‘Unsung heroes’ honored | AspenTimes.com

‘Unsung heroes’ honored

John Colson

A local foundation created to recognize and reward “unsung heroes” in the Aspen School District has for the second year expanded its largesse to the employees of the Aspen Valley Hospital.The Distinguished Service Foundation “this year begins a 10-year commitment to AVH’s employees, where it will award $100,000 annually through 2014 for a total of $1 million,” said a statement from DSF founder Dick Butera. “Health care workers are indispensable members of our community. Their contribution is felt every day. These grants are intended to encourage and recognize outstanding efforts as well as ease the financial demands of living in our valley.”Receiving $10,000 each were: Rulbe Alvarado, a dietary aide in the Nutrition Services Depart-ment who has worked at AVH since March of 1998; Judy Botinovich, the lead assistant in the AVH Laboratory Department, who has worked at the hospital since 1976; Maria (Marti) Casas, head of the hospital’s Environmental Services Department, with the hospital since 1995; Jean Cornish, registered nurse in the Patient Care Unit and an AVH employee since 1969; Ed Dubord, R.N., in the Surgery Department, at AVH since 1986; Randy Eis, paramedic with the Ambulance Department and a hospital worker since 1989; Richard (Leon) Green, a mechanic in the Plant Operations Department, at the hospital since 1998; Paula Hubbard, R.N., in the Emergency Department, at AVH since 1989; Terry Larson, R.N., in the Patient Care Unit and an AVH employee since 1997; and Jeff Wold, respiratory therapist in the Cardiopulmonary Department, an AVH worker since 2000.Last year the DSF handed out five of the $10,000 awards as a pilot program. The foundation has been giving out awards to school distinct employees for five years, he said.This year’s “winners” were chosen by the foundation, but Butera said that in future years a panel made up of those who have previously received awards will select the next year’s recipients.John Colson’s e-mail address is jcolson@aspentimes.com