Welcome, Rodney Rice!

March 2, 2015

PVH and MCR Foundation

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Welcome Mr. Rodney Rice to the Board of Directors!

The PVH and MCR Foundation is pleased to welcome Rodney Rice to its Board of Directors. The addition of Rice, President and CEO of Hydro Construction Company, Inc., brings the Board total to 11 members.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Rice join our board,” said Erica Siemers, senior director, PVH and MCR Foundation. “The business experience and community connections he brings will undoubtedly further the mission of the foundation.”

Fort Collins Native & CSU Graduate

Rice is a native of Fort Collins and a graduate of Colorado State University (CSU) with a degree in construction management. Since 1989, he has been instrumental in the success of Hydro Construction, Inc., which specializes in water and wastewater treatment, serving as general manager before taking on his current responsibilities as president and CEO. He has also continued to support his alma mater, assisting the CSU Construction Management program in course curriculum, internship placement, and industry needs analysis.

Outside of work, much of Rice’s time is focused on ways to give back to the community.

He has served on several boards including:

  • First Western Trust Advisory Board
  • RamStrength Board
  • And currently serving on the Eastern Larimer County (ELCO) Water District Board

Additional Charitable Funds

Rice is also one of the founding members of the Hydro Construction Charitable Fund, which benefits children, the elderly and families.

“I’ve enjoyed making a difference as part of the Hydro Construction fund and look forward to continuing that impact elsewhere through the PVH and MCR Foundation,” said Rice. “There are many innovative healthcare programs that require strong champions to ensure they are reaching the people who need help the most.”

With the addition of Rice, the members of the PVH and MCR Foundation Board devoted to sustaining its mission for a healthier community include:

  • Chair, Mike Dellenbach (Dellenbach Motors)
  • Mark Driscoll (First National Bank)
  • Jay Hardy (McWhinney)
  • Don Marostica (retired, Loveland Commercial)
  • Robert Marschke, MD
  • Yvonne Myers (Columbine Health Systems)
  • Rodney Rice (Hydro Construction, Inc.)
  • Chris Richmond (Flood and Peterson)
  • Miki Roth (The Group, Inc.)
  • Mike Sanders (Great Western Bank)
  • Kevin Unger (Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies)

Click here to make a donation or learn more about the Foundation.

Cancer Center Raises 6.1 Million

February 25, 2015

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We are proud to announce that as of last week our fundraising campaign for the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) Cancer Center in Fort Collins has reached its final goal, raising $6.1 million thanks to the generosity of donors.

The third phase of the campaign, which concluded at the end of December, will enable an 8,000 square foot renovation to create the Survivorship and Wellness Center, slated for completion in 2015.

“We are extremely thankful for support we received for the cancer center. It is a shining example of how healthcare philanthropy enables a community to accomplish so much more than any single individual or organization could on its own,” said Kevin Unger, president and CEO, Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) and Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR). “Philanthropy enhances our standard services, enabling us to offer healing amenities, like the cancer center, for the benefit of patients in our community.”

Thank You to the 4,000+ Donors

Over the course of the foundation’s campaign, more than 4,000 individuals, businesses and foundations came together to raise the funds that were needed for the cancer center. Visitors to the facility can see many of the donors recognized on various plaques throughout the grounds, as well as on the donor wall in the main hall of the building.

The largest commitment to the project came from an anonymous donor.

Additional lead contributions were given by the following:

– Griffin Foundation
– Miramont Lifestyle Fitness
– Dellenbach Motors and the Dellenbach Family
– Bank of Colorado
– The Unger Family
– The Count on Me Golf Tournament
– The Houska Family/Poudre School District
– The Branzell Family
– The Richmond Family
– Colorado Eagles Pro Hockey

Collectively, contributions from UCHealth employees made up more than $1 million of the total contributions for the cancer center.

“People in northern Colorado really invested their hearts this campaign,” explained Erica Siemers, senior director, PVH and MCR Foundation. “Many donors shared the ways they have been touched by cancer, and it has been moving to see their passion put into action.”

Gifts to the PVH and MCR Foundation, such as those given during the cancer center campaign, provide opportunities for the community to help advance health close to home. Philanthropy can build a bridge between standard services and those that enable cutting-edge medical care, healing spaces, and patient assistance which help foster whole patient and community wellness.

Combined Clinical Care, Single-Entry Access and Whole-Person Care

Thanks in part to the generosity of the thousands of supporters of the campaign, UCHealth’s cancer care program is able to serve northern Colorado by combining innovative clinical care, single-entry access and whole-person care. The facility offers access to national clinical trials, state-of-the-art treatment, expert physicians and seamless integration to University of Colorado Cancer Center in Aurora, the top cancer research institute in the Rocky Mountain region and one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S.

Another distinctive feature of the cancer center is the emphasis on providing most of a patient’s treatment and care under one roof. Because patients with cancer have, on average, more than 100 appointments in various locations during their first year of diagnosis, UCHealth’s cancer center was designed to reduce this burden, enabling patients to combine several appointments at the same visit.

State of the Art Survivorship and Wellness Center

In addition, the idea of “whole-person care” is demonstrated on the campus with features such as the outdoor healing garden and departments that go beyond physical treatment, such as emotional counseling and support groups, and patient navigation. The final stage of the building now underway, the Survivorship and Wellness Center, will help support recovery of the cancer patient, providing complementary therapies such as massage, speech and occupational therapy and lymphedema treatment. A demonstration kitchen also will offer nutritional counseling, and a physical therapy gym will house equipment and specially-trained therapists to help patients regain many faculties lost during treatment.

“The jewel in the crown of this cancer center is the Survivorship and Wellness Center,” said Vikki Wagner, chair of the survivor advisory council. “I believe the focus and planning that was put into this aspect of the facility sets it apart from not only local, but national, cancer centers.”

Tours of the final phase of the cancer center will be offered to the public once it is completed. The foundation will share details as they are available.

“This cancer center was custom built to fit the needs of the people it serves,” said Matt Sorensen, MD, medical director of oncology for UCHealth in the north region. “We are so grateful to have had such strong support for this facility that is an investment in the health of the people of northern Colorado for years to come.”

State of the Heart Event

February 17, 2015

State of the Heart Event - generosityheals.org

We are proud to be hosting “State of the Heart,” an engaging educational event about heart health at Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) in Loveland on February 28 from 8:00 to 10:30 am. MCR, part of the University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) system, is the region’s leader in cardiac care and the largest and most comprehensive heart and vascular center in northern Colorado.

The Saturday morning program at MCR will include:

  • Free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes. Stroke and heart attack risk assessments will also be offered. (Please note: 12 hours of fasting prior to arriving is required for screenings)
  • Heart healthy breakfast
  • Keynote speaker
  • Breakout sessions with Dr. Wendy Austin, Dr. Patrick Green and other specialists in cardiac research trends, women’s cardiac care and sports cardiology
  • Tours of state-of-the-art, life-saving procedural areas

“During February we think of hearts and romance, but it’s also a month designated by the CDC to raise awareness about heart health,” said Erica Siemers, senior director, PVH and MCR Foundation. “We wanted to create an event that allows people to show love for themselves and their family members by learning how to stay heart healthy.”

Staying heart healthy is important for everyone. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) – including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure – is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States (CDC) and the number 2 killer in Colorado (American Heart Association). In addition, it is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. (CDC)

“The event will focus on the services MCR provides the community,” explained Siemers. “But the ultimate goal is for people to take away information about prevention, so that they don’t need cardiac care.”

From clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation programs to education and cutting-edge research, MCR serves patients with one important goal in mind – to keep hearts healthy. The heart team at UCHealth Heart Center and MCR includes 20 cardiologists, four electrophysiologists and five cardiovascular surgeons, all with multiple certifications in various heart-related specialties supported by over 300 clinical specialists. UCHealth offers a wide range of clinical support for patients including prevention, nutrition, psychological counseling, research and rehabilitation programs.

MCR performs four times as many cardiac surgeries as any hospital in northern Colorado and leads the region in pacemaker implantations, cardiac interventions and valve replacements (Source: Colorado Hospital Association).

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to 970.237.7400 or register HERE no later than February 26th, 2015.

Please include whether you wish to participate in screening when you register.

Miramont Pledges $100,000 to Cancer Center

February 3, 2015


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We are delighted to announce that Miramont Lifestyle Fitness has pledged $100,000 toward the complementary therapies main area, included in the Survivorship and Wellness Center at the UCHealth Cancer Center on the Harmony Campus in Fort Collins.

This part of the cancer center (expected to be completed in mid-2015), will help support recovery of the cancer patient by providing complementary therapies such as:

  • massage
  • speech therapy
  • lymphedema treatments

Miramont has also supported earlier phases of the cancer center and has been recognized for its commitment with a plaque in the main lobby of the facility.

Cliff - MIramont Fitness

“Miramont is passionate about supporting cancer survivors in our community, and also about fitness and wellness programs that help to foster a happy and healthy quality of life,” explained Cliff Buchholz, Owner of Miramont Lifestyle Fitness. “There could not be a better fit between the goals of the Survivorship and Wellness Center and the goals of Miramont.”

This past September, Miramont hosted the Colorado Moves to End Cancer event, raising $23,500 to support the cancer center through the PVH and MCR Foundation. In addition, the club offers a complimentary Cancer Wellness membership. Any northern Colorado resident who is living with cancer or has undergone treatment within the last two years is eligible to apply for the 6-month Premier membership. A complimentary 6-month membership is available for the patient’s workout buddy as well!

Additionally, through its Cancer WellFit program, the club offers free guest passes to those treated at the cancer center – and their friends and family who may be traveling with them, if they are not northern Colorado residents.

“Miramont and its staff have been steadfast and enthusiastic supporters of the cancer center and the patients we serve in northern Colorado,” said Erica Siemers, senior director, PVH and MCR Foundation. “Donors like Miramont help us fulfill the mission of UCHealth by bridging the gap between standard services and those that enable us to provide world-class healthcare for our community. We can’t do it alone, and we appreciate their partnership.”

If you are not familiar with Miramont, please learn more about this company that we are so grateful to have a relationship with:
Miramont Lifestyle Fitness has been family-owned and operated since 1979, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness is committed to helping people choose to make the most of their fitness and wellness experience. The Miramont Lifestyle Fitness team works to engage, energize and inspire clients to explore the personalized fitness activities that are right for them, and to help them achieve their wellness and fitness goals. With four distinct locations, each with the services clients expect, but each with a unique culture and amenities to meet their personalized lifestyle, a personal fitness destination is easily within reach. For more information, please refer to http://www.miramontlifestyle.com or call 970.282.1000.

Please visit our website to stay up to make a donation, stay up to date on events, and more.

Safe Kids Gets a Boost for Car Seat Program

January 29, 2015

Safe Kids Larimer County Gets a Boost on Car Seats - generosityheals.org

Safe Kids Larimer County, is a coalition made up of over 35 groups in Larimer County with an interest or mission related to injury prevention. The partnerships include businesses, school districts, municipal police departments, county departments, parent groups, and non-profit organizations – all are committed to preventing childhood injuries.

The funding that Safe Kids receives allows them to continue their mission of educating parents how to properly travel with their children and provide car seats to families in financial need.

Safe Kids provides education about vehicle and car seat safety and provides car seats to about 500 low-income families per year!

Recently, Safe Kids received funding from the Northeastern Colorado Regional EMS/Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC) in the amount of $10,000!

The money will go directly toward purchasing car seats to distribute to families in need through the Safe Kids program. Safe Kids is the only organization that provides this service to families in the community.

“This funding will help with a large part of our $25,000 annual budget,” said Janet Werst, injury prevention coordinator for University of Colorado Health, northern region. “We are tremendously grateful to organizations like Northeastern Colorado RETAC who appreciate the impact this program has on public safety – especially for children.”

Did you know?

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the number one leading cause of injury to children in Larimer County.
  • Strong evidence shows the effectiveness of child safety seat distribution and education programs in improving car seat use.
  • Healthcare cost savings of over $1.24 million in Larimer County due to decreased risk of injury are also associated with the program.

Car Seat Education & Classes

Safe Kids offers public education through car seat inspection stations that its partner agencies operate throughout the county. In addition, four classes (three in English, one in Spanish) are offered each month in Fort Collins and Loveland.

Families with demonstrated need may attend the one-hour class to receive education and an appropriate car seat for their child. A small donation is requested, but not required. Classes are marketed through agencies that work with low-income families including Healthy Beginnings, Larimer County Department of Human Services, fire departments, EMS agencies, Loveland Community Health Center, Salud Family Health Center, the Family Center and more.

“Through our partners, we know that there are many low-income families in northern Colorado who need this program and will benefit from this grant,” explained Werst. “Unfortunately, our work can’t be accomplished in a year – as kids grow and babies are born, families’ needs for safety seats are renewed and our financial need continues.”

Donations of any size are helpful to the program; just $50 can purchase a car seat and potentially save a life.

Interested in supporting Safe Kids?

Please contact Anna Waser (970.624.1870) for more information, or visit supportinghealth.org.

Learn more about car seat safety & resources on the Safe Kids website.

Windsor Severance Fire Rescue Pink Shirt Fundraiser

January 14, 2015

For 11 months of the year, red is the color most commonly associated with fire departments. However, during one month of the year – October – the Windsor Severance Fire Rescue (WSFR) goes pink to support breast cancer awareness.

Firefighters-fundraiser

WSFR firefighters and staff wear pink t-shirts every other day throughout the month of October to raise breast cancer awareness and sell the same shirts to raise money for the cause. Proceeds from their efforts this year benefitted our PVH and MCR Foundation, with the money being allocated to the UCHealth Cancer Center in Fort Collins.

“The firefighters, emergency care providers and staff at Windsor Severance Fire Rescue already do so much to keep our community safe and well that we were touched by their extra efforts to help fund services at the UCHealth Cancer Center,” said Erica Siemers, senior director, PVH and MCR Foundation. “This has become an annual fundraiser for them and we greatly appreciate their support.”

WSFR raised more than $2,000 with proceeds from its t-shirt sales! T-shirts sold for $15 and long sleeved tees sold for $20.

We are grateful that this year’s contribution is being used toward finishing the third and final phase of the cancer center, the 8,000 square foot renovation to create the Survivorship and Wellness Center!

Firefighters-fundraiser2

“It’s fulfilling to see the money raised being used locally,” said Chief Herb Brady, WSFR. “It seems everyone knows someone who is fighting cancer so we always look forward to this opportunity to impact the community we serve in a different way.”

Thank you, Windsor Severance Fire Rescue!

2014 IMPACT

January 6, 2015

pvh-imact-report1 As 2014 has ended and 2015 is upon us, we wanted to take the time to thank you and show the impact that has been made on the PVH & MCR Foundation. As Erica J. Siemers stated, “In this report you will come across many numbers, but the real measure of our accomplishments over the past year are the stories behind the numbers. The stories tell of a community that has rallied in support of health, and of the individuals whose lives have been changed through generosity.” In 2014, the total gifts, grants, and commitments received by the PVH and MCR Foundation totaled $5,504,469. Truly amazing. The largest individual commitment was made by an individual donor in support of the UCHealth Cancer center and UCHealth research programs. The donation was $1,564,844. impact-report-numbers Total granted for scholarship support | $170,250

The PVH and MCR Foundation scholarship program fosters the professional development of UCHealth staff in its affiliated hospitals and clinics through matching donors’ passions for education with employees’ academic dreams. This year $170,250 was provided to support northern Colorado staff in pursuit of their goals.

Total given by employees | $282,216 The PVH and MCR Foundation is fortunate to include employees of Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, and their affiliated clinics among its generous donors. Nearly a third of the employees at UCHealth in the northern region gave via payroll deduction this year, with more signing up every day. These employee contributions demonstrate the culture of giving at UCHealth and have a significant impact on the programs and services that the foundation is able to support.

Total granted for Employee Emergency Assistance Fund (EEAF) grants | $56,543

“I would like to express my appreciation for approval of assistance that was given to me recently. That was the most unselfish thing anyone has ever done for me. It makes me proud to be part of such an awesome group of people that are willing to take that extra step to help someone out in need. It does feel like family and I love being a part of that.” – Anonymous, EEAF grant recipient

quote-schlorship PVH-events The long-anticipated UCHealth Cancer Center was unveiled to the public for the first time at a ribbon cutting on June 4. The celebration brought together donors, community leaders, residents, UCHealth staff and musical entertainment in advance of the first patients receiving services on June 9. Speaking on behalf of the UCHealth Cancer Center, W. Thomas Purcell, MD, Ph.D., Associate Director for Clinical Services of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Executive Medical Director of Oncology Services at University of Colorado Hospital, and Matthew Sorensen, MD, medical oncologist at the Medical Center of the Rockies, talked about the impact the facility is expected to have on cancer care and well-being in northern Colorado. Other speakers at the event included Mike Dellenbach, PVH and MCR Foundation board chairman, JoAnn Lovins, service line director for oncology at UCHealth, Bill Neff, MD, then interim president and CEO of UCHealth, Kevin Unger, CEO of Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies, Vikki Wagner, chair of the Survivor Advisory Council and Karen Weitkunat, mayor of Fort Collins. More than 1,000 attendees were invited to tour the state-of-the-art facility and learn more about the care team and comprehensive services offered. The individuals, corporations and foundations who provided the financial support needed to bring the facility to life were also recognized. While this main treatment hub of UCHealth’s cancer services has been open to patients since June, fundraising will continue through December 31, 2014 to complete the wellness and survivorship center and to reach the comprehensive $6.1 million fundraising goal for the cancer center project.     WISH-impact A WISH come true…nearly $34,000 awarded to health programs in Larimer County A group of ambitious women came together last year with the goal of creating a healthier community. Working with the PVH and MCR Foundation, they started WISH – Women Investing in Strategies for Health – a women’s giving circle supporting public health needs through University of Colorado Health programs in Larimer County. $55,000 supporting local studies Money raised at the August 2013 PVH and MCR Foundation Golf Classic is being used by the University of Colorado Health research department in northern Colorado to fund a number of projects that will ultimately enhance patient care and health services in our community PVH-employeegift Pumping up knowledge about cardiovascular health $154,320 grant from AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation for Healthy Hearts Healthy Hearts for Healthy Families is yet another example of a program that facilitates long-lasting positive changes to health and wellbeing of members of our community. The Healthy Hearts for Healthy Families program was made possible by a grant of $154,320 awarded to the PVH and MCR Foundation from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health℠ program. The PVH and MCR Foundation’s proposal was one of 19 selected out of 500 submitted nationally to the program in 2013. thank-you-banner Cornerstone Sponsors

Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants, PC – CollegeAmerica – Dellenbach Motors – First National Bank Mission Sponsors – Alphagraphics – BizWest – Clear Channel Communication – Eye Center of Northern Colorado – Hensel Phelps, Inc. – Markley Motors – McWhinney – Northern Colorado Anesthesia Professional Consultants, LLP Corporate Sponsors – Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies – Professional Document Management, Inc. – The FEET, Inc.

Circle of Caring

The PVH and MCR Foundation has formed a legacy society, the Circle of Caring, to honor those who have made provisions for our local hospitals in their estate plans, such as a will, trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, or through a life income plan, such as a charitable remainder trust or a charitable lead trust. Circle of Caring donors leave their imprint through thoughtful, planned gifts from their estate.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to our Circle of Caring members: – Anonymous (2) – Peggy and Jim Barnett – Mary and John D. Borman – Lois and Derry Eynon – Faye and Wayne Irelan – Addie Kano – Eugene Markley – Dr. Douglas and Molly Murray – Dr. Merlin Otteman – Vivian Otteman – Sharyn and Larry Salmen – Phyllis and Wayne Schrader – Sallie Youngman – Patricia and Larry Wall

PVH and MCR Board of Directors 2013-2014

Community leaders who donate their time to support health in northern Colorado: – Mike Dellenbach, Dellenbach Motors – Board Chairman – Mark Driscoll, First National Bank – Jay Hardy, McWhinney – Don Marostica, Loveland Commercial (retired) – Robert Marschke, MD, Poudre Valley Hospital (retired) – Yvonne Myers, Columbine Health Systems – Chris Richmond, Flood and Peterson – Miki Roth, The Group – Mike Sanders, Great Western Bank – Kevin Unger, Ph.D, Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies

2014 was an extremely successful year, impacting so many lives; we cannot wait to see what 2015 brings.

Happy New Year! Connect with us on Facebook for inspiring stories and the latest news with the Foundation.

Raising Spirits and Funds with Piano Campaign

December 23, 2014

Raising Spirits and Funds with Piano Campaign
Music and the arts are huge part of Loveland’s identity and earlier this month the PVH and MCR Foundation partnered with the Loveland Orchestra for a piano campaign. The Loveland Orchestra members generously volunteered their time to bring awareness to the campaign by performing in the Medical Center of the Rockies hospital lobby.

The goal: $8,500 which will be used to purchase a baby grand player piano with a library of music installed in an electronic system to play music when no one is at the piano.

The performances have passed, but the fundraiser is still open. Imagine beautifully orchestrated music playing, even without a pianist present. The benefits of music in a health care setting have been shown in patients with a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, emphysema and cardiovascular disease.

In addition, it has been observed that music reduces anxiety and increases the release of dopamine in the brain, a chemical that creates pleasure, boosting the well-being of those with illnesses, as well as those without.

“We appreciate these talented musicians who are volunteering their time to demonstrate the value of music in a hospital setting,” said Erica Siemers, senior director, PVH and MCR Foundation. “The goal of this unique project is to enable music to ring through the halls of MCR daily, enhancing the year-round experience of patients, their families and hospital staff.”

“Our musicians are excited to have this opportunity to bring their talents and some holiday spirit to MCR this holiday season,” said Luciano R. Silvestri, Jr., conductor of the Loveland Orchestra. “We hope that people will come from inside and outside of the hospital to enjoy the music and consider supporting this important project.”

To find out more about the piano campaign, or make a contribution, go to http://www.supportinghealth.org or call Anna Smoot at 970.624.1870.

Cancer Center Fundraiser Hits the Home Stretch

December 17, 2014

Cancer Center Fundraiser Hits the Home Stretch - generosityheals.org

More than 3,500 individuals, foundations and corporations have made contributions towards the University of Colorado Health Cancer Center. However, as all good things must come to an end; the PVH and MCR Foundation announced that the fundraising campaign will come to a close on December 31st, 2014.

“This achievement – put in terms a Coloradan can really relate to – is as thrilling as nearing the summit of a 14’er.” – Kevin Unger, President and CEO, Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies.

The campaign supported the development of the 30,000 square foot addition that opened in June and provides one-door access to all-inclusive, world-class care for cancer patients. Located on the Harmony campus, the cancer center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as services to make patients feel as comfortable and emotionally whole as possible during their cancer journey.

Coming Soon: Survivorship and Wellness Center

Additional dollars raised will fund an 8,000 square foot renovation to create the Survivorship and Wellness Center, slated for completion in 2015.

“When the cancer center opened its doors on June 9, we were still working toward phase three in our fundraising – to support the Survivorship and Wellness Center,” explained Erica Siemers, senior director, PVH and MCR Foundation. “We are nearing that goal and expect that end-of-year gifts may carry us over the finish line for this final, vital part of the project.”

“While the cancer center is now open, providing one-door access to leading-edge cancer care, our work is not quite done and we need your help. We are close; but not yet at the campaign’s goal. The Survivorship and Wellness Center, which will provide services like physical therapy, massage therapy, a nutritional counseling and more, needs our continued support. And it can’t be ignored, it’s the part that cancer survivors told us was essential and sets us apart from other care facilities.” – Kevin Unger

“Together we have traveled so far, let’s reach the summit of this 14’er.” – Kevin Unger

Please join us in this last “hurrah” to support the cancer center’s fundraising campaign. To support by making a donation, please contact the PVH and MCR Foundation at 970.237.7400.

Thank you!

Dr. Stanley Henson Honored For 50+ Years of Medical Service

December 10, 2014
Dr. Stanley Henson Honored For Over 50 Years of Medical Service

Dr. Don Beard talking with Dr. Stanley Henson

A Pioneer 

One of the first surgeons to practice in the city of Fort Collins, Stanley Henson, MD, was honored on Sunday, October 26 at a reception for retired physicians presented by the PVH and MCR Foundation and hosted by Columbine Health System. Many of the more than 60 physicians in attendance were medical pioneers, like Dr. Henson, being among the first to practice their individual specialties at Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH).

“I would like to thank Dr. Henson and all of the physicians who came to the reception for the indelible print they have made on the practice of medicine at PVH,” said Kevin Unger, president/CEO of PVH and Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR).

Wrestling Champ to Surgeon

A Fort Collins resident since 1956, Dr. Henson will turn 98 years old next month. Prior to his medical career, Dr. Henson made a name for himself as a wrestler at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) where he won three NCAA championships. He is now the oldest living NCAA wrestling champion. After college, Dr. Henson attended medical school in Maryland and trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for four years before moving to Colorado to work as a surgeon at PVH and in private practice. Before Dr. Henson moved to Fort Collins, patients needed to travel to Denver for any significant surgeries. He worked in Fort Collins as a surgeon for over 50 years.

Many Lives Saved

Dr. James Wise and Dr. Merlin Otteman, who partnered with Dr. Henson at the surgical practice of Henson, Wise and Otteman, were at the event to provide remarks about their former colleague. It was Dr. Henson, however, who captivated the audience when he shared stories from the early days of his surgical practice. He recalled a horrific car accident which claimed the lives of the father, mother and an infant who were riding in the front seat of the car. The back seat held three sisters who were injured and rushed to PVH where Dr. Henson performed a splenectomy on each girl, one right after the other. Because of his actions, all three girls survived.

Dr. Henson has documented many of his experiences, and those of other local doctors, in his book, Touching Lives: A History of Medicine in Fort Collins. The book, published in 2004, provides a factual, detailed account of what physicians faced in the early days of health care in Fort Collins and is a source of much conversation among those who were at the reception.

The Retired Physicians Reception

Drs. Dick Codd (left), Nick Yobbagy, Roger Sobel, and Dale Kaiser (right)

 

The Retired Physicians Reception has quickly become a highly anticipated annual gathering among those who attend.

“The foundation is proud to be part of the reception and to honor these physicians for their service,” explained Erica Siemers, senior director, PVH and MCR Foundation. “The group shares a strong bond from their work as some of the first specialists to care for the people of Fort Collins and they enjoy reminiscing about those days.”


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