-Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation announced today
that Charles "Charlie" Forster will be formally inducted into
the HRRMC Hall of Fame.
Forster will be honored at the Jewel Ball, the Foundation's annual
fundraising gala, on Sept. 24 at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. The hospital
established its Hall of Fame in 2012 to honor individuals who have made
an enduring commitment to quality health care in the Upper Arkansas Valley.
A Colorado native and local banker, Forster has worked tirelessly on behalf
of the hospital since the early 1990s when he co-chaired the successful
1991-92 capital campaign that raised over $700,000 for the last major
addition to the original hospital on First Street. In May 1996, Forster
was elected to the Salida Hospital District Board and served eight years
in that capacity. He ran again in 2012 and served a third four-year term.
Beginning in 1998, Forster also served as chairman of the HRRMC Foundation,
a position he held for 16 years. Under his leadership the hospital raised
more than $2.2 million in grants, gifts and pledges for construction of
the new hospital.
Forster graduated from Denver University in 1970 with a degree in business
administration and moved to the Upper Arkansas Valley in 1985. He has
been married to his wife, Connie, for 48 years. They have a daughter,
Becky, and son-in-law, Dan, and three grandsons, Owen, Liam and Collin.
"We are honored to recognize such an outstanding individual and welcome
all to attend our twelfth annual Jewel Ball on Sept. 24," said HRRMC
Foundation Director Kimla Robinson. Sponsorship opportunities are available
by calling 530-2218. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1.
The HRRMC Foundation provides the hospital with financial support to facilitate
innovative programs and provide state-of-the-art health care services
to the Salida Hospital District.