Aspen Valley Medical Foundation to celebrate $1.4 million in grants
December 18, 2007
ASPEN The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation will publicly celebrate its 2007 grants, totaling $1.4 million, at Wednesday’s annual Celebration of Giving in the Hotel Jerome Ballroom.The event honors everyone who contributes to the work of the foundation, i.e. Neighbor to Neighbor donors and AVMF President Club members, and all those who benefit from the work community grant recipients, Aspen Valley Hospital, scholarship winners, and distinguished service awardees.Aspen Valley Hospital is receiving $847,000 from the foundation for the acquisition of a new 1.5 Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, which continues the tradition of providing state of the art technology for the local hospital.Also included in the grant to AVH, is financial support for the newly developed position of patient representative, who assists patients and their families with a variety of supportive services.A total of 32 community health and human service organizations will receive $436,500 in grants. The organizations are listed in different categories, including: Partners (three-year funding): Advocate Safehouse $15,000; Alpine Legal Services $20,000; Aspen Counseling Center $30,000; Aspen Youth Center $25,000; Catholic Charities $20,000; Colombine Homemakers $25,000; Community Health Services $35,000; COMPASS $10,000; EMTAC Injury Prevention $1,500; Family Visitor Program $20,000; Feed My Sheep Ministry $15,000; Kids First $10,000; Lift-up Pitkin County $8,000; Mountain Rescue $5,000; Mountain Valley Developmental Services $10,000; Pathfinders $10,000; $Pitkin County Senior Services $10,000; Planned Parenthood $15,000; Response $20,000; Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers $35,000; Roaring Fork Hospice $10,000; The Buddy Program $5,000; The Right Door $10,000; Yampah Teen Parent Program $4,000; Youth Zone $15,000. Affiliates (one-year funding): Aspen Foundation for Sports Medicine, Education & Research $6,000; Aspen Given Foundation $5,000; CRMS Pearlington Project Senior Class Trip $6,000; Garfield County Dept. of Human Services $5,000; KDNK – Emergency Notification Equipment $5,000; Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention $20,000; Windwalkers $6,000. Scholarships, which amounted to $73,000 awarded to 25 recipients, including: Erica Berens Holistic Nutrition; Margeaux Candlin Nursing; Denise Clark Health Care Administration; Damien Conglio – EMT; Judith Evens Nursing; Katie Flaherty Nurses with Purpose; Judith Garrison Computed Tomography – workshop; William Handwille EMT ; Shannon Hicks Nursing; Molly Hovey Nursing; Mijanou Holzman – Nursing; Christine Lapadakis Paramedic; Abigail Nims Lavy Nursing; Margaret Madden Nurses with Purpose; Michael Martin Critical Care Transport; Maggie McCarthy Nursing; Morgan McCrory Frazier EMT; Kathleen Mitchell OB Anesthesia; Michael Olsen Nursing; Adam Ort Nursing; Erica Purcell Nursing; Brett Payne EMT; Brandon Potter Paramedic; Dava Riivald Nursing; Mark Van Wieren Paramedic.The foundation also has awared $48,000 in small direct assistance grants for medical procedures, mental health counseling, prescriptions and dental assistance. Lastly, the foundation has issued distinguished service awards valued at a total of $100,000, funded by AVMF board member and President Club member Dick Butera, in which $10,000 checks went to the following individuals: EO Anderson,PCU Nurse; Sam Briggs, IT Department; Susan Rene Fisher, Emergency Room Nurse; Jose Garcia, Nutritional Services; Don Gillow, Employee Housing; Charlie Holloway, Housekeeping; Kathy Niemer, Radiology; Kathy Schuhrke, PCU Unit Clerk; Rachel Shuck, PCU Nurse; and Deb Tullman, Meditech Specialist.