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Eric Murray: Medical Foundation Responds to Assisted Living Need

Eric Murray
Voice of Your Hospital

Cliffview Assisted Living Center, the region’s only assisted living facility, has cash flow challenges due to decreased occupancy and increased operating expenses. Middle Park Medical Foundation has responded to the need by launching a fundraising campaign titled “Nifty Fifty”.

The Foundation’s main purpose is to support the community hospital but it is also dedicated to assisting county-wide healthcare causes including education, individual healthcare needs and other healthcare organizations. Contributing to Cliffview is the current focus for good reason. “We [Middle Park Medical Foundation] need to help because our senior citizens want to stay in the community when they reach that stage of life,” Foundation Board Member Jeff Miller said.

Cliffview Assisted Living Center is a non-profit organization owned by the Grand County Housing Authority. It is designed for seniors and adults with disabilities who need a supportive setting that maintains their independence and choices in life. Additional services are close by with Kremmling Memorial Hospital just two blocks away. Cliffview provides services for all regardless of ability to pay. It is an important service in county-wide healthcare.

The Foundation’s goal is to raise $50,000 in twelve months. Funds are collected through the Foundation and immediately dispersed to Cliffview. $5,000 has been raised since Nifty Fifty’s inception in July. Donations are tax-deductible.

Middle Park Medical Foundation launched the fundraising drive by contributing the first $1,000. Kremmling Mercantile matched the initial contribution sparking another $1,000 from Kremmling Memorial Hospital. One month later Red Mountain RV Park put up another $1,000.

A Silverthorne Elks Lodge member’s mother-in-law lives at Cliffview and she gives it positive reviews. “Cliffview is fantastic! I always knew it was well run and now my mother-in-law is living there and I know first hand that it is an excellent facility with a caring staff.” After this endorsement and a recent presentation by Cliffview Director, Mary Pat Gale, the Summit County Elks Club donated another $1,000. This leaves $45,000 to go in eight months to accomplish the Nifty Fifty goal.

If you or your organization would like make a donation to help Cliffview through Middle Park Medical Foundation, email me at or call my office, 724-3165. Use the same contact for questions regarding the hospital’s role in county-wide healthcare. As Director of Middle Park Medical Foundation and Public Relations for the community hospital I make myself available to local organizations to address topics such as the Nifty Fifty campaign and other Foundation projects, current healthcare services, information about our healthcare professionals and plans for county-wide healthcare.

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