True North Spring 2019

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True North

Spring 2019 • Volume 9 • Issue 1

30th Annual NCMC Foundation Gala. . . . . .

Human Bean Donates to NCMC Breast Cancer Fund. . . . . 4

Paramedic Services Director Retires After 40 Years . . . . . . . . . 36


21st Annual NCMC Turkey Trot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Cover photo courtesy of Juan Leal

In This Issue Letter from Foundation Leadership

Recap of upcoming events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

North Colorado Medical Center now a Primary Stroke Center

Certification assures community of timely, effective stroke care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Winogard Students Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Patient Support

Students organize Dig Pink Volleyball Tournament. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

2019 Gala Nets over $200,000 for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

African themed gala was well attended, Steve and Colleen Carrico – Carrico Family Foundation honored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Human Bean Donates $35,828 to NCMC Breast Cancer Patient Support Fund

Frank & Kay Sherman, owners, support healthcare with “Coffee for a Cure” program. . . 4

Gala Sponsors

Donation to Support NCMC Pediatric Patients

Paramedic Services Director Retires After 40 Years

UNC student gives back

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Memorial Gift to Support Western States Burn Center

A gift to honor their daughter’s excellent care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Special Delivery for NCMC Pediatric Patients

Greeley West High School senior holds a toy drive and collects nearly 80 toys. . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Flutterby Donation to Western States Burn Center

Thank you for contributing to the event . . . . . 33

Thank you, Dave Bressler!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

NCMC Foundation Awards Over $1.2M in Grants in 2018!

Grants and scholarships awarded . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

21st Annual NCMC Turkey Trot

Thanks to the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado for hosting and Noble Energy for presenting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Thanks to our Donors in 2018

Generous donations received. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Proceeds presented from Rocktober Fest Ale Tapping Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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.

NCMC Foundation Board of Directors Front row: Thomas Grant-NCMC, Inc. Board Chairman, Sally Warde, Jean Morrell, Benjamin George, MD (former). Back row: Kyle Holman-Foundation President & CEO, Scott Johnson, Curtis Crylen, MD, Ryan Kamada, John W. Haefeli, Steve Baker-Foundation Board Chairman, John Dollarhide, Tim Brynteson, Evan Hyatt, Royal Lovell (former), Mitch Wagy. Not pictured: Case Gabel, Margo Karsten, Peter Martin, Craig Rasmuson, Masoud Shirazi and Rose Stoller.

Letter from Foundation Leadership Friend of the NCMC Foundation, Thank you for picking up True North Magazine.  We hope this publication serves as a way to keep our “stakeholders” informed about the wonderful things happening at North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) and the NCMC Foundation. This is the first issue of True North that has come out since I was blessed to be named the President and CEO for the NCMC Foundation. I can tell you I don’t take this responsibility lightly.  As I look at a black and white photograph on my office wall of the original Foundation Board of Directors, I am reminded of the profound legacy we strive to continue each and every day to positively impact the healthcare offered at NCMC and throughout our community. So many distinguished community members, donors and healthcare professionals have paved the way for the extraordinary healthcare we enjoy in northern Colorado, of which the NCMC Foundation has been integral. Though much has changed over the years, a constant has always been the commitment of the NCMC Foundation to promote healthcare through philanthropy.  We just wrapped up another spectacular Gala and are embarking on an event filled time of year for the Foundation. The 2nd Annual Double Barrel Blast is set for May 10, the NCMC Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on June 10 and the Western States Burn Center Golf Classic will be September 19. We hope you’ll join us for these fun events that raise money for great causes. More information can always be found on our website, Enjoy this issue of True North, and please don’t hesitate to contact myself or any of the Foundation staff about opportunities to support the NCMC Foundation, or just to say hello.

Thank you,

Kyle Holman NCMC Foundation President & CEO

Staff Directory

Kyle Holman

Allison Bruce Miller

Amy Gomez

Randie Lieser

Diana Wood

President & CEO 970-810-2441

Development Program Director 970-810-6305

Development Coordinator 970-810-6776

Business Analyst 970-810-6774

Development Program Director 970-810-2687


North Colorado Medical Center now a Primary Stroke Center North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) successfully completed a survey in late 2018 to earn the Primary Stroke Center certification from a national accrediting organization.

made quickly and accurately to minimize damage to the brain and improve the patient’s chance for the best recovery possible. Dr. Frederick and Jessica Williams, MD, fill the neurohospitalist role at NCMC, covering the hospital from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. After hours, the hospital contracts with Blue Sky Neurology to provide care via televideo when needed. This allows rapid access to neurology specialists 24 hours a day.

The Joint Commission’s certification means NCMC’s stroke response team follows the best methods to care for patients suspected of having a stroke. This allows brainsaving treatments to begin more quickly. Dr. Meredith Frederick

Meredith Frederick, MD, Banner Health neuro-hospitalist at NCMC, said the certification should provide comfort to community members who can be confident that the hospital is providing exceptional care for stroke patients.

Laurie Hamit, RN and NCMC stroke coordinator, said the certification is for two years. Staff members will report results to The Joint Commission quarterly to demonstrate that the hospital continues to meet requirements.

“We already have been providing excellent care and tracking those outcomes,” Dr. Frederick said. “This reassures the community that we will continue to perform at a high level.”

The Joint Commission is an independent nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations and programs nationwide.

Stroke is a disease that affects blood flow to the brain. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is blocked by a clot or ruptures. When that happens, blood flow to the brain is impacted, and brain cells start to die. Every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Treatment for stroke varies depending on whether the blood vessel has been blocked or has ruptured. Patients who have a blocked vessel often might receive a drug to break up the clot and restore flow. If the clot is larger or if a blood vessel has burst, the patient will be flown to another hospital for an endovascular intervention. The decision on treatment must be

The letters in the word “FAST” will help you spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1.




Face Arm Speech drooping weakness difficulty

T Time to call 9-1-1


Human Bean Donates $35,828 to NCMC Breast Cancer Patient Support Fund Frank and Kay Sherman, owners of The Human Bean franchises in Weld County, along with employees Krista Smith and Jenae Nequette presented a check for $35,828.54 at an NCMC management meeting in November. The donated proceeds were raised through their “Coffee for a Cure” program at their four Weld County locations and will support the North Colorado Medical Center Breast Cancer Patient Support Fund. This Foundation administered fund supports mammograms, diagnostic services and procedures, as well as complementary healthcare services, household needs, transportation and other approved services for qualifying patients. By providing early intervention to this underserved population, countless lives have been saved. The NCMC Foundation thanks The Human Bean for their partnership and is grateful to everyone who participated in the “Coffee for a Cure” day.

Left to right: Frank and Kay Sherman, The Human Bean; Mary Dickinson, RN Breast Center Patient Advocate; Kyle Holman, NCMC Foundation President/CEO; Krista Smith, The Human Bean; Jenae Nequette, The Human Bean; Margo Karsten, President/CEO Banner Health Western Division.

Donation to support NCMC Pediatric Patients

Zach Klein (center) presents toys to the NCMC Pediatric Services staff Left to right: Brian Money, MD; Tamra Chacon, RN; Jean Krajec, RN; Tara Andrew, RN, Senior Manager; and Autumn Woltemath, RN, Director.

Thank you, Zach, for your kindness and generosity! 4

Zach Klein, a local college student at the University of Northern Colorado, set out to raise money and collect toy donations for children during the holiday season. As a child, he spent many months in the hospital, sometimes over the holidays. “I remember being sad I had to be in the hospital and especially during the holidays,” said Klein. “I wanted to put a smile on children’s faces who were in the hospital by delivering toys to them and let them know someone cared.” In December, he presented toys, games, coloring books and crayons to the NCMC Pediatric department. He also provided the care team with tokens of appreciation for their work. Zach’s efforts truly made a difference to bring joy to many children during their time in the hospital.

Memorial Gift to Support Western States Burn Center Connie Wenzel was described as a kind and compassionate individual. She was active in community affairs where she lived in Torrington, Wyoming and was especially proud of starting the paper pantry at the First United Methodist Church, where she attended. Her most joyous accomplishment was the birth of her daughter, Jessica Mae in 1999.

Wilbur and Norma Lease, Connie’s parents, recently traveled from their hometown in Wyoming to meet with the staff of the WSBC to express their gratitude, share special memories, and deliver a meaningful contribution through donations received in their daughter’s memory. This gift will help support the vital work of the WSBC Norma and Wilbur Lease (center) present to help fund the purchase of a contribution in memory of their daughter, specialty healing garments, Connie, to Western States Burn Center staff, facemasks and accessories Dr. Edwin Garcia (left) and Bonnie Feilmeier, RN, In May of 2018, Connie Trauma Services Coordinator (right). for underinsured burn was admitted to the patients, provide continuing Western States Burn education for the highly specialized team of Center (WSBC) at North Colorado Medical Center nurses, doctors and other healthcare providers with severe burns. Throughout her hospital stay, at the center, and support the purchase of her family came to know the team of caregivers medical equipment. and formed a special bond with them. They were very grateful for the care Connie received and the The staff are very grateful to Wilbur and Norma, support their family was provided during a very along with Connie’s family and friends for their difficult time. Connie was a patient in the Burn support and kindness to help care for others Center for 10 days. She passed peacefully on through this fitting and meaningful tribute in May 21, 2018. her memory.

Special Delivery for NCMC Pediatric Patients


Troy Jarrell, Bobbie Moss and John Dillon gather with Jaya Godfrey (center) and the special gift she received.

Bobbie Moss, a senior at Greeley West High School, along with her friend, John Dillon and English teacher, Troy Jarrell, made a special visit to the NCMC Pediatric department in December. For her senior project, Bobbie held a toy drive and collected nearly 80 toys! Each toy was wrapped with special care and hand delivered to children to help brighten their day. Thank you Bobbie for making a difference!

Flutterby, Re/Max Momentum Raise Funds to Support Western States Burn Center

Flutterby, a nonprofit organization powered by Re/Max Momentum, presented the NCMC Foundation with a check for $4,000 to support the Western States Burn Center. Proceeds were generated at a Rocktober Fest Ale Tapping Event and silent auction held at the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Westminster. The NCMC Foundation and the Western States Burn Center are grateful to everyone involved in this awesome event and the support Flutterby has provided to the Burn Center over the past several years!

Flutterby members (left to right back row) Jennifer Sheldon, Karina Jansen, Brad Willems, Michelle Dent-Jackson, Erica Hageman, Kelly Fitzgarald, Jennifer Markham-Gallegos, Shantel Boerner, Allison Dahlin, Christa Madrid, Aryn Lallas, Allison Boonstra present Beth Meglin, RN with the Western States Burn Center (left side of check) and Allison Bruce Miller, Development Program Director with the NCMC Foundation (right side of check). The presentation was held at Re/Max Momentum’s Westminster office.

Winograd Students Raise Funds for Breast Cancer

Left to right: Kyle Holman, NCMC Foundation President & CEO accepts the check from Winograd volleyball coach and students, Jana Flores, McKenzie Atchley and Mya Castaneda.

Two students from the Winograd K-8 School in Greeley presented the NCMC Foundation with a check for $633.05 to support the NCMC Breast Cancer Patient Support Fund. McKenzie Atchley and Mya Castaneda raised funds as part of a community service project through a Dig Pink Volleyball Tournament they organized, along with the entire Winograd volleyball team. The check was presented at the Winograd school assembly in February.


2019 Gala Nets over $200,000 for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Rich traditions, beauty and wilds of Africa set the scene for the 30th Annual NCMC Foundation Gala, presented by Noble Energy. Nearly 700 guests turned out for the “Africa” themed black-tie Gala held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa, & Conference Center, which raised over $200,000 in net proceeds for the North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC). This year’s recipients of the 2019 NCMC Foundation Legacy Award have a simple belief - all of us can do something to help others, and to leave the world a better place. In recognition of that belief and their generous long-time support of NCMC, we were honored to celebrate Steve and Colleen Carrico – Carrico Family Foundation. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the Monfort Family Birth Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with the purchase of Panda Warmers and Giraffe OmniBed Carestations (Isolettes) for premature babies. A Level III NICU means we can take care of premature babies born 28 weeks and older. Families in our community who had a premature baby were faced with commuting one to two hours away. Since hiring two neonatologists and developing from a Level II to Level III NICU, they can now receive care close to home. Guests were treated to African inspired gourmet cuisine, wine, specialty drinks, a wine pull, and a 8

silent auction. Entertainment highlights included the African beats of DJ Ietef, Bataki’s Magic Rhythms African Drums and Dance Ensemble, Colorado Dance Collective, and performances by The JBX “Jerry Barnett Experience” featuring Selasee & the Fafa Family. Special guest, Stan Bush, radio and television personality, emceed the evening program and one lucky guest won a pearl strand with matching pearl and diamond earrings, courtesy of Weiss Jewelers of Greeley. “It is a privilege to raise funds for the NICU babies and to celebrate Steve and Colleen Carrico – Carrico Family Foundation as this year’s Legacy Award Honoree,” said NCMC Foundation Development Program Director Diana Wood. “The generosity of the NCMC Foundation’s many donors who supported the 2019 Gala is truly appreciated and I can’t thank our sponsors, underwriters, committee members and volunteers enough for their ongoing support.” 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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Back row: Colleen & Steve Carrico, Jessi & Phil Dieke, Alyssa Carrico & Corey Formolo, Ian Carrico & Evan Sisley, Daniel Carrico Front row: Betsy Grace, Nora Rose, Thomas Phillip (held by Alyssa)

View of the room

2019 NCMC Foundation Legacy Award Honoree Steve & Colleen Carrico - Carrico Family Foundation


Hallway dĂŠcor

Zoe the Zebra Photo by Katie Gifford


African inspired silent auction items

Custom four poster dog bed

Ellie the Elephant

Ginger the Giraffe

The Lion King

DJ Ietef

Back row: Greg & PJ Anderson, Evan Boling, Greg Pickerel, Emily & Cody Ball Middle row standing: George Tappin Middle row sitting: Bryan & Maria Mickiewicz, Misty Lucero, MaeBeth Tappin, Rachel & Tim Shannon Front row sitting: Gina Pickerel

DJ Ietef


Larea Edwards, Hunter Hall, & Willis Rich belting out some tunes

Stan Bush, Joe Zamora, Allis Gilbert having a little fun at the gaming tables!

The Circle of Life Finale


Dayana Alvarez Rivera, Christina Davila, Denise Ojeda

Ken & Sarah Sasaki won the Japanese Akoya pearls and matching pearl and diamond earrings from Weiss Jewelers, with Scott Rettmer of Weiss Jewelers, and Emcee Stan Bush

John & Karen Zack

Dr. Zachary & Andrea Flake

Standing: Diana Wood, Megan LaForest, Amy Gomez, Annie Lone Sitting: Randie Lieser, Sharon Herdman, Rose Stoller, Allison Bruce Miller

Junior & Nikki Barrios

Ryan Scofield & Amber Denzel



Mike & Diana Wood, Amy & Jacob Gomez

Willis Rich with The JBX “The Jerry Barnett Experience”

Manzanita tree centerpiece

Justin & Heather Radlick, Kimberly & James Hovey

Geneva & Rev. Mark Weiler

Naomi & Brett Tooley

Denise & James Herman

Drs. Marsha & Wentzell Hamner

Carrie Brunson, Kelly Hepburn

Mac & Julie Beloate



Linda Roan, Neva Spencer

Matt & Brook Terpstra

Sandy & Ted Carter

Julie & Rod Constance

Shannon Nailor & Carnez Godfrey

Sue & Ted Warner

Wine Pull

Honoree Colleen Carrico dances the night away

Back row: Tara Andrew, Autumn Woltemath, Maureen Petri, Virginia Bach, Dr. John Bragg, Dr. James Summers, Dr. Brian Money, Dr. Radley Helin, Dr. Sunitha Mudalagiri Gowda Middle row: Tracy Hall, Danielle Sperry, Megan Drake, Dr. Michelle Stoltz, Dr. Meghan Fels, Connie Rusk Front row: Danielle Weaver, Dr. Kathryn Chmura

Diana Wood, Lou Ann Hoehne, Rose Stoller

Sara Quale, Connie Olson


NCMC Foundation staff – Amy Gomez, Randie Lieser, Kyle Holman, Diana Wood, Allison Bruce Miller

Centerpiece décor

Emcee Stan Bush and Scott Rettmer with Weiss Jewelers


Bataki’s Magic Rhythms African Drums and Dance Ensemble

Lighting décor

Anne & Tim Keifer

Julianne & Steve Fritz

Blanca Munoz, Gabby Palacios, Irish Martin-Danhoff & Shane Danhoff, Candice & Anthony Salas, Angela & Ben Gonzales

Rev. Randy & Charlotte Jones

Alicia & Dr. Jeff Bacon



Dakota & Meredith Mason, Dave & Sarah German, Stephanie & Trevin Marrs

Cadi Green & Alex Rettmer, Michelle & Scott Rettmer, Alison Rettmer, Bonnie Sowder

John & Wendy Sparks, Christine & Tyson Sparks

Teri Seimer, Marleen Hagen, Gayle Keen, Tony Miller

David & Cindy McDade, Sonja & Dr. Karl Kohlgraf

Samuel Bachar & Dr. Jill Hanck, Jessica & Dr. Joshua Poles, Drs. Chelsea & Theron Risinger

Diane & Dave Lillo

Melody Bettenhausen, Denny Moyer

Dr. Brian & Mallory Henry

Dr. David & ErinStacy Ritsema

Wes & Brooke Hudkins

Sara & Dr. Shane Rowan



Michelle Booren, Randie Lieser, Jessie Lieser

John & Karla Bowness, Kim & Dan Wagner

Jeff & Autumn Woltemath, Tara & Jared Andrew

Back row: Ashley Burghgrave, Erin Hicks, Christine Pletcher, Leann Meikle, Mandy Odegaard, Laurie Hurtado, Wendy Fields Front row: Mandy Garza, Holly Cooan

Haley Faulkner, Jenny Stigall, Kate Bartholomew, Jenn Cuce

Justin & Dijana Bishop, Sandra & Craig Jacoby

Colorado Dance Collective choreographed by Megan Pershing

Rollplay 12V GMC Denali

Back row: Jeff Carlson, Jennifer & Travis Gillmore, Mark Lawley, Tom Grant, Judy & Mike Bond, Lindsey & Jason Yeater Middle row: Dr. Craig Wilson, Margaret Grant, Sherry Lawley Front row: Rose Stoller, Dr. Vicki Wilson, Brandon & Erika Houtchens

Andrew & Dr. Angela M. Mills, Bleny & Dr. Benjamin George

Regina & JR Riley hoping for snake eyes!


Bataki’s Magic Rhythms African Drums

Guests perusing the silent auction

Back row: Royal & Angela Lovell, Travis Gillmore, Matt Brucklacher, Tim & Audrey Pike, Kathy & Steve Bytnar, Tim Clancy Front row: Jennifer Gillmore, Sonja Brucklacher, Mia Clancy


Zoe Zebra, Bwana Borillo, Ginger Giraffe Photo by Katie Gifford

Ryann & Dr. Curtis Crylen, Cindy & Dr. Jim Wolach, Beth & Jim Hall

Jackie & Colin Glynn

Bill Karney & Jeannelle Lynch

Sarah Marie & Scott Yenzer

Mike & Yvonne Christow

Emily & Cody Kincaid, Drew & Stephanie Johnson


Selasee & the Fafa Family

Dr. Regina & Mark Bower

Photo by Katie Gifford


Chrystal Golden

Howard & Tricia McCarthy, Michael Welker & Manda McCarthy, Jay & Susan Pointer

Melinda & Dr. David Blatt

Laura & Paul Harter

Gary & Deb Murphy

Dr. Jessica & PJ Williams

Steve & Rebecca Garber, Kristina & Dr. Edwin Garcia, Julia & Paul Boyd, Allison & Nik Miller



Mike & Shemi Fleig

Seth & Annette Bright

Autumn & Ken Estes

Jean & Pete Morrell

Roman Lopez & Kim Desmond

Leslie & Bill Exner

Gayle Keen, Courtney Padmore, Marleen Hagen, Jody Pic, Sharon Herdman, Jeannelle Lynch, Lindsey Bustamante, Brook Miner, Lorrie Dinner

Sara & Mike Duffert

Kora Player

Performance by Selasee & the Fafa Family

Photo by Katie Gifford

Photo by Katie Gifford


David & Shaina Clark, Kari & Chad Holman, Dr. Sasikanth Adigopula & Dr. Sunitha Mudalagiri Gowda

Amber & Jamie Hardy

Silent Auction


Patrica & Mark Rand

Jason & Dr. Meghan Fels, Dr. Brian & Monica Money, Dr. Sasikanth Adigopula & Dr. Sunitha Mudalagiri Gowda, Dr. Kathryn Chmura & Melih Nizamoglu

Jim Reagan & Annie Lone, Rachel & Tim Shannon

Kerry & Andy Feinstein

Kristen & Kyle Holman

Jessica Moore & Carlo Pellegrini, Carol & Rod Salter


Drs. Emily & Matt Shirazi, Vonda & Masoud Shirazi


Dr. Natasha Joshi & Eric Kohlbrand

Krystal & Michael Amberg

John & Devon Carr, Sally & Tim Warde

Paramedic Services Director Retires After 40 Years Thank You, Dave Bressler! Heath Middle School, from which he would later retire. During these years, Dave’s mother, Lucille, was a librarian and then an administrative assistant at Chappelow Elementary School and later Jefferson Elementary School until her retirement.

In 1980, fresh out of paramedic school, Dave Bressler returned to his hometown of Greeley to work for Weld County Ambulance Service. On the last day of 2018, Dave retired as Director of Banner Health Paramedic Services. The 40 years in between were chockfull of wailing sirens, laughs, tears, camaraderie, paperwork, and yes, life and death.

“That’s how I met Jed,” Dave said with a chuckle. “Jed attended Chappelow, and sometimes he would get in trouble at the school where my mom worked.”

A pretty good way to spend a career, according to the 61-year-old. But back in 1980, Dave might not have come back to Greeley if it weren’t for his childhood friend Jed Swank. Jed, who was already a Weld County paramedic, called Dave up and told him there was a job opening.

Today, Dave’s sister, Holly Bressler, is the principal at Winograd K-8 School. His brother, Dave with his grandsons Jon, lives in Heath, Left to right: Blake, Brayden and Jack Texas, and his other sister, Cindy, lives outside Stockton, Missouri.

“Get up here quick for an interview,” Dave remembered Jed saying, “before someone else gets it.” At the time, Dave was working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) in Colorado Springs, where he made a dollar an hour. He was thrilled to learn Weld County paid more handsomely. “I was 22-years-old and just out of paramedic school,” he said, “and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.”

The early years The Bressler legacy runs deep in Greeley. Dave lived in Nebraska then Sterling before his family relocated to Greeley when he was in 3rd grade. That’s when Dave’s father, Frank Bressler, became principal at Greeley Central High School. Eventually Frank moved on to be principal at 36

As a teenager, Dave made more community ties by playing three sports in junior high and high school. In fact, Dave quickly realized when he started running ambulance calls in Greeley that he often knew the patients he was picking up. “One man I helped take care of was my Little League baseball coach,” he said. “In the early days, I hauled young people who are now grandparents,” he added, “and I’ve since helped their kids, then their kids’ kids.”

Changes over the decades When Dave started with Weld County Ambulance Service, there were 12 medics and two rigs to cover emergency needs in Weld County 24/7, 365. “At the time, we were contract labor to the hospital emergency room,” he said. “We helped in the ER

when calls weren’t coming in. That arrangement was great for honing our clinical skills and developing valuable relationships with the staff in the emergency room, especially the nurses and doctors, who taught us how to do total patient care.” Over the years, Dave rose to paramedic (including part-time on the helicopter), then supervisor, then operations manager. Finally, when Gary McCabe retired in 2003, Dave became director and chief paramedic. As Dave’s responsibilities grew, so did Greeley and the community’s needs. “We’ve had 5 to 6 percent volume growth in ambulance calls per year,” Dave said. “At the same time, calls have gotten more complex and challenging because we have more and more training, technology and interventional capabilities.” Back in the day, a heart attack call might have involved CPR and an oxygen mask, for example. Today paramedics start an IV and administer numerous medications, acquire a 12-lead EKG and initiate a Cardiac Alert, taking the patient directly to the cardiac cath lab. Dave when he first started In fact, new rigs have gotten with the Weld County so well-equipped they now Ambulance Service cost upwards of $300,000, not to mention the most important piece — a highly trained crew. Today Greeley’s ambulance service runs 60 to 70 calls on an average day, more than 100 on a really busy day, with their team of 130 EMTs and paramedics and fleet of 14 ambulances. Together with the mutual aid of emergency medical services in surrounding communities, as well as medicalhelicopter services, they cover 4,000 square miles. A growing population and advances in medical care aren’t the only changes Dave’s seen. During his tenure, ambulance resources have increasingly been directed to non-emergency transport, such as moving patients from one hospital to another, and mental health transports. “Today a lot of folks are calling us because they don’t have any way to get to their medical care or know where to go,” he said. “We have two vans that transport people with mental health needs 24 hours a day.”

One of the original ambulances Dave worked out of in his early years with the service. It was restored by former paramedic supervisor, Lyle Achziger, and brought to Dave’s retirement celebration held in November.

The next chapter In retirement, Dave is continuing his role on the Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council, where he gets to advocate for pre-hospital emergency medical crews. He also volunteers for the Heart Safe City project championed by the NCMC Foundation, tracking the hundreds of AEDs located throughout the community and making sure they’re equipped and ready for response when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest in Weld County. And every year, Dave plays Santa for the Migrant Christmas Fiesta, where he gets to hand out toys to migrant children. Dave doesn’t fill out his Santa suit as well as he used to, though. He’s lost over 20 pounds since his 2017 cardiac-bypass surgery and 2018 knee replacement. He plans to stick around for a long time and concentrate on his favorite activity, spending time with family. “So much of my career took me away from my family,” he said. “I was always getting called away. Now I want to be with them as much as possible.” Dave’s wife, Sheri, still works as an executive assistant for UBS Financial. Their son, Jared, lives with his wife, Lisa, and their two little boys in Windsor. Their daughter, Lyndsey, works in cardiac rehab at NCMC. She and her husband, Jay, also have a boy. In case you’re counting, that totals three grandsons for Dave to play with, which is what he aims to do most days. “I definitely miss all the great people I worked with,” said Dave. “But I’m still in town. I know I’ll get to see them.”


NCMC Foundation Awards Over $1.2M in Grants in 2018! 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 2018 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!

$193,722 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, mammograms and diagnostic services, Lifeline emergency alert systems and fitness programs for Cardiac and Pulmonary patients.

to purchase an ambulance for Paramedic Services.

$103,922 for $75,000

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

scholarships awarded to individuals pursuing a career in healthcare.

$118,960 for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center at NCMC.



to purchase a Hologic Trident Radiographic Specimen Reader for the NCMC Breast Center. 38

for the Western States Burn Center to purchase the Burn Navigator device, bed tables for patient rooms, marketing materials, support continuing education for staff, including the annual American Burn Association conference and the burn survivors picnic.

$58,822 to purchase


to NCMC departments to support the CardioVascular Institute, Trauma Services, Critical Care, Pediatrics, Respiratory Care, Oncology, Plant Services, Surgery, Infection/ Wound Center, Heart Conference, Doctors’ Day appreciation, Weigh & Win Kiosk and continuing education for NCMC staff.

chairs and gym equipment, Cardiac Transmitters, and Mobile Sphygmomanometers for the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs.

$34,680 from the Lola and Keith Jerome Fund

$34,459 to purchase Bili-

to support the Monfort Family Birth Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Paramedic Services.

Lights, Bili-Meters, Oxygen Setups, Breast Pumps, and a cuddle cot for the Monfort Family Birth Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

$22,039 to purchase recliners, window shades, and


to support the Will Rothman Family Chaplaincy program.

$20,425 to purchase Sensory Testing and Training

for the Rehabilitation Department through the William and Carol Herold Fund.

$18,405 to purchase a

Telemedicine Cart and an iSTAT Machine for cardiac care.

$12,474 towards the

lamps for guest rooms and supplies for the Hospitality House.

$14,078 to support the Heart Safe City program

to place and maintain automated external defibrillators throughout Weld County.

purchase of a Mobile Echo vehicle purchased in partnership with NCMC Volunteer Services.

$9,552 to purchase an iSTAT Machine for Medical


$9,364 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.

$4,100 to purchase Tele- $200 to support burn patients Hospice for TRU Hospice.

through the Marty Wakefield Fund.

$184 to purchase books for diabetes patient education.

Total $1,214,309 39

21st Annual NCMC Turkey Trot The NCMC Foundation along with the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado hosted the 21st Annual Turkey Trot, presented by Noble Energy, on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. With near-perfect running weather, approximately 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the 5K/2K Fun Run/Walk, one of the largest Turkey Trot races on Thanksgiving Day in northern Colorado! Over $50,000 net proceeds will be utilized to assist Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab patients at North Colorado Medical Center. The NCMC Foundation extends a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, committee members, hospital Runners take your mark. Get set. Go! departments and the over 200 volunteers that make the event so successful! A special thank you to Audra Casseday for her remarkable performance of the National Anthem. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Coronary Heart Disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths, killing over 366,800 people annually. Approximately every 40 seconds, an American will suffer a heart attack; approximately every 38 seconds, 1 American dies from cardio vascular disease. Between the years of 2013-2030, Coronary Heart Disease medical costs are projected to increase by nearly 100 percent. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth 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 16 million who are currently diagnosed.  It’s estimated many others 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.

Race results, photos and videos of the 21st Annual Turkey Trot can be viewed at All photos courtesy of Juan Leal.


In the Christmas spirit

T-Rex even trots!

Where is Baymax?

A family affair

Final stretch

Bell’s Running turkey

This guy. . .

Adorable little turkeys!

Almost to the finish line!

Hi Karen!

Three thumbs up!

Tres amigas! Cardiac Rehab staff

Sea of people – race start 41

Thanks to our Donors in 2018 Gifts of $25,000 or more Banner Health - North Colorado Medical Center Knights of Swallows Robert E. Murphy NCMC, Inc. Noble Energy Gerald Rennels SRC Energy The Human Bean

Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999 Carrico Family Foundation DCP Operating Company First National Bank Hensel Phelps Jerome Charitable Lead Trust Hans and Kathy Jorgensen Masoud Shirazi Family Foundation Montera Family Foundation Matt and Alyson Owens Phelps-Tointon, Inc. Richmark Companies Mike and Lori Shoop

Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 Alison Jo Jenkins Memorial Scholarship at The Community Foundation Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. Don Bowerman Cache Bank & Trust Cementer’s Well Service, Inc. Clear View Behavioral Health W. Lee Detterer

Donor Recognition Area in the main lobby of North Colorado Medical Center

First FarmBank Flood and Peterson Walter M. Francis Case and Kelsi Gabel Greeley Independence Stampede Guaranty Bank and Trust Company A Branch of Independent Bank Paul and Mary Henneck Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC Niche Design House Northeast Colorado Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council, Inc. PDC Energy, Inc. Ranack Cares Foundation, Inc. Rhinehart Oil Company Sunrise Community Health, Inc. Titan Solutions Tim and Sally Warde

Gifts of $1,000 to $4,999 A & W Water Service, Inc. Adolfson & Peterson Construction Aerotek

Aims Community College Aliquam Financial Services American Eagle Distributing Co. Assured Partners Colorado Baessler Homes Ballard Enterprises Bank of Colorado Bartels & Company, LLC Basic Energy Services BBVA Compass Blackeagle Energy Services Dr. David and Melinda Blatt Allan and Lisa Bliesmer George and Karin Boughter Boulder Associates, PC David W. Bressler Briggsdale Gas & Go Brady Burleson Burris Company, Inc. C&J Energy Services Cade Drilling Joan M. Carvajal Coan, Payton, & Payne, LLC Complete Energy Services Connecting Point Crothall Service Group John and Marie Dollarhide Dorma Eastman 43

Empire Electric Inc. Ensign Leslie Exner Expedition Water Solutions Colorado LLP Fairacres Manor, Inc. FCI Constructors, Inc. Fiske Electric Flatirons Drilling, Inc. Flatirons Field Services, LLC Flotek Flutterby Foundation Ltd. FMS Bank Francis Royalties, LLC Fusion Lighting and Design GE Johnson Construction Company GH Phipps Construction Companies Great Western Bank Greeley Country Club Halliburton Energy Services Emelda P. Harms Mike and Mary Ann Harper Sharon Herdman HighPoint Resources Dylan and Allison Hockett HollyFrontier Corporation Richard and Barbara Jenkins Kaiser Permanente K-Coe Isom KP Kauffman Company, Inc Diana L. Krausnick Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc. LaSalle Oil Company Leprino Foods Natalie Leyva Liberty Oilfield Services James E. and Charlote A. Lord Loustalet Family Fund at The Community Foundation Royal and Angela Lovell LSI Insurance Agency, Inc. M & M Excavation Company Robert and Susan Majerus Maul Automotive Group Inc. McKee Foundation MEDNAX Health Solutions Partners


Meritage Midstream Oleg and Egle Metsaev Pete and Jean Morrell Mundt Energy Services Naill Services Inc. NCMC Volunteers NGL Water Solutions, LLC Norfolk Iron & Metal North Central Chapter of Colorado Oil & Gas Assn. Northeast Chapter of Colorado Oil & Gas Assn. Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital / Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Hospital OtterCares Foundation PCS Ferguson, Inc. - An Apergy Company Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar Dr. Arnold E. and Chun Pfahnl Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, Inc. Pro Oilfield Inspection, LLC PTW Energy Services Reck Flyers, LLC Dr. Kenneth and Beth Richards Roche Constructors, Inc. Rocky Mountain Emergency Vehicles Rose Rock Midstream Justin and Jenny Scholz Ken and Pat Schultz Select Energy Services Silverline Services Soukup, Bush & Associates, PC John and Wendy Sparks SPN Well Services Ellen E. Stewart and Donald R. Vancil Stoller Family Foundation Summit Engineering Services, Inc. Summit Pathology Superior Energy Services Mark and Tammy Swisher T.R. Robel Services, Inc. TCBY - Tim and Jennifer Brynteson TEAMHealth The Baker Team - Steve Baker The Bucklen Foundation

Thru Tubing Solutions Rick and April Tucker UBS Matching Gifts Program Donald and Dixie Wacker Ted and Sue Warner Rev. Dr. Mark and Geneva Weiler Weld County Garage Wellsite Services, Inc. Wenaas Family Foundation Western States Fire Protection Company Westside Baptist Church Mike and Diana Wood Steven Woodward Wright Choice, Inc.

Gifts of $250 to $999 A Cell Inc. Absolute Value Appraisals Allnutt Funeral Service Alpha Design Group - Doug and Lori McMurren Alpine Gardens / Fossil Creek Nursery Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Nicolas Anzellini Ascent Geomatics Solutions Betty Bechtholdt Stanley Benson Jay Birnie Leah Bornstein and Joe Findley Julia Boyd Holly Bressler Randy Bucklen Budweiser Event Center CMS Mechanical Services, Inc. Colorado Oil & Gas Association Coral Bay Wine & Spirits Corpac Steel Cottonwood Cellars Dr. Curtis E. and Ryann Crylen Dalton Oil LLC Tracy A. Damrell and Barb Johnson Dana Orthodontics DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park

Susan Dvorak C. William and Debbi Eastwood Ehrlich Toyota Carl Enright Equus Farms Farmers Bank FastSigns Shelly Fischer Angelica Franco Dr. Juliet H. Fried Steven and Julianne Fritz David W. Fry David Galanti W. Herrick and Diane Garnsey Dr. Benjamin and Bleny George Travis and Jennifer Gillmore Graybar Anna L. Greenawalt Gus and Jerri Gustafson John W. and Delia Haefeli Dr. H. Wentzell Hamner Dr. Amanda and Paul Harding Judy Harper Bryan and Krista Haubert Andrea L. Hawkins Karen W. Height Bill and Amanda Hendershot Jimmy and Annie Henderson Dr. Cecilia M. and Joseph Hirsch Rebecca L. Holder-Otte Honda of Greeley Blair and Colette Howe Taryn K. Hybeck Jet Marketing LLC John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram JP Morgan William M. Karney and Jeannelle Davis Lynch Margo A. Karsten KCI Dr. Jay R. and Jennifer Kurth Steve and Megan LaForest Howard A. Lang Larson Insurance Agency, Inc. Don R. Laue Valerie A. Leal-Whitehead Peter and Kristy LeClair Legend Flats Apartment Homes

Gregg and Jody Leonnig David and Lucinda Lewis Loveland Chamber of Commerce Lundvall Enterprises, Inc. Mac and Faith McFarling Cecil and Joanne McPherron MDLI Services Med-Trans Corporation Carroll and Roberta Miller Michelle L. Miller Ben Moe Kaye Monfort G. E. and Janis Moore Kerri B. Moore Joseph and Lori Moralez Morning Fresh Farms, Inc. Deborah L. Murphy Alice R. Noll Catherine M. O’Grady-Goza Dan Overton Shelley Paddock Dr. Bhavik and Cori Patel Pathways Peake Wellness Center Pelican Lakes Golf Course Pellegrini Ristorante Italiano Bar Beverly A. Peratino Danny and Tammy Piccone Margaret M. Priestley Leslie and Sandra Race Angela A. Richard Joel and Joyce Rothman Saint Aubyn Homes Terri L. Sanem-Hiatt Wes and Trudy Sargent Scarecrow Gardens Erin E. Schinzel Wes Scott Sears Real Estate Tim and Rachel Shannon Marcia L. Siebring Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority at UNC Dr. Leo and Carol Soehnlen Dr. Yo-Jun and Eun-Joo Song Spradley Barr Ford of Greeley Stryker Tetra Tech

The Tavern Thomas & Tyler, LLC Todd Family Foundation Dr. Joseph and Meredith Tyburczy UBS UNI Design, Inc. - Mark and Enita Hout Upstate Colorado Economic Development Cris and Kaitlin Van Oort Vericel Veterans Education Success Team at Aims Community College Dr. Justin and Sarah Walker Gene P. Weber Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic, LLC Tracy L. White Brad Wilson Jeffrey and Autumn Woltemath Work Out West Warren and Julie Yoder Anice L. Young Yuma Firemans Association John and Kathy Zurbrigen

In Honor James E. and Charlote A. Lord NCMC, Inc. Board of Directors

In Memory Rev. Rolf Brende William H. Dempster Danny “Dan” Dill, Jr. Gary W. Harms Harland and Jean Hermann Barbara Lund Dmitriy (Dima) Miceli Jerry Williams Dennis B. Woodard


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

Upcoming Events Double Barrel Blast Sporting Clays Tournament presented by SRC Energy Longmeadow Game Resort, Clays Club and Event Center • Wiggins, CO Friday, May 10, 2019 - 9:00 am Benefiting Banner Trauma Services. Contact Kyle Holman at 970-810-2441 or for sponsorship opportunities and registration information.

Estate Planning Service North Colorado Medical Center Foundation Thursday, May 16 or Thursday, June 20 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 Kyle Holman at 970-810-2441 or

NCMC Foundation Golf Tournament Greeley Country Club Monday, June 10, 2019 Benefiting Med Evac. AM and PM tee times available. Contact Allison Bruce Miller at 970-810-6305 or for sponsorship opportunities and registration information.