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Gunnison Valley Health Foundation News

Throughout the year the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation hosts signature fundraising events at both ends of the Gunnison Valley.


Vail Resorts CEO Donates to COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Behavioral Health Grants in Gunnison County

Vail Resorts’ Chief Executive Officer, Rob Katz, and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Elana’s Pantry, announced more than $3.3 million in COVID-19 emergency relief and behavioral health grants. In nine communities where Vail Resorts operates, these separate donations will support local nonprofits’ ongoing efforts to (1) provide critical need services throughout the pandemic and (2) improve access to and affordability of mental and behavioral health services.

“As mountain towns continue to contend with the impacts of COVID-19, there’s been an increase in mental health challenges amplified by limited access to care,” said Katz. “Through these emergency relief grants and our third-annual behavioral health grants, we’re committed to supporting the vitality of the communities where we operate. We appreciate each of our incredible non-profit partners providing local support when it’s needed most and building lasting programs for the health of our communities.”

Grants specifically given in Gunnison County include $58,000 to CB State of Mind to expand the Therapy Scholarship Program, and strengthen community prevention and intervention efforts $25,000 to the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley for the COVID-19 Relief Fund and $35,000 to the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation to support the continued growth of the Peer Support Specialist program.

Meghan Dougherty, Executive Director, CB State of Mind stated, “We cannot thank Rob Katz and Elana Amsterdam enough for their continued support. This gift will help us continue to provide free mental health services to our community members who would not be able to access support otherwise, and to train and provide impactful peer support services across the Valley. Thank you for helping to make a real, lasting impact on the lives of those who are struggling in the Gunnison Valley.”

Gunnison Valley Health Foundation Supports New Scholarship Program!

The Gunnison Valley Health Foundation recently provided funding for three $10,000 scholarships for current GVH staff. This specific scholarship program encourages current staff to pursue a Nursing Degree, in order to become Long Term Care Nurses at our Senior Care Center Facility. Creating a career path for our C.N.A’s to go to nursing school is a great step to retaining our C.N.A.s as they enhance their career, while also investing in a very stable future for our team of L.P.N.s and RNs.
This is just one of many initiatives underway to support and retain this group of crucial staff and is truly an investment in the Senior Care Center Nursing Team that will benefit our staff and residents for years to come.

Meet our funding partner...Rocky Mountain Health Foundation

Have you heard that the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation this year? These funds will be used to support our behavioral health services and will directly help us to support the hiring of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) to fill a critical services gap in supporting the mental and behavioral healthcare needs of those impacted by and recovering from the health and economic crises caused by COVID-19.
The Rocky Mountain Health Foundation serves 22 counties in Western Colorado. With the mission of improving the overall health of a community, Rocky Mountain Health Foundation is a newly-converged $40 million permanent and regional funding resource as the result of Rocky Mountain Health Plans selling to United Healthcare. The Foundation addresses some of the Western Slope’s most pressing health needs, including access to healthcare, hunger, transportation to/from medical treatments, and integrated behavioral health. More information can be found at

Gunnison Valley Community Steps Up to Support the Gunnison Valley Health COVID 19 Relief Fund

In mid March, the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation initiated their COVID 19 Support Fund to provide critical support to our health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic and to date, 93 individuals have donated over $35,000! The COVID-19 Support Fund has been used to ensure Gunnison Valley Health’s medical team has the essential lifesaving equipment, technology and support needed to provide the best possible care and safety for themselves and our patients. Many inkind donations have also been received over the past two months valued at $48,431! We are very humbled by the generosity of our community at such a critical time!

Personal Protective Equipment Grant Awards

On May 2, 2020, the Foundation received $25,000 from the Colorado COVID 19 relief fund to help our healthcare system purchase personal protective equipment and disinfectant for safety, lifesaving medical supplies, and patient testing supplies. The medical supplies purchased have provided immediate benefit to health workers and patients, and serve the community at large through lowering COVID19 spread and allowing for continued access to quality care. An additional grant for PPE in the amount of $5,000 was received from the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs!

Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley Provides Mental Health Support for At Risk Clients

The Gunnison Valley Health Foundation is the recipient of $12,700 in grant funds to serve the residents at the Senior Care Center (SCC) and Assisted Living facility through the hiring of a part-time Peer Support Specialist (PSS), trained and focused on serving the senior population. The PSS will be available to SCC residents 10 hours/week to aid in the mental health response and recovery for this vulnerable population with unique needs. Additional funding was also received to serve the residents at the Senior Care Center through the purchase of 10.2-inch retina display Wi-Fi and Cellular enabled iPads that have allowed residents to connect with relatives and loved ones. Grant funds will also be used to serve those in our community struggling with substance abuse relapse and associated mental health struggles through supporting additional Peer Support Specialist availability. We deeply appreciate the support of our local Community Foundation.


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