Kudos! – September 28, 2012

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Memorial Hospital recognized for tissue donation

Memorial Hospital facilitated the most tissue donations of any hospital in Colorado last year, earning recognition for this life-saving work from the Colorado Hospital Association and Donor Alliance.

Memorial was recognized for its “outstanding efforts in promoting organ and tissue donation in Colorado.’’ Donor Alliance’s COO Jennifer Prinz and CHA President and CEO Steven Summer presented the award during the 87th annual meeting of CHA in Vail.

Donor Alliance and CHA created the awards in recognition of the commitment of Colorado hospitals, medical centers and health care professionals to saving lives through organ and tissue donation.

Memorial, now a part of University of Colorado Health, facilitated the most tissue donations in 2011 with 58 donors, as well as 11 organ donors, resulting in 36 organs transplanted. Each donor has the potential to save up to eight lives through organ donation and save and heal more than 100 through the gift of tissue donation. Last year in Colorado 134 organ donors and 966 tissue donors provided vital organs and healing tissue to thousands in need.

Jepson recognized by Peak Vista Community and city

Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation honored Dr. Neal Jepson, longtime Colorado Springs ophthalmologist, this month with the 2012 Volunteer Clinician Award in recognition of his ongoing capable and compassionate treatment of Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ patients. Jepson, who specializes in retinal disease and intraocular lenses, founded Eye Associates of Colorado Springs in 1974. He has been a volunteer in Peak Vista’s Specialty Health Center since 2006. Mayor Steve Bach presented the Spirit of the Springs award this month to Jepson He has been a Colorado Springs resident and philanthropist since 1965. He is married to Donna Jepson and has five children, one of whom is an orthopedic surgeon in Colorado Springs.

Palmer Land Trust presents Southern Colorado Conservation Awards

Palmer Land Trust will honor four conservation trendsetters at the 3rd Annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards Oct. 3 at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Cost is $60 and includes a farm-to-table dinner featuring local foods from the Arkansas Valley Organic Growers and Callicrate beef.

Awards go to: The Stuart P. Dodge Award to Dale Lasater; The Friends of Open Space Award to Charlotte Bumgarner, Gold Belt Tour and Ken Francis, San Juan Skyway National Scenic Byway; The Stewardship Award to Rocky Mountain Field Institute; and The Innovation in Conservation Award to Dan Hobbs, Hobbs Family Farm