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2022 Impact Report

Communicating the impact of generosity on health care—showcasing how we steward your donations—is an opportunity we delight in. Your dollars make a difference to an astounding range of people and projects.

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Funds help provide devices to assist in clear communication with patients

Financial support from our COVID-19 emergency response fund was used to purchase 500 SuperEar personal sound amplifiers and distribute them on nursing units and patient care areas in our hospitals. The assistive listening devices are given to patients to use during their hospital stay. Afterward, patients can take the devices home.

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With a will there’s a way

In considering your plans for the future, you may not be thinking about how you might benefit the health of our community. However, a charitable bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make and permits you to leave a legacy. You can create a bequest of any dollar amount, gift specific property, or designate a percentage of your estate in your will or trust plan. At UCHealth Northern Colorado Foundation, we are privileged to witness, on a daily basis, the difference health care philanthropy makes for those we serve.

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Funding supports local COVID-19 study

Does COVID-19 have lingering effects on survivors? If so, what are they, and how long do they last? Can we modify existing treatments or develop new ones to avoid or minimize the effects? These are just some of the questions scientists and clinicians across the globe have been trying to answer since the early days of the pandemic. Here in northern Colorado, with help from funding donated through the foundation, a team of scientists and clinicians at CSU and UCHealth formed a partnership to work on getting answers.

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WISH funding provides activities and tools to decrease distress of hospitalized dementia patients

The Sunshine Cart program began through WISH funding in 2018 and has grown from three carts in two hospitals to 21 carts in three hospitals. The Sunshine Cart is filled with meaningful activities and tools to help reduce the risk of confusion and to decrease distress in hospitalized persons living with dementia. The items are single-use only for infection control, so each item is a gift to the patient.

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Philanthropy supports specialized training for nurse practitioner working in gynecologic oncology program

Since UCHealth's northern region gynecologic oncology program was established last year, volumes have been higher than forecasted. To help meet the high demand for services, nurse practitioner Kristin Slunecka was added to the staff earlier this year. To support Dr. Christine Walsh with complex GYN-ONC patients, Slunecka needed qualification as a surgical assistant. With full tuition supported by donor contributions to our cancer services fund, Slunecka received the advanced training.

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Community support needed year-round to keep food pantry stocked

As the holidays approach, food drives and turkey donations come to mind, but addressing food insecurity is a perpetual need. The UCHealth Family Medicine Center (FMC) food pantry, which partners with Food Bank for Larimer County, helps provide fresh, healthy food to people in need year-round.

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WISH funding provides equipment to help treat inner-ear disorders

Inner-ear problems can have a sudden onset, disrupting a person's ability to do basic things such as roll over or walk. These disorders can be treated with physical therapy, including eye, head and balance exercises. To develop a treatment plan customized to the patient’s needs, accurate diagnosis is essential and can require special equipment known as Frenzel goggles. With help from WISH funding, two physical therapists procured this equipment for PVH.

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Thank you to our corporate partners for their support:

Bank of Colorado
Dellenbach Motors
Markley Motors Inc.
Sage Homes
Woodward Charitable Trust
The Human Bean of Northern Colorado
Alpine Bank
Colorado Eagles
Eye Center of Northern Colorado
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Northern Colorado Anesthesia Professionals
U.S. Engineering
The Women's Clinic of Northern Colorado
Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants
Canvas Credit Union
Flood and Peterson
Great Western Petroleum
High Country Beverage
Houska Automotive
Northern Colorado Hospitalists
Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies
The S/L/A/M Collaborative
Wilbur's Total Beverage

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