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true north Transforming local healthcare through philanthropy

Summer 2016 • Volume 6 • Issue 2




Mildred S. Hansen

Nursing Program Scholarships

Read about the 20 Year Legacy on page 3

In This Issue Letter from Foundation Leadership

Community Education Program

A Lasting Impact: The Mildred S. Hansen Nursing Scholarship Celebrates 20 Years

34th Annual North Colorado Med Evac Golf Tournament raises over $40,000

Questions to consider when planning your estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

The legacy of Mildred S. Hansen and the impact of her endowment to the community to provide scholarships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

The Lives She Touched

Words from recipients of the Mildred S. Hansen Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

A Star is Born

Peter Martin, Board Chair, and his wife welcome a new family member and discuss the Star is Born program.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Create Your Legacy

Frank Stepp, Sr. Vice President, Thompson & Associates discusses creating, planning, and implementing a legacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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

Community members attend a Community Education Program at NCMC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Photos and recognition of the 34th Annual North Colorado Med Evac Golf Tournament. . . . . 10

Board Member Profile

Meet Ryan Kamada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

2016 Grants and Scholarships Awarded

A total of $483,549 was awarded. . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Recently Announced Scholarship Recipients

NCMC Foundation awards $85,100 in scholarships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

University High Senior Makes Lasting Impact at School

Alex Multer raises funds to place an AED at University High School Football Stadium. . . . . . . . 20

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

2016 NCMC Foundation Board of Directors Front row from left to right: Masoud Shirazi, Rose Stoller, Jean Morrell, Sally Warde, Al Dominguez-NCMC, Inc. Board Chair. Top row from left to right: Benjamin George, MD, Chris Kiser–Foundation President, John Haefeli, Steve Baker, Peter Martin–Board Chair, Tim Brynteson, John Dollarhide, Curtis Crylen, MD. Not pictured: Ray Cullen, Ryan Kamada, Royal Lovell, Marcus Reinhardt, MD, Stephanie Torrez.

Letter from Foundation Leadership tax, and it is distributed outside the control of the individual. Euphemistically called social capital, it is earmarked to go back to society in some manner. Potential estate planning clients may be interested to know that by self-directing their social capital, they may be able to leave these assets to a charity rather than the government.

Regular readers of True North are familiar with the NCMC Foundation’s relationship with Thompson and Associates, a values based company whose mission is to provide nonprofit organizations with planned giving expertise and to lead donors through a free, personalized and comprehensive estate planning process. Perhaps you have met with Frank Stepp, who works closely with the NCMC Foundation on behalf of Thompson and Associates. Since 2010, many clients from all walks of life have taken advantage of this free and confidential estate planning process, resulting in more gifts to heirs, lower taxes and numerous planned gifts to NCMC as well as to other non-profit organizations.

Chris Kiser Foundation President

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, as of December 2015, there were nearly 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. Because of unique economic circumstances, there are a disproportionate number of nonprofits operating in Weld County in relationship to the overall population. Through this professional estate planning service, you will be delighted to know that you may be able to be more generous to your heirs and your favorite local charities than you imagined!

The NCMC Foundation offers the Estate Planning program as a community service. It’s a free, confidential, no obligation opportunity to evaluate and plan your estate. No products or services are sold, and no fees are charged. The program will assist Peter Martin Foundation Board Chairman you in clarifying your values, quantifying your assets and educating you on your estate options. This type of comprehensive service would 1. Do I have enough to live on for the rest of my life? normally cost thousands of dollars, but it is offered to This is a difficult question for us to answer. However, you at no cost by the NCMC Foundation. uncertainty leads to inaction. Seeking professional One-on-one, confidential sessions are held in the estate planning not only helps your personal Foundation office with Frank Stepp on a monthly basis. financial situation, it allows you to see how including your favorite charities in your estate plans can Please consider meeting with Frank to see how reduce taxes and increase the amount left to your your estate plan will impact your family and heirs. Although the United States is currently in the midst of the largest transfer of wealth in history, the thought of making a charitable gift through your estate plan can be quite daunting. Here are three questions you may want to ponder before deciding to move forward.

2. What should I do for my heirs? Again, a difficult question to answer. Do you treat the children equally? Should I leave them a lump sum and hope it works out? Talking through these issues helps you feel more confident about how an estate plan impacts your family. 3. Would I rather leave a portion of my estate to charity or to the government? For most people, there is a percentage of the estate that cannot be transferred to their heirs. This portion is collected as a form of

possibly make a lasting impact on a local nonprofit organization! For more information on the program, or to schedule a meeting, call Donna Benson, Director of Planned Giving, at 970-810-6773.

Chris Kiser NCMC Foundation President Peter Martin Foundation Board Chairman

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A Lasting Impact: The Mildred S. Hansen Nursing Scholarship Celebrates 20 Years by Chris Kiser Mildred S. Hansen was a Greeley original. Her generosity left a significant legacy on the philanthropic landscape in northern Colorado that is going strong 21 years after her death in 1995. Ms. Hansen became the owner and publisher of the Greeley Tribune in 1953, after the death of her uncle Charles Hansen, who had published the Tribune since 1913. A 1927 graduate of the State Teacher’s College of Colorado (now the University of Northern Colorado), she began working as a proof reader at the Tribune in 1930, until she sold the paper to Swift Newspapers in 1977. Her career at the Tribune spanned 47 years, and saw her advance from proof reader to one of the few female daily newspaper publishers in the United States. Among her many attributes, she was a nontraditional professional woman; a world traveler; and, a civic leader on the local and state level. Most importantly for Greeley, she was extremely generous with her time and money, having served on numerous local nonprofit boards. She was a charter member of the Weld County General Hospital Board (now the NCMC Foundation) in 1975. When Ms. Hansen passed away in 1995, she gifted over $7 million to several Weld County foundations and nonprofit organizations, including the NCMC Foundation, Aims Community College and the University of Northern Colorado. Her $1.5 million endowment to the NCMC Foundation was at the time the largest single gift ever received by the Foundation. The earnings from the Mildred S. Hansen Nursing Scholarship fund make it possible for over $50,000 in scholarships to be awarded annually by the NCMC Foundation.

Since the endowments inception in 1996, the NCMC Foundation has established scholarships for non-traditional students who have been accepted into the UNC School of Nursing. This two-year scholarship includes in-state tuition, books, fees and a $1,000 stipend for room and board expenses. Another nursing scholarship associated with the endowment includes a 4-year scholarship designated for a Weld County high school graduating senior who is pursuing a BS degree in Nursing. This scholarship includes in-state tuition and books for the first two years. After the student is accepted into an accredited Nursing Program, a $1,000 stipend for room and board expenses, along with student fees, is covered for the remaining two years. Through the spring of 2016, the NCMC Foundation has awarded an incredible $1,143,000 in scholarship support to 55 Hansen Scholars! Thanks to prudent financial management, the endowment has grown to over $2,065,000!

Her career at the Tribune spanned 47 years, and saw her advance from proof reader to one of the few female daily newspaper publishers in the United States.

A true Greeley original. A philanthropist concerned with making a lasting impact on the lives’ of others. Thank you, Ms. Hansen for making this possible!

A Lasting Impact: The Mildred S. Hansen Nursing Scholarship Celebrates 20 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

The Lives She Touched Words from recipients of the Mildred S. Hansen Scholarship After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Mondt Fanshier worked as a RN on a medical-surgical floor, before returning to Fort Hays State where she earned her Master of Science degree in nursing.

“The Hansen Scholarship assisted me through my undergraduate education and created the opportunity to become a good nurse.” – Arika Mondt Fanshier

Arika Mondt Fanshier

“The impact that the Hansen Nursing Tuition Scholarship through the NCMC Foundation has had on my life is incredible,” says 2008 recipient Arika Mondt Fanshier. As a scholarship recipient, she attended Fort Hays State University and graduated summa cum laude with a BSN degree.

Currently employed at a family practice clinic, she is married and has a two year old son, Noah. “The Hansen Scholarship assisted me through my undergraduate education and created the opportunity to become a good nurse. It also allowed me to continue my education without the concerns of adding on too much student loan debt,” added Mondt Fanshier. “My husband is a farmer, and as a nurse, I was able to work full time and pay for most of my graduate school education. I want to say thank you for this opportunity and encourage continued support for the Hansen Nursing Scholarship.”

Trish Bradfield Mclain

“I don’t think I would be where I am today if it weren’t for the support of the Hansen Nursing Scholarship”

“When I received the Hansen Nursing Scholarship in 1997, it was a game changer for me and allowed me to pursue my goal of becoming a registered nurse,” says Trish Bradfield Mclain. “My – Trish Bradfield Mclain husband Matthew and I were newlyweds at the time, living in a basement apartment, getting by on minimum wage jobs while I attended college. Attending nursing school was what I wanted to do, but the financial requirements were quite daunting.”

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The Lives She Touched – Words from recipients of the Mildred S. Hansen Scholarship continued Bradfield Mclain graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1999, and promptly began work at North Colorado Medical Center on a medical/surgical floor. She credits her time at NCMC as very rewarding, as she learned a great deal about bedside nursing and patient care. In 2000, she left NCMC to pursue a career in public health, and was hired by the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment as a nurse on the Child Health Team. “I found it to be very rewarding, as I gave immunizations, did well child check-ups, and worked as a case manager for children with special healthcare needs,” she noted. “Eventually, I was able to become a supervisor for the Child Health Team and was blessed to work with a great group of nurses and support staff.”

Kathy Kruse

“When I look back on my career in nursing, the Hansen Scholarship was one of the greatest honors for me. I remain humbled as well as honored to have received it. I was able to graduate from the University of Northern Colorado with highest honors because of it. Working hard in school was my way of thanking people for believing in me,” said Kathy Kruse, the first winner of the Hansen Nursing Scholarship in 1996.

“I was able to graduate from the University of Northern Colorado with highest honors because of it. Working hard in school was my way of thanking people for believing in me.”

Now Deputy Director of the Northeast Colorado Health Department, the – Kathy Kruse busy mother of three works primarily in an administrative position where she concentrates on keeping the people in her region healthy and safe. “I don’t think I would be where I am today if it weren’t for the support of the Hansen Nursing Scholarship,” she added.

Words from recipients of the Mildred S. Hansen Scholarship

After graduation from UNC, Kruse established a primary care practice as a family nurse practitioner in Windsor and Fort Collins, Colorado. She describes her job as a nurse practitioner as one of the most rewarding aspects of her 30 plus year career in nursing.

“To help an entire family with their healthcare needs, teaching them how to take good care of themselves and each other, has been a very rich way to serve the community,” said Kruse. “I loved the family practice because it afforded me the chance to help people ranging in age from birth all the way through the life cycle. It has a huge body, mind and spirit component. To be able to help someone heal from the inside out was a very rewarding part of the practice.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

The Lives She Touched – Words from recipients of the Mildred S. Hansen Scholarship continued Now employed as an intensive care nurse, Kruse credits her years as a family nurse practitioner for honing her assessment skills, family process experience, pharmacology and pathophysiology as allowing her to provide the very best care for her patients and their families. “I will be forever grateful for the Hansen Nursing Tuition Scholarship as well as to the NCMC Foundation for changing my life for the better,” added Kruse. “The benefits to that education just keep growing!”

Diane Dwyer

“It is hard to put into words what the Hansen Nursing Tuition Scholarship meant to me. It has provided me with the means to obtain my education, which was the catalyst for my adult life and career,” said 1977 recipient Diane Dwyer.

“Nursing is technical and scientific, physical and emotional, intimate and personal, and filled with tragedy and triumph. Being a nurse is now part of my identity.” – Diane Dwyer and emotional, intimate and personal, and filled with tragedy and triumph,” she aptly states.

After graduating with a BS degree in Nursing, Dwyer has worked as a school nurse with Denver Public Schools, a Camp Nurse for Makemie Woods Camp and Conference Center, an Agency Nurse with Supplemental Health Care, and an Intensive Care Nurse for the Denver Veteran’s Hospital for the last 15 years.

“Being a nurse is now part of my identity. My career has been challenging and rewarding, filled with the opportunity to care for many wonderful people. It also allows me great flexibility to pursue other interests in my life, such as backpacking, gardening, and traveling,” she said.

During her college days, Dwyer learned that nursing was a tangible way to care for others. Little did she know at the time that it entails so much more. “Nursing is technical and scientific, physical

“I was almost in tears and I am feeling overwhelmed and blessed by this very generous award,” said 2016 Hansen Nursing Scholarship

Brenda Hall

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The Lives She Touched – Words from recipients of the Mildred S. Hansen Scholarship continued recipient Brenda Hall, upon being notified of the award. “This scholarship will allow me to attend graduate school and focus on my education, my family and my work without the added stress of paying tuition.” Hall earned her BSN degree in 2014 from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Since January 2015, she has been a registered nurse at NCMC, where she has honed her skills in complete patient care, multidisciplinary team collaboration, medication administration, admissions, and discharges in the observation/short stay unit. Hall, the mother of four children between the ages of 12-19, took a non-traditional route with her education, as she stayed at home to care for her children for 12 years, before beginning her pursuit of a BSN. “As a care provider, I will be successful for many reasons,” said Hall. “I have good prioritization and organizational skills, and I enjoy developing a rapport with my patients and their families. I enjoy coming to work every day and I feel like I have made a difference when I leave.”

“I was almost in tears. and I am feeling overwhelmed and blessed by this very generous award.” – Brenda Hall

A Star is Born We would like to welcome Trent Martin, born April 29, 2016, at NCMC. Trent is the son of NCMC Foundation Board Chair Peter Martin and his wife Beth. Trent weighed in at a healthy 8 lbs., 6oz and was 21” at birth. Trent will soon have his very own star on the “Star is Born” wall located in the Monfort Family Birth Center. Proceeds from this unique program benefit the Monfort Family Birth Center nursing education program. If you have a son or daughter, grandchildren, nieces or nephews who were born at NCMC, and would like additional information, please contact the NCMC Foundation at 970-356-9020.

Congratulations to Peter and Beth Martin on the birth of their first shining star, Trent!

Words from recipients of the Mildred S. Hansen Scholarship & A Star is Born . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Create Your Legacy

Frank Stepp, Sr. Vice President, Thompson & Associates net worth through your estate. It’s important to start with your values and objectives. Ask yourself: “Do I want to perpetuate the values that I’ve held dear during my lifetime? How do I want to be remembered? What impact have I made, either with my family, other loved ones, friends, my business or philanthropically? Can I continue to make an impact through my estate plan?”

What is your Legacy? This may seem to be a simple enough question, but to anyone who has contemplated the totality of his or her life and lifetime, the response can be daunting. Legacy is a word filled with a depth of meaning. Webster’s definition is “something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time” and “money or property that is left to someone in a will.”

Frank Stepp

One way our parents and grandparents created legacies was by simply practicing the values and traditions that their ancestors practiced for generations and handed down to them. In some instances, they also left financial legacies to their families and charities. As you can see, legacies are created by living by a certain set of values, raising our families a certain way, practicing our faith or religious rituals or traditions, and more tangibly through estate planning with bequests to loved ones and possibly charity.

Discovering Your Legacy Discovering your legacy is a process of learning and understanding the fullness and richness of your dreams. This usually starts with some big picture ideas and feelings about the legacies you want to leave. As you start to craft the details of your wishes and the resources to be used to implement those wishes, legal complexities can arise and logistical obstacles and challenges may emerge. Facing these circumstances, you adjust and continue the journey to “discover your legacy.” You find that it is a mixture of your love and desire for persons dear to you, the realities of their lives and relationships, the causes and larger community issues important to you, and the laws of the land that set the boundaries of the planning process.

Planning Your Legacy This is the process of creating a formal plan for your

In planning your legacy for children, think about what your goals and objectives are for them. Do you want them to enjoy their inheritance, and yet still be productive? Often times, parents pass assets to their children over time through a trust to assure professional asset management. Is there a family tradition you want to continue after you are gone? One donor wanted to create a trust to fund a cruise every year for her children and grandchildren, because she had done that annually for them for many years. One left a fund for a family reunion each year to ensure the entire family never lost touch. These were traditions they wanted to perpetuate. Do you want your estate to impact not only your children’s lives, but also social causes that are important to you? A gift through your estate plan is one of the most affordable (when you don’t need the money and you can’t take it with you!) anyone can make. Many nonprofits suggest a gift of approximately twenty times an annual gift to permanently endow that gift. A bequest of $20,000, at an annual distribution rate of 5%, could permanently fund an annual gift of $1,000 after your lifetime. Your gift can “live forever” and create a lasting legacy in your name.

Implementing Your Legacy This is the easiest part of the whole process. Ideally, your attorney and other advisors have participated in some or all of the above considerations. Now, your attorney prepares the documents needed to implement your plan and other advisors may make

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

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Important Estate Planning Decisions continued arrangements as needed. A meeting is scheduled and the documents are signed. The only thing left is an appropriate celebration. In some cases you will want to inform others and celebrate your plans together. To add finishing touches to “creating our legacy,” one of the most important legacies we can leave is to write “a letter to loved ones,” which is a personal letter that is written to each individual important to us. This is a private letter and is only opened after you are gone. In the letter, you can share your love, appreciation and hope for the person. You can pass on important family stories, history about our ancestors and other personal information. Lastly, if you have included charitable organizations in your estate plan, you can inform the charities of your intention and let them include your names or share your story as a testimony

and example for others. Very few charities reveal financial details in telling donor stories. An old cliché states, anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple; no one can count the number of apples in a seed. So it is with our legacy! People who complete their estate plans are usually very proud and realize the joy of creating a legacy. Parents know that this is one of the greatest gifts they could leave their children. If they have been able to make charitable gifts through their estate plan, while not depriving their children, they are able to experience the joy of being able to create a lasting legacy, not only to their families, but to their community as well.

Community Education Program Seven community members recently attended a Community Education Program at North Colorado Medical Center to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at what goes on within several areas of the hospital. If you are interested in attending this unique program, please contact Amy Gomez at 970-810-6776 or to register.

Jalon Burkett, RN Surgical Director tours community members through one of the operating rooms at North Colorado Medical Center.

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34th Annual North Colorado Med Evac Golf Tournament raises over $40,000 Tournament Winners The 34th annual North Colorado Med Evac Golf Tournament, hosted by the NCMC Foundation on June 13 at the Greeley Country Club, raised over $40,000 in net proceeds, with over 210 golfers, sponsors and volunteers participating in the popular double shotgun scramble. One of the region’s oldest charity golf events, the NCMC Foundation has generated an astounding $900,000 in net proceeds for the Med Evac program. This funding has provided important equipment such as flight suits, helmets, ventilators, portable IV pumps and training manikins, along with fire retardant outerwear and educational opportunities for staff. Known for its excellence in safety, the flight teams have completed over 18,000 incident-free flights since the first flight in 1982. Additionally, a portion of this year’s proceeds were designated towards the Heart Safe City initiative, which targets the placement of AEDs throughout Weld County as well as CPR education and training for community members. “I want to thank all of the participants and sponsors who once again made this event so successful,” said Diana Wood, Director of Special Events and Marketing. “The Foundation greatly appreciates all of the people who came together to help us raise funds for the Med Evac program and Heart Safe City.” Taking home top honors from the tournament was the Supplyworks Team consisting of Tim Warde, Greg Tews, Bill Regar, and Dennis Gierhart. The NCMC Foundation, founded in 1975, has served as North Colorado Medical Center’s philanthropic partner in supporting healthcare at NCMC and in the community. During that time, the Foundation has been entrusted as stewards of over $50 million in charitable gifts.

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

Professional Finance Company Championship Flight Winners

1st Place and Overall Tournament Winners: Supplyworks 2nd Place: Pepsi Bottling Group 3rd Place: LSI Insurance Agency, Inc. John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Masters Flight Winners

1st Place: Team Bressler 2nd Place: John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 3rd Place: Shirazi Benefits Cementer’s Well Service, Inc. Signature Flight

1st Place: Reck Flyers 2nd Place: UBS 3rd Place: Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants, P.C. Team 2 Boulder Associates Medalist Flight

1st Place: Titan Energy Services 2nd Place: Bucklen Equipment 3rd Place: Professional Finance Company Longest Drive in the Fairway

Hole #15 Women’s Winner: Katie Van Ort Hole #15 Men’s Winner: Matt Baumgartner Closet to the Pin:

AM Winner Hole #2: Scott McPherson PM Winner Hole #2: Todd Studer AM Winner Hole #7: Randy Francis PM Winner Hole #7: Brandon Deason AM Winner Hole #16: James Kralicek PM Winner Hole #16: Justin Grossaint Chip for the Chair Contest Winner

Justin Grossaint CPR Team Challenge

BBVA Compass Putt on the Green Contest

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North Colorado Med Evac Helicopter at Greeley Country Club.

2016 Tournament Committee Eric Zurbrigen Tournament Chairman, Flood and Peterson Dave Bressler NCMC Ambulance Services Scott Byars North Colorado Med Evac Chris Callaway Titan Energy Services Suzanne Duerksen North Colorado Med Evac Pam Howes North Colorado Med Evac

Jennifer MollandorOwens UBS Dawn Olson NCMC Cardiac/Neuro Outreach Leiton Powell North Colorado Med Evac Masoud Shirazi Shirazi Benefits Sam Solomon North Colorado Med Evac Angela Solomonson North Colorado Med Evac

Chris Kiser NCMC Foundation

Mitch Wagy NCMC Ambulance Services

Jonathan Lampros John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

Diana Wood Tournament Director, NCMC Foundation

Rich Mollandor UBS

Heather Schminke with the CardioVascular Institute demonstrating CPR technique.

All photos courtesy of Juan Leal

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Tournament Championship Team from Supplyworks: Greg Tews, Tim Warde, Bill Regar, Dennis Gierhart

Thanks to our generous sponsors!

Boulder Associates: Paul Rowley, Roy Mucilli, Cliff Trausch, Nich Rehnberg

Flood and Peterson: Josh Johnson, Ken Zimmerman, Eric Zurbrigan – Tournament Chair, Stephen Sahli

The silent auction is always popular.

Flotek Company: Matt Jespersen, BJ Julich, Ty Butikofer, Bryan Haubert

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Chip for the Chair Contest.

Banner Paramedics: Derek Shoemaker, Kaitlin Van Oort, Luke Rae, Bryana Kirchner

Shirazi Benefits: Michael Shirazi, Joe Melendez, Ryan Cosner, David Sanchez

Children’s Hospital Colorado: Jeff Solomonson, Curt Collins, Rick Rhoden, Sam Solomon, Neil Koehane

View of Greeley Country Club from a drone.

Team Bressler: Jared Bressler, Chuck Harrison, Jay Birnie, Jason Hutt

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EagleMed, LLC: Kaitlin Van Oort, Bryana Kirchner and Derek Shoemaker having some fun.

A nice follow through!

Professional Finance Company: Lance Goudzwaard, Neil Bertrand, Scott Raberge, Charlie Shoop

Silent auction items awaiting bids.

Shirazi Benefits Team performing the CPR Challenge.

Liberty Oilfield Services provided food for golfers and volunteers.

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Board Member Profile

Ryan Kamada From the first words that come out of Ryan Kamada’s mouth you know he’s a genuine, humble man who believes in connection, not pretense. Those are traits you want in someone who weighs people’s fates as a Magistrate in our state’s trial court system, especially when it comes to foster children and families. The North Colorado Medical Center Foundation is honored to have him as a member of the board.

system was calling. “I met an attorney who represented kids and I thought that would be a great job for me, so I begged the state for a contract to represent foster kids. I did that for six years before my appointment as Magistrate,” he said. In May 2015, Ryan accepted his appointment as Magistrate for the 19th Judicial District where he presides over family court issues including custody cases, divorces, and of course, foster care. He has found his professional fit.

Ryan (36) was born and raised in Ryan Kamada the Greeley area, and his parents, Ryan and his wife, Kayla, a nurse with Bruce and Pam, still reside in LaSalle. When going Children’s Hospital Colorado, enjoy spending time with off to college at the Colorado School of Mines he their son, Race (3)—especially on the golf course. Even knew he would return to Greeley. It was where he little Race has his own set of clubs. wanted to raise his family. A self-described “traditional sports head growing up,” Ryan attended college on a Ryan names living in Australia for 11 months as an basketball scholarship but ended up playing baseball exchange student as a significant period in his life. instead. He also played football at Valley High School He immersed himself in the culture and learned where he was the receiver for his best friend and the life lesson that there is no right or wrong way of childhood next door neighbor, Kyle Holman, Director of doing things or seeing the world, just different. It’s a Major Gifts for the Foundation. philosophy he still lives by, every day. “For whatever reason when growing up we never saw Ryan has been on several boards over the years, race or economic division. I’m not sure what it is about but names the NCMC Foundation board, “the most our community that breeds that acceptance, but I feel professionally run board I have ever been on.” He lucky to have grown up here,” Ryan said. says he appreciates that everyone is truly there to contribute and help the hospital succeed. He also feels At the Colorado School of Mines, Ryan majored a personal need to give back. in mechanical engineering with his sights on an unseemingly unrelated career: patent attorney. He “My dad was in a really bad car accident years ago explained that in order to take the patent bar, you and has been hospitalized numerous times at NCMC need a technical bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation, where he has always received outstanding care. When he secured a job with General Electric (GE) while something like that happens, you realize quickly just attending law school at the University of Denver. how important it is to have quality, community-based healthcare. This last winter my father also had a “While working for GE I discovered that patent law severe stroke and was placed in the Western States really wasn’t my passion so the first thing I did when I Burn Center and Kyle Holman came into the room to graduated was to call every law firm in Greeley and beg visit. Kyle explained that the brand new bed my father them to give me a chance,” Ryan said. was utilizing was a direct result of a recent donation After graduating from law school in 2005, Ryan went through the Foundation. Whoever that donor was, to work for Dickson and Grant in Greeley, which is now THANK YOU,” he concluded. Grant & Hoffman Law Firm, P.C. He became a partner Ryan looks forward to his third year on the board. in 2008. While he enjoyed practicing the law, the court 16 ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Board Member Profile

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.

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


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

$71,393 to NCMC Departments to support Pediatrics, Lifetime Wellness, Monfort Family Birth Center, Hospitality House, Paramedic Services, Western States Burn Center, Cardiac Care, Diabetes, North Colorado Family Medicine book project, Doctor’s Day appreciation, Weigh & Win Kiosk, and continuing education for NCMC staff.

$48,091 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.

$15,420 for ventilator mounts, flight suits,

training mannequins, continuing education, fire resistant outerwear for North Colorado Med Evac.

$4,995 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.


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.

$7,824 to

support the Heart Safe City program, which has placed over 400 AEDs in public gathering spots throughout Weld County and trained over 1,000 community members in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


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

$30,361 for

scholarships awarded to individuals pursuing a career in healthcare.

$4,215 for the

Trauma Conference - Emergency and Trauma Symposium.

$3,000 from the

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

$1,860 for patient educational materials.

$500 to support

the Will Rothman Family Chaplaincy program.

Total: $483,549 2016 Grants and Scholarships Awarded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

NCMC Foundation Awards $85,100 in Scholarships The North Colorado Medical Center Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2016 Scholarships.

Brenda Hall

Sally Castillo

The Mildred S. Hansen Nursing Program Scholarship is awarded annually to a non-traditional student 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. The 2016 recipient is Brenda Hall of Windsor. The Nurse Education Tuition Assistance Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is pursuing a bachelor 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 North Colorado Medical Center upon completion of their degree. This year three scholarships were awarded. The 2016 recipients are Sally Castillo of Johnstown who is attending Grand Canyon University; Meghan Guild of Loveland who is attending UNC; and Alex McNa of Arvada who is also attending UNC.

George A. Coleman and Beverly A. Peratino Nursing Scholarship

Carolyn Neighbors

Kellye Rather

Maria Gallegos

The Belle Marquand Loustalet Meghan Guild

Memorial Nursing Scholarship

was established by her son, Mike, and his wife, Marilynn, in memory of his mother. The scholarship is awarded annually to an individual who has been accepted into an accredited nursing program with plans to complete a bachelor’s or associate degree in nursing. Two awards of $3,750 each were awarded. The recipients are Carolyn Neighbors of Greeley Alex McNa who is attending UNC, and Kellye Rather of Greeley who is also attending UNC.

Monique Melendez

was established in 2014 by Beverly A. Peratino, RN, MS. Beverly, a retired nurse, director of operating rooms and hospital administrator, had a 44-year career in healthcare, which included most recently the North Colorado Medical Center. Applicants for this scholarship must have been accepted into the Aims Community College Dual Enrollment Nursing Program in conjunction with UNC and seeking a bachelor of science in nursing degree. Applicant must agree to apply for a registered nurse position at North Colorado Medical Center upon completion of degree. This $1,000 scholarship may be renewed annually. The recipient of this award is Maria Gallegos of Greeley. The 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. Applicants for this scholarship must have accumulated a minimum of one semester of post high school credit, and be enrolled in, or accepted for enrollment, as a full-time or part-time student. Two awards of $1,000 each were awarded to Monique Melendez of Greeley, and Caleb Wipf of Evans. Monique and Caleb are attending UNC. The Florence Slack Memorial “Nurse of the Year” Award, in memory of Florence Slack, began in 1986 because of the generosity of family and friends. The award recognizes a nurse annually who demonstrates the nursing skills and patient care that Florence exhibited during her many years at North Colorado Medical Center. Florence was a role model for her peers and a valued

Caleb Wipf

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Rhonda Turner, RN

member of the nursing team. Most important was her dedication to her patients. It is in the spirit of those traits and in her honor and memory that this award is given. The 2016 recipient of this award is Rhonda Turner, RN who received $1,000 to be used towards continuing education.

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 Breanna Olson Volunteers, includes course tuition, certification testing fee, books and medical equipment required for course work. The 2016 recipient is Breanna Olson of Greeley.

patient education. The 2016 recipient is the Medical Oncology Chemotherapy Nursing Staff. Nominated by Dr. Benjamin George, “This team is the epitome of excellent patient-centered, high quality medical care, our patients are so grateful for the selfless sacrifice and these nurses ensure our cancer center is running smoothly and efficiently�. Team members include: Christine Pletcher, Erin Hicks, Shirley Wentz, Steph Schneider and Susan Smith. These team members will receive $2,000, with an additional $2,000 matched by NCMC, Inc. for a total of $4,000 to be used towards continuing education.

Dr. David E. Bates Memorial Award was

Benjamin August Linder, MD

Dr. Sam Widney Memorial Award was established

The Lily E. Widney Memorial Nursing Scholarship was

established in her memory by the family of this long-time Greeley resident and former nurse. This scholarship is available to assist a North Colorado Medical Center employee in obtaining an associate or bachelor of Breanne Phillips science degree in nursing. This one-time $500 award serves to recognize an individual making an important contribution to North Colorado Medical Center while simultaneously pursuing a nursing degree. The 2016 recipient is Breanne Phillips of Evans. Breanne is currently completing nursing school at UNC.

The Florence Winograd Educational Scholarship was established by Florence in honor of the care her late husband received at North Colorado Medical Center. The award serves to recognize and reward a group of individuals at NCMC who exemplify teamwork. The winning team shares a grant to be used for continuing education and/or approved expenses related to department or

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. The 2016 recipient is Benjamin August Linder, MD.

Courtney Hathaway, MD

through gifts from the Widney Family. This award is given annually to one or more individuals completing his or her residency at North Colorado Family Medicine. The 2016 recipient is Courtney Hathaway, MD.

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 North Colorado Medical Center. To date, the NCMC Foundation has provided scholarships to more than 125 people. Some of these individuals have remained in Greeley and work as part of the staff at NCMC. Other recipients have chosen different paths. One went to work in a major metropolitan hospital emergency room, another joined the medical staff of a traveling clinic for Alaskan natives, and still another joined the teaching faculty of a university nursing program. Every NCMC Foundation scholarship recipient has a unique story to tell and all have worked very hard to achieve educational and career success.

Please feel free to call Donna Benson, Director of Planned Giving, if you would like more information about the NCMC Foundation scholarship program. She can be reached at 970-810-6773 or NCMC Foundation Awards $85,100 in Scholarships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

University High Senior Makes Lasting Impact at School The goal of the program is Alex Multer will attend the to educate citizens on the University of Colorado this dangers of sudden cardiac fall majoring in electrical arrest, as well as to identify engineering, with an cardiac symptoms, learning ultimate goal of becoming how to administer cardio an acoustical engineer. pulmonary resuscitation With that career path in (CPR), and how to use an mind, you may wonder why AED. she chose a senior project like placing an Automated AEDs are maintained by External Defibrillator (AED) the Banner North Colorado at the baseball field at Medical Center Paramedic University High School? Services to ensure that each “It stemmed from being device is fully charged and a protective big sis,” says ready to be used in the event Alex. “My brother Cam of a cardiac emergency. and a lot of my friends Alex’s AED, located at the University High School Football Stadium play baseball, and I was Thanks to the generosity concerned about player and spectator safety at UH of donors, the NCMC Foundation has raised over baseball games.” $175,000 to support this life-saving program. Additionally, the Greeley Fire Department has Alex became aware of the provided CPR training and AED education to hundreds Heart Safe City Program by of individuals and they continue to provide training seeing Heart Safe City road classes each month. signs around Greeley placed by the North Colorado Alex worked hard to raise the funds for the AED, Medical Center Foundation. setting up tables at UH athletic events, making public She learned more about address announcements at football games and the program when she posting information on Facebook. She also set up helped Dawn Olson, an AED training by the Greeley Fire Department at Outreach Program Director University High School. at NCMC, place an AED at When asked what she learned from her senior the University High School project, Alex says, “I learned there is a lot more that Football Stadium. Alex Multer goes into it than simply putting up an AED. I was Along with help from local physician Dr. Kenyon overwhelmed by the support of the community….oh, Morrow and numerous UH supporters, Alex’s AED and I learned how to use a power drill.” at the Diamond Project exceeded the goal of raising $1,800 needed to purchase and place an AED as part of the Heart Safe City Program. Alex and the NCMC Foundation want to This nation-wide program, supported by the American Heart Association, represents a team effort between the City of Greeley, Greeley Fire Department, NCMC’s CardioVascular Institute, and the NCMC Foundation.

thank all who supported Alex’s AED at the Diamond Project.

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Upcoming Events Estate Planning Service

North Colorado Medical Center Foundation Tuesday, August 23 or Wednesday, August 24 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

Western States Burn Center Golf Classic

Eaton Country Club - Eaton Thursday, September 15

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

NCMC Turkey Trot

North Colorado Medical Center Thursday, November 24 This event benefits the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at NCMC. For sponsorship opportunities contact Diana Wood at 970-810-2687. Registration is open at keyword: NCMC Turkey Trot. For more information visit events/turkeytrot.

NCMC Foundation Gala – Havana Nights Embassy Suites Hotel - Loveland Saturday, January 28, 2017

Contact Diana Wood at 970-810-2687 or for sponsorship opportunities and ticket information.

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