Kate McCord considers nursing to be her calling. As the new chief nursing officer at Penrose-St. Francis Health System, she is facing a myriad of challenges.
Her first move: to ensure Penrose earns “magnet designation” from the American Nursing Association. The designation is awarded for meeting a series of standards – including quality leadership and quality patient care. Continue Reading McCord takes over as Penrose nursing officer
Rebecca Rodriguez is setting up the structure of the new Peak Vista Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to ensure the sustainability of the health care clinic that focuses on providing primary health services to the uninsured and under-insured population of Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Rodriguez builds Vista FoundationContinue reading …
It was someone close to Mark Dittrich who persuaded him to become a SCORE counselor — his father.
Dittrich’s dad was an active volunteer with SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives.
When Dittrich saw how much satisfaction his father gained from helping small business owners become successful, he knew he wanted to do the same thing.
SCORE counselors help small business owners plan for day-to-day business and future growth.
SCORE chapters began forming in the 1970s, and today there are 389 chapters around the country. Continue Reading Dittrich helping owners score business successes
About two years ago, Homer Henley retired from the business he started in 1945, Henley’s Key Service.
Today his son, Paul Henley, runs the business.
You may have seen Henley’s signature 1929 Ford service truck cruising from job to job around town. Henley’s may even have re-keyed your home or business, or made a quick key copy for you – or let you back into your home or business when you’ve locked yourself out. Continue Reading Henley holds keys to future of family run business
All the world may be a stage, but Colorado Springs and Woodland Park play host to a troupe of international performers only once a year.
They come as part of the Colorado Festival of World Theatre, and Executive Director John Sheehan leads the performance effort.
This year’s two-week season opens July 15 with the fourth annual fundraising gala at the Broadmoor hotel, and from July 20 through July 30, seven stages in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park will host 27 performances Continue Reading Sheehan coordinates summer theatre festival
Elliot Pulham is a man of lofty ambitions. As President and CEO of the Space Foundation he’s focused on promoting the awareness of space travel and the use of it to connect humankind to the stars.
Founded in 1983, the nonprofit Space Foundation has helped to put Colorado at the forefront of the aerospace industry. The state ranks third in the nation behind California and Florida.
Pulham serves as the representative of Colorado on the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force’s Civic Leader Advisory Group, and under his leadership, the Space Foundation has emphasized improving science, technology, engineering and math education, which will ensure a high-tech work force for the future. Continue Reading Pulham’s ‘space’ revolves around the Springs
It is not her first job at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, but it is her biggest step forward.
As the newly appointed dean of students, Tamara Moore will face the challenge of overseeing students’ conduct and keeping them in line, but it’s a task that she doesn’t find daunting.
Not everyone has a chance to try out their job before they’re officially appointed to a new position, but Moore did for a year as the interim dean.
She also is a graduate of the emerging leaders program, which identifies faculty who might have a desire for higher levels of leadership. Continue Reading Moore emerges as a leader for UCCS campus
Marica Hefti believes this year’s Pikes Peak Arts Fest was even better than last year’s inaugural event, and as the festival’s director, she should know.
Hefti said hundreds of art enthusiasts and shoppers attended last weekend’s event, which was held on the grounds of the Pikes Peak Center.
More than 80 artists displayed their work, while bands played, vendors served up food and entertainers performed.
Hefti said more people came to shop for art this year rather than to stroll and gaze, which is a good thing because if artists can sell their work at the festival, they’ll come back. Continue Reading Hefti making Pikes Peak Arts Fest a spring highlight
As associate administrator of business and government affairs at Memorial Health Systems, John Suits wears many hats. His favorite: working as an advocate for Memorial with the state legislature.
Suits said he has always been interested in the political arena, and is thrilled to be working on Memorial’s behalf. His efforts have paid off: this session, the legislature passed a mandatory “report card” for hospitals, and Gov. Bill Owens signed the bill into law earlier this month.
“It’s a challenge,” Suits said. “But we’re making progress; we’re gaining ground. Memorial is growing as a health care leader throughout the state; our voice is louder and being heard. I feel very good about what we’ve accomplished legislatively.” Continue Reading Suits plays politics to advocate for health care
For a number of national sports organizations, Colorado Springs is not only on the map, it’s a common destination point for meeting, training and competing.
Runners, wrestlers, swimmers, divers, bikers and ice skaters are among the many athletes the U.S. Olympic Training Center brings to the state. And, along with the athletes come their money, pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy each year.
Well aware of this, Mike Moran works to attract and retain sporting organizations to the city as communications director for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. Continue Reading Moran leading offense to lure sports to Springs