When you honor a caregiver by supporting Avista Adventist Hospital, you help:
- Improve detection rates
- Elevate patient care through cutting-edge technology
- Provide care to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it
Your partnership will enable Avista Adventist Hospital to continue to advance the health issues that are important to you and provide the most comprehensive women's health care in the region.
Together we have the power to touch lives.
Donate online to the Healing Angels program and select "Healing Angels" as the donation credit. Thank you for making a difference in our community!
Avista New Life Center
The New Life Center at Avista Adventist Hospital delivers over 2,000 babies each year. That’s by far more than any other hospital in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Money raised on behalf of the Center provides a critical source of funding for capital, programmatic and special needs – such needs as on-going training and professional development for our staff of over 200 nurses and medical personnel in the department; Family Life Education for first-time and veteran parents-to-be; comfort items in our private, luxury birthing suites; bereavement counseling for parents who lose an infant at birth; fetal and neonatal monitors for the most precious and fragile of lives; and patient financial assistance to families in need.
Avista Therapy Dog Program
The therapy dogs and their handlers are a welcome distraction from illness or pain by bringing laughter and encouragement to everyone they meet. It’s always a joy to see one of our dogs providing comfort and bringing smiles to patients, their families and our staff when it’s needed most. Donations to this program ensure scholarships, uniforms, rewards, incentives, program candidate promotion, and community outreach programs.
Meet Our Therapy Dogs
Toby, Golden Doodle
Born to Serve
Looking at Toby now you’d never know he was a sickly puppy. Ten years ago, Toby’s owner, Randi Leeson, took him home from a pet store. When she brought him home Randi discovered Toby was very sick.
“Even though he didn’t come from a shelter, I still think we rescued him,” said Randi.
Over the next weeks Randi nursed him back to health. Once healthy, this Golden Doodle’s true personality came out—a bundle of love, enthusiasm, and loyalty. Randi soon began looking for outlets for Toby to use his tender heart for healing. When a friend connected her with Avista’s Dog Therapy program, she knew it was a perfect fit.
“His personality is perfect for this job. He loves people and is so affectionate and calm,” says Randi.
Upon meeting Toby for the first time, you’ll understand exactly what Randi’s talking about. The healing and calming power of his presence is unmistakable. One of Randi’s favorite encounters with Toby was with a little girl in the Emergency Department. This young girl was very upset, crying, and was refusing food and help from hospital staff. Toby knew exactly what she needed. He hopped on the bed next to her and looked right into her eyes. The little girl threw her arms around Toby and sobbed while Toby snuggled and licked her face. Before long, she calmed down, began talking, and asking for food.
This is why Randi and her furry friend love their jobs—though they don’t think of it as work. Toby and Randi love interacting with staff, visitors and patients each time they visit. He’s especially delighted when he receives treats or back rubs for which he will repay with a sloppy kiss.
When Toby isn’t working, his favorite things to do include long walks, going to the dog park, playing with his little sister, and chasing tennis balls for hours on end.
Badger, Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
The Tale of a Loveable Dog with a Double-Spiral Tail
If Badger could talk, he would tell you that he enjoys being in the moment and brightening someone’s day. That’s exactly what the huge bundle of fur has been doing at Avista for over a year. The four-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog and Chow Mix has a combination of cute, cuddly, size and colors that allow him to make quick work of people’s hearts.
When he was just six-weeks-old, Badger was rescued from a kill shelter in Salina, KS. His handler, Bill Adkins transported him from Kansas and agreed to provide foster care. Within a week, it was clear that Badger wasn’t going anywhere; he had already found his forever home with the Adkins and their two coonhounds.
“I saw the effect therapy dogs have on the morale of patients when my mom was visited by one when she hospitalized in Florida. My wife also had the benefits of one during her recovery from a traumatic brain injury a few years ago,” explained Bill. “When I realized one of our dogs would be ideal for the mission, it was a no-brainer.”
Badger loves his work, the attention and having a job that helps others. When Badger first started coming to the hospital, he wasn’t quite sure what was expected of him. When he realized it was to “be” and let others give him some attention for a moment, he was all-in.
Badger has been a part of several healing encounters, but a particular moment that stands out occurred in the Intensive Care Unit where a woman was visiting her father. She saw Bill and Badger walk in and asked Bill if he could bring Badger in to visit. “Her father did not speak English and further, he was blind. We brought badger over to the side of the bed (she told him what we were doing in Spanish), and reached his hand out to pet Badger.” Bill continues, “You have to understand that Badger is impossibly soft to pet. The look on this gentleman’s face as he pet Badger - the smile, laugh and exclamation of that moment has stayed with me a long time.”
Badger spends his free time with his siblings. They’ve “taught” him to be a good squirrel chaser. He’s also very fond of his accrued toy collection and likes nothing more than a few rounds of tug-o-war throughout the day.
Sidney, Australian Shepherd Red Merle
A Shepherd That Keeps Watch over Avista’s Flock
It’s often been said that an “Aussie needs a job to do.” Whether or not that’s true, Sidney, a pure bred Australian Shepherd Red Merle, has a job she definitely wants to do. Known as a working dog with strong herding and guardian instincts, many Aussies make their mark herding livestock. However, Sidney found her calling watching over a different kind of flock.
Sidney and her handler Jenny Kapela have been a team at Avista for a year and a half. The 10-year-old dog has been a healing force for much longer that though. Jenny describes how she first realized Sidney had a therapeutic future, “My best friend is a mechanical contractor and his body is worn and broken and he hurts - a lot. When he would see Sidney at the end of a work day, or if they were dog sitting, he would get down on the floor with her and I could just feel/see his pain subside.”
Jenny searched on the internet and found Avista’s pet therapy program. When she applied, she was told there would be a two year wait. Fortunately, a slot opened up in less than eight months. In the beginning, Jenny questioned how Sidney was going to know what to do? It turns out, she didn’t need to worry, Sidney – so calm and attentive - was a natural.
Since then, Sidney has been distracting patients and associates with her baby face. She’s a fan of the free massages and treats at Heather’s desk in Imaging, but mostly, she likes making a difference.
“We were visiting in the ER with a young woman who had just given birth to her second child. She was going through postpartum depression and was very sad,” explains Jenny. “She asked if she could hold Sydney. It was amazing to see the change in this woman, both tangible and intangible. I’ll never forget it.”
Sidney’s work comes from the heart, but that’s not to say she doesn’t appreciate a full belly in exchange. She loves her treats and expects one for doing everything.
When she’s not on shift, Sidney enjoys hiking, playing Frisbee and road trips with her mom. She’s also a fan of the hose game at Camp Stockwell.
Avista Women's Health Program
We are expanding our expertise in women’s care to create a full-service Women’s Health Center. Help us build these blessings and sanctuaries of hope:
Navigation Services to guide patients through treatment options, appointments and provide ongoing support during this stressful process
Stereotactic Biopsy to provide state-of-the-art biopsies and peace of mind
Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography to deliver the sharpest images, allowing radiologists to create a 3-D view of the breast, increasing early detection
An Enhanced Environment that is designed to reduce stress and make patients more comfortable
Genetic Counseling that provides clear information about risk factors and addresses patient questions and concerns. Avista’s Women’s Health program is aimed at making a difference in all of these ways.
Avista Healing Arts
Healing Arts is a unique program that integrates the arts into health care, creating spaces not just to treat illness, but to also provide an inspiration for living. From music to massage, paintings, sculptures to nature walks, the Healing Arts program offers many expressions of art to revitalize the mind, body and spirit. The Healing Arts program is solely funded by community donations.
Halo Sleep Sacks
Forty percent of all patients at Avista are admissions to our New Life Center, and due to these admissions, Avista Adventist Hospital helps deliver over 2,500 babies annually. It is our passion to ensure that all babies are off to the right start. Teaching all new mothers about safe sleeping is the first step for us. Avista is a champion of HALO brand sleep sacks and has the desire to ensure that all babies born in our New Life Center can leave the hospital with their own sleep sack and the education to know how to keep their baby safe while sleeping. Fundraising goal: $40,000 or $150 for every 10 sleep sacks
The Healing Arts Program integrates the arts into health care by creating an environment not just
to treat illness, but to provide an inspiration for living. From music, to paintings and sculptures, the unique services offer many expressions of art to revitalize the mind, body and spirit. By expanding this significant differentiating program, we are able to provide emotional and spiritual care to our patients and their loved ones. Our generous community support directly impacts the patient experience in a very positive and powerful way every single day. Fundraising Goal: $30,000 or every $600 provides one therapist per month.
Generous support from the community helps keep Avista Adventist Hospital on the cutting edge of technology with needed equipment. It also enables us to expand our breast care services, as well as provide early detection screenings for all women in our community. Through your generosity, we can work toward ensuring that all women within the Avista Adventist Hospital community can have access to early detection and fewer call backs through breast screenings on 3D Mammography. It is our goal to acquire a 3D Mammography machine at our Church Ranch facility, which is a hub for our women’s services. Fundraising goal: $350,000
Avista Therapy Dog Program
The therapy dogs and their handlers are a welcome distraction from illness or pain by bringing laughter and encouragement to everyone they meet. It’s always a joy to see one of our dogs providing comfort and bringing smiles to patients, their families and our staff when it’s needed most. Donations to this program ensure scholarships, uniforms, rewards, incentives, program candidate promotion, and community outreach programs. Fundraising Goal: $4,000
The acquisition of a CPR mannequin will benefit all the clinical staff at Avista in maintaining continued competence to complete continuing education in life saving techniques that will directly benefit our patients. In addition to this, the mannequin can travel outside the hospital with our staff to teach life saving techniques to members of the community. Fundraising goal: $800