Heart of the Community Gala
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Hospital gala honors first responders
By Hali Bernstein Saylor Boulder City Review
May 25, 2022 – 4:23 pm
Local first responders from the fire and police departments, hospital and emergency medical service providers were honored Saturday during Boulder City Hospital Foundation’s annual Heart of the Community Gala.
The recognition came after foundation board members sheepishly admitted that it shouldn’t have taken a pandemic to recognize the contributions they make to the community.
“Shame on us that it took a pandemic to honor these five organizations for all they do,” said Cyndy Anderson, president of the foundation’s board of trustees.
During the gala, Boulder City Fire Department, Boulder City Police Department, Community Ambulance, Guardian Elite Medical Services and Boulder City Hospital were recognized for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We appreciate you all, we see you and we thank you,” said Tom Maher, CEO of Boulder City Hospital, who said working through the pandemic to ensure staff and patients’ safety had been “kind of a nightmare.”
During the festivities, recently retired Dr. Douglas Thompson, who served as director of emergency medicine and chief of staff, was named the Medical Professional of the Year.
In addition to honoring the first responders, the gala served as a major fundraiser for the hospital. It featured a silent auction, live auction and cash call to help upgrade the long-term care facility.
Salome Jarvis, activities director of the long-term care facility, said they expect to spend about $200,000 during the next four years to update the residents’ rooms with items ranging from bedding to furniture.
The live auction, which featured 12 items that ranged from a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus to a fighter jet experience, raised $39,500. The cash call raised $51,000 in direct donations. The amount raised from the silent auction was unavailable.
Bret Runion, president of the hospital’s board of trustees, announced that because of the care received at the facility, the family of a retired cardiologist who died of COVID-19 in December was going to donate a minimum of $150,000.
“I am deeply touched by the generosity tonight and accept on behalf of the staff of Boulder City Hospital,” Maher said.
Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.
Recognizing Our Gala Honorees
Founded in 1931 and incorporated in 1962, residents of Boulder City, past and present, embody community.
Our Gala Honorees share a collective set of values in their mission to serve and protect the community of Boulder City. Tonight we honor these individuals who steadfastly supported our residents through the coronavirus pandemic ensuring the health and safety of individuals and our community as a whole.
From the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, our public and private service agencies have made the safety of our residents, families, and visitors a top priority. A true testament to the service of community, agencies collaborated to ensure the public stayed informed, safe, and healthy. Testing, vaccination clinics, and mask mandates were top of mind without disruption to every day quality services to treat and respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents for our residents, pets, and community.
Boulder City is, and has always been, a strengths-based community where multidisciplinary agencies and individuals embrace a positive, holistic approach to building and sustaining one of the best places to live in our state.
With the greatest appreciation, we honor your individual and collective achievements, and your dedication to our community through one of the most trying times in recent history.
Boulder City Police Department
- Tim Shea, Chief
- Aaron Johnson, Commander
- Vince Albowicz, Lieutenant
- Tom Healing, Lieutenant
- Tiffany Driscoll, Sergeant
- Ruby Perkins, 911 Dispatch Manager
- Pat Richardson, Code Enforcement Officer
- Ann Inabnitt, Animal Control Officer
- Kelly Fox, Community Volunteer
Boulder City Hospital
- Tom Maher, Chief Executive Officer
- Andre Pastian, RN, MSNL, Chief Nursing Officer
- Brandy King, Admitting Manager
- Jessie Murray, RN, Infection Control
- Jesse Hamlan, Laboratory Manager
- Susan Mathews, TRU Manager
- Amanda Munson, RHC/PHP Director
- Derek Meeks, DO, Emergency Medicine
- William Harrington, MD, Emergency Medicine
- Douglas Thompson, MD, Emergency Medicine
- Craig Jorgensen, MD, Internal Medicine
Guardian Elite Medical Services
- Samuel Scheller, CEO, MBA, NRP
- Amber Schirling, Vice President
- Jason Heck AEMT
- Andrew Powers CCT Paramedic Capone Wade EMT
- Oscar Monterossa, CCT Paramedic
- Chris McDermott, Dispatch
- Paul Matakovich, AEMT
- Tammy Curran, Logistics
- Brian Rogers
- Robert Richardson
Boulder City Fire Department
- Will Gray, Chief
- Greg Chesser, Deputy Chief
- Harold Hadley, Firefighter/Paramedic
- Josh Barrone, Firefighter/Paramedic
- Jennifer Rogers, Administrative Services Coordinator
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