Valley View Hospital was built in 1955 with $340,000 raised by local residents, which was matched with federal funds dedicated to building rural hospitals. It was an auspicious beginning for an organization that wanted the best in healthcare for the community, and found the support it needed in its own backyard.
Today, philanthropy remains an important part of Valley View’s commitment to healthcare innovation and excellence. The Valley View Foundation was established in 2003 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as Valley View’s philanthropic arm, tapping into the community pride, generosity and passion that enabled the hospital’s initial founding.
The Valley View Foundation’s mission to accelerate excellence in healthcare at Valley View through philanthropy means more today than it ever has. Contributions from community members, for example, were central to the creation ofthe Calaway/Young Cancer Center, and the Advanced Catheterization Laboratories, giving patients access to groundbreaking technology and treatment options.
Past Fund Raising Efforts
What sets Valley View apart is its dedication to humanizing the patient experience through medical treatment. The Rally Fund, supports the healing services and comfort resources to patients of the Calaway • Young Cancer Center. It addresses the mind, body and spirit of those facing a cancer diagnosis.
for Patients with Movement Disorders
Movement disorders are a group of nervous system conditions that cause a person to have abnormal voluntary or involuntary movements, or slow, reduced movements. In 2013, the Foundation raised funds to expand the expertise and training of Valley View’s rehabilitation therapies to work with patients and to support a quality of life for them and their caregivers.
In 2010, the Foundation exceeded its goal of raising $7 million by $600,000, helping to complete the new cancer center at Valley View. The center is named after Jim and Connie Calaway, local philanthropists, and Bob Young, the founder and chairman of Alpine Bank, lead donors to the campaign. With the new center, radiation therapy became available close to home, in addition to medical and surgical oncology services.
A stereotactic biopsy is a non-invasive method to sample a lump inside the breast. For patients, the precision and accuracy of this machine can support the critical diagnosis of a malignant or benign lump. In 2005, the Foundation raised funds to help purchase a machine. Today, over 300 stereotactic biopsies are performed each year at Valley View.
“I feel philanthropy isn’t about giving; it’s about leaving a legacy. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right philanthropy. Our family chooses Valley View Hospital Foundation.” – Marianne Virgili, Glenwood Springs
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