The HRRMC Foundation will host their thirteenth annual Jewel Ball on Saturday,
Sept. 30, 5 - 9:30 p.m., at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. The theme
for this year’s fundraiser is “Romancing the Stone: A Travel
Back to the 1920s.”
Tickets are available for sale at $50 per person and table sponsorships
are $750. Tickets can be purchased online at hrrmc.com or by calling Foundation
Director Kimla Robinson at 719-530-2218. The deadline for ticket sales
is Monday, Sept. 11.
There will be live and silent auctions, a wine pull, and a raffle for a
2.68 carat citrine pendant. Music and dancing begins at 8:30 p.m. with
prizes for best dressed and best dancing. Dinner will be catered by Variations
Catering and live dinner music provided by David Tipton, who plays the
Dr. David and Peg Arnett will be formally inducted into the HRRMC Hall
of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have made an enduring commitment
to quality health care in the Upper Arkansas Valley. Previous inductees
into the Hall of Fame include Charles Forster, Dr. Thomas Sandell, Dr.
William Mehos, the HRRMC Auxiliary and Robert Rush.
Peg Arnett, R.N., B.S.N., has worked in health care for 45 years and been
employed by the 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. Beyond the Salida Hospital
District, Peg has travelled on 17 mission trips to deliver health care
to underprivileged communities worldwide.
Dave 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.”
Proceeds from this year's Jewel Ball will be dedicated to the purchase
of an infant warmer with an oxygen/air blender for our Family Birthing Center.
Call the Foundation office at 719-530-2218 for more information or to purchase tickets.