Vail Health Foundation

As an independent community hospital, Vail Health can remain flexible and respond to the community's changing needs. Philanthropy has been critical for Vail Health Shaw Cancer Center, Jack's Place, the newly-remodeled Vail Health Hospital, Howard Head Sports Medicine, and our area of greatest need.

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Eagle Valley Behavioral Health

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Children (4-12 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Eagle Valley Behavioral Health (EVBH) and Vail Health Foundation have launched a $100 million campaign over the next several years to transform the Eagle Valley's behavioral health system and landscape.

The It Takes A Valley fundraising campaign will include the efforts of multiple organizations across the valley to raise much-needed funds for provider access, Hispanic services and capacity, prevention and education, crisis response and transition services, and school-based services.

Key areas we are raising funds for:

Olivia's Fund: This scholarship provides financial assistance for behavioral health services. It will provide up to six free sessions per year for anyone who lives or works in Eagle County and cannot afford treatment.

Crisis Response: The Hope Center-led mobile crisis response system ensures all 911 behavioral health calls are met with a clinician at the point of need. We are in the planning phase to convert a property in Edwards to a short-term inpatient care facility for adolescents and adults.

Hispanic Services: EVBH is addressing the disparity in access to behavioral health care for Hispanic communities. Your support will help fund programs that accommodate the unique cultural considerations and challenges they face.

Prevention & Education: EVBH is investing in prevention and education efforts by supporting the existing programs of community partners, filling gaps through the creation of new initiatives, and working to break the stigma of behavioral health issues.

School-based Services: Schools offer a unique opportunity to reach the valley's youngest citizens and ensure they have access to behavioral support that enables them to thrive. To date, we have school clinicians in all elementary and middle schools in Eagle County. Our goal is to increase the number of school-based clinicians to serve every school in the Eagle River Valley.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Olivia's Fund, a scholarship program for people who are uninsured or under-insured to receive up to six behavioral health sessions with a licensed clinician free of charge. Between November 1, 2020, and October 1, 2021, 415 patients have been connected with a provider through Olivia's Fund, resulting in 1439 sessions
- Mountain Strong Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has already seen great utilization as a pilot program to offer six behavioral health sessions with a licensed clinician. Between November 1, 2020, and October 1, 2021, 568 patients have been connected with a provider, resulting in 2099 sessions.
- Through our community partner, Hope Center Eagle River Valley we have 13 licensed clinicians in Eagle County elementary, middle, and high school.
The Hope Center Eagle River Valley accompanies first responders on 9-1-1 calls allowing for 24/7 crisis response and reducing visits to the emergency department by 70%.
- Over 20 additional Spanish-speaking behavioral health staff have been added to our system in the past 2 years.
- In June 2021, we launched our Peer Support program which uses trained peer group leaders to identify signs/symptoms of behavioral health disorders, proper referral protocols, and offer social-emotional skills and support to others.

Olivia's Fund

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description



Olivia's Fund is named after Olivia Ortega a local who took her life in February 2018, just a few days after her 13th birthday. Grief rippled from her family and throughout our small community when the tragic news spread. The powerlessness felt by so many was quickly followed by many local leaders and organizations wanting to do more.

In December 2019, Vail Health Foundation launched the campaign, It Takes A Valley: Transforming Behavioral Health to raise $100 million for a total investment of $160 million to address the issue over the next decade.

Olivia's mother, Vickie Zacher, and her family wanted to create a special fund in Olivia's memory to help other local individuals and families in need obtain access to behavioral health care which was identified as a barrier to treatment.

"My hope for Olivia's Fund is that it will help anyone who is struggling, so they can get the treatment that they or a family member desperately needs."

Olivia's Fund offers financial assistance to help pay for a patient's behavioral health services. The fund covers anyone in need who lives or works in Eagle County, regardless of their insurance situation, and will be considered a payment of last resort. After six sessions, the provider will discuss alternate and sustainable funding options with the patient.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Olivia's Fund, a scholarship program for people who are uninsured or under-insured to receive up to six behavioral health sessions with a licensed clinician free of charge. Between November 1, 2020, and October 1, 2021, 415 patients have been connected with a provider through Olivia's Fund, resulting in 1439 sessions

Shaw Cancer Center

Class

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines 

Beneficiaries

People/Families of People with Cancer

Description

Shaw Cancer Center provides high-quality, compassionate cancer care that's close to home and Jack's Place, a cancer caring house for those who need lodging during treatments. Our highly trained cancer specialists utilize the most advanced technology, along with the healing powers of nature, compassion, fitness, and nutrition to treat a variety of cancers, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. With an innovative, holistic approach, cancer patients are empowered to become cancer survivors.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Shaw Cancer Center was awarded the esteemed three-year Commission on Cancer (CoC) Gold Medal accreditation with commendation, the highest level that can be achieved by the survey. Established by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standards-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

Vail Health

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

As an independent community hospital, Vail Health is able to remain flexible and respond to the changing needs of residents and visitors. Our benefactors have trusted in our leadership which has inspired them to support Vail Health initiatives that improve programs, services, and facilities. Philanthropy has been critical for the Shaw Cancer Center, Jack's Place, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, the newly-remodeled Vail Health Hospital, and Howard Head Sports Medicine.

Whether you designate your support to Vail Health, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, Jack's Place, Shaw Cancer Center, our area of greatest need, or another program you are passionate about, please know we value your commitment to us.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Some programs generosity from people like you have supported:

- Our newly remodeled Vail Health Hospital with a state-of-the-art Emergency Department with dedicated behavioral health exam rooms, a helipad, and additional patient parking underground.
- Our Transition to Practice Program bridges the gap for recently graduated nurses by providing mentorship and training so our nurses are better prepared.
- Recently purchased equipment to the Shaw Cancer Center include the Invenia Automated Breast Ultrasound System to help diagnose patients with dense breasts.
- The Vail Health clinics in Eagle and Frisco received upgrades to their electrocardiogram (EKG) machines to match what is available in Vail.
Donations to Eagle Valley Behavioral Health's Olivia's Fund have enabled 415 people to receive 1,439 sessions of behavioral health care from November 2020 - October 2021.

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