At Longs Peak Hospital Foundation, our mission is to develop and steward philanthropic resources to improve lives. The Longs Peak Hospital lymphedema clinic, opened through the power of philanthropy, continues to exemplify how donor generosity helps bridge gaps and add value for patients.
Each year, donor generosity enables the foundation to award scholarships to UCHealth employees interested in furthering career-related skills. For our 2020–21 scholarship cycle, $37,000 was awarded to 26 recipients who work at Longs Peak Hospital and its affiliated clinics.
In September, the foundation held a virtual event for donors to hear from Longs Peak Hospital leaders. Lonnie Cramer—president of UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital and Broomfield Hospital—and his leadership team shared ways UCHealth is innovating to ensure the community’s health, provided a COVID-19 update, and offered a review of the foundation’s accomplishments as we reach our third anniversary.
The foundation is fortunate to have community leaders, executives, volunteers and a highly qualified and talented staff devoting time and energy to sustaining our mission for a healthier community. Today we shine our spotlight on board member Elena Sandoval-Lucero, who joined the board in 2018.
We often are asked by our patients, “How can I say thank you to the people who made a difference while I was in the hospital?” Longs Peak Hospital Foundation offers the Grateful Patient Program as a way for patients and their families to do just that.
The foundation is fortunate to have community leaders, executives, volunteers and a highly qualified and talented staff devoting time and energy to sustaining our mission for a healthier community. One such person is Larry Stauss, who became chair of the board last year.
At UCHealth, the culture of philanthropy is strong. Employees donate generously via our employee giving program to support our mission to deliver world-class health care. They also support each other through gifts to employee hardship relief and scholarship funds. Employees of Longs Peak Hospital and its affiliated clinics donated more than $97,000 over the past 12 months to support numerous causes.
The comfort cart at Longs Peak Hospital is funded by individual donors who support Longs Peak Hospital Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund. The items on the cart are available for staff members to offer for alternative pain management and comfort for our patients.
The generosity of private donors and community business partners, as well as many of our fellow employees, has enabled us to award more than $46,000 in scholarships to 34 UCHealth employees since 2018.
We are deeply grateful for the support our community has provided during the pandemic. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the individuals and businesses that gave in-kind gifts—supplies, equipment, food, services and more—to support our health care heroes in the battle against COVID-19.
We are grateful to Longmont Community Foundation for two recent grants. The Longmont Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people in Longmont and the surrounding area. Our foundation received grants to help our health workers caring for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide education for new fathers.
As health care workers treat COVID-19 patients, they face the same disruptions and challenges to everyday life that many others are experiencing because of the pandemic. To support our health care heroes experiencing such challenges, UCHealth established the Health Care Worker Emergency Relief Fund. To date, the fund has assisted 155 of our employees experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Our community has been incredibly generous to Longs Peak Hospital during the pandemic. Community member and local artist Basia Christ shared her gratitude for our health care heroes in a unique way. She created an 18-inch-by-24-inch acrylic painting titled “We Pray” for Longs Peak Hospital.
On April 27, UCHealth began resuming a limited number of medically necessary surgeries and procedures. The decision is based on careful research and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
We are grateful for the community’s many meal donations to our health care heroes during the pandemic. With the reactivation of additional services at our hospitals, we are tapering off these donations, ending them on May 15, 2020. In lieu of food donations, there are many ways you can help continue the fight against COVID-19.
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