Seconds Save Lives
Most people don’t think of paramedics until they need to call 911.
Seconds Save Lives is an $8.5 million capital campaign to address a critical need for a new station for Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics.
A New Home For our Paramedics
A larger, updated station in a better location on the Gunnison Valley Health Campus will:
Improve patient response time to 911 calls – saving lives.
Improve patient safety, satisfaction rates and outcomes.
Help our rural community recruit and retain health professionals.
Expand services, including training for the community.
Support the safety and health of the emergency responders.
Where will the new station be located?
The new station will be located at the corner of North Taylor Street and East Denver Avenue across from Gunnison Valley Hospital and will include:
Why should I support a new paramedics station?
Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics are not tax-funded like fire and police departments. They are funded by Gunnison Valley Health and insurance reimbursements. The annual operating budget of Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics is $1.6 million and does not include capital expenditures, such as a new building. All operating expenses are allocated to sustaining this essential community service. You never know when you may need them!
What can I do to support?
Community support has never been so important for the patients served by Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics. Your donation today provides each individual who calls 911 with the best possible healthcare experience and outcome.
Did you know the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation is an IRS designated nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization? That means your gift and donation to support a new station for Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics are tax deductible in accordance with state and federal regulations. In addition, individuals who pay Colorado State Income Tax are eligible for an Enterprise Zone tax credit on their Colorado return. Donations of $300 or more earn a 25% tax credit.
Donate securely online or contact:
Jenny Birnie, Executive Director, Gunnison Valley Health Foundation
The crew have one wish…
“To respond from an adequate station that has sleeping quarters”
You have questions. wE have answers.
Jenny Birnie, Executive Director, Gunnison Valley Health Foundation, will work with the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation Board of Directors and Rob Santilli, CEO, Gunnison Valley Health, to manage and execute the capital campaign.
Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics are not tax funded like fire and police departments. They are funded by Gunnison Valley Health and insurance reimbursements. The annual operating budget is $1.6 million, but this does not include capital expenditures such as a new building.
The existing building and location are inadequate for remodel or expansion. The aged existing station is a steel prefab modular shell originally built for housing fewer and smaller ambulances, far less equipment, and a small fraction of the current staff. Additionally, the current location is too small to allow for needed expansion and also has entrance and egress issues for the ambulances that negatively impact response time and pose safety issues for the emergency responders and the public.
A larger, updated station on the Gunnison Valley Health campus will:
Community members of the Gunnison Valley are the ones most likely to benefit from the improved services that will be made possible by a new building. As health care costs continue to rise, while reimbursement dollars shrink, health care providers must raise the money needed to operate and be able to serve their community over the long term. Also, the capital campaign will broaden the fundraising potential of the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation by cultivating long-term donor relationships in the community.
The focus of the campaign is to partner with Gunnison Valley full-time and part-time residents, while also pursuing funding opportunities with local government, private foundations and businesses.
Supporting Gunnison Valley Health Paramedics benefits everyone in the Gunnison Valley – even if your home is in Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, CB South or anywhere north of Round Mountain.
Yes! The Gunnison Valley Health Foundation is an IRS designated nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts and donations are tax deductible in accordance with state and federal regulations. In addition, individuals who pay Colorado State Income Tax are eligible for an Enterprise Zone tax credit on their Colorado return. Donations of $100 or more earn a 25% tax credit.
The goal of the capital campaign is currently set at $8.5 million. The goal is intended to cover the following projected expenses:
There are multiple spaces in the new station available for naming rights. In addition, individuals and businesses will be publicly thanked and recognized on a donor thank you wall. Contact Jenny Birnie for more details at 970-642-8400 or email [email protected].