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VVH donor party

In Valley View Hospital’s 50-year history, the hospital has had five births of its own.

The Valley View Hospital Foundation hosted a benefactor appreciation party on Tuesday, Aug. 23, where they unveiled a donor wall that names and recognizes 2,300 people who have given money throughout the hospital’s history for its major expansion projects.

“It’s just like it was 50 years ago,” Gary Brewer, CEO of Valley View Hospital, said, “People have stepped forward.”

Dr. Carter Jackson and Carleton Hubbard were among the original group of fund-raisers in the early 1950s when the community reflected much of postwar America – when hospitals were bursting at the seams delivering the baby boomer generation.

Glenwood’s hospital was located in what is now the U.S. Bank building and in desperate need of a new facility. “It was a matter of necessity,” Hubbard said. “So we started it rolling.” They relied on their small community of friends, business contacts and families to raise hundreds of thousand of dollars. “We had teams,” said Jackson. “We went door to door.”

According to Hubbard, the philosophy of fund-raising hasn’t changed that much. “You try to pick out the ones who would be the best donors,” he said.

In 1953 and 1954, 2,000 people pledged $350,000, which was matched by the government ” and Valley View Hospital was born in 1955.

In recent years as the community has grown and the population explosion is expected to continue, the hospital needed to raise funds for another major addition.

This time, with the support of the community and the help of its own nonprofit foundation ” which was created to help support the hospital’s special projects ” they not only raised money, but they implemented the Planetree philosophy of care which focuses on the healing of the patient.

That idea guided the design of the new addition.

Cheryl Peterson, a local interior designer, fashioned every room, including the entry, to exemplify the warmth of a home. “There’s a lot more caring,” Jackson said. “It shows in the building.”

Also built into the entryway design was a special place where all those who had given money would be thanked and recognized. “We found all 2,000 names,” Frank McSwain, executive director of the Valley View Hospital Foundation, said. An additional 300 names were added to reflect recent donors, and more will be added each year.

Tommy Griffin, with Presentation Design Group, of Oregon, who designed the wall, said, “What we wanted to do is make the donor wall a centerpiece for everything that reflects the beauty of the area and focuses on the genuine generosity of the people who made it happen.”

Since its humble beginnings, Valley View Hospital has emerged into a multimillion-dollar regional asset. “This is unbelievable for a community like this.” McSwain said. “There is probably no peer in the state of Colorado.”

Today Valley View is still a not-for-profit, community hospital that operates without money from taxpayers.

“Our goal is to ensure this quality of care is here in generations to come,” Griffin said.

Dr. Carter Jackson, left, of Glenwood, is a Valley View Hospital board member; and Carleton Hubbard, of Glenwood.

From left, Cathy Desautels, of Silt, works in administration at Valley View; Alan Desautels, of Silt, works in the information technology department at Valley View; Teresa Jennings, of Glenwood, works in the information technology department at Valley View; Laura Hines, of Glenwood, works for the Colorado River Water Conservation District; and Ron Hines, of Glenwood, works in the information technology department at Valley View.

From left, Art and Mary Weaver, of Battlement Mesa, and Margie and Jack Nilsson, of Glenwood.

Louis and Cindy Meyer, of Carbondale. Louis is president of Schmueser Gordon Meyer and Cindy owns a natural hoof care business.

From left, Bill Lorah, of Glenwood, is an engineer and a former Valley View Hospital board member; Barb Lorah, of Glenwood, is a mediator; and Dr. Bill Zilm, of Glenwood, is a former Valley View Hospital board member and retired optometrist.

LaDonna and Stephen Falwell, of Carbondale are retired.

From left, Dr. Matt Goodstein, of Glenwood, is an ear, nose and throat specialist; and his wife, Cheryl Peterson, interior designer, owns High Country Interiors.

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