Hospital announces appointments

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— Steve Dawes, president of the Healthcare Foundation of the Yampa Valley, is leaving that post to assume the role of chairman of the foundation's Board of Directors.

Dawes will replace Fred Wolf as chairman of the board; Wolf will remain as a board member.

"I have been proud to have served in this capacity and look forward to now offering my volunteer efforts in support of the Healthcare Foundation and Yampa Valley Medical Center," Dawes said.

Dawes had been president of the foundation since July 2004. The foundation raises money for Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Wolf praised the community support enjoyed by the foundation.

"The costs of providing high-quality health care services and up-to-date technology cannot be provided without the philanthropic support of our community," he said. "We appreciate the support and confidence our donors place in the foundation so we can help assure the level of care we all expect in the Yampa Valley."

Other foundation board members include Steve Cavanagh, Tony Connell, Karl Gills, Gary Haberlan, John Kerst, Bob Maddox, Scott Marr, Dr. Jim McCreight, Art Smith, Jim Swiggart, Diane Tarnoff and Geneva Taylor.

Gills, who is chief executive officer of the hospital, recently was named a member of the Colorado Health and Hospital Association's Board of Trustees.

The 2007 board will focus on access to affordable health care, patient safety, quality of care and public accountability, according to board chairman Kenneth Platou.

"CHA is fortunate to have talented voluntary leaders who are willing to dedicate their time to help hospitals deal with the many issues they face as they provide care for Coloradans every day," said Steven Summer, president and CEO of the Colorado Health and Hospital Association.

CHA, a nonprofit health care advocacy organization, represents 81 hospitals in 60 communities throughout Colorado.

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