July 2, 2012
Salida, Colorado - Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center announced today that Dr. William Mehos will be the first inductee into the HRRMC Hall of Fame. Dr. Mehos will be formally inducted on September 22 at the Jewel Ball, the HRRMC Foundation's annual fundraiser at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.
"The hospital is establishing its Hall of Fame to honor individuals who have made an enduring commitment to quality health care in our valley and have specifically made HRRMC a part of their everyday lives," said hospital CEO Ken Leisher. "Further heightening the significance of this award is that it will only be granted when a true Hall of Famer is identified. It is not our intent to provide this very special recognition on an annual basis."
Dr. Mehos was born and grew up in Salida. After earning his medical degree from the University of Colorado, he interned at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He completed his medical training in family practice at the U.S. Army Hospital at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs.
He returned to Salida in 1956 and joined Dr. Leo Leonardi in general practice. After serving in the Army from 1957 to 1959, he came back to Salida and with Dr. Leonardi bought the building at 327 East First Street that became First Street Family Health. He retired from active practice in 2003 after 44 years.
During his long medical career, Dr. Mehos served as the hospital's chief of staff several times. He was also president and secretary of the Chaffee County Medical Society, a delegate to the Colorado Medical Society and Chaffee County Coroner.
From 2004 to 2012, Dr. Mehos was a director on the Hospital Board. He is still actively involved on the HRRMC Foundation Board and continues to perform skin screenings at the annual 9Health Fair and CDOT Employee Health Fair. Dr. Mehos is also a member of the Salida Rotary Club and the Chaffee People's Clinic Board.
"We are honoring Dr. Mehos for his lifetime of exceptional service," said HRRMC Foundation President Charles Forster. "Dr. Mehos was part of the glue that held the hospital together through good and bad times. He was one of the visionaries who stepped forward in the mid-60s to purchase the original hospital from the Rio Grande Railroad, and we know the rest of our great HRRMC story."
In honor of Dr. Mehos, all proceeds from this year's Jewel Ball will be used to fund scholarships for students pursuing a career in health care
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