Vail surgery center gives back $100,000 |

Vail surgery center gives back $100,000

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
icture: Top Row from the left: Renee Fresquez, Christina Andrews, Bridgette Labadie, Natalie Vigil, Jeanie Ellis, Jacqueline Deveric, Laura Millard, Mandy Williams, Lisa Gosiorowski, Jim Minar, Maureen Irgens Bottom Row from the left: Rusty (the rescue dog), Lee Bendel, Dan Smith

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Vail Mountain Rescue Group directed 72 search or rescue missions last year involving 122 people. The volunteers are able to save lives because of technology and extensive training. But being ready for the countless outdoor dangers comes with a cost – a cost that Vail Valley Surgery Center wanted to support. The surgery center recently donated $20,000 to the group as a part of its 2011 charitable campaign, which has supported 12 organizations with $67,000 to date.

Vail Valley Surgery Center, which is scheduled to disburse another $33,000 by the end of the year, will give back a total of $100,000 to the local community. The Vail Valley Surgery Center administration asked for input from physicians and staff to select the recipient organizations and one by one Vail Valley Surgery Center has been writing checks for community nonprofits and charities.

“The Vail Valley Surgery Center governing council, physicians and staff are so pleased to be able to give back to the community we serve,” said Laura Millard, the administrator of the Vail Valley Surgery Center. “We feel honored to be able to donate to these wonderful organizations, each of which contributes to the valley in unique and meaningful ways,”

Groups receiving donations range from the Eagle Valley Humane Society to Small Champions of Colorado, which introduces sports like snowboarding and rock climbing to children with varying disabilities. Vail Valley Surgery Center also donated $10,000 to Jack’s Place, the cancer caring lodge at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, which was created in 2007 because of the generosity of the community and the Shaw Outreach Team. The lodge has provided over 4,000 nights of respite for cancer patients undergoing treatment with a pay-what-you-can philosophy.

“The Vail Valley Surgery Center’s $20,000 donation will go a long way toward meeting the $70,000 to $90,000 in operating expenses for Vail Mountain Rescue,” said Dan Smith, the president of Vail Mountain Rescue Group. “Most of these expenses are to purchase or replace gear consumed in a rescue mission or in training. Search and rescue activity is particularly hard on ATVs, snow machines, radios and as we get more electronic, we need to invest in things like $4,000 ToughBooks.”

Smith added that the rescue group gets no direct government funding and relies on donors like Vail Valley Surgery Center to give them the tools that are needed to keep people safe.

Vail Valley Surgery Center has a history of giving back to the local community. Since 2004 the administration has distributed about $250,000 to local charities and nonprofits.

Vail Valley Surgery Center is an outpatient surgery center located inside Vail Valley Medical Center. More than 4,500 procedures were performed in 2010 in specialty areas such as orthopedics, gastroenterology, podiatry, general surgery and ear, nose and throat.

Organizations which have received money include:

• Vail Mountain Rescue Group.

• Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

• Eagle County School District Athletics.

• SOS Outreach Society.

• Small Champions of Colorado Inc.

• First Descents.

• Jack’s Place.

• Eagle Valley Humane Society.

• Eagle County Senior Services.

• Swift Eagle.

• Eagle Care Clinic.

• The Youth Foundation.

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