Caregivers at San Luis Valley Health raise $16,465 for Centura Health caregivers impacted by Marshall Fire

February 17, 2022
Caregivers at San Luis Valley Health, showing their support.

At Centura Health, we are neighbors caring for neighbors, and we’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care.

We have been extremely grateful for the outpouring of support we have received from the communities we serve ever since the Marshall Fire destroyed the homes of 16 of our Centura Health caregivers, caused smoke damage at Centura Avista Adventist Hospital and led caregivers to safely evacuate 51 patients.

Our gratitude extends to our extended health care family in Colorado. In early February, our counterparts with San Luis Valley Health (SLVH) presented Centura and Avista leaders with a check for $16,465 during a virtual ceremony to assist with recovery efforts for our caregivers.

Caregivers at San Luis Valley Health, showing their support.
Caregivers at San Luis Valley Health, showing their support for Avista caregivers after the Marshall fire, Dec 2021-Jan. 2022.

 

As details from the Marshall fire became available in January, SLVH leaders learned that caregivers from Centura, and especially Avista, had personally experienced great losses.

Through its "Helping Hands" program, caregivers sold t-shirts with the “Hospitals: Here for You” program logo from the Colorado Hospital Association. They also raised funds through cafeteria sales at the Regional Medical Center in Alamosa and Conejos County Hospital. The Medical Staff and SLVH's Administration contributed funds for a total donation of $16,465 to directly assist the employees at Avista.

During the ceremony, Isaac Sendros, Centura-Avista Adventist Hospital CEO, said, “We have really seen the best in humanity with so many people coming together to really care for those who have been affected by the fire. The fact that your entire hospital would join in to help serve our community and those who are in need, words cannot describe how grateful I am for thinking of us.”

“Your generosity means the world, and within health care we take care of each other,” said Eddie Sim, Centura Health Chief Operating Officer, during the presentation. “There is no better example than what you have done, and I greatly appreciate that.”

Caregivers at San Luis Valley Health, showing their support.
Caregivers at San Luis Valley Health, showing their support for Avista caregivers after the Marshall fire, Dec 2021-Jan. 2022.

“We are proud to step up in such times as these,” said Konnie Martin, SLVH CEO. “We all know that a wildfire of this nature could devastate any one of our communities. This donation is special because it is employee to employee. I am grateful to work around such caring people who came forward and made donations to this cause.”

We thank our partners in Alamosa for their incredible generosity! These funds will greatly help as we continue to support all Centura caregivers impacted in various ways by the fires.