Foundation works toward a healthier community |

Foundation works toward a healthier community

The needs of a hospital and its community are many. The Valley View Hospital Foundation was created to provide a variety of needs the hospital can’t fit into its budget.The Valley View Hospital Foundation board of directors is a group of 20 caring citizens, representing the entire Valley View Hospital service area, from Basalt to Eagle to Rifle. The board meets monthly to learn more about the hospital and its various programs. The Valley View Hospital Foundation is kicking off a physician speaker series on June 7 in the community room of the new WestStar Bank, located at 19th and Grand Avenue. Dr. Bob Derkash’s topic will be total knee replacement. The series is starting with monthly speakers and will expand if there is community interest. The Foundation hopes eventually the series will also be in Carbondale, Eagle and Silt.”The support and interest from the community in Valley View Hospital has been beyond our expectations and is most gratifying,” said Foundation executive director Frank McSwain. “Our first project in 2004 was to expand our Cancer Center. Our project for this year is to purchase stereotactic biopsy equipment, for breast cancer diagnosis. The equipment will be in our new Women’s Center, located in the radiology department. That way, women won’t have to drive to Denver or Grand Junction, use up a whole day or two in the process, and add to their stress levels.”McSwain continued, “Other projects are on the horizon that will further enhance the health care for our area.”Look for upcoming events to support the Valley View Hospital Foundation, and become a part of the Valley View community.Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. Contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513 or

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