Craftsman enhance Vail Valley’s cancer center |

Craftsman enhance Vail Valley’s cancer center

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/Shane MacomberDr. Jack Eck, left, and Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner, right, thank Rudi Neumayr of Aren Design, center, for his donation of a desk for Shaw Regional Cancer Center volunteers.

VAIL VALLEY – A crowd of patients and Vail Valley Medical Center and Shaw Regional Cancer Center physicians, administrators and volunteers gathered Tuesday at the Edwards cancer center to dedicate plaques to local craftsman who donated their time and materials to enhancing the cancer center’s entryway.

Rudi Neumayr, principal of Aren Design, and Gerald Gallegos, principal of The Gallegos Corporation, accepted the thanks and recognition for their gifts.

Neumayr donated a desk for the center’s volunteers. The desk, made primarily of bubinga woo, crafted to show its waterfall pattern, is located directly inside the front door of the cancer center. Neumayr says the desk took 700 hours to complete.

“I have lived in this community for more than 30 years,” says Neumayr. “It feels great to give back to those who give us so much. Our doctors have always been here for patients and ask so little of us.”

The desk was created to resemble a curtain, he says.

“The curtain represents privacy, softness and compassion,” says Neumayr. “It makes me very proud to hear our volunteers say that it makes them more passionate and proud of the work they do.”

The Gallegos Corporation, a local masonry business, donated a wall in the entry way of Shaw behind which durable medical equipment will be stored. The wall is made of mountain sandstone and matches the rock used in the construction of the indoor water features.

“We store several pieces of durable medical equipment in the entryway because it makes them easy for our patients to access and return,” says Dr. Jack Eck, a member of the medical center’s senior administrative team. “The wall that Gerald and his team donated provides an aesthetically pleasing solution for storage of this equipment.”

The wall was constructed by Victor Castaneda and John Trujillo of Gallegos and took more than 80 hours to design and build.

“When Jack [Dr. Eck] called me to ask about the wall I knew this was another opportunity for us to give back,” says Gallegos. “I was born in this community and try to give back to it what it gave to me whenever I can. I encourage my team to do the same.”

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