Archive for July, 2013

The Penrose Legacy: America’s Highest Zoo

Friday, July 26th, 2013

by Alex Johnson

Tourists flock to the much-loved Cheyenne Mountain Zoo year round to learn more about the wild animals, ride the historic Herschell carousel, and enjoy the spectacular views of Colorado Springs and the prairie beyond. The Zoo shares a special place in our childhood memories, but many do not realize Spencer Penrose founded the nationally-renowned zoo in 1926.


El Pomar Welcomes the 2013 Fellowship Class

Monday, July 15th, 2013

There is an excited buzz in the air at El Pomar Foundation today, as a new class of fellows begins their transition into two years of professional development, incredible opportunities, and the beginning of lifelong friendships. The class is made up of eight talented, dynamic and diverse young people who will bring new life and enthusiasm to the Fellowship.  We are excited to start this next chapter with them, confident that many great things lie ahead as this new class joins the El Pomar family. (more…)

Regional Spotlight: the San Luis Valley Nursing Program

Friday, July 12th, 2013


The San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado offers stunning mountain vistas, captivating sand dunes, and rich agricultural bounty. Around 46,000 individuals call the Valley home.

In an effort to enhance the number of medical professionals in the Valley and create jobs, the San Luis Valley Regional Council seized an opportunity to partner with Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Adams State University (ASU) to provide nursing scholarships to residents pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree, nurse practitioner, master’s in nursing education, and physician’s assistant degrees. Last month, the Council and community members gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the inaugural class of scholarship recipients.


Fellows Today, Leaders Tomorrow: El Pomar Says Farewell to the Fellowship Class of 2011

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Last week, we said goodbye to our class of 2011 fellows. Though we are excited to see where these bright young individuals will go next, we are sad to see them go. Before we say goodbye, we thought we’d take a moment to share where these young leaders are headed. (more…)

The Penrose Legacy: Penrose St. Francis

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

El Pomar Foundation has a rich history with the Penrose-St. Francis Medical system. Much of what the hospital is today can be attributed to Spencer and Julie’s vision and generosity.  Established in 1887, the St. Francis Health Center was the first hospital in Colorado Springs. The hospital, founded by Dr. B.P. Anderson, a physician for the Midland Railroad Company, opened originally to serve injured railroad workers.  After a train derailed near Leadville, Dr. Anderson and the Sisters of St. Francis, that had joined him to care for the workers, decided that the city of Colorado Springs needed a much larger medical facility and raised $20,000 to build the hospital on the site that the current St. Francis Health Center stands today. After the trauma services were relocated to Penrose Hospital in 1994, the facility returned to its original use as a medical health center. 


Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Devanie Helman

As a first timer at Rural Philanthropy Days, I had no idea what to expect as we headed for the picturesque town of Ouray, Colorado – most well known as the “Switzerland of North America,” the home of ice climbing, or for some, winter weekends soaking in the hot pools.