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The Gunnison Valley Health Foundation is overseen by a board of community members who volunteer their time and expertise to help develop, preserve and provide financial resources to Gunnison Valley Health.

Meet Our Board Chair: Dr. John Tarr

Dr. John Tarr

How long have you been on the Board?

10 years

Why did you join the Foundation Board?

I am deeply committed to the health and well being of our community. At the time, I was winding down on direct medical care and saw this as a great opportunity to serve. As someone told me years ago, “I am hardwired to serve.”

Why have you chosen to serve on the Board for such a long period of time?

Our health system is one of the foundational elements of our community and serves all health care needs. We truly are a premiere health care system regardless of our size. Helping Gunnison Valley Health serve it constituencies beings great satisfaction to me.

What are your hopes for the future of the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation?

I would like the Foundation to build a sufficient endowment that will fund all community health needs without limitation. I would also like to see our Foundation be the nonprofit of choice for generous people in our community.

Meet Longtime Foundation Board Member Marla Covey

Marla Covey

How long have you been on the Board?

10 years

Why did you join the Foundation Board?

I was very involved with the development of the Health Fair in Crested Butte and joining the Foundation Board was an extension of this work. Quality health care is crucial for our community and I want to do anything I can to support our health system.

Why have you chosen to serve on the Board for such a long period of time?

The mission of the Foundation is to support the delivery of high quality health care in the Gunnison Valley and this is something I am very passionate about. I was injured during an explosion at a bank in Crested Butte many years ago and learned the value of our health system and the incredible care provided at the hospital and through EMS. I decided that I needed to give back for the outstanding care that was provided to all of us. Currently, there is a lot going on at GVH and it is an exciting time to serve on both boards (Board of Trustees and Foundation Board)—I provide stability and historical knowledge and am proud of our many accomplishments.

What are your hopes for the future of the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation?

I would like to see the Foundation create a greater understanding in the community about our critical role and generate more financial support for our many programs and services. It is easy to take a health system for granted until they are needed the most. Thankfully, GVH offers comprehensive and progressive health care which is truly remarkable for our rural community.

Get to Know Alisa Corey

Alisa Corey

How long have you been on the Board?

5 years

Why did you join the Foundation Board?

I believe our health system is the most valuable asset to our community. I was actually born in the Gunnison hospital! My son was also born at the hospital and it was the most amazing experience. Everyone was wonderful and so committed to taking care of me. You receive a very personal service where you are cared for in any department at GVH.

Why have you chosen to serve on the Board for such a long period of time?

I really enjoy working with all of the individuals that I serve with. We each bring a different perspective and everyone’s thoughts and opinions are heard-I feel like my ideas and opinions are heard and appreciated. Rob Santilli, our CEO is incredible enthusiastic and passionate-it is inspiring and invigorating to be with him. I am honored to be involved and help foster the growth of our health system.

What are your hopes for the future of the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation?

Growing up in Gunnison, I have seen such a remarkable transformation at Gunnison Valley Health. I would like to be part of the future advancement of all GVH program and services that meet the needs of all community members.

Get to Know Sarah Otero

SarahHow long have you been on the Board?

1 year

Why did you join the Foundation Board?

I was looking for a way to get involved in the community and contribute my time and skills to something that is good for the entire community. A friend approached me about the GVH Foundation Board and I thought—what better way to get involved than through our local health system?

Why have you chosen to serve on the Board for such a long period of time?

Gunnison Valley Health is an award winning rural health system that provides so many incredible services for our community. I want to do everything I can to make it stronger and sustainable for many generations to come. I love working with the Foundation Board members—it is a deeply committed group of people and it is a pleasure working closely with all of them.

What are your hopes for the future of the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation?

We are in the process of kicking off a capital campaign for a new EMS station for our paramedic services and I plan to have active involvement with this effort. Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics serve the largest response zone in the State of Colorado—4,400 square miles. 911 call volume has more than doubled from 600 calls a year to approximately 1500 calls a year due to increased population and tourism in the region. I would also like to see more mobile health visits available to the veterans of our community.