Dawes to lead health foundation

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Steve Dawes has been named president of the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley.

Dawes replaces Jim Murphy, who was fired last spring.

Fred Wolf, chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees, made the announcement.

"We are both excited and fortunate to have someone with Steve's depth of community knowledge and commitment to take on this challenging role," Wolf said. "The community's health care system and our citizens will be the ultimate beneficiaries."

Dawes had served on the Board of Trustees for Yampa Valley Medical Center for 16 years. He resigned from the board before accepting the foundation position.

"I am very pleased to have Steve in this role," said Yampa Valley Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Karl Gills. "In my time at YVMC, Steve has been very supportive of our medical center and has provided valuable guidance. His continuing leadership -- now focused on philanthropy -- in support of YVMC and health services in the communities we serve is very exciting."

During his 25-year career as a resort property management executive and consultant in Steamboat Springs, Dawes has been actively involved in fund raising and governance for many nonprofit community organizations. He serves on the boards of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Pro Rodeo Series and Little League. He also leads the Lodging Committee and Ice Rink Advisory Committee.

Dawes and his wife, Poogie, were named the Ed and Jayne Hill Individual Philanthropists of the Year by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation in 2003.

"This is a great opportunity to combine my passion for Yampa Valley Medical Center and health services in our valley with a strong commitment to philanthropy that is shared by so many in our community," Dawes said.

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