Summit Giving Briefs: Alpine Bank donates $20,000 for new Specialty Care and Infusion Center
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center announced last Friday that Alpine Bank donated $20,000 for a new Specialty Care and Infusion Center. The project will create a 5,200 square foot facility for oncology and hematologic care.
“We are so proud to have the support of Alpine Bank to bring this project closer to fruition,” St. Anthony Health Foundations development officer Kelly Hall stated. “We appreciate Alpine Bank’s commitment to providing convenient local care that allows our community to live where the love.”
The new treatment facility would not only prevent patients from making long trips to Denver, but will also provide a space for specialists of other disciplines to have a presence in the mountains. Summit Medical Center marketing manager Suzanne Lifgren said the facility would provide about 10 procedure rooms for doctors to meet, with specialists in endocrinology, oncology and breast care services already interested in joining Summit.
“That’s the beauty of this open flexible space, it allows us to increase the number of specialists who can come to the area,” Lifgren said.
Summit Medical Center estimates about 1,000 patients would benefit from this service, saving them frequent trips down the mountains for chemotherapy, or even daily trips for treatment of some infections.
“It’s a big ask, if you had to ask a friend to drive you every day for a week, or two days every six months,” she added.
About one in five people get cancer during their lifetime. And with Summit County’s growing population, Lifgren noted the time was right to add these services.
“Hopefully we’re building it for growth,” she said.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S TRIVIA NIGHT TO RETURN IN APRIL
The Education Foundation of the Summit’s largest fundraiser is quickly approaching, with its annual Trivia Night fundraiser set for Friday, April 1. This year’s trivia night, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will feature teams of eight competing for prizes at the Silverthorne Pavilion.
The fundraiser will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., with tickets including a free Chipotle taco bar and a drink. The winning table will be given a $1,000 check to donate to the Summit School District public school of their choosing. A silent auction will include ski lift passes, sports gear, entertainment gift certificates and more.
All funds raised directly support innovation in public school programs—creativity, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), and innovative classroom technology, including science lab materials, e-readers, museum field trips and theater productions.
The fundraiser also supports the Eileen Finkel Innovative Teaching Grant, which has provided nearly $100,000 to fund the innovative and creative projects of Summit School District teachers over the past six years. Last fall, teachers Hollyanna Bates and Amy Clark received the award to fund best-selling author Jerry Pallotta’s visit to six elementary schools. This spring, grant applications are due April 1, 2016 and awards will be announced in early May.
To sign up for the Friday, April 1 trivia fundraiser, contact Kyle Spencer at (970) 468-7231, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bonnie Ward at (970) 468-0155, email@example.com. Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight.
DOMUS PACIS IS HIRING
Domus Pacis Family Respite, a local nonprofit providing a getaway for cancer patients and their families, is seeking two individuals to manage elements of the respite program and coordinate individual respite stays. The nonprofit is hiring a full-time program manager and part-time respite program coordinator to help host more than 100 families in 2016.
For more information about each position, call 970-455-8928.
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