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Institute merger in Aspen a Given

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” The Aspen Given Institute and the Given Institute of the University of Colorado Denver are merging.

The merger, set to take effect Jan. 1, means that the Given Institute of the University of Colorado Denver will assume all administrative and fundraising duties surrounding its free valley-wide public lecture and health series.

Several Aspen Given Foundation board members will join the Given Institute board to advise and manage the refocusing of responsibilities, according to a news release issued Friday.

“This transition of responsibilities will streamline the development activities and sharpen the public profile of the Given Institute ” a 36-year-old conference and events center, owned by the CU Regents, that provides a forum for tomorrow’s health advances,” the news release says. “The Given Institute, operated under the supervision and direction of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, is conducting a fundraising campaign for capital improvements and to create a permanent endowment to support the Public Health and Education Series.”

A full-time University of Colorado Foundation fundraiser, Laura Merino, has been brought to Aspen to lead the effort.

“With this transition, the Given Institute will proceed with one clear voice as it expands its capability to promote tomorrow’s health care solutions,” Dr. Bruce Paton, director of the Given Institute, said in a statement.

“The Aspen Given Foundation has been an integral player in our success during its nine years, and we look forward to building on their work.”

The Aspen Given Foundation was founded in 1999, and has put on health fairs, lectures, and other offerings.

“It has been a thrill to be involved in bringing so many valuable services to residents of our community” Aspen Given Foundation Executive Director Pamela Herr said in a statement. “In light of our current economy and the competition for donations in our Valley, it makes perfect sense for the Given Institute and Given Foundation to consolidate fundraising and programming efforts under the Given Institute name to better serve the community.”

This administrative change will not affect programming or other aspects of the Given Institute, and the Winter Health Education series will take place as scheduled in 2009, according to the news release.

“Our efforts have always been so closely joined that this streamlining will make our public outreach efforts far more effective,” says Janet Ferrara, manager of the Given Institute.

Upcoming events for the Given Institute’s Winter Health Education Series include:

– Movember Free Public Lecture on Prostate Cancer at the Given Institute at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 20.

– Free PSA screenings at Aspen Valley Hospital on Nov. 11.

– Movember Gala at the Belly Up at 8 p.m. on Nov. 25

– Winter Health Lecture Series: Colitis and Colon Health on Feb. 5, 2009.

– Winter Health Lecture Series: Depression on March 12, 2009.

– Winter Health Lecture Series: Dermatology on March 19, 2009.

– Brown Bags Series with Aspen Valley Hospital.

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