling an appointment with Frank, please contact Donna Benson, Director of Planned Giving, at donna.benson@bannerhealth. com or 970-810-6773.


Every year I’m blessed to meet with individuals and families touched by the work the North Colorado Medical Center does in the community. From the cancer center to pediatrics to general medical needs, it’s always humbling to see the dedication and support they have for the mission of providing compassionate care and hope for the local community. While we often focus on the advances NCMC is making, they also look for ways to better serve supporters in the community. That is why the NCMC Foundation strives to educate supporters on the most efficient ways to give. This allows their hard-earned dollars to go further towards helping their families and our community. In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the IRA Charitable Rollover that was made a “permanent” part of our U.S. tax code at the end of 2015. Many of these articles seem to speak to the benefits this legislation can provide to those high-income earners, yet this legislation provides great benefits for those who are in lower income tax brackets and even for those who don’t itemize their deductions. Steven and Lori are great examples of this, as they have always been faithful donors to their hospital, church, and other organizations but were not able to give enough to exceed the standard deduction. They have been meticulous savers and worked hard to build up their retirement nest egg. When they reached the age of 70½ they were required to take distributions from their retirement accounts. However, instead of taking the full distribution for themselves, they directed a portion to the charities they were supporting. By utilizing this giving technique, Steven and Lori could give more efficiently. Since they didn’t itemize, they normally lost out on the charitable deduction. Because the IRA Charitable Rollover allowed them to exclude the IRA distribution to the charities from their income, they were still able to save income tax on this amount. Additionally, the reduction of their adjusted gross income (“AGI”) may reduce the taxation of their social security benefits and various other tax items. While the IRA Charitable Rollover provides unique tax benefits not found with other types of gifts, there are some requirements and restrictions. You must be age 70½ or older at the time of the gift and are limited to a $100,000 you can transfer to qualified public charities each year. Additionally, it is required that the gift come directly from the IRA Administrator to the charitable organization. You can’t receive the money and then pass it on to the charity. Lastly, the charity cannot have provided you any goods or services in exchange for the IRA Charitable Rollover.

Fundraising Concert to Support Monfort Family Birth Center and Pediatrics NCMC Foundation board chairman Peter Martin and his wife, Beth, hosted a country music house party at their home on September 30 to raise funds for the Monfort Family Birth Center and Pediatric Department. Nashville singer, songwriter and record producer Anthony Smith was the featured artist. Attendees were treated to songs Smith has written including numerous hits performed by George Straight, Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Confederate Railroad and Tim McGraw. The event raised $12,500 to purchase essential equipment needed for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is moving from a Level II to a Level III care unit in 2018. Thank you to the Martins for their generosity in hosting the event, and to all who supported this great cause!

Singer, songwriter and record producer Anthony Smith entertains guests.

Pediatric Department Unveils New Playroom The NCMC Pediatric Department celebrated the grand opening of their Pediatric Playroom in late August with an open house. The playroom was made possible by a $60,000 grant from the NCMC Foundation through the M. Lucile Harrison Pediatric Fund. Ms. Harrison was a longtime professor of elementary education at the University of Northern Colorado, an author of numerous textbooks and scholarly articles, and was an early pioneer in developing reading readiness programs. She was also a well known amateur photographer. Guests had the opportunity to tour the playroom, view the updated department furnishings and meet Dr. Brian Money, the new Pediatric Hospitalist.

NCMC Pediatric staff members enjoy the new Pediatric Playroom. Seated: Dr. Brian Money, Hospitalist Pediatrics L to R: Tamra Chacon, RN Pediatrics; Jean Krajec, RN Pediatrics; Tammy Piccone, RN Director, Women’s and Infant’s Services and Pediatrics; Deb Clark, RN Manager, Pediatrics


27th Annual Western States Burn Center Golf Classic Raises Over $68,000 The NCMC Foundation hosted the 27th Annual Western States Burn Center Golf Tournament on September 21st at the Eaton Country Club. A beautiful fall day provided the backdrop with nearly 300 golfers, sponsors and volunteers participating in one of the region’s most popular golf outings. The event was sold out for the eighth consecutive year, and raised over $68,000 in net proceeds for the Western States Burn Center. Providing advanced care for serious burn injuries since 1981, the Burn Center team includes physicians, a nurse practitioner, physiatrists, nurses, physical, occupation and respiratory therapists, social workers, dieticians, pharmacists, psychologists and psychiatrists. Coordination of these services enables optimal patient care, from the initial acute setting to the outpatient rehabilitation process. Proceeds from the Golf Classic have been used to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, specialty garments, facemasks and accessories for underinsured burn patients and provide continuing education.

Club in Longmont. They presented the WSBC with contributions totaling $28,500 supporting the burn center fund. Since 1991, the KOS have contributed an astounding $489,500 to support the Western States Burn Center. This year’s event garnered much excitement with a Hole-in-One winner by Nick Francis on hole #15! Nick was thrilled to have won an all-expense paid Pebble Beach Resort golf vacation for two. The hole was sponsored by SRC Energy.

In 2016, the WSBC treated 136 inpatients and 842 outpatient visits. It’s the largest adult burn center in the state and one of 123 specialized burn care centers in the United States treating patients primarily from the eight-state Rocky Mountain Region. Housed at NCMC, the 12,500 sq. ft. facility provides ten critical care suites and four step-down beds and offers leading edge care and state-of-theart technology for the treatment of burn injuries. In addition to the proceeds generated from the WSBC Golf Classic, the Knights of Swallows – an oil and gas related charitable group – hosted their 27th annual golf tournament at Fox Hill Country 12

Nick Francis scores a hole-in-one!

Overall Low Gross Championship Flight Winners: Liberty Oilfield Services – Jim Reagan, Mark Palmer, Greg McIntosh, and Milo Twiford

Morning Flight: First Place Team: Extraction Oil & Gas – John Marcelli, Joe Newman, John Nice, and Jason Nice Second Place Team: Silverline Services – Zeb Wells, Don Walton, Nick Wagner, and Marc Vincell Third Place Team: Leed Energy – Jason Gibbs, Wes Aaron, Rodolfo Ortega, and Rick Dean

Afternoon Flight: First Place Team: Francis Royalties – Nick Francis, Jon Arnold, Mike Smits, and Matt Jones

Taking a few minutes to enjoy the day.

Second Place Team: SRC Energy, Inc. – Craig Rasmuson, Terry Dewey, Marissa O’Dell, and Lorie Wood Third Place Team: O-Tex Pumping, LLC – Chuck Klosterman, Paul Petrie, Paul Novotny, and Ken Young

Winner of the Lagoon Chip Shot: winning Golf for Four at the Greeley Country Club was Jon Arnold

Winner of the Marshmallow Long Drive: winning a $200 Cash Prize was John Morcelli

Hole-in-One #15: winning a Pebble Beach Resort Golf

John and Karen Zack and Bill Cahill

Vacation for Two valued at $10,000 was Nick Francis

Longest Drive:


Hole #4 AM Winner: Milo Twiford Hole #4 PM Winner: Brittany Casetta Hole #14 AM Winner: Nick Wagner Hole #14 PM Winner: Joseph Silipo

Bryan Haubert, Tournament Chair, Flotek

Closest to the Pin:

Rebecca Garber, Western States Burn Center

Hole #5 AM Winner: Nick Wagner Hole #5 PM Winner: Ken Bigham Hole #15 AM Winner: Mike Walker Hole #15 PM Winner: Nick Francis

A huge thank you to the tournament committee, sponsors and volunteers! We’ll see you next year!

Jill Angelo, Noble Energy Allison Bruce-Miller, Western States Burn Center Chris Callaway, Titan Solutions, LLC Tim Halsey, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Heath Holloway, Titan Solutions, LLC Caity Kvamme, Cementer’s Well Service, Inc. CJ Mylander, Dragon Products Greg Pickerel, Noble Energy Craig Rasmuson, SRC Energy Jim Reagan, Liberty Oilfield Services Collin Richardson, Mineral Resources, Inc. Diana Wood, Tournament Director, NCMC Foundation Karen Zack, Western States Burn Center 13

27th Annual Western States Burn Center Golf Classic continued

Francis Royalties - Jon Arnold, Nick Francis, Matt Jones, and Mike Smits

Volunteers – NCMC Foundation Board Member John W. Haefeli and Mitch Wagy

Blackeagle Energy Services – Christian Baumgart, Mike Walker, Mark McPhee, and Luke Coats

Poudre Valley REA – Lennie Jordan, Matt Organ, Kirk Drew, and Bill Unruh


Volunteers – Greg Becker, Dr. Lyndsay Deeter, and Allison Bruce-Miller

27th Annual Western States Burn Center Golf Classic continued

Goodie Bag Stuffing - Committee Members Greg Pickerel, Tim Halsey, Rebecca Garber, Allison Bruce-Miller, Diana Wood, Bryan Haubert, and Karen Zack

JE Dunn Construction – Jose Amaya teeing off.

Meritage Midstream – Terry Barr, Mark Ulmer, Chris Zarate, and Mark Moon

Liberty Oilfield Services cooking tasty snacks for the golfers and volunteers!

Taking a swing with a baseball bat at the Choose Your Club hole!


27th Annual Western States Burn Center Golf Classic continued

Titan Solutions cooking up some grub for the golfers and volunteers!

Getting ready for the afternoon shotgun.

Leed Energy – Wes Aaron, Jason Gibbs, and Rino Ortega

North Colorado Medical Center – William Bunning, Greg Becker, Randy Sparkman, and Dan Feilmeier

Thank you to our many sponsors!

LaSalle Oil Co. – Fred Stirling, Sam Martinez, Doug Downes, and Elmer Kitzman


27th Annual Western States Burn Center Golf Classic continued

TRRSI – Maggie Robel, Aaron Ruder, Bryce Maifeld, and Matt Larkin

Volunteer Allison Bruce-Miller taking the Shock Top PT Cruiser donated by American Eagle Distributing Co. - Budweiser for a quick ride!

Cementer’s Well Service, Inc. – Dan Dennie and Jerry Lewis

Graybar – Steve Stricker, Brittany Casetta, Greg Pickerel, and Jill Angelo

Trying to land the golf ball in the boat at the Lagoon Chip Shot contest!


NCMC Employees Make a Difference! The 2017 Better Together Employee Campaign concluded October 6 with over $71,000 contributed by North Colorado Medical Center employees to NCMC, United Way of Weld County, and Banner Health’s “Supporting Our Staff” (SOS) program! Employees were able to donate through a pledge, cash, check, credit card or donate PTO hours. This year, employees donated an astounding 716 hours, which totaled $12,010 of the overall campaign total. NCMC employees enjoying the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” themed event with Several fun events were held as berry blintzes, yogurt parfaits and a coffee bar. part of this year’s movie-themed campaign, including an auction for Their focus is to invest in the future success of our a premier parking space, prize drawings, including children, partner to address homelessness and live a paid day off, a concession stand style lunch healthy lifestyles. celebration, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” that included Banner Health’s “Supporting Our Staff” program berry blintzes, yogurt parfaits and a coffee bar and is designed to provide relief to Banner employees a wrap-up popcorn bar celebration! facing a temporary financial hardship resulting Employees had the opportunity to win several from an unexpected personal crisis. fun prizes, including two Apple iPads, two movie The Better Together Campaign is grounded in the themed gift baskets, a “Thank You” paid day off, a belief that NCMC employees can accomplish more $20,000 car voucher and a Palm Springs weekend together, by promoting a spirit of philanthropy getaway. that ultimately makes a significant difference in The NCMC Foundation and the United Way of our hospital and community. Weld County support countless programs and Foundation staff members Diana Wood and Amy activities in our hospital and community. The Gomez, along with department managers and NCMC Foundation raises funds to support directors, and United Way representative Verniece department specific needs, the purchase of stateThomas played vital roles in the overall success of of-the-art medical equipment and advanced the campaign. technology, scholarships, and continuing education opportunities for staff. United Way of Weld For more information about the Better County funds programs and provides services that Together Employee Campaign, please call help thousands of people in Weld County in the Diana Wood at 970-810-2687. areas of health, education and financial stability.


Stoller Family to Receive Legacy Award at 2018 Gala Rose Stoller has been profoundly “Train up a child impacted by this in the way that simple verse from they should go, Proverbs. She experienced it at and when they are an early age, as old, they will not both her Christian depart from it.” parents were very Proverbs 22:6 philanthropic. “Giving is a learned behavior, and I always considered my mother and father to be very generous,” said Stoller. “I enjoy giving back and how it makes me feel. I learned from my parents that the greater blessing is in giving rather than receiving.” This commitment to philanthropy and public service is why the Stoller family is being honored as the 2018 NCMC Foundation Legacy Award recipient. They become the 29th honoree of this award, which is given annually to an individual, organization or family for their distinguished service and leadership in healthcare in our community. “This award is about far more than my family and I. It’s about all of us - our community, our children. That is all of our legacy,” said Stoller. “When I look at the list of past honorees, those people impacted my life in a positive way. They may not know it, but they did.” Rose and her husband of 40 years, Jack, are the parents of two children, Caity, 37, and Brandi, 34. Caity is married to Windsor, Colorado native Nate Kvamme, a former standout linebacker and four year starter for the Colorado State University football team. The couple welcomed their first child – Annabelle Morris Kvamme – on September 23, 2017. Brandi, a graduate of Colorado State University and Denver School of Nursing, is


The Stoller family with baby Annabelle

committed to infant healthcare as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver. The Stollers moved to Greeley 25 years ago, and immediately became involved in various organizations through their church and their daughters’ activities. “I met people along the way that changed my life. The Legacy Award is about them,” she added. “We have all been touched by someone, and I look at this as a way to honor every legacy represented at the 2018 Gala. This is about people who have changed our lives.” Stoller serves as the chairman of the National Gala Task Force for the American Cancer Society which provides leadership training and mentoring for 179 Distinguished Events across the nation which

Stoller Family to Receive Legacy Award continued is projected to raise over $50 million dollars in 2017; is a member of both the NCMC Foundation and the NCMC, Inc. Board of Directors; honorary member of Scroll and Fan and member of PEO Chapter BE. Stoller, always modest, has a knack for keeping things in perspective. A favorite quote of hers is “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.” “I want people to feel inspired. Giving a gift goes far beyond oneself, and it makes an impact that will last a lifetime.”

The Stoller family gathers for Nate and Caity’s wedding.

Greeley Stampede and Ranack Cares Foundation Assist North Colorado Medical Center Greeley Stampede Committee Chairman John DeWitt and committee member Kent Heckel presented the NCMC Foundation with a check on October 24 totaling $16,000 from the Greeley Stampede and Ranack Cares Foundation in support of the NCMC Breast Center. The funds will provide screenings through mammograms, diagnostic services and biopsies to help identify breast cancer in patients unable to pay for the services. The funds also provide assistance with basic living expenses for individuals undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The financial assistance is given in the form of grants to qualifying patients in Greeley and surrounding communities. The proceeds were generated from the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Rodeo held in June as part of the Greeley Stampede festivities, as well as fundraising activities held by the Ranack Cares Foundation to provide assistance to those in need. “We greatly value our partnership with the Greeley Stampede and the Ranack Cares Foundation. Through their generosity, they make a significant difference in the lives of our patients,” said Chris Kiser, NCMC Foundation President.

John DeWitt, Stampede Committee Chairman (far left) and Kent Heckel, Stampede Committee Member (far right) present the check to Chris Kiser, NCMC Foundation President and Mary Scheid, NoCo Breast Centers Senior Manager.


NCMC Foundation Scholarships The North Colorado Medical Center Foundation awards approximately $90,000 annually in scholarships. Listed below are the details regarding each scholarship to be awarded in 2018: Mildred S. Hansen Nursing Program Scholarship is awarded annually to a nontraditional student (age 25 or older) who is pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). This two-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition, books, fees, and a stipend for living expenses.

Nurse Education Tuition Assistance Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science 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. Three of these scholarships will be awarded.

Belle Marquand Loustalet Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established by her late 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. Four awards of $5,000 each will be awarded.

George A. Coleman and Beverly A. Peratino Nursing Scholarship was established by Beverly A. Peratino, RN, in 2014. Applicant must have been accepted into the Aims Community College Dual Enrollment Nursing Program with the University of Northern Colorado and seeking a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Applicant must agree to apply for a registered nurse position at NCMC upon completion of degree. This scholarship provides approximately $1,000 per year and recipient may reapply annually. 22

NCMC Foundation Surgical Tech Scholarship is available to individuals studying to obtain an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Surgical Technology through courses offered at Colorado-based community colleges. Recipients of this scholarship must agree to work at NCMC upon completion of their degree.

David E. Bates, MD Memorial Award was established through memorial contributions from numerous donors in his memory. This award is given annually to one individual completing his or her residency at North Colorado Family Medicine. 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 Scholarship applications must be Medical Center in the NCMC Foundation office employee in no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, obtaining an March 16, 2018. The application Associate or can also be found on the NCMC Bachelor’s of Foundation’s website at Science Degree in Nursing. This one-time Please contact Donna Benson, award serves Director of Planned Giving, at to recognize 970-810-6773 or donna.benson@ an individual, for additional making an information regarding the NCMC important Foundation scholarship program. contribution to NCMC while simultaneously pursuing a nursing degree.

Dr. Sam Widney Memorial Award was established 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.

NCMC Foundation Scholarships continued USA Scholarship was established to offer North Colorado Medical Center employees (or spouses/children of employees) working in environmental services positions the opportunity to further or complete their education through courses at a community college, technical school, or a university. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2018.

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 scholarship, established by the NCMC Volunteers, includes course tuition, certification testing fee, books and medical equipment required for course work. Two scholarships will be awarded in 2018.

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. One scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded in 2018.

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 135 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.


NCMC Foundation Awards Over $950,000 in Grants 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 have been distributed through the third quarter of this year:


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


for Monfort Children’s Clinic building improvements.


to Greeley-Evans School District 6 from the Curtis Strong Eye Fund for the purchase of eye care diagnostic equipment.


for scholarships awarded to individuals pursuing a career in healthcare.


for the Curtis Strong Center for the Visually Impaired to support low vision services.





for the Western States Burn Center to purchase The Burn Navigator device, attend the annual American Burn Association convention, host the 2018 American Burn Association regional meeting, receive Phoenix SOAR® (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) program training, purchase an iPad to support TeleBurn care, marketing materials and the burn survivors picnic. 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 clothing has been destroyed or damaged due to injury or during initial treatment by emergency personnel, mammograms and diagnostic services, Lifeline emergency alert systems and fitness programs for Cardiac and Pulmonary patients. to NCMC Departments to support Pediatrics, Lifetime Wellness, Monfort Family Birth Center, Hospitality House, Paramedic Services, Cardiac Care, Diabetes, Trauma Services, Will Rothman Family Chaplaincy, North Colorado Family Medicine book project, Doctors’ Day appreciation, Weigh & Win Kiosk and continuing education for NCMC staff.

NCMC Foundation Grants continued







from the M. Lucille Harrison Fund for the interior finishes of the new pediatric playroom and renovation of the play area in the Monfort Family Birth Center waiting room. to support the Heart Safe City program, which has placed over 490 automated external defibrillators in public gathering spots throughout Weld County and trained over 1,000 community members in cardiopulmonary resuscitation since it began in 2013. for video intubation devices, flight suits and helmets and continuing education for North Colorado Med Evac Staff. to purchase electronic stethoscopes and conference cams for NCMC Outreach Services. through the Med-Aid Prescription Program to provide one-time prescription assistance to individuals in Weld County who have an urgent medication need, but no way to cover the cost. for patient education materials and presenter for the Cardiac Rehabilitation ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) support group.

Total Grants in 2017 – $973,149


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