The El Pomar Foundation on Sept. 30 honored the Summit Community Care Clinic with its 2013 Award for Excellence. The clinic won a $25,000 prize as part of the foundation’s Award for Excellence in Health and Recreation.
Annually, the foundation’s Awards for Excellence program recognizes the state’s highest performing nonprofit organizations. Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $5 million in grants to more than 400 nonprofits in the state. El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, is one of the largest and oldest private nonprofits in Colorado.
Sarah Vaine, Summit Community Care Clinic CEO, said it was a big honor to receive such a competitive award.
“Any awards or recognition we receive is earned in partnership with our community,” she said. “We see ourselves in partnership with the people we serve.”
Four other Colorado nonprofits were honored with Awards for Excellence at the banquet.
In a prepared statement, William Hybl, El Pomar chairman and CEO, said the Awards for Excellence is the organization’s signature program.
“It combines our goals to enhance grant-making, recognize and encourage nonprofit leadership and reach out to the entire state of Colorado,” he said. “The honorees this year are all dynamic, creative organizations and leaders that set the pace for nonprofit performance throughout the state.”
In 2012, the Summit clinic saw 16,602 visits, and in the last two months services overall have been up by 30 percent, Vaine said.
“Our clinic has gone through unbelievable change in the last 18 months,” she said. “The grant will go to support programs we’re already doing.”
Vaine said the clinic is especially focused on behavioral health and health coaching — spending more time with patients to help individuals understand diagnoses. With stressors such as extended hours and helping patients navigate the Affordable Care Act, Vaine said the award has helped boost energy in the clinic.
“The team has some change fatigue,” she said. “So getting this award was like a shot of motivation for us to continue doing our best work.”
Vaine said after the clinic was nominated as a finalist for the award, she participated in a series of interviews and had a site visit from El Pomar. She said they were interested in innovation, what her clinic was doing differently, as well as how financially sound and sustainable the business model was.
“It’s an incredible honor and we are so humbled by it,” she said. “We’ve been nominated before, but I was really surprised to win.”
“Any awards or recognition we receive is earned in partnership with our community. We see ourselves in partnership with the people we serve.”
Summit Community Care Clinic CEO