BY FREDA MIKLINSTAFF WRITER As you plan your holiday purchases, consider shopping local instead of just “letti...
Congressman Jason Crow announced that a full $25 million federal grant for the City of Aurora’s I-70/Picadilly...
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARSTAFF WRITER The Colorado Civil Air Patrol (CAP) often engages in search and rescues in the...
Santa arriving Nov. 8th! Park Meadows offers guests something truly special this holiday season with magical 3...
SUBMITTED BY THE MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA The Medical Center of Aurora has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold...
BY BOB BAKERFIRE CHIEF, SOUTH METRO FIRE RESCUE It’s been roughly 10 months since South Metro Fire Rescue and...
SUBMITTED BY TMCA The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced that Hallie Woods has been promoted to Chief O...
Wellshire Presbyterian Church began construction on a new Narthex (lobby area) and renovated Sanctuary space i...
The Lions Club of Denver in Colorado, USA, arrived in Ethiopia on January 25, 2019, to conduct an eyesight scr...
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a photography con...
BY FREDA MIKLINSTAFF WRITER
As you plan your holiday purchases, consider shopping local instead of just “letting your fingers do the walking” by pressing keys on a computer. Get out and breathe the fresh air!
In most cities in Colorado, the majority of city general fund revenues come from sales and use taxes. In Greenwood Village, that number exceeds 60 percent of all city revenues. In Centennial, it is 53 percent. In Aurora, it is 55 percent. In Lone Tree, it is 50 percent.
Why does it matter? Local shopkeepers give our cities personality and vitality. Their stories are they run by people you know and are an important source of local jobs. Neighborhood shops also provide competition, unique options, and most importantly, pay for the services that matter most to residents: police, emergency services, streets and maintenance, parks, and public works, in addition to the unique special events put on by cities that allow communities to come together and get to know their neighbors. There are also the mundane aspects of city government that we don’t notice but improve the quality of our lives, like the zoning codes and land use rules that keep our neighborhoods beautiful.
When thinking about where to go out to dinner, save your gas and the environment by choosing a nearby restaurant where you know the staff and will probably run into your neighbors. The sales tax on those dining tabs can help your city, too.
Most people order online sometimes, but this holiday season, and all year long, when you can, keep your shopping dollars and your restaurant dollars close to home where they matter most!
Congressman Jason Crow announced that a full $25 million federal grant for the City of Aurora’s I-70/Picadilly Interchange project has been awarded. The project will improve overall access and cut down on commute times by creating direct access to multiple job, retail, and residential centers as well as increased freight mobility serving Denver International Airport. An estimated 75,000 jobs are expected to be in the area by 2040.
In Sept., Crow led a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao advocating for the grant. Crow had visited the site of the proposed I-70/Picadilly Interchange with Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare in February 2019. The visit was part of Crow’s Lead Locally tours where he travels to different cities, towns, and municipalities in the district each month to meet with city managers and mayors.
The project will help ease congestion, provide greater connectivity to a rapidly growing area, and enhance safety by reducing vehicle miles traveled by roughly 9.3 million miles, which equates to 6 fewer crashes per year.
“This is great news for Aurora. As the third largest city in Colorado, we know how critical infrastructure investment is to reducing traffic and bringing jobs to the area,” said Crow. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for our district so our roads, bridges, and highways can keep pace with our economic growth.”development and affordable housing issues.”
The I-70/Picadilly Interchange project is supported by: E-470 Public Highway Authority, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Aurora Economic Development Council, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Denver International Airport, and Colorado Department of Transportation.
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARSTAFF WRITER
The Colorado Civil Air Patrol (CAP) often engages in search and rescues in the Colorado mountains, according to Col. Gary H. Tobey, Governmental Relations Advisor for the Colorado Wing of the CAP. He spoke recently at a meeting of the Southeast Metropolitan Law Club at Benedict’s Restaurant.
Tobey, a member of the CAP for many years, described the work of the organization, which is nationwide with branches in every state, including Colorado. The CAP reaches out to young people at even the elementary school level, with an active recruiting program for high school students.
“The organization is a United States Air Force Auxiliary, and was formed 70 years ago,” Tobey said. The group stresses academics, mentoring and service projects. Its high school members generally are good students (B’s or better), strongly believe in community service, are interested in military service, and many high school members would like to pursue aviation careers.
“The organization also stresses a Youth Fitness Program, with a lifelong habit of regular exercise and commitment to remain drug-free”, Tobey said. Total enrollment is about 25,000 nationwide, with 80 percent white members and 20 percent non-white or minority.
“Cost of participation, the first year out-of-pocket expense, averages between $300 and $600 for the year,” Tobey said.
CAP also is a congressionally chartered nonprofit organization that conducts missions for the federal government, as well as for local communities and states.
More information about CAP may be obtained by calling Col. Tobey, whose number is (303) 888-0582. Information about the Southeast Metro Law Club may be obtained by calling David S. Oppenheim, (303) 722-6500.
Park Meadows offers guests something truly special this holiday season with magical 3-D lights, Santa’s twinkling wonderland, and festive décor throughout the center. Guests will have a reason to be merry and bright as they enjoy a culmination of exciting holiday experiences for the entire family at Colorado’s Only Retail Resort.
Park Meadows puts its best foot forward by collaborating with local artists and Colorado companies to make the shopping center sparkle and shine with memorable décor that enhances the shopping experience. Incorporating a unique vision with custom décor for each holiday season, Colorado’s Only Retail Resort delivers nothing short of magic.
The almost 1.6 million square foot shopping center offers a surprise for your eyes when visitors put on their fun 3-D glasses and experience the twinkling lights found throughout the shopping center. Lights come to life with holographic glasses that transform the beautiful Christmas lights to Santa, candy canes or snowflakes. Guests can pick up their own 3-D glasses from Santa or select vendors throughout Park Meadows.
Make Park Meadows a holiday tradition no matter the weather. The 3-D enhancement adds to the already festive atmosphere of plush garland, warm fireplaces, and over 1 million twinkling lights in and around the Colorado-inspired architecture. And don’t forget to check out the 6-foot glitter ornaments hanging within the 225-foot ceiling of Center Court, to complement the America the Beautiful mural. A true must see!
“Park Meadows is committed to providing a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that is truly memorable and enjoyable while also supporting our Colorado businesses,” says Pam Kelly, Senior General Manager. “We hope to delight our guests this holiday season with our interactive 3-D décor along with many other exciting elements and perks.”
Visitors will also discover an exciting Santa experience in the Dillard’s Court as they walk through 12 foot ‘SANTA’ letters at the entrance to the twinkling winter set. Little ones will experience wonder and delight as they stroll through the giant Christmas tree and take in the sights and sounds of Santa’s winter wonderland with Santa’s sleigh, woodland snowmen, festive reindeer, custom costumes and interactive elements. Good little boys and girls will enjoy holiday cartoons broadcast from Santa’s sleigh and balloon entertainment on select days while waiting in line to share their wishes with St. Nick, making the retail resort the next best thing to actually visiting the North Pole.
And voila…the holidays have arrived!
Add more than 200 amazing stores and 14 full-service restaurants to the holiday mix and you now know why they call Park Meadows, Colorado’s Only Retail Resort.
SUBMITTED BY THE MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA
The Medical Center of Aurora has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Lung Cancer by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
“I’m extremely proud of our lung cancer program,” said Dr. Jenifer Marks, General Thoracic Surgeon at The Medical Center of Aurora. “We are continuously working hard to provide high quality of care and patient safety. This recognition from Joint Commission is a great honor.”
The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for lung cancer. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.
The Medical Center of Aurora underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on April 30, 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards, some of which included how their lung cancer program involves patients in making decisions about managing their disease, developing a plan of care using an interdisciplinary approach that is individualized to the patient’s assessed needs, and support for the patient’s self-management outside of the hospital by engaging family and community support structures into their plan of care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“Disease-Specific Care Certification for Lung Cancer recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Medical Center of Aurora for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for lung cancer patients.”
The Interdisciplinary team at The Medical Center of Aurora worked together to consistently evaluate performance improvement measurements while simultaneously keeping their patients’ as their main focus at all times, and is determined to make a difference in each of their lives.
For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.
BY BOB BAKERFIRE CHIEF, SOUTH METRO FIRE RESCUE
It’s been roughly 10 months since South Metro Fire Rescue and Littleton Fire Rescue consolidated. We want to thank our citizens for their continued support and the healthy dialogue that we have throughout our newly-expanded district.
Following the consolidation with Littleton, SMFR’s permits and fees took effect and now apply to all events that are within our District. We’d like to take this opportunity to help answer some questions regarding our event review and inspection process, fee structure, as well as how we are governed as a special district.
South Metro serves three counties (Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson), 12 municipalities and 540,000 residents within our roughly 300 square miles of the southern metropolitan area of Denver. We are classified as a Special District, which is governed by Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. We have a board of directors who are elected by our constituents throughout our district and who oversee the overall operations of South Metro – including our annual budget, fee schedules, spending, strategic growth, and more.
The SMFR Board adopts the overall permit fee schedule, which includes special event permit fees, effective across all partners and municipalities throughout the district. The SMFR Board thoroughly vets this process and works with the Fire Chief, as well as the SMFR Fire Marshal and Chief Financial Officer, to analyze the information and then determine if the fee structure and associated process will be adopted. To see the latest SMFR fee schedule, please click here.
Throughout the past 10 months after consolidation, we do recognize and understand that the fees, event permit submittal process, and procedures associated with events in the legacy Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR) District vary from what was done in the past within LFR. Because South Metro is a Special District and not a municipal fire department, our fee structure is different than LFR’s and the fees are applied to recover costs associated with those permits.
Specifically, South Metro permit fees are based on the Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) administrative processing, plan review, pre-event inspections, and if necessary, inspection oversight during the event. For pyrotechnic displays, the permit also includes oversight during the display, suppression unit standby, and post-event inspection the morning following the display. South Metro does not issue permits to make a profit, but rather we go through this process to ensure events are compliant with the adopted International Fire Code (IFC), and most importantly, that these events are safe for our citizens to enjoy.
The IFC is a comprehensive fire code adopted throughout the U.S., which establishes minimum regulations for fire prevention and fire protection systems and is designed to meet these safeguards through model code regulations to protect the public health and safety in all communities, large and small. We are obligated to enforce the fire code as adopted by each of our geo-political entities.
It’s extremely important to South Metro, your Fire Chief, and the elected SMFR Board that we adhere to fire codes that are designed to reduce the risk while keeping our citizens safe. There are provisions in the adopted fire code that are specific to regulation of special events, which is what our FMO adheres to while reviewing and inspecting such events.
It is also our goal to work very closely with the event’s organizers to ensure that the permit process is smooth. Over the past 10 months, we have received constructive feedback on our processes, and we will continue to make improvements to ensure our customer experience is as smooth and helpful as possible.
South Metro is dedicated to being good stewards in our community. We remain committed to partnering with our citizens, businesses and municipalities to ensure all events are safe as well as successful. And, we expect the 2020 special event season to be better than ever.
SUBMITTED BY TMCA
The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced that Hallie Woods has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for TMCA and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. Woods previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of Centennial Medical Center (CMC), a campus of The Medical Center of Aurora.
Woods’ tenure with HCA Healthcare began in 2011 at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center where she served in various roles including Director of Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Cardiovascular Services.
Woods joined The Medical Center of Aurora’s team in April 2016 as the Associate Chief Operating Officer, a position that was part of HCA Healthcare’s Chief Operating Officer Development Program, a program that Woods was accepted into in August 2016. Her responsibilities included oversight for the departments of Radiology, Pharmacy, Therapies, and Facilities and Construction. Upon graduating from the COO Program the following May, she was promoted to Vice President of Operations.
“I’m very pleased that Hallie is moving into the COO role,” said Ryan Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “She is a talented, proven leader and we are fortunate to have her on our team. I look forward to working with her as we continue to grow our services and provide excellent care to the community.”
Over the last 18 months, Woods took the role of lead executive over the Centennial Medical Center campus expansion project, which broke ground in March 2019. While at CMC, Woods worked with her team to bring new provider groups to the campus, collaborated with city leaders for growth opportunities, and led the $85 million capital construction project, which will eventually be the first full-service hospital in Centennial. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.
In her new role, Woods will oversee the integrated operations of The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and will have executive oversight of a number of hospital departments.
“I am excited and honored to be chosen as COO for TMCA and Spalding,” said Woods. “We have an excellent team and I am happy to continue working alongside my colleagues as we fulfill our Mission and provide the high quality care our community deserves.”
Woods earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado – Denver’s Healthcare Administration Program and B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University.
Wellshire Presbyterian Church began construction on a new Narthex (lobby area) and renovated Sanctuary space in January 2018. The final result, completed in August 2019, is a welcoming, usable space that will support the work of Wellshire and the Denver community for decades to come. Join us in celebrating the grand re-opening of the Narthex and Sanctuary September 22, 2019. They are located at 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
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