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It all begins with a commitment to excellence. We focus on taking care of our community and strive to provide hope and healing to anyone in need. Because of this level of dedication, we are leaders in our state and the nation. Our people and our work have received numerous distinctions.

Organizational Awards

  • United Way Spirit of Giving Award (2018 – 2019)
  • United Way Raul Ramos Award (2017 – 2018)
  • Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work (2015 – 2017)

  • National Quality Recognition (2016)

  • Top Company Award Finalist — Colorado Biz Magazine (2015 – 2016)

  • United Way Edison Award (2015 – 2016)
  • Colorado Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s President’s Award for Advancement of Quality and Access in Colorado (2016)

  • Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work (2015 – 2016)

  • Deyta Quality Award (2016)

  • Best Company to Work for in Colorado (2011 – 2014)

  • Diversity Champion Award — CO Society for Human Resources Mgmt (2013)

  • United Way Ingenuity Award (2012 – 2013)
  • Colorado Center for Hospice — Outstanding Achievement Award (2012)

  • American Hospital Association Circle of Life Honoree (2010)

  • Dalby/Wendland & Co Achievement Award (2009)

  • Award for Outstanding Achievement — Colorado Center for H & PC (2008)

  • Historic Preservation Award for renovation of Miller Homestead (2008)

  • American Hospital Association Circle of Life Honoree (2004)

  • El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence in the Large Health Care Organization Category (2000)

  • Colorado Hospice Organization Innovations Award (2000)


Staff Awards

Nightingale Luminary
Susie Bevan, Program Director of Plateau Valley & DeBeque

Susie received the esteemed Nightingale Award, Colorado’s highest honor for nurses. The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring was founded in 1985 to honor Colorado nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale. Susie was selected from hundreds of outstanding nominees, 41 of which were recognized as Colorado Nightingale Luminaries for Excellence in Human Caring and only 6 received the highest honor as Nightingales at the 2016 Nightingale Luminary Awards Banquet in Denver held May 7, 2016. 

Leadership in an Administrator, Educator, Researcher or other Non-Traditional Practice Role is the category Bevan was nominated. She has been a nurse for 14 years and works at HopeWest as the Program Director of Plateau Valley & DeBeque. “Susie is a magnetic leader,” said Christy Whitney Borchard, President & CEO of HopeWest. “She inspires others to be passionate in their work and encourages nurse managers to develop their own leadership skills.” Susie is known throughout HopeWest for her creative approaches to problem solving. Because of her leadership, nurses at HopeWest say they feel they can truly practice the art of nursing. “We are so proud to have someone as talented and creative as Susie as part of our leadership team at HopeWest,” added Borchard.

Thank you for being such an incredible leader at HopeWest and in our community!

Dr. Bruce Wilson Memorial Award
Christy Whitney Borchard, President and CEO

Christy Whitney Borchard, HopeWest President & CEO, was honored at a Rocky Mountain Health Plans Banquet and presented with the Dr. Bruce Wilson Memorial Award! This prestigious award recognizes an individual who makes a difference in the lives of many through exemplary community service and who is grounded in the belief that every individual should be treated with dignity and respect. Congratulations Christy – well deserved!

Colorado Center for Hospice & Palliative Care (COCHPC) President’s Award
Terri Walter, Senior Vice President

Annually, COCHPC may present one President’s Award for any person, program or organization working inside or outside of hospice and palliative care who advances quality and access to palliative care and hospice services for all Coloradans. This award is given solely at the Center Board President’s discretion. Emphasized at the award ceremony was Terri’s years of service on the Board of Directors, participation with various committees and her work with the rewriting of the state hospice regulations over a three year period. Also mentioned were Terri’s efforts in planning COCHPC conferences and promoting advanced care planning statewide.

Nightingale Luminary
Beth Brown, Education & Clinical Mentor

Beth was named a Nightingale Luminary at the Nightingale Western Colorado annual banquet. She was recognized as a leader who advocates for nurses and others. Her contributions as Clinical Educator, African Partnership committee member and fundraiser, and HopeWest We Honors Veterans committee leader were examples cited during the presentation.

Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Community Visionary Award
Christy Whitney Borchard, President and CEO

Christy was presented with the Community Visionary Award at the Grand Junction Chamber banquet in February 2015. Congratulations! Christy was recognized for all her amazing work and vision with HopeWest as well as her contributions to the community. We are very proud to have her as HopeWest’s leader!

Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Award
Deanna Wright, Teen Volunteer

Deanna was honored with the 2012 Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Awardfor Teen Service at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s annual conference. Deanna was recognized for the significant impact she has made on the lives of children and teens in the Grand Valley. Deanna has been a dedicated volunteer for 6 years, contributing over 600 hours of service through various programs offered at Hospice.