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Great. From the Ground Up - Community Non-Profits


National Grants Awarded
Congratulations to Jobs of Hope, Inc. – a group that works to find jobs for gang members and others with troubled pasts – and Tigres USA – a youth soccer program aimed at helping kids overcome poverty.  Both received grants from national corporations.  Jobs of Hope received $25,000 from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist contest. Tigres USA received a matching grant of $9,750 from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Youth of the Year
Kudos to volunteer Cassandra Mares-Palmer who was named Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County.

Polar Plunge
The Special Olympics Liaison officers assigned to the Greeley Police Department’s Neighborhood Action Team organize a Polar Plunge Team each year.  This is their third year participating in the Boulder Reservoir event that raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics of Colorado (SOC).  This year the team proudly raised over $10,000 for the SOC organization that supports over 12,000 athletes across Colorado.

GPD Supports Special Olympics

Good people, good cause, and good news for Greeley.  On January 10th, The Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Colorado held a conference at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s facility.  Officer Dan Frazen attended and accepted the Rising Star Recognition Award on behalf of the Greeley Police Department.  The award, from the event’s executive committee, was given to acknowledge the Department’s community partnership with Special Olympics Colorado. 



Hospice Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations also go to Greeley Police Officer Zachary St. Aubyn for receiving the 2013 Hospice of Northern Colorado Volunteer of the Year award.

NCMC Recognized as Top Performer

Healthgrades has recognized North Colorado Medical Center for their medical excellence in the recent report "American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation."  NCMC received eleven five-star recognitions in areas of cardiac, neurosciences, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and critical care.


Community Impact National Award

North Colorado Medical Center's Spirit of Women team was selected to receive the Community Impact National Award at the Spirit of Women's national executive meeting.  Spirit of Women earned the recognition for its Day of Dance initiative held at Greeley's Family FunPlex.


Gold Seal for NCMC

North Colorado Medical Center has won the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for national health care quality and safety accreditation.  NCMC underwent an unannounced, on-site, three-day evaluation in July by a Joint Commission team.  The team examined how NCMC handles infection prevention and control, as well as leadership and medication management.  The commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S.


Local Cancer Society Event Recognized

Relay for Life of Weld County has been selected by the American Cancer Society as the winner of the 2013 Nation-Wide Per Capita Award.  The event, which is held in Greeley every year, also ranked overall 2nd in the 12-state Great West Division and number 1 in overall dollars raised in Colorado.  There are over 5,200 Relay For Life events held across the nation and in 20 other countries.


North Colorado Medical Center Added to 100 Great Hospitals List

North Colorado Medical Center has once again been awarded for their excellence in health care by being placed on Becker's Hospital Review's "100 Great Hospitals in America, 2013" list.  To compile this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team accepted nominations, conducted research and considered other reputable hospital ranking sources, including but not limited to HealthGrades, Truven Analytics and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Along with these considerations, Becker's says each of these organizations are innovators for medical treatments, research, technology and care delivery.


NCMC Rated in Top 2 Percent in the Nation

North Colorado Medical Center has been named among America's top 2 percent of hospitals, and is one of the only three hospitals statewide to earn the distinction from HealthGrades.  HeathGrades is the equivalent of Consumer Reports fro the healthcare industry.  This is the second year that NCMC has received the award.


NCMC in Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation

North Colorado Medical Center has been added to the Truven Health Analysis list of top 100 hospitals in the nation and was listed as a top teaching hospital as well.  Truven evaluated hospitals on their mortality rates, patient safety, patient satisfaction and medical complications, to name a few.


Maytag Dependable Club Award

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County Jerry Pawl Clubhouse is one of 11 clubs nationwide to win a $75,000 Maytag Dependable Club award.  The money will go towards the unit's performing arts program which includes dance and music. 



Hearts System Accreditation for Banner Health

Banner Health has earned accreditation for their Heart Failure System from the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium.  This makes Banner Health and North Colorado Medical Center the first to achieve this distinction in the western U.S. and the second in the country.  This is important because heart failure is the #1 reason for hospital admissions for those over 65 years of age.


Banner Health Wins International Award

Banner Health was awarded the 2012 International Coach Federation Prism Award for coaching excellence.  The award recognizes the highest standard of excellence for companies that have implemented coaching programs for culture change, leadership, productivity and performance improvement. Banner's coaching program offers leadership development to more than 2,000 employees.


Global Refugee Center Receives National Grant

Greeley's Global Refugee Center has received a national grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement's Ethnic Based Communities Self-Help Program.  The grant supports organizations that are run by refugees, for refugees.  The Center will use the $171,000 grant to fund programs in education, economic stability, and integration that will help local refugees achieve self-sufficiency.


America's 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care

HealthGrades has ranked North Colorado Medical Center as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals.  NCMC's gastroenterology and critical care programs received the 100 Best Hospitals award.  HealthGrades evaluates the performance of 4,500 hospitals nationwide.


DuPont Pioneer Grant Goes to Food Bank

The Weld Food Bank has received a $10,000 DuPont Pioneer grant.  Pioneer makes contributions to communities where Pioneer employees and customers live and work supporting improved, sustainable lifestyles for people worldwide.


SRS Winner of STAR Merit Award

Senior Resource Services of Greeley is a winner of one of five 2012 STAR Special Merit Awards from the Beverly Foundation.  SRS was selected out of 378 nationwide applicants and will use the $5,000 to promote and provide transportation services.  Senior Resource Services serves more than 350 seniors in Weld County, providing free transportation to medical and dental appointments, grocery shopping and other outings.


Banner Health Given Stage 7 Award by HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics has given Banner Health its Stage 7 Award for 17 of its 23 hospitals, which includes North Colorado Medical Center.  The award recognizes attainment of the highest level of HIMSS' electronic medical records adoption.  NCMC is one of only 66 facilities in the United States - just 1.2 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database, to be awarded the Stage 7 award.


Children's Clinic Receives National Recognition for Quality

Sunrise Community Health's Monfort Children's Clinic in Greeley was officially designated as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical facility by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for health care.  To achieve this designation, which is the highest ranking given, the clinics were required to meet key program requirements, including a robust and ongoing quality evaluation program.


NCMC Ranked in Top 5% by HealthGrades

Greeley's North Colorado Medical Center has been named among the top 100 hospitals in the country, according to an analysis by Denver-based HealthGrades.  NCMC, a Banner Health facility, is among an elite group of U.S. hospitals known as HealthGrades America's 100 Best Hospitals.  To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5 percent in the nation for a minimum of four years studied.  On average, patients treated at America's 100 Best Hospitals had nearly a 30 percent lower risk of death.  Only one other hospital in Colorado achieved this distinction; Centura Health-Penrose St. Francis in Colorado Springs.


Banner/NCMC Health Science Academy Coming to Greeley

NCMC, Inc. and Banner Health/NCMC have pledged $150,000 each to fund a new program for high school students in District 6 called the Banner/NCMC Health Science Academy.  The program will enable students to graduate from high school with the skills, knowledge and certification to enter a variety of health care jobs or pursue further medical training in college.  It will offer a comprehensive curriculum capable of serving up to 200 students in grades 9-12 and will be open for enrollment to students from across Greeley, Evans and nearby communities.  The Banner/NCMC Health Science Academy will open in August 2012 at Greeley Central High School.


Poudre Learning Center Director Wins National Award

Ray Tschillard, founder and director of the Poudre Learning Center, has won the National Association of Conservation District's Friend of Conservation Award.  Ray is credited for taking the Poudre Learning Center from a mere idea to a thriving science field center that works with local school districts, the West Greeley Conservation and the Central Colorado Water Conservancy Districts.


NCMC Awarded Emergency Medicine Excellence Award

North Colorado Medical Center has been recognized with the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award for being ranked by HealthGrades among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for emergency medicine.  The report focuses on 12 of the most common life-threatening medical emergencies including heart attack, stroke and pneumonia.  This is the third year in a row that NCMC has received the award.


Greeley Stampede Earns Justin Boots Award

The Women's Professional Rodeo Association has recognized the Greeley Stampede with the Justin Boots Best Footing Award for "providing superior arena conditions in the Mountain States Pro Rodeo Circuit."  The award includes $1,000 cash, a plaque and a pair of Justin boots, which will go to Stampede grounds trail boss Donnie Steinmetz for all his hours and expertise dedicated to the maintenance of the Stampede arena.


Banner Health Ranked in Top 5 in Nation

Banner Health and NCMC's focus on quality patient care has earned Banner a ranking among the top five large health systems in the nation by Thomson Reuters.  Banner Health owns or operates four hospitals in Northern Colorado, including North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.  As a Top 5 Large Health System, Banner was recognized for having superior survival rates, fewer patient complications, better long-term outcomes, better adherence to patient-safety standards, shorter hospital stays and higher patient-satisfaction scores among large health systems in the nation.  Another key distinguishing factor is Banner's system-wide use of electronic medical records.


Greeley Stampede Makes "Must Do" List

The Greeley Stampede is featured in 5280 Magazine's 2012 edition of "155 Things to Do This Year".  This magazine has excellent distribution which will put the Stampede lineup and Greeley in front of many Denver and Colorado residents and potential visitors in a very positive way. 



NCMC Recipient of 25 Awards from HealthGrades

HealthGrades, the nation's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named North Colorado Medical Center the recipient of 25 awards and top ranking designations for 2012.  In the 2012 awards, NCMC is ranked number one in Colorado for Treatment of Stroke and GI Medical Treatment (two years running), and the recipient of five of America's 100 Best Awards, including General Surgery, Critical Care, Orthopedic Surgery, and the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award.  NCMC also received eighteen 5-star rating for clinical performance.


NCMC is Spirit of Women Premier Hospital

North Colorado Medical Center has been designated as a Spirit of Women Premier Hospital by the Spirit of Women Health Network.  The selection was based on an evaluation using the National Standards of Excellence in Women's Health that measures performance in women's health care and community outreach.


Conservation Efforts Recognized

Stan Cass, a member of the board of the West Greeley Conservation District, will be inducted into the Colorado conservation Hall of Fame for his many years of service and ongoing contributions to the District's mission.  Ray Tschillard, Director of the Poudre Learning Center has been named Educator of the Year by the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts.  Congratulations to both of these gentlemen.


Freight Station Museum Hits PBS

The Greeley Freight Station Museum has a starring role in an upcoming episode of the PBS series "Tracks Ahead."  The magazine-style series explores every aspect of the railroads of the world from prototypes, models, personalities and lore.  The show's executive producer couldn't say when the show would air but that the museum will be the first segment of Episode 802.


NCMC Ranked in Top 5 Percent in Emergency Care

North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley has been ranked among the top 5 percent in the country for emergency care by HealthGrades.  The 2011 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award was given to only 4 hospitals in Colorado, two of those in northern Colorado.  NCMC also received the 2011 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.  This is HealthGrades' ultimate distinction and represents the overall assessment of a hospital's quality.  HealthGrades analyzes nearly 5,000 hospitals annually.


United Way Recognizes Businesses and Individuals

Several awards were given out to businesses and individuals by the United Way of Weld County.  Top awards were the "Live United" award given to Bill May; Volunteer of the Year to Gary Burton; Non-profit Professional of the Year to Gwen Schooley of A Kid's Place; Company of the Year to Atmos Energy; and Community Partner of the Year to the City of Greeley.


Another "Youth of the Year" for Greeley

Congratulations to Elizabeth Velasquez of Greeley who was selected by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as the Colorado Youth of the Year "for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community".  Elizabeth plans to major in sociology and psychology with a minor in criminal justice.


North Colorado Medical Center "Best of the Best"

North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley has received the Best of the Best Award for outstanding performance.  NCMC is the only hospital in Banner's Western region to receive the award which is given to Banner facilities achieving the most targeted goals in Banner's strategic initiative categories of patient care, safety and satisfaction, as well as financial performance and employee engagement.


NCMC Distinguished Hospital Award

North Colorado Medical Center is one of three Northern Colorado hospitals listed in the HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence 2011.  NCMC is among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide.


NCMC Neurologist Chosen for MS Award

Dr. William Shaffer, a neurologist at North Colorado Medical Center, has been chosen for the 2011 Multiple Sclerosis Champion Award from the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society.  The MS Champion award recognizes one person each year who contributes to his or her community while living with MS.



Poudre Learning Center Receives Reclamation Award

The Poudre Learning Center has received the 2010 Jack Starner Memorial Reclamation Award for its restoration of the 83rd Avenue gravel pit, which has been converted to a natural education area for use by K-12 students in District 6 and other nearby communities.  The award is sponsored by the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board and the Colorado Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and honors outstanding reclamation efforts of land previously used for aggregate operations.


Children's Hospital Gives Thumbs Up to Med Evac

Children's Hospital in Denver has given North Colorado Med Evac the designation of "Preferred Critical Care Transport Provider."  The designation recognizes North Colorado Med Evac's dedication to the provision of expert care and transport of infants and young children.  It is the only medical air transport service based in the northeastern Colorado/southwestern Nebraska region to be given this recognition.


Banner Health Earns Top 100 Spot

Banner Health has earned a top 100 spot in Information Week's Top 500 list of the best technology innovators in the United States.  It is the first time Banner has made the list, joining internationally know companies such as Dell, Coca-Cola and FedEx.


Officer Receives National Award

Dr. Carol Vanetti, chief medical officer for Banner Health's Region based in Greeley, has received the National Association of Medical Staff Services Leadership Award.  She was nominated for the award by medical staff services offices across Banner Health.


Banner Health Named Top Health System

Banner Health has been named as a Top 10 health system in the country based on clinical performance, according to Thomson Reuters, a provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.  Banner is the only system in Colorado to have achieved the rating.  Earlier in 2010, Banner Health was also named as a Top 10 Integrated Health System by Modern Healthcare based on Banner's ability to rapidly identify and deploy innovative technologies across all hospitals in the system.


NCMC Receives National Recognition

North Colorado Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit has been awarded the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.  This organization recognizes the nation's top pediatric, progressive and critical care units.


NCMC Ranked in Top 5

North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley is one of five hospitals in Colorado rated in the top 5 percent in the nation for lowest mortality and most improvement in clinical quality, according to a study by Golden-based HealthGrades, a medical services rating organization.  This is the second year in a row that NCMC has been rated in the top 5 percent.



North Colorado Medical Center Among Best

North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) is among the top 6 in Colorado for clinical excellence and among the top 3 for women's health excellence for 2009.  In all, NCMC received five-star ratings in 9 of 29 categories.  In all other categories, they received three or four star ratings.


NCMC Burn Center and Endoscopy & Gastroenterology Centers Grow

North Colorado Medical Center has completed projects on two premier centers.  First, the hospital's Endoscopy & Gastroenterology Center has expanded to include additional procedural and recovery rooms for procedures previously unavailable in northern Colorado.  Second, is the much needed expansion of the Western States Burn Center which is one of only three in Colorado, and one of two that serves adult patients.  The center serves an eight-state region including northern Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Idaho, Kansas and Nebraska.


Special Recognitions:

Great From the Ground Up Essay and Art Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Visual Art, Essay and Creative Writing Contest: "Tell us why Greeley is Great From the Ground Up".  The contest included Middle and High School students in Greeley and was organized by The Market Greeley Partnership, a committee of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau.


Humanitarian of the Year

Congratulations to Dick Monfort who has been selected as the 2008 United Way Humanitarian of the Year.


Rotary Honors Local Officer

Congratulations to Officer Josh Dice for receiving the Public Service Award from the Centennial Rotary Club.  Officer Dice has been with the Greeley Police Department since 2003.  Rotary started the Public Service Award to help address the lack of public service acknowledgement.




Special Recognition:  Better Schools Better Communities Awards Given

The Greeley Chamber Better Schools Better Communities program celebrated the partnerships between business and schools on April 30th.  Recipients of the "Greeley Grade: Circle of Excellence" award included: Greeley Kiwanis Club, Business Partner of the Year for its work with Madison Elementary; Teacher of the Year, Mary Lois Knisely of Dos Rios Elementary and Education Volunteer of the Year, Scott Ehrlich.  Scholarships were also awarded to several students.


World-Wise Volunteer

Betty Brown of Greeley has been presented the North American Volunteer of the Year award by international organization, Partners of the Americas.  Partners of Americas citizen volunteers from Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. raise the quality of life for people across the hemisphere.


Patriots From Greeley

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen district contest winners have been announced.  T.J. Daviet won first place at the post level and third at the district level.  Andre Ellis won third place at the post level.  Both attend Mountain View Academy and wrote essays on the theme "Why I Am Am American Patriot".  Patriot's Pen, a youth-essay writing contest is a nationwide competition for students in grades 6, 7 and 8.



United Way Humanitarian Announced
United Way of Weld County presented Kenneth Whitney with the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year award at its annual Leadership Tillers Club reception.  The Humanitarian of the Year recognizes outstanding volunteer and philanthropic service that promotes voluntary community service and contributes to the value of humanity.

Greeley Stampede Presented with International Awards
The Greeley Stampede was presented with four awards in the prestigious International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards.  The awards included: Bronze-Grand Pinnacle Overall Event; Gold-Best Pin or Button; Silver-Best Single Newspaper Display Ad; and Bronze-Best Ad Series.  Other winning entries came from Walt Disney World, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, The Kentucky Derby Festival and international contenders from the Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore and Canada.  The IFEA is a  non-profit membership organization with members spanning 40 countries and 5 continents, and offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.



Community Care Award Winners Announced
Frank and Donna Lakin have been selected as the 2006 Winners of the Leann Anderson Community Care Award. The annual award was established to recognize individuals for extending special effort to benefit the community. The Chamber also honored the Greeley Mall, New Frontier Bank and Roche Constructors with the 2006 Winners Circle Award. The award honors members who demonstrate exceptional involvement in the business community and/or professional organizations.

United Way Humanitarians Announced
United Way of Weld County has announced Dr. Tony and Sarah Fink as the United Way of Weld County Humanitarians of the Year for 2006. Dr. and Mrs. Fink were recognized for their outstanding volunteer and philanthropic service.

Local Veterinarian Honored for Work
Veterinarian, Liz Clark, of Alpine Animal Hospital was awarded the Dennis White Award from the Humane Society of Weld county. The award was given for providing many life saving surgeries at minimal cost to the Humane Society and residents. Clark has been a ready resource for pet owners, foster pet parents and staff.

Friends of A Woman's Place Celebrate 2006 Gala
In October, Friends of A Woman's Place Celebrated their 2006 Gala. The Gala recognized several outstanding women including: Beth Danielson - Human Services; Phyllis Drennan - Nursing Education; Thelma Bear-Edgerton - Education; Susan Magnuson - Leadership in Agriculture; Myra Monfort - Volunteerism/Philanthropy; and Evangeline Sandoval - Woman of Courage. All proceeds from the event assist A Woman's Place programs.

Greeley Stampede Takes Top Award from International Festival & Events Association
The Greeley Independence Stampede received world-wide recognition by taking the top award, the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, at the 51st annual International Festival & Events Association 2006 Conference. Annually, IFEA recognizes outstanding examples of promotional programs and materials produced by events around the world. Events of nearly every type and size have the opportunity to be recognized. Nearly 1,400 entries were received, spanning 40 countries and 5 continents in varying categories such as Best Newspaper Supplement, Best Magazine Ad, Best Radio Spot, Best Ad Series, and the coveted Grand Pinnacle - the most prestigious award in the special events industry.

Greeley Transitional House Receives Grant
Greeley Transitional House has received a Daniels Fund grant. The grant will be used to provide 350 nights of individual shelter, supportive services and follow-up case management for about 30 homeless families.

Humane Society Receives Assistants from Foundation
The Humane Society of Weld County received an award from the Animal Assistance Foundation to spay or neuter 200 pets of low income residents in Weld County.

Genny's Hope: 2nd Annual Christmas Open House
Started in August 2004, Genny's Hope reaches out to kids in foster care. Established in memory of Genevive Curtisa, its vision is to help foster children feel valued and loved. Its mission is to give resources that build self-esteem, dreams and futures. Nearly 175 kids attended the event. Each child received a personalized visit with Santa, an age appropriate gift and a new blanket. Many local businesses, churches and individuals helped make the event possible.

Dimas Macias named Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year
Dimas Macias received the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year award on December 13, 2005. He was nominated by the Boys and Girls Club Unit Directors. Dimas received a $1,000 scholarship for his volunteer efforts. Dimas then went on to receive the Boys & Girls Clubs of Colorado Youth of the Year award. Chosen over 10 other nominees, Dimas won a full 4-year scholarship to Adams State College in Alamosa and $1,000. This award qualified him for the regional competition.