Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation announced today
that Dr. David and Peg Arnett will be formally inducted into the HRRMC
Hall of Fame at the Jewel Ball, the Foundation’s annual fundraising
gala, on Sept. 30 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, with an emphasis on individuals who have contributed
to the success of HRRMC.
Peg Arnett, R.N., B.S.N., has worked in health care for 45 years and been
employed by the Salida hospital for the past 34 years. She created the
hospital’s Education Department and currently serves as education
director. From 2001-2009, she directed the student nursing program at
HRRMC, which awarded associate degrees in nursing through Trinidad State
Junior College and Colorado Mountain College. She was also instrumental
in starting home health services in 1985 and hospice in 1988.
Peg Arnett was commended for serving as interim vice president of patient
services on four different occasions, successfully leading the nursing
team with a positive attitude and commitment to the highest level of patient
care. She was named hospital TRAC STAR of the quarter in 2012, a recognition
given by fellow staff members. Beyond the Salida Hospital District, Peg
has travelled on 17 mission trips to deliver health care to underprivileged
David Arnett, M.D., has practiced family medicine in Salida since 1979,
when he founded Salida Family Medicine. He went on to open community clinics
in Saguache and Coaldale in the 1980s. Dr. Arnett believes in providing
outreach to rural communities and the need to deliver quality health care
to underserved Coloradans.
A member of the HRRMC medical staff since 1979, he also serves as a preceptor
to University of Colorado School of Medicine medical students. Dr. Arnett
served as chief of staff at HRRMC from 2009-2011, and was awarded the
Colorado Rural Health Center’s “Rural Health Excellence Award”
in 2011 for his “extraordinary contribution to providing healthcare
in rural Colorado.”
“We are honored to recognize such an outstanding couple and welcome
all to attend our thirteenth annual Jewel Ball on Sept. 30,” said
HRRMC Foundation Director Kimla Robinson. Sponsorship opportunities are
available by calling 530-2218. Tickets will be available for sale on 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.