On January 1, 2013 at 5:37 a.m. a new “addition” arrived at Platte Valley Medical Center. Andre Elias Archuletta wasn’t very big, only 5 lbs, 10 ozs, but he was the center of attention, making his entry into the world just in time to make his parents, Amanda and Rodney Archuletta, proud, for he was PVMC’s first baby of the New Year.
The former Hudson Chamber of Commerce was recently reorganized as the SE Weld County Chamber of Commerce. It is supported by businesses in Hudson, Keenesburg, Lochbuie, Prospect Valley, Roggen and all other surrounding communities. Among the new seven-member board of directors who now meet monthly at our hospital, is Daryl Meyers, PVMC’s Chaplain and Community Relations Director.
Two grants from the hospital’s Community Health Investment Program (CHIP) were awarded recently. One to the Senior Hub ($5,000) to support their Respite and In-Home Supportive Services program and the other to Via Mobility ($10,000) which provides transportation to seniors and people with disabilities.”
Well, they may not have made it to the Super Bowl, but they were “super-supported” by us PVMCites.
BRONCO PLAYOFF TICKETS AUCTIONED
The Bronco playoff tickets auctioned off in support of the Hospital Foundation sold for $525. What a great price for playoff action! Even if you didn’t win the highest bid (nor did the Broncos win), thanks to all of you for participating in this Foundation auction.
Dr Stees and the cath lab staff were recently involved in the first atrial ventricular nodal ablation done at PVMC, a procedure performed on a patient which allows the heart and pacemaker to integrate more efficiently. This procedure improves the quality of life for many patients as well as reducing the medications they are on.
Having Dr Stees and this new equipment at PVMC allows us to care for and treat patients close to home rather than having to send them to Denver for treatment.
The Brighton Housing Authority and Hendricks LLC broke ground recently on Libretto apartments, a sustainable and affordable housing community for seniors and other citizens.
The 3.5-acre site here in Brighton, on the corner of South 8th Avenue and Jessup Street, once fully built out, will have 72 apartments and will be designed in compliance with sustainable principles as identified in the Enterprise Green Communities program. The energy efficient, independent living apartments will feature accessible design, open floor plan and balconies.
The first phase will consist of 28 apartments. The current tenants of the Platte Valley Manor, an older public housing apartment community, will have the first opportunity to occupy Libretto Phase I as the existing Platte Valley Manor is scheduled for disposition and redevelopment. The former Brighton library will be converted into a community center offering a variety of services for all Libretto residents.
For more information on Libretto, contact the Brighton Housing Authority at 303-655-2160.
The City of Brighton is pleased to partner with the Colorado Tree Coalition once again to offer low cost trees to Brighton residents.
Citizens may purchase up to three trees per household or business. Each tree is $48.83. There are seven species of trees available this year. They are: Kentucky Coffee, Bur Oak, English Oak, Glenleven Linden, Turkish Filbert, Tatarian Maple, and Cleveland Select Pear.
Trees are selected specifically for Brighton’s climate and soil condition. Most trees are one inch in diameter and 5 to 7 feet tall.
Trees can be ordered by printing out an application on the City of Brighton’s website, www.brightonco.gov/egov/docs/1352238747_83038.pdf or by picking up a form at City Hall, 500 S. 4th Ave.
Trees are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Orders will be placed once full payment is received. Trees will be ready for pickup mid-April.
For more information on the Colorado Tree Coalition, visit www.coloradotrees.org. For more information on Brighton’s tree program, contact City Forester Kyle Sylvester at 303-655-2089.
THE SHADOW SIDE OF THE BEAUTIFUL
By Daryl L. Meyers
To experience life with depth and meaning is to accept life without conditions. No matter how dark or difficult, all that comes our way works for our good when acceptance is present.
Whether stained-glass windows or elaborate mosaics, it’s the shadows, the dark contours, the gray subtleties that bring out the richness of color or design the artist had in mind.
So it is, often when least expected, that adversity overtakes our lives. Clouds fill our horizons and shadows surround us. Health problems, economic or emotional losses, shattered dreams or strained relationships overshadow or confuse. Our lives turn inside out or upside down. We bounce around like paper boats in a Pacific storm. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness overwhelm.
There are no easy answers. We live within the mystery of life and the complexities of the human experience. To all of us, without exception, come times of stress, disappointment or misfortune. None escape.
But we continue the journey, and though our understanding may be limited, the Master Artist, unseen and often unrecognized, bends over the easel of our lives, slowly, patiently bringing out the rich colors and uniqueness of each of his creations. All are works of art or soon to be … and all find their richness and beauty in the artist’s experience and skill at blending the dense and dark in order to heighten and intensify the bright and beautiful.
To be patient with the process and to accept circumstances or conditions we may not completely appreciate or understand, allows the Master Artist freedom to do his best work. And since his abilities are far greater than ours, the finished product, with its shadows and special effects, is always perfect … and very human.
Do you want to have a lot of fun?
Do you want to do something good for the community?
Every year PVMC hosts the 9Health Fair. We are currently recruiting volunteers for the 2013 fair. This year, the fair will be held on Saturday April 13th. There is a job for everyone and anyone who wants to help.
Both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed. Non medical volunteers may be involved in traffic control, registration, height and weight measurement, or a variety of other jobs. Medical personnel are needed to draw blood, take blood pressures, talk to participants about their health or assist with free health screenings such as cardiac risk, bone density, or lung function. Volunteers should expect to be at the fair from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As always, a t-shirt and food will be provided. Anyone interested in volunteering for the fair, please contact Peggy Jarrett at 3590.
Additionally, we are looking for a person to act as Medical Coordinator for the fair. The person in this position will assist in the recruiting of medical volunteers and in the organization of the fair. To learn more about the responsibilities of this position, please contact Peggy Jarrett.
Though disguised, Cupid was definitely present at PVMC on Valentine’s Day, especially during the hospital’s annual Valentine’s Day party. The event was well attended and the ice cream was great!
Although she was unable to attend, Cynette Lovato (HIM) was honored with a check and gift basket as the Share-A-Compliment winner for 2012 (Becky Farrell, HIM Director, accepted the basket and check on her behalf from Kurt Gensert, administration).
John Hicks also made a presentation to a long time volunteer, Barry Brown, honoring him for overseeing the Share-A-Compliment program for 25 years.
During the hour long event, special prizes were awarded every minute to names drawn from all 2012 Share-A-Compliment nominees.
Marlene Heintz was recognized recently by the Colorado Association of Healthcare Auxilians/Volunteers as one of PVMC’s outstanding volunteers. She has been a dedicated volunteer at Platte Valley Medical Center since March 2000 where she began as a gift shop lady. She really enjoyed what she was doing says Kathie Young, Director of Volunteer Services. “I never saw her without a smile.” And even though the transition to our new facility in 2007 was not easy, she eventually settled into her new role volunteering at the lobby information desk. Since she began volunteering she has put in almost 4,000 hours.
A little over a year ago she was diagnosed with cancer which cut down her activities considerably. In spite of months of hospital confinement and treatment, however, she has kept her undying faith in God and her will to survive. Marlene is anxious to return to her volunteer position and we can’t wait to have her back.