True North Spring 2017 Issue

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True North

Spring 2017 • Volume 7 • Issue 1

28th Annual NCMC Foundation Gala. . . . .

10 Cover photo courtesy of Juan Leal

In This Issue Letter from Foundation Leadership

Welcome new board members. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

NCMC Foundation Supports Banner Health’s Telemedicine Efforts

2017 Gala Nets over $224,000 for NCMC Cancer Institute

Havana Nights Gala well celebrated and well attended . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Telemedicine program brings specialists to rural areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Gala Sponsors

NCMC Foundation Gala Honored for Fourth Consecutive Year

Board Member Profile

2016 Gala “The French Riviera” receives award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Heart Safe City Initiative

Initiative saves lives by placing AEDs. . . . . . . . . 6

Thank you for contributing to the event. . . . . . 30 Meet Dr. Benjamin George. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

2016 Grants and Scholarships Awarded

$854,522 given to support NCMC and the community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

How Proposed Tax Changes May Affect Your Heirs

Thanks to our Donors in 2016

Estate planning seminar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Generous donations received by numerous individuals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

A Case Study in Estate Planning

Nineteenth Annual Turkey Trot

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

Thanksgiving Day fun run presented by Noble Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Pictured on the front cover - Standing: Sonja Brucklacher, Audrey Pike, Jennifer Gillmore, Sitting: Angie Lovell, Kathy Bytnar

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

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 left to right: Sally Warde, Jean Morrell, Wendy Sparks–NCMC COO, Stephanie Torrez, Rose Stoller. Top row left to right: 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 I am very pleased to report that the 2017 NCMC Foundation’s 28th Annual Gala “Havana Nights” was a resounding success! Over 700 people attended what has become one of the premier fundraising events in Northern Colorado. More importantly, $224,000 in net proceeds was raised from the event, which will benefit the Cancer Institute at North Colorado Medical Center. Thanks to the astute leadership of Gala Chair Rose Stoller, the event had increased revenue, lower expenses, and more attendance than in prior years. That is an amazing accomplishment! Thanks to Rose and her hardworking committee for making the Gala another outstanding event! Chris Kiser Foundation President

As we begin a new year of fundraising for North Colorado Medical Center, I want to welcome three new members to our board of directors. These members will provide oversight of the Foundation, and will assist on various committees and special event preparation during the coming year. The new members are: Evan Hyatt, Executive Director of Operations, Northern Colorado, Kaiser Permanente – Evan has had a long career in nonprofit management. He recently joined Kaiser Permanente after serving as President of Pathways Hospice, and also worked in various positions with the City of Fort Collins. He is a graduate of Colorado State University. Scott Johnson, Assistant General Counsel/Corporate Counsel, Hensel Phelps – Scott provides legal counsel to corporate executives and company managers who perform major construction and development projects throughout the country and abroad. Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota. Scott Warner, Vice President, Connecting Point – Scott is responsible for all sales related processes, activities and performances for Connecting Point. He is a graduate of Purdue University, where he was a two-year captain of the tennis team as well as a two-time member of the Academic All-Big Ten Team. Scott is a second generation member of the board of directors, as his father, Ted, served a 12 year stint on the board from 1998-2010.

Welcome to our new board members. We look forward to your leadership over the coming years! As always, thank you to our many donors for your generous contributions to the NCMC Foundation. Your gifts truly make a difference and enable North Colorado Medical Center to deliver leading edge healthcare to the citizens of our community. Chris Kiser NCMC Foundation President 2

NCMC Foundation Supports Banner Health’s Telemedicine Efforts by Chris Kiser The solitary image of a country doctor making his rounds to a patient’s home in a horse and buggy over rutted dirt roads was a familiar site in Weld County 125 years ago. With an ever present black medical bag containing essential accoutrements like syringes, needles, scalpels, sutures, a thermometer, a stethoscope, and vials of powdered medicine, in-home visits by a doctor were commonplace in that era. Fast forward to 2017, and while the country doctor of the 19th century would be unable to comprehend the advances in modern medical technology, he would still appreciate the difficulty in serving the farflung rural populations of Colorado.

physicians to clinics in eastern Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and western Kansas,” stated Ward. “However, those visits, which include 17 physician specialists in 15 communities, are frequently preempted by weather related issues like blizzards, black ice, and high winds, especially in the winter months, making it impossible to fly or drive to those communities.” John Ward

Telemedicine Reaches Rural Areas In Banner Health’s Western Region, which includes McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Banner Fort Collins Medical Center and North Colorado Medical Center, adopting “ The physician can telemedicine see the patient on came as a one screen while consequence of the medical records extraordinary and vital signs efforts already being made are displayed on to serve rural another screen.” populations.

– John Ward, Senior Director of Outreach Services for Banner Health in Northern Colorado

According to John Ward, senior director of outreach services for Banner Health in Northern Colorado, “Banner uses private planes to fly over 100 clinical

Bringing Specialists to Remote Clinics

To complement the outreach services, Banner Health began offering virtual visits to patients meeting certain criteria in rural communities with the same specialists they had been seeing in person. For example, a patient is able to go to their local clinic, and visit with their specialist remotely, saving the patient an often several hour drive to Greeley, or having to reschedule due to weather related issues. “Typically, these are specialists the patient is already seeing. The physician can see the patient on one screen while the medical records and vital signs are displayed on another screen,” adds Ward. “Patient surveys showed an overwhelming appreciation of the programs, and this prompted Banner to look at advancing them even further.”

Skipping a Long Drive “While the initial goal was to reduce the number of cancelled visits, we are now able to support rural 3

NCMC Foundation Supports Banner Health’s Telemedicine Efforts continued primary care physicians when they want a patient to be seen within a week. We simply block out the time at the rural clinic, the patient shows up without having to make a long drive to Greeley, and is seen virtually by a specialist in Greeley,” said Ward. Thanks to a grant from the NCMC Foundation, Banner Health is also using telemedicine in the eastern Colorado communities of Yuma and Wray. In 2015, Dr. Benjamin George the Foundation purchased three Littman E-stethoscopes that allow cardiologists to hear their patients’ heart beats “ Telemedicine has remotely, while also viewing been a highly a live image of the patient on successful and a computer screen. Future innovative program plans include expanding that expands the E-stethoscope program into Banner Medical Group patient access and outreach clinics located in satisfaction.” Fort Morgan and Sterling; – Dr. Ben George, Oncologist for Ogallala, Nebraska; and Banner Medical Group Torrington and Wheatland, Wyoming.

Dr. Ben George, A Telemedicine Pioneer Dr. Ben George, an oncologist with Banner Medical Group and a NCMC Foundation Board member, was the first oncologist among the three Banner Hospital’s in northern Colorado to pioneer the use of telemedicine with his oncology patients. Teaming with Ward, George established the program along with a protocol to treat patients at East Morgan County Hospital in Brush.


“I am able to see patients in Brush in a quality manner that focuses on patient-centered care,” adds George. “Logistically, patients check in at the clinic in Brush, just like they would for any office visit. They are typically established patients, and I am seeing them for long term follow-ups, or possibly benign blood disorders.” George also says that telemedicine enhances patient access to care by eliminating long drives, disruptions in daily schedules, and that overall, it is very convenient for his patients. “Telemedicine has been a highly successful and innovative program that expands patient access and satisfaction. It also greatly improves the quality of healthcare that we deliver to our patients in rural eastern Colorado,” added George.

While the image of the solitary country doctor making his rounds in a horse drawn buggy in rural Weld County may be lost to the mists of time, the quest to provide quality, innovative healthcare to our rural neighbors is alive and well at North Colorado Medical Center.

NCMC Foundation Gala Honored for Fourth Consecutive Year The 2016 NCMC Foundation Gala, “The French Riviera,” received the Best Entertainment Concept and Execution Award at the 18th Annual ICON Awards Gala, presented by Colorado Expression and Confetti Magazines, held March 3, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Denver. This marks the fourth consecutive year the NCMC Foundation Gala received the award. The ICON Awards Gala, emceed by Denver CBS news anchor Ed Greene, honors the best and brightest special event professionals in the Denver region while raising money for favorite charities. A charity of choice will receive $50 of each ticket and an additional $25 of each ticket is put into a drawing and a charity is chosen to receive those funds during the event. Over 300 people attended the “Six Senses” themed awards ceremony. The 2016 NCMC Foundation Gala, “The French Riviera,” was chosen over several hundred entries submitted by special event professionals. A panel of nationally recognized special event planners served as judges, who carefully evaluated each entry before choosing the finalists. The “Best Entertainment Concept and Execution” award is based on overall creativity, originality, and overall integration of elements and execution of an event.

L to R: Jerry Barnett, Moments Notice Entertainment; Diana Wood, NCMC Foundation; Marla Gifford, Moments Notice Entertainment and Paul Borrillo, Borrillo Entertainment at the 2017 ICON Awards Gala

“We are extremely honored to have won this award four years in a row,” said Diana Wood, NCMC Foundation Director of Special Events and Marketing. “It’s amazing to be recognized and honored by other professionals in the special event industry. I am privileged to work with some incredible people with Moments Notice Entertainment and Borrillo Entertainment. They are always up for the challenges I present to them in bringing the theme and vision for the NCMC Foundation Gala to life each year.” Guests were treated to a Six Senses

Accepting the award for Best Entertainment Concept and Execution for the NCMC Foundation French Riviera Gala

The 2016 NCMC themed event at the 2017 ICON Awards Gala Foundation Gala netted over $210,000 for the North Colorado Medical Center Cancer Institute technology upgrades as part of a $10 million renovation.


Heart Safe City Initiative

Jim and Charlotte Lord (far right) recently presented Jeff Angus, Principal at South Valley Middle School in Platteville with an automated external defibrillator at the Valley RE-1 School Board meeting, along with (left to right) Dave Bressler, Banner NCMC Paramedic Services Chief; Diana Parker, Platteville Schools Health Assistant; Sheena Bledsoe, Banner NCMC Paramedic and Eric Woodruff, Banner NCMC Emergency Medical Technician.

In 2012, the NCMC Foundation partnered with the City of Greeley, Greeley Fire Department, Banner NCMC Paramedic Services and NCMC’s CardioVascular Institute to form the Heart Safe City initiative. The initiative calls for the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public gathering spots throughout our community. Placements range from each of the 30 K-12 schools in our community (including charters), recreation centers, museums, golf courses, tennis courts and police cars, to name a few. The goal of the program is to educate citizens on the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest, as well as to identify cardiac symptoms, learn how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to use an AED. In 2013, Greeley became the second city in Colorado to officially earn the Heart Safe City distinction.


Since 2013, over 1,000 community members have been trained in CPR through this initiative, and over 470 AEDs are now in service throughout Weld County. The AEDs placed throughout the community are maintained by the Banner NCMC Paramedic Services to ensure that each device is fully charged and ready to be used in the event of a cardiac emergency.

It has been documented that several of the AEDs placed through the Heart Safe City initiative have been used to provide lifesaving intervention to individuals suffering sudden cardiac arrest. The initiative has been very successful, with many generous donors contributing over $190,000 to the NCMC Foundation to support this lifesaving program. Recently, Jim and Charlotte Lord presented an AED for placement at Platteville Middle School at the Valley RE-1 School Board meeting through the Heart Safe City initiative. The AED was donated by the Lords in appreciation of Banner NCMC Paramedics, Sheena Bledsoe and Craig Nelson, who provided assistance to Mr. Lord in 2015 when he suffered sudden Lives are being saved cardiac arrest through this important while visiting program – thank you a Greeley to the Lords and many business.

generous donors of the NCMC Foundation for their support.


A Case Study in Estate Planning by Frank Stepp, Sr. Vice President, Thompson & Associates

Amelia (71) and Henry (74) Amelia and Henry have been married for 51 years. They have four children from two marriages and six grandchildren. They were careful in their savings and investment practices over the years and have grown their estate to $1,900,000. They would like to pass their estate to their respective children upon their death but fear the children do not have adequate financial management skills.

Frank Stepp

Planning for the preservation and distribution of your assets is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your family…..especially if your family is somewhat nontraditional. To the right is a case study of Amelia and Henry and how together we thoughtfully reached an estate plan that addressed all of their personal goals for themselves and ultimately for their children and grandchildren.

To complicate their plans even more, one of the grandchildren is a “special needs” child. Henry and Amelia are worried that any money left to his parents, on his behalf, will not be properly handled and therefore will not be available for their grandson. They have both supported various nonprofit organizations over the years and would like to leave a gift to charities after they are gone but fear their estate is not large enough to leave something for charities and help the children to the extent they would like. Henry and Amelia scheduled an appointment with their estate planning professional to have their Wills reviewed and to see what could be done to ensure their estate passes to their heirs in the most beneficial manner. After reviewing their financials, their planning professional determined that their estate consisted of the following assets:

House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250,000 Investments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $800,000 Tax Deferred Accounts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $810,000 Other Assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40,000 Henry and Amelia decided to create a $100,000 Special Needs trust for their disabled grandson upon their death. Income from the trust for supplemental needs can be used for “supplemental and extra care over and above what the government provides.” This will give Amelia and Henry peace of mind, knowing the funds are available for their grandson. If they leave their tax deferred accounts outright to their children, the children will have to make a decision. Do they cash the inherited accounts in and immediately pay the income tax that will be due or


do they convert them into an “Inherited IRA.” If the four children cash the tax deferred accounts they will each have an additional $200,000 taxable income in that year. This would move each of their children into a higher income tax bracket and more of Henry and Amelia’s hard earned savings would be lost to taxes. Henry and Amelia’s desire is for the children to convert the inherited accounts into “Inherited IRA’s” but since they will be deceased at the time the children inherit the accounts, they will not be able to exercise much influence if they name the children as beneficiaries. With these concerns in mind, their estate planning professional suggested they include a testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) in their plan. A CRT is a special tax-exempt trust arrangement written to comply with federal tax laws and regulations. Upon the death of the second spouse, all tax-deferred (retirement) funds will be transferred into the trust and the four children will receive income payments for up to 20 years. Their annual payments will be approximately $12,150 each (6%) or a total of $972,000 paid from the trust over the 20-year period. At the end of the 20-year period, the trust will dissolve and the remaining trust funds will be given to the charities of Amelia and Henry’s choice. This approach allows Henry and Amelia to spread the payments out to the four children over time, possibly lowers the income tax that will be paid by the children and it allows them to provide additional support to their favorite charities when the trust terminates. Finally, Henry and Amelia’s investment account contained a $200,000 Certificate of Deposit (CD) that had just matured. If they roll that money into a new 1 year CD they will receive 1.25% interest. After reading some information on Charitable Gift

Annuities (CGA’s), Amelia and Henry learned they could accomplish two of their goals at one time with a CGA. 1) They could receive a much higher rate of return, and 2) they would be able to support charities immediately upon their death. Not happy with a potential 1.25% return on a new CD, they learned they would receive 4.8% if they placed the $200,000 into a CGA with their local charitable foundation. They will receive $9,600 each year and $7,027 of that $9,600 will be tax-free income and, based on their tax bracket, only $2,573 will be counted as ordinary (taxable) income, since the IRS counts a portion of the payment as a return of principle. The CGA will pay Henry and Amelia every quarter for as long as either of them lives. After they both die, the payments will stop and the $200,000 principle will go to the charity. This planning leaves $790,000 in assets to pass directly to the four children upon the death of Henry and Amelia and makes provisions that assist the children in managing their inheritance and provides for charities. Perhaps most importantly, it provides peace of mind for Amelia and Henry. The North Colorado Medical Center Foundation offers an estate planning service through Thompson & Associates. This is at no cost to you. You can meet with Frank Stepp in our offices to review your current Will or make plans for a new one. There is no obligation on your part and everything you say is held in confidence between you and Mr. Stepp. Once you have finished meeting with Mr. Stepp you will have peace of mind and a comprehensive estate plan recommendation that tells your story and reflects your values. You can then take those recommendations to your attorney for drafting.

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


2017 Gala Nets over $224,000 for NCMC Cancer Institute


In what has become one of the signature philanthropic events in northern Colorado, the 28th Annual NCMC Foundation Gala, presented by Noble Energy, raised over $224,000 in net proceeds for the North Colorado Medical Center Cancer Institute on January 28th. Nearly 700 guests turned out for “Havana Nights” themed black tie affair held at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.

onlookers watched his performance during cocktails. Entertainment highlights of “Havana Nights” featuring Club Tropicale included salsa and mambo performances, a stilt walker, aerial fabric duo, giant puppets, a cyr wheel and other performances reminiscent of Cuban culture. One lucky guest won a beautiful Tahitian pearl necklace valued at $2,875, courtesy of Weiss Jewelers of Greeley.

In addition to raising funds to support technology upgrades for the NCMC Cancer Institute, the gala honors an outstanding individual or organization for distinguished service and leadership in healthcare in our region. This year’s recipient of the NCMC Foundation Legacy Award, Sunrise Community Health, plays a vital role in providing comprehensive medical care to individuals and families in our region who are at 200% or more below the federal poverty level and provides high quality affordable healthcare in both Weld and Larimer counties.

“We are thrilled and honored that nearly 700 people gathered to celebrate this year’s Legacy Award Honoree, Sunrise Community Health, along with the outstanding healthcare delivered by NCMC and Banner Health. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Foundation’s many donors who participated in the 2017 Gala,” said NCMC Foundation Director of Special Events and Marketing Diana Wood. “I want to extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, underwriters, committee members and volunteers for their ongoing support and generosity.”

Guests were treated to Cuban themed gourmet cuisine, wine, and specialty drinks; the opportunity to bid on nearly 100 one-of-a-kind items including suite seats at premiere sporting events, private wine tasting packages, artwork, spa packages, and more, and new this year - a wine pull. The evening also featured Greeley Unexpected artist Armando Silva, who painted and auctioned an original art piece while

The NCMC Foundation, founded in 1975, has served as NCMC’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.

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Giant Puppet

Nate & Caity Kvamme, Rose & Jack Stoller

2017 NCMC Foundation Legacy Award Honoree Sunrise Community Health: Ivan Contreras, Cindy McDade, Dr. Jeremy Johnson, Vicky Baier, Debra Scott, Mitzi Moran, Shelly Rios, Juan Gomez, Dr. Leslie Brooks, Dr. Mark Wallace, Fatima & Patrick Groom


Silent Auction



Mike & Diana Wood, Amy & Jacob Gomez

Joe & An Leuthmers, Bleny & Dr. Benjamin George


Dr. Tony & Lauren Gerk

Dr. Zachary & Andrea Flake

Bryan & Krista Haubert

Standing: Randie Lieser, Sitting: Jessica Lieser, Michelle Booren

Luke & Lindsey Coats

Indy & Lulu



Brian & Lisa Hudson

David Carey & Natalie Ehlers


Audrey Carlson & Alex Barrios

Dr. Mark Wallace, Vicky Baier, Masoud Shirazi

Sandy & Ted Carter

Silent Auction Items


Michelle & Scott Rettmer, Alison Rettmer, Bonnie Kay Sowder


Full Room

Wine Pull

Lisa Hall, Julie Hall


GMC Yukon Fat Tire Bike

Billy & Dr. Corinn Sadler

Dr. Shane & Elisa Banks

Deidre & Jeff Pilch

Back row: Julianne Fritz, Wendy Sparks, Heather Brown, Kelly Studer, Carol Salter, Matthew Pond, Hilliard Pettus Jason Collins, Brook Terpstra, Julia Gentry, Kari Holman Front row: Teri Sailor, Jeremy Staley, Suzanne Ketchum, Margo Karsten, Tiffany Hettinger, Roberta Bean, Carrie Brunson, Christina Kuehster, Terry Hirsch


Standing: Ken & Pat Schultz, Tom & Margaret Grant, Al Dominguez & Maggie Hayes, Dr. Doug Carter, Sherry & Mark Lawley, Brandon & Erika Houtchens, Ellen Stewart, Cindy Lue & Jeff Carlson, Sitting: Drs. Vicki & Craig Wilson, Dr. Susan Carter

Silent Auction


Craig & Nichole Walters

Armando Silva Performance Painting

Sabor “Flavor” by Art Man Do, Armando Silva

Jeff Reck, Kristen & Kyle Holman, Kendall & Matt Reck, Kayla & Ryan Kamada


Club Tropicale performs Chan Chan

John & Wendy Sparks


Silent Auction

Sandy & Jerry Helgeson

Sara & Mike Duffert


Mike & Dr. Lyndsay Deeter, Allison Bruce-Miller & Nik Miller

Royal & Angie Lovell



NCMC Foundation President Chris Kiser Begins the Program

Dr. Robert & Jana Weir

Seiko Clock

Guests Dancing to the Jerry Barnett Orchestra featuring Club Tropicale


Wes & Trudy Sargent

Jason & Tiffany Hettinger

Haley Faulkner, Jenny Stigall, Kate Bartholomew, Caitlyn Den, Jenn Cuce

Dave & Susan Dukat

Larry & Karen Wood


Evan Clark & AJ Paine


Standing: Tyler Richardson, Frankie Grundler Sitting: Miriam Grundler, Laura Richardson

Mike & Judy Bond

Teresa & Steve Baker

Bryan & Amberly Guest, Jeannine & Robert Truswell

Logan & Ashley Richardson, Katrina & Dr. Jason Hatch

Dr. Jay & Jennifer Kurth

Sandra & Roy Mucilli

Chelsea & Dr. Gabriel Godina

Breezy Matthews, Paul Matthews


Jill & Joe Aucoin, Christy Mahaney & Luke McCartney, Gina & Greg Pickerel, Sherri & Bobby Zeller, Egle & Oleg Metsaev

Drew & Dena Dostal


Kelly & Joshua DeNight

Angela & Ben Gonzales

Craig & Kelly Taylor

Greg & Penni Jo Anderson

Tim & Sally Warde

Erin & Joshua Marquez

Beth & Peter Martin


Andrew Brodie & Dr. Elisa Dannemiller

Krystal & Michael Amberg


ErinStacy & Dr. David Ritsema

Katie & Dr. Brian Keogh

Suzanne & Marty Janssen

John & Delia Haefeli

Amy & Brett McFarland

Donna & Darrell Benson

Lisa & Brian Hudson, Richard & Brenda Lucio, Tim & Jayne Jares, Shuree & Luis Ramirez, Shirley & James Lobato


Board Member Profile Meet Dr. Benjamin George When talking with Dr. Benjamin George, the conveyance of his passions and motivations are immediate. His family, his patients, and a lasting impact are what drives him. These factors culminated in bringing him to North Colorado Medical Center and to Colorado. Dr. George joined the North Colorado Medical Center Cancer Institute in 2013, after over a decade serving in the U.S. Army at various bases, mostly Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. “What drew me to the NCMC Cancer Institute was being a part of starting, and growing a topnotch cancer program,” says Dr. George. Upon his arrival at NCMC, he promptly inquired about how to get involved with the NCMC Foundation. “I saw the good work the Foundation was doing to serve the community and hospital.” A Board Member since, he also enjoys being involved in multiple community events centered on healthcare and specifically cancer awareness and treatment. “Pints, Pistons and Prostates,” “Real Men Wear Pink” and “Day of Dance” are just a few events you’ll see Dr. George involved in. Being involved in community life is very important to Dr. George, and while the George’s have called many places home, Colorado always seemed to be calling. Previous stops in Delaware, Texas, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Florida just don’t stack up to Colorado in the family’s estimation. Dr. George’s wife and three children love it in northern Colorado and call themselves “tourists” of Colorado. “We always wanted to live in Colorado. We like the small town feel of the area and even do our vacationing in Colorado,” says Dr. George. Education is important to Dr. George. The son of a chemist father and a high school science teacher mother, education seemed to be ingrained into him and his sister Susan (also a physician). While in the Army, Dr. George achieved the rank of Major, practicing everything from internal medicine, hematology and oncology, to being in charge of clinical trial research at Fort Sam Houston. He

Dr. Benjamin George with his wife, Bleny, and their three children, Lucas, Hannah, and Emma.

is board certified in hematology, hematology/ oncology, internal medicine and medical oncology. He recently added an MBA degree to the list of credentials that include an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and a Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. When asked why he acquired the MBA degree, Dr. George stated, “I want to be able to be more involved in the delivery of healthcare and effect change from the business side of healthcare.” Although he continues to get more involved in the business side of healthcare, it is obvious he will never give up hands-on treatment of patients, his passion. Free time for Dr. George is limited these days, seeing 15-20 patients a day at NCMC. “Fifteen patients is a light day, but still a very busy day,” says Dr. George. Any given day he will see patients battling everything from blood disorders to various cancers in virtually every phase of their treatment and recovery. He cares deeply for patients and their families. When Dr. George does find those elusive hours of free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, biking and camping with his family. He and his wife Bleny are parents to three beautiful kids, ten year old twins Lucas and Hannah, and Emma, eight.


2016 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. Included among the many grants made in 2016 were funds to purchase the very best in diagnostic and medical equipment at NCMC, scholarships to support individuals pursuing a degree in healthcare and continuing education funding for NCMC professional staff. Your contributions truly make a difference in our hospital and community!



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

to support patient 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 for 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.

$145,714 to NCMC Departments to support pediatrics, lifetime wellness, Monfort Family Birth Center, hospitality house, paramedic services, Western States Burn Center, cardiac care, diabetes, Breast Health Center, North Colorado Family Medicine book project, Doctors’ Day appreciation, Weigh & Win Kiosk, and continuing education for NCMC staff.

$90,000 to support low vision services and adult eyeglass and eye surgery programs through the Curtis Strong Eye Fund.


$70,751 for scholarships awarded to individuals pursuing a career in healthcare.



to support the Heart Safe City program, which has placed over 470 AEDs in public gathering spots throughout Weld County and trained over 1,000 community members in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

to support the Will Rothman Family Chaplaincy program.

$17,870 for North Colorado Med Evac for ventilator mounts, flight suits, training mannequins, continuing education, fire resistant outerwear and miniature iPads for the aircraft.


$30,230 for the Trauma Conference Emergency and Trauma Symposium.

$6,000 from the Marilyn June Phelps Memorial Lectureship for the CardioVascular Institute Heart Conference.


from the Marty L. Wakefield Founders Fund to provide assistance to qualifying Western States Burn Center burn patients and burn patient family members in need.

$5,250 from the Walter Bain Lecture Series for the Cancer Conference.

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.

$2,579 for patient education materials.

Total $854,522


Thanks to our Donors in 2016 Gifts of $25,000 or more Banner Health - North Colorado Medical Center The Human Bean Robert E. Murphy NCMC, Inc. Noble Energy

Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999 Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. Cementer’s Well Service, Inc. Colorado Access HollyFrontier Corporation Dr. Paul Hurst and Dr. Patricia Mayer Jerome Charitable Lead Trust Knights of Swallows Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Loustalet Masoud Shirazi Family Foundation Mineral Resources, Inc. Rick Montera Power Services Company Michael and Lori Shoop

Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 Aims Community College Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Banner Medical Group Scott and Holly Ehrlich Extraction Oil & Gas LLC First National Bank Flotek Chemistry Walter M. Francis 36

Donor Recognition Area in the main lobby of NCMC

Gray Oil Co / Rex Oil Co Greeley Independence Stampede Halliburton Energy Services Hensel Phelps JE Dunn Construction Company Dr. Richard J. and Mary Kemme Mckee Medical Center The Monfort Family Foundation NGL Water Solutions DJ, LLC Northeast Colorado Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council, Inc. Ogallala Community Hospital PDC Energy, Inc. Phelps-Tointon, Inc. Rain for Rent Sterling Regional MedCenter Synergy Resources TEAMHealth Tim and Sally Warde Dr. Larry J. and Karen Wikholm

Gifts of $1,000 to $4,999 A & W Water Service, Inc. Curt and Madison Acklam Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Agfinity AirMedCare Network Automation - X Corie and Paige Baessler Baessler Homes Steve and Teresa Baker Bank of Colorado Basic Energy Services BBVA Compass Allan and Lisa Bliesmer George and Karin Boughter Boulder Associates, PC David W. Bressler The Bucklen Foundation C R Gdowski Properties, LLC Cache Bank & Trust Cade Drilling Carrico Family Foundation Children’s Hospital Colorado Cloud Peak Energy Resources, LLC Colorado Premier Restoration Alison Jo Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation Comprehensive Risk Services Connecting Point Crothall Service Group Dance Dream 3 Studios, LLC DCP Midstream, LP

Dr. Gregory and Amber Denzel Richard and Kaye Drake East Morgan County Hospital Dorma Eastman Ensign Energy Service, Inc. Farmers Bank Leah Bornstein and Joe Findley Fiske Electric Flood and Peterson Flutterby Foundation Ltd. FMS Bank Francis Royalties, LLC Case and Kelsi Gabel GE Johnson Construction Company Graybar Great Western Bank Guaranty Bank and Trust Matthew B. Hailey Laurie A. Hamit Harper Livestock Company Paul and Mary Henneck Carol Herold Estate Dylan and Allison Hockett Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC Inta Juice John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Kaiser Permanente Kauffman Family Foundation K-Coe Isom Kay Kosmicki James and Janice Lacefield LaSalle Oil Company Gregg and Jody Leonnig Leprino Foods Company Liberty Oilfield Services James E. and Charlotte A. Lord Alicia L. Loschen Royal and Angela Lovell LSI Insurance Agency, Inc. M & M Excavation Company Robert and Susan Majerus McKee Medical Center Foundation Med-Trans Corporation Meritage Midstream Mike Harper Livestock Drs. Andrew and Angela Mills Pete and Jean Morrell Don and JoAnn Mueller Naill Services Inc. NCMC Volunteers Ron and Vicki Norby

North Central Chapter Colorado Oil & Gas Association Northeastern Colorado Firefighters Association NCP / Supplyworks Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital Northern Plains Trucking OtterCares Foundation Paula M. Paiz PCS Ferguson, Inc. Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, Inc. Premier Pipe, LLC Professional Finance Company PTW Energy Ranack Cares Foundation, Inc. Reck Flyers, LLC Laura D. Reck Ripsam-Boxleitner-Bates Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Rocky Mountain Inspection Services, Inc. Rocky Vista University, LLC Dr. Daphne K. RommereimMadden and Sean Madden Joel and Joyce Rothman Justin and Jenny Scholz Ken and Pat Schultz Sears Real Estate See Life Family Vision Center Select Energy Services Dr. Ahmed M. Sherif and Rabia Haderi Shirazi Benefits, LLC Joe and Mindy Shurtleff Drs. Steven and Nikki Sides Silverline Services John and Wendy Sparks Spradley Barr Ford Lincoln of Greeley, Inc. Ellen E. Stewart and Donald R. Vancil Sturgeon Electric Summit Midstream Summit Pathology Sunrise Community Health, Inc. T.R. Robel Services, Inc. Sandra Thompson TIC - The Industrial Company Titan Energy Services TRU Comminity Care Rick and April Tucker Mitch E. Wagy

Weld County Garage Wenaas Family Foundation Western States Fire Protection Company Eric and Andrea Wilson Mike and Diana Wood Zoll Medical Corporation

Gifts of $250 to $999 AED Everywhere Inc. Allnutt Funeral Service Anderson & Whitney Renee K. Arnold Annie Backer Dr. Shane Banks Drs. Ross and Kristen Barner Daniel and Roberta Bean Daniel and Teresa Beckle Berkshire Hathaway Home Service Larry R. Besack Dr. Dinesh Bhaskaran and Jaskiran Geadhoke Michelle L. Black Dr. David and Melinda Blatt Holly Bressler Jared Bressler Erik and Courtney Briscoe Kevin and Heather Brown Tim and Jennifer Brynteson Randy Bucklen Burris Company, Inc. Candlewood Suites - Greeley Jeffrey and Cindy Carlson Ted and Sandy Carter Joan M. Carvajal Dr. Harold and Vicki Chapel CMS Mechanical Services, Inc. Colorado Oil & Gas Association Corpac Steel Dr. Curtis and Ryann Crylen CSL Behring LLC Dalbo Holdings William E. Deason Estate Craig DeKraai Drs. Scott K. Dhupar and Maromi Dhupar-Sakurai Lorrie Dinner Dragon Products Susan Dvorak 37

C. William and Debbi Eastwood Ehrlich Motors Toyota Richard R. Einhellig M. Margaret Eisenman Empire Electric Inc. Environmental Designs Rose Esparza / RPMT, LLC Expedition Water Solutions Colorado LLP Fairacres Manor, Inc. Pama L. Farmer FCI Constructors, Inc. Ronald and Phyllis Field Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Inc. Dr. Juliet H. Fried Steven and Julianne Fritz Martin N. Gaither Leslie Gann-Exner Dr. Giovanna Garcia Dr. Benjamin and Bleny George Travis and Jennifer Gillmore Janet M. Givens Greeley Country Club Benjamin C. Gruseck John and Delia Haefeli Dr. Richard E. Halbert and Janice K. Ranson, Esq. James and Beth Hall Mary Jane Hall Hampton Inn & Suites Dr. Amanda and Paul Harding Casey and Nichole Harless Florence Haugen Andrea Hawkins Jerry and Sandy Helgeson Karen W. Height Mark E. Henry Sharon Herdman Kyle and Kristen Holman Honda of Greeley Horton Feedlots Mark and Enita Hout Kris Howard Pamela Howes Brad Inhulsen Sandra Jack Jet Marketing LLC Robert Julich Justice Trucking Cliff and Vera Kahl Suzanne Ketchem C. Kent and Nora Kingsbury Chris Kiser 38

Peggy D. Koehn Diana L. Krausnick Dr. Jay R. and Jennifer Kurth Harmony D. Lallo and Chad V. Hester Larson Insurance Agency, Inc. Valerie A. Leal-Whitehead Peter and Kristy LeClair Charles and Bernadene Leffler Leslie A. Leyva Life Care Management, LLC Zach and Chancy Love Elmer Lundvall Estate Lundvall Enterprises, Inc. Drs. Maurice and Marianne Lyons Magna Energy Services Peter and Beth Martin Barbara Masters Jack and Mary McCabe Pat McNulty-Collins Cecil and Joanne McPherron Scott W. McPherson Carroll and Roberta Miller Mom 365 Dr. Christopher Moore and Ann M. Little Morning Fresh Farms, Inc. Craig and Terri Mulford Deborah L. Murphy Ann M. New Northeast Chapter Colorado Oil & Gas Association Tom and Kay Norton Dawn L. Olson Dr. Bhavik and Cori Patel Perl Group Marilyn J. Peters Dr. Arnold and Chun Pfahnl Physio-Control, Inc. Tom and Shelly Prenger Leslie and Sandra Race Steven and Laura Rains Dr. Kenneth M. and Beth Richards Richter Orthodontics, PC Bruce Rippe RMH Group, Inc. Troy Robinson Roche Constructors, Inc. Terri L. Sanem-Hiatt Russell and Wendy Sarazen Erin E. Schinzel Brandon and Jean Schneider

Marcia L. Siebring Quade A. Smith Stryker Medical Rick and Bonnie Sutton Timothy and Charlene Swain TCBY Tetra Tech Thomas & Tyler, LLC Union Colony Exchange Club UNC Volleyball - Dig Pink Upstate Colorado Economic Development Gene P. Weber Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic, LLC Christopher Weston Kathleen A. Wilson Steven and Deborah Woodward WSP + ccrd Randy Yeager Lynn and Anice Young

In Honor Greg Becker Mick Gimmestad Julian Kler NCMC, Inc. Board of Directors

In Memory Leonard Behling Donald Bornhoft Dr. John F. Breen Cal C. Haarhues Drevon Liam Hess Joyce Johnson Bruce Kamada Dmitriy (Dima) Miceli Jess Nelson Willie Paiz, Sr. Kristin M. Weninger

Nineteenth Annual Turkey Trot The NCMC Foundation along with the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado hosted the 19th Annual Turkey Trot, presented by Noble Energy on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016. With more than 2,700 registrants, the event was another success and is the largest Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day in northern Colorado! Over $55,000 net proceeds will be utilized to assist cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation patients. The NCMC Foundation extends a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, committee members, hospital departments and the over 200 volunteers that make the event so successful! A special thank you to Tianna Tovar from Northridge High School for her remarkable singing of the National Anthem. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States. It’s estimated that 80,000,000 American adults (1 in 3) have one or more types of cardiovascular disease. Approximately every 25 seconds, a person will suffer a cardiac event; approximately every minute someone will die from one. There are 195,000 silent heart attacks each year and the estimated average number of years of life lost to a heart attack is 15 years.

Look at that crowd!

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States and also causes long-term disability. The number of people who have COPD is on the rise with more than 12 million who are currently diagnosed. It’s estimated another 12 million may have COPD and not realize it. Lung disease affects more than just the lungs, but the entire body. The brain, heart, muscles and all organs are affected by less oxygen.

For more information on the NCMC Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, please call 970-810-6204.

Pictures from the event and race results can be viewed at

Northridge High School student, Tianna Tovar singing the National Anthem

All photos courtesy of Juan Leal.


Ready, set, go!

Family members of all ages bundle up for a great cause


Well hello there!

Here they come


ErinStacy and Dr. David Ritsema and kiddos visiting with Santa

Ticker the Turkey makes an appearance

A treat from Santa

Just look at that smile!

And the dinosaur made it!

We did it!


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

Upcoming Events Estate Planning Seminar – How Proposed Tax Changes May Affect Your Heirs Presented by Frank Stepp, Thompson & Associates North Colorado Medical Center Auditorium Monday, May 8 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm This seminar will discuss proposed tax changes individuals should be aware of and how it will affect assets left to heirs. There is no charge, but reservations are requested. Contact Donna Benson at 970-810-6773 or to register.

NCMC Foundation Golf Tournament Greeley Country Club Monday, June 12, 2017 Benefiting NCMC Emergency Services. AM and PM tee times available. Contact Diana Wood at 970-810-2687 or for sponsorship opportunities and ticket information.

Estate Planning Service North Colorado Medical Center Foundation Monday, May 8 or Tuesday, May 9 and Monday, June 12 or Tuesday, June 13 by appointment 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 970-810-6773 or donna.benson@

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