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Climax/Freeport McMoRan Announces Grant Recipients
On Friday, April 26, the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation announced the 2013 Climax Area Community Investment Fund grant recipients.
Recognizing organizations with a vision for a sustainable future in the areas of education, economic development, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, citizen involvement and transportation, 16 area nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $591,600. Recipients from four counties – Lake, Summit, Chaffee, and Eagle – were recognized at a presentation on April 26 held at Colorado Mountain College, Timberline Campus in Leadville.
The 2013 Grant Recipients:
Cloud City Conservation Center – $17,000
Funds will be used in an effort to promote awareness of household energy use leading to a decrease in energy consumption, costs and carbon emissions for Lake County residents through contractor training, home energy improvement projects and community education in collaboration with the Lake County Energy Partnership. Additionally, funds will be used to purchase equipment to expand energy audits and service to Lake County participants. Long-term benefits to the community will be by a decrease in environmental impacts through energy reduction and savings for local homeowners.
Friends of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery, Inc. – $27,000
Funds will be used to construct a covered pavilion at the handicapped accessible picnic grounds of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery creating opportunity for additional utilization of the grounds creating further economic impact for Lake County and the facility.
Lake County – $32,000
Funds will be used to support a collaborative project between the City of Leadville and Lake County for the development of a new comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan will provide a sustainable benefit to Lake County residents through more effective planning, land use and streamlined resources available to the community.
Lake County Intermediate School – $56,200
This grant supports the advancement of STEM education through the implementation of the See the Change curriculum in 6th through 8th grades at Lake County Middle School. The goal is to increase the number of students entering careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through access to early physics programs.
St. Vincent Hospital Foundation – $65,000
Grant funding will assist in the purchase of digital Mammography equipment and services at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville. This equipment will provide important local services to community members locally while also increasing revenue generating opportunities for the hospital.
High Country Conservation Center – $34,400
Grant funding will support the Summit Cultivating Students of Agriculture (Summit CSA) program which engages participants in local food production providing fresh, affordable produce to community members. This program aims to provide healthier lifestyle choices, leadership training, job skills and a reduction in environmental impacts from the decrease in food transportation.
Blue River Watershed Group – $20,000
Funds will restore a section of the Tenmile Creek and re-create desirable stream and floodplain characteristics to
improve the environmental and recreational functions of the creek and improve water quality for downstream
CASA of the Continental Divide – $50,000
Program funding will support the CASA in providing child advocacy for at risk children in the juvenile court system with the goal of increasing stability in these children’s lives and ultimately improving the overall stability and health of the community while also engaging community members in valuable volunteerism and engagement.
Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity – $75,000
The grant will provide additional financial resources needed to build affordable, quality homes, while also providing practical job skills and training and civic engagement to community partners. Additionally, funds will help to continue the internal mortgage and sustainability fund to ensure long term viability of the Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity program.
Easter Seals Colorado – $10,000
This grant will help support Camp Summit and its effort to serve children through a specialized summer camp for children with disabilities and their family members. Participants will benefit from the lifelong skills gained through Camp Summit and the valuable community interaction of camp staff and participants.
Frisco Elementary – $25,000
Program funding will support Frisco Elementary STEM Take-Off, an effort to increase the number of elementary students actively engaged in STEM-related learning while also supporting teacher professional development and a classroom lab dedicated to learning and establishing rapport with industry partners.
Girl Scouts of Colorado – $10,000
Funds will help provide day and overnight camps by Girl Scouts in Lake, Chaffee, and Eagle Counties through collaboration with Keystone Science Camp’s STEM based environmental education programs. The program will inspire environmental stewardship and a hands on learning program that participants will then share in their future community projects.
National Forest Foundation – $25,000
Funds will be used to support a facilitated, collaborative-based visioning process with multiple stakeholders, communities, and agencies for the planning of the Camp Hale/Eagle River Headwaters Restoration Project eventually leading to improved ecological function of Eagle River headwaters area.
Summit County Open Space and Trails – $ 30,000
Funds for this project will support the Fremont Pass Recpath NEPA evaluation required in order to move forward with extending the Summit County Recpath system. Long term benefits for the community will be realized with an increase in regional outdoor recreational resources and further economic impact from recreational activities.
Summit County Library Foundation – $100,000
Project funding will help transform the historic Breckenridge schoolhouse into a community center and updated library along with other community amenities. The collaboration between the Summit Library Foundation, the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County will result in a vibrant center in the core of the town and also preserve one of the community’s most historic landmarks.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado – $15,000
Funds will be used to support the 2013 Central Mountains Outdoor Stewardship Projects and its effort to engage local citizens in environmental stewardship projects in Lake, Summit, Chaffee and Eagle Counties. Additionally, funds will be used to involve students from these counties in leadership and environmental stewardship programs through the 2013 Youth Stewardship Summit.
The Climax Area Community Investment Fund was established in 2011 to focus on programs and projects ttiat create a sustainable community benefit. It is administered by a committee comprised of community leaders selected by the Climax Area Community Partnership Panel. This Panel was established by Freeport-McMoRan in 2008 to foster open and ongoing dialogue with the community, allowing the company and the community to work together to develop thoughtful solutions that address community issues.
The Community Investment Fund Committee solicits and selects programs to receive financial support based on established criteria, and strives to assist in the success of recipient programs.
“Freeport-McMoRan is committed to working with communities to identify effective partnerships that will bring lasting benefits to the people in Lake, Summit, Chaffee, and Eagle Counties,” said Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation.
“Through the Climax Area Community Investment Fund, our goal is to continue to empower the community to take the lead in identifying and creating the kinds of programs and projects that will help generate sustainable benefits and shape the kind of community they want. We extend our gratitude to the many exemplary leaders and organizations with whom we are fortunate to work in the programs,” she said.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting Tara Hosick at Tara_Hosick@fmi.com or 303-960-8048, For more on our funding opportunities and the projects we support, visit www.FreeportInMyCommunity.com.
Race Series Economic Impact Reported as $15 Million
The Leadville Campus of Colorado Mountain College (CMC), through a survey of 4,000 racers who competed in the 2012 Leadville Race Series (LRS), has determined that the economic impact for Lake County was over $15 million, according to a report released Monday by the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation.
The study included the survey responses of more than 800 of the 4,000 racers who participated in the 2012 series. The $15 million includes money spent by participants and their support crews on things such as lodging, food, souvenirs, gasoline and event preparation, as well as money spent by LRS and Lifetime Fitness for salaries and payments to vendors. In addition to the direct expenditures by the racers and their crews, the study computed the indirect effect, where local vendors are buying additional goods due to their increase in business, and the induced impact, for example when the local employees spend money locally that they earned from working during a race or a training camp.
The average direct economic impact generated per participant was estimated to be $1,795 for dollars spent by racers and those who came with them. On average, racers brought with them an additional 3.65 people.
The direct operational cost of the 2012 race series was $648,392, spent by Lifetime Fitness and Leadville Race Series on salaries, catering, trash service, printing, police services, permits, and miscellaneous expenses.
An additional boost to the local economy that was not included in the direct, indirect, or induced effects is the contribution by 34 respondents who answered that they own a second home in the Leadville area. Using data from the Lake County Assessor, the college estimates the total economic impact of these real estate purchases to be $5,746,194, with ongoing property tax revenue of $42,936 annually.
When racers were asked if they or any member of their party visited museums or historical sites in Leadville during their stay, 56% of responders answered affirmatively. In another question, 60% of responders reported that they had traveled to Leadville since their first race to vacation, train, or for other activities.
The document with the results of the survey and the methodology used is at the CMC library, and is available for viewing. Or CLICK HERE to view survey results online.
Former CFO Returns to St. Vincent Hospital
Ric Eisenring has returned to St. Vincent Hospital as Interim Chief Financial Officer.
Eisenring was CFO at St. Vincent Hospital in the early 2000’s for a term just shy of three years. He left St. Vincent Hospital for Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico, where he served as CFO until recently.
“The community is lucky to have Ric back, he and his wife are very active civically,” said Carol Glenn of Centennial Real Estate.
The interim position became available when former hospital CFO, Jim Van Hoet resigned. As with Van Hoet, Eisenring is an employee of Quorum (QHR), the hospital’s management group. Eisenring has stated he may have interest in the permanent CFO position.
Eisenring commented, “My wife and I are very fond of Leadville and Lake County, while in Taos, we always felt that Leadville was our second home.”
St. Vincent Hospital Welcomes New Physical Therapist
After eight years of living in the Denver metro area Andy Hofer had bumped into someone he knew only once at the grocery store. In a city like Leadville, that is unimaginable.
It is also a big reason why Hofer, a Physical Therapist, recently joined the staff at St. Vincent Hospital.
As a 9 year employee of Nasa Space Flight Center, Hofer assisted on the Hubble Space Telescope repair missions. Upon successful installation of the hardware on the Hubble he decided to spend less time behind a desk and more time with people. That is when he chose a career in Physical Therapy. Hofer obtained his Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado in 2004. He has worked with a variety of patients from high level athletes to geriatrics.
Hofer’s passions include bump skiing and motocross. Andy, along with his wife and daughter, recently purchased a home in Leadville and is looking forward to integrating with the community.
“Andy is a perfect complement to St. Vincent Hospital Physical Therapy. He looks forward to working with our Extended Care clients, as well as Home Health patients. We are excited he has joined our staff”, said Von Kilpatrick, Chief Nursing Officer.
Andy joined existing staff members, Chris CJ Jenness, MSR PT and office manager Patty Ouellette. St. Vincent Hospital Physical Therapy Department is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. You can reach them directly at 719-486-7180.
“Leadville Outdoors” Opens at 3rd & Harrison
Leadville – and – Outdoors. It seems like the two words just naturally go together. And starting today, these two words will come together on the corner of W. 3rd & Harrison in the form of a new business: Leadville Outdoors.
The latest venture by local businesswoman Donna Chapman, the historic building at 225 Harrison Avenue will once again house a sports retail shop with outdoor gear and clothing. Today’s Grand Opening celebration of Leadville Outdoors will include music, refreshments and of course – shopping! The party kicks off at 5 p.m. Everyone’s invited.
“We are proud to revive this landmark and continue its fine tradition of providing Leadville locals and tourists a welcoming place to shop for outdoor gear and clothing,” said Chapman, the new owner of the building and store.
Leadville Outdoors will be managed by Heather Glyde, formerly of Sawatch Backcountry. Glyde brings many years of experience in retail to the new business.
”We’re fortunate to have Heather’s unique skills in outdoor retail, her knowledge of the back country trail systems in supporting locals and visitors, and her love of all things Leadville and all things outdoors!” said Chapman.
Most locals fondly remember the former business that stood at the corner of 3rd and Harrison for years: Bill’s Sport Shop. From 1964 to 2011 the two-story brick structure was home to this long-standing “ski shop”, originally started by Bill Copper back in 1957. Copper started his business – which was originally a furniture and sports shop – after he returned to Leadville from serving in World War II. The former Bill’s Sport Shop survived the boom and bust cycles on Leadville’s main drag, but finally closed its doors in 2011, after the shop was successfully run for many years after Copper’s death, by his wife Mary Jo, son Paul with his wife Dee Dee.
But like many brick and mortar locations still standing on historic Harrison Avenue, this building has a history that dates back to the earlier days of The Cloud City.
According to former owner Paul Copper, initially the property was part of the Starr Placer, owned by Thomas Starr, one of Leadville’s earliest, and said to be, most dedicated miners. At one point, the building served as a saloon (is there a building in Leadville that hasn’t been a watering hole?!) It’s said that the original bar is now at The Grill located down on Elm Street.
Today, the outside of the building doesn’t look too different other than a new sign, crafted by a local artist (and owner of the soon-to-be open Harrison Avenue whiskey house: Two Guns Distillery). However, the interior has been restored, bringing back to life many original elements including the refinishing of the original pine floors. Hats off to local craftsman Rob Sickler, who designed the space, and has been working hard “to make it happen.”
So, come join the party – TODAY – on the corner of 3rd & Harrison. In addition to the usual festivities, the Cloud City Conservation Center will also be presenting the first in a series of films; tonight’s starts at 7 p.m. The weather is forecasted to be warm and sunny, at least before the next storm comes in this weekend – seems like a great day to celebrate Leadville Outdoors! Congratulations!
Hospital Foundation Receives Safeway Grant
It is estimated that over 500 women per year travel out of Leadville for Digital Mammography, according to St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) Community Relations Coordinator Karen Rinehart. While Digital Mammography is the norm in breast imaging today and provides superior images while offering lower exposure to radiation.
As is the current practice at St. Vincent’s Imaging Department, all Mammogram images are read by Dr. Ugale of Diversified radiology at Sonnenalp Breast Center in Edwards, Colo.
The SVH Foundation is hoping to change that, and is actively raising funds to purchase new or “like new” refurbished digital machines to provide a convenient solution that also provides state-of-the-art-images.
Last month, the Safeway Foundation presented the SVH Foundation a $10,000 check toward their efforts to purchase Digital Mammography at St. Vincent Hospital.
Here’s where the fundraising efforts stand and how you can help:
Commitments to date:
- $50,000 – Caring For Colorado
- $10,000 – Anschutz Family Foundation
- $10,000 – Safeway Foundation
- $50,000 – St. Vincent Hospital
- Other: $85,000 – other pending grants and community donations.
If you would like to donate to the hospital foundation you may do so by mailing your check to St. Vincent Hospital Foundation 822 W 4th St. Leadville, CO 80461.
Hospital Initiates Survey Program
St. Vincent Hospital has hired an independent research company, HealthStream Research, to interview a random sample of patients treated at the hospital. If you have recently been admitted to the hospital or visited the emergency room you may be called to answer questions about your care experience. If HealthStream Research calls you, the number that will appear is 301.575.9366.
As a survey participant, please be assured that your responses will be kept completely confidential and will only be shared with the hospital for the purpose of improving the quality of patient care. Your identity will not be revealed to the hospital as a participant, unless you request HealthStream Research to do so.
The surveys conducted by HealthStream Research are known in the healthcare industry as HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, pronounced “H-caps”).
The uses for HCAHP surveys are 2 fold. First, the survey is designed to produce data about patients’ perspectives of care that allow objective and meaningful comparisons of hospitals on topics that are important to consumers. Second, the survey results are reported publicly, on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website for anyone who wants to learn more about St. Vincent Hospital and how it compares to other hospitals.
“We are excited to partner with Health Stream Research to meet regulatory compliance of patient satisfaction reporting. Our hope is to gain feedback from our patients surrounding their experience so that we can immediately address our patient satisfaction goals,” said Jim Clavadetscher, the new Director of Quality and Compliance at St. Vincent Hospital. Clavadetscher began work at St. Vincent Hospital on February 6.
St. Vincent Hospital expects the telephone surveys to begin after February 15 and reporting to CMS to take place within six months or when an adequate number of respondents have been reached. If you have any questions about the surveys you may call St. Vincent Hospital and ask for Karen Rinehart at 719-486-7135.