Taking care of business
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Chief nursing officer at Grand River says adieu
Grand River Health’s chief nursing officer and director of patient care services for the last seven years, Mary DesOrmeau, has announced her retirement.
DesOrmeau came to Grand River in May 2006 from Michigan, where she served as chief nursing officer of Alpena Regional Medical Center in Alpena, Mich., from 1993-2003. In 2004, DesOrmeau became chief nursing leader at Rogers City Rehabilitation Hospital in Rogers City, Mich., a 22-bed, for-profit, acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital.
As chief nursing officer and director of patient care services at Grand River, DesOrmeau implemented and supervised new services, such as occupational health, nuclear medicine, total joint orthopedics, a rehabilitation aqua therapy program, certified diabetes education, pre-and post- bariatric surgery support, echocardiology and EEG services. DesOrmeau also oversaw the updates of all laboratory equipment, enhancement of radiology equipment, fluoroscopy and the implementation of the first 3D tomosynthesis mammography service in Colorado.
DesOrmeau also served on the boards and committees of various organizations, including Colorado West Regional Mental Health Center, Colorado Mountain College, Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce, Western Colorado Area Health Education Center, PEO Chapter IW, Home Care and Hospice of the Valley and Colorado Mesa University.
DesOrmeau and her husband, Bill, plan to return to her home state of Michigan.
Fundraiser for Rifle accident victim
Eric Reicheneker of Rifle was injured in a March 30 motorcycle accident that severed his spinal cord and left him paralyzed. His brother, Brad, was in a skiing accident in 2009 and is a quadriplegic.
To help them make their house wheelchair-friendly, donations are being sought to help cover the expenses and uninsured medical costs for both men.
At 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, a silent auction will be held at the Winchester Nite Club, 2090 White River Ave. in Rifle. Anyone can bid on items or make donations at that time.
Tax deductible donations can also be made to HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has assisted those who undergo transplants or are seriously injured. Make checks payable to HelpHOPELive and note in the memo section “In honor of Eric Reicheneker.” Checks can be mailed to HelpHOPELive, 2 Radnor Corporate Center, 100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100; Radnor, Pa. 19087. For credit card contributions, call 1-800-642-8399 or visit helphopelive.org and enter Eric Reicheneker in the “Find a Patient” box on the home page.
Grants available to reduce wildfire risk
The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a new wildfire risk reduction grant program.
The program will award $9.8 million to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, areas often called the wildland-urban interface.
Eligible applicants include community groups, local governments, utilities, state agencies and nonprofit groups. Applicants must contribute 100 percent matching funds, which can include in-kind resources, for a 50-50 grant-to-match ratio.
The deadline to apply is July 17 and awards are anticipated in mid-August. A more detailed overview of the program and the grant application is available online at dnr.state.co.us. Search for “wildfire grants.”
Local Local’s Choice winners
Rifle area businesses were well represented in the recent Local’s Choice awards announced last weekend:
Best local place to buy shoes: Trendz, tie for 3rd; best local book store: Garfield County Regional Libraries, third place; best local appliance store: Sears in Rifle, second place; best local electronics store: Radio Shack Rifle and Glenwood Springs, first; best local sporting goods store: Timberline, third; best local place to camp: Flat Tops, second; best local gym/fitness center: New Castle Fitness Center, third.
Best local bed and breakfast or cabin getaway: Ruby River, tie for second, Coulter Lake, tie for third; best local veterinarian: Divide Creek Animal Hospital, third; best local steak dinner: Jay’s, third; best restaurant Parachute/Battlement Mesa: VJ’s Outlaw Ribbs, first, Mama’s, second, El Tapatio, third; best restaurant Rifle: Sammy’s on Park Avenue, first; Jay’s, second, Thai Chili Bistro and WingNutz, tie for third;
Best restaurant Silt: Casas Chihuahua, first; Miner’s Claim, second, Red Brick BBQ, third; best restaurant New Castle: Elk Creek, first; New Castle Diner, second; Hogback, third; best local bank: Alpine Bank, first; Bank of Colorado, second; American National Bank, third; best local insurance: State Farm Dee McCown and Todd Fugate, Jim Lord American Family, tie for third; best local waiter or bartender: Dan Surin (Sammy’s), second;
Best local lawyer: Tom Silverman, second; best local mortgage company: Lisa Caskey, tie for second; best local pet groomer: Lisa Johnson, Skyline Ranch and Dapper Doggie Doos, tied for second; best martini: Miner’s Claim, first; best Mexican food: Fiesta Guadalajara, second; best charity: Murphy Ranch Animal Shelter, tie for third; best teacher: Kelly Lord, third; best athlete: Ryan Moeller, second.
Cheers for vets on the 4th
Rifle’s youth cheerleaders will perform a tribute to American armed forces and veterans during the Kid’s Fourth of July parade. The cheerleaders will perform at Heinze Park on Railroad Avenue. The parade starts at 10 a.m.
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GarCo Fair royalty applications due
Apply now for the 2014 Garfield County Fair royalty court. The deadline is July 10.
Download the application from garfieldcountyfair.com/royalty, read the rules, complete it and deliver it to the Colorado Extension Office at 1001 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.
Each applicant must attend tryouts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the fairgrounds with a horse.
The 2014 royalty court will be announced at the Garfield County Fair Colorado Professional Rodeo Association Rodeo on Aug. 9.
Dean’s list for Rifle residents
Stephanie Hazelton of Rifle was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.
To be named to the dean’s list, a full-time student must have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher with no course grade below 2.0 during the term.
Wayne Starr of Rifle, a third-year student in the software engineering program in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, made the dean’s list for the spring quarter.
Chamber links charity needs to willing residents
The Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a new community-building service called Chamber for Good, which lets local nonprofit groups and charities list their needs, and individuals can offer to help with donations of materials or volunteer time.
Residents can view local charitable needs in three areas: financial, volunteer and items. Local charities that fit the eligibility guidelines create a public profile on the site, then post needs in the three areas as they arise. Residents can also make item and volunteer offers. The charities are notified via email and can respond back to the individual or group making the offer.
The Chamber for Good website can be found by going to the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, riflechamber.com, and clicking on the “Local” tab, then on the “Chamber for Good” banner. Residents enter their email address toward the bottom of the page. They will be notified once a week by email of the local needs.
Hampton Inn & Suites Rifle has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The award recognizes hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the award and Hampton Inn & Suites Rifle is one of 1,320 Hampton properties to receive this award.
Small business help
The Northwest Small Business Development Center, hosted by Colorado Mountain College, combines information and resources from federal, state and local governments with those of the educational system and the private sector to meet specialized and complex needs of the small business community.
Low cost or free services are available to business owners looking for information about regulatory, management, financial and marketing. Free certified consultants work in partnership to provide entrepreneurs with crucial information that can mean the difference between success and failure.
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