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With COVID-19 affecting so many nonprofit efforts this year, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) has not been spared. The annual Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation Jewel Ball fundraiser scheduled for September has transitioned to a donation-based virtual campaign. The event, in the form of a live radio auction on Thursday, September 17, will see all proceeds go towards COVID-19 equipment for the hospital and hospital clinics.

Foundation Director Lezlie Burkley said, “An in-person event was not possible this year, yet as we surveyed our sponsors and donors we found that many people in our communities were still interested in supporting the HRRMC Foundation.”

Lezlie Burkley, HRRMC Foundation Director.

“We believe that despite so many changes in our everyday lives, there is still so much to celebrate,” she said. “Chaffee County has fared well with the pandemic, better than anticipated. We have a strong community and a stable healthcare system. Our community is fortunate,” she added.

The Jewel Ball Auction will take place on Heart of the Rockies Radio stations on Thursday, September 17 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Donors are encouraged to tune in to The Peak 92.3 FM, Eagle Country 104.1 FM, or Hippie Radio 97.5 FM for a chance to win a Men’s Electra Cruiser Bike provided by Absolute Bikes, certificates to local golf courses, a Citrine Jewel necklace, a load of ACA gravel, and a succulent plant garden donated by Hittle Landscape Architects.

Burkley said over the past several years the foundation has helped fund:

  •  $2.4 million towards the new hospital
  • $784,000 towards the Outpatient Pavilion – a 3-story building that houses full rehabilitation services and clinics for HRRMC specialists
  • Buena Vista Health Clinic upgrades and current expansion $780,000 in total – providing a larger facility with expanded patient rooms, rehabilitation services, and Sol Vista mental health.
  • $450,000 for a new CT Scanner that also provides cardiac diagnostic services
  • $300,000 for the digital mammography unit – This unit brings state-of-the-art and 3-D mammography to our area, a significant offering in a small, rural location.
  • Certified Athletic Trainer Program for Buena Vista and Salida Athletics including concussion diagnosis and counseling
  • $495,000 COVID-19 grant money for supplies, equipment, payroll costs, and facility upgrades

Sponsors for the No Go Gala campaign include Heart of the Rockies Radio, Collegiate Peaks Bank, Central Colorado Title & Escrow, Dr. Harry and Deborah Payton, Pure Greens, High Country Bank, D & D and Friends, Intalere, BV Friends, Comfurt Gas Inc., First Street Family Health, Katherine Granzella, Heart of the Rockies Radiology, Kozak & Gayer PA, Lund Eye Care, Dr. Bill Mehos, Parkview Medical Center, Pavement Maintenance Services and Sangre de Cristo Electric.

The HRRMC Foundation provides HRRMC facilities with financial support to facilitate innovative programs and provide state-of-the-art healthcare equipment and services. Knowing the critical work that HRRMC does for this community the message is — get ready to bid!

For more information about the foundation’s programs, call Foundation Director Lezlie Burkley at 719-530-2218.