2 new members join GRHD board
Grand River Hospital District recently welcome Larry Sweeney and Britt Choate to its board of directors.
Sweeney and Choate were appointed to fill vacancies on the seven-member board, seats formerly occupied by Marcia Kent and Michael Miller, at the GRHD regular board meeting in August.
Sweeney is a retired senior executive from a large international technology and consulting firm. He moved to the Harvey Gap area with his wife Pamela Marney in 2004 after living and working in multiple major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Marney is a graduate of Glenwood Springs High School.
Since retirement, Sweeney has remained active through volunteer work in local and state level resource conservation, church and in the hospital district. He and Marney have been members of the GRHD Volunteers Association for approximately 10 years.
Sweeney served as the board chair of the Grand River Hospital District Volunteer Association from 2010-14, during which time he was instrumental in helping the GRHDVA become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. After his term on the GRHDVA ended, he immediately began serving on the quality improvement committee for Grand River Health.
He was a member of the Bookcliff Conservation District in Rifle for 10 years, and currently serves on the Colorado State Conservation Board (CSCB) for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. He served as president of the CSCB for two years, and in 2009 was the recipient of the first excellence in conservation leadership award given by the state.
Sweeney said he joins the GRHD board full of excitement and hope.
“I have watched the growth of the district, its facilities and its staff since moving here. Services that I once had to drive some distance to receive are now available locally, in a modern functional facility. It is my intention to do all possible to ensure continued growth, with the addition of even more procedures and improved facilities,” he said.
Choate has lived in Rifle/Battlement Mesa area since 1987. She met her husband, Doug Choate, at Rifle High School and they married in 1993. They moved to Battlement Mesa in 2004.
Since 1997 Choate has worked as a paralegal at Balcomb & Green, P.C., a law firm in Glenwood Springs. Her husband is the superintendent at Battlement Mesa Golf Club and has worked there since 1997. Choate has a passion for playing golf. She said she loves the fact that a game can teach individuals honesty, integrity and, in some instances, life lessons. She coached the Rifle High School girls golf team from 2009 to 2014 and cherished every minute she got to spend with each and every young lady.
Choate also enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, or what she likes to call glamping, and traveling with her husband and closest friends.
She marvels at what a great community and area we all live in. By serving as a member on the board of directors she intends to give back to a community that has given her so much, she said.
A couple of weeks ago, while attending the new board member orientation at the hospital Choate said she could “see and feel genuine excitement and the sense of camaraderie of the employees at all facilities within the hospital district.”
Her grandmother, Virginia Runyan, spent some time at E. Dene Moore Care Center, and during that time the expertise and compassion at E. Dene Moore was remarkable.
“I hope that the hospital district can build a new long-term care facility in the near future that meets or exceeds the care provided at E Dene Moore,” she said. “The current residents of E. Dene Moore and future senior residents of our community deserve to have a facility where the standards meet or exceed our highest expectations. It is truly an honor to be part of such a caring and giving hospital district and team of professionals who provide our community with the highest level of care with state-of-the-art facilities.”