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VNA celebrates new facilities

Kelly Silva

— About 1 1/2 years ago, Kay Borvansky shared an office with a co-worker. When one was on the phone or the computer in the office, the other had to use a line in another room.

There was barely enough space for employees to proceed with administrative work, much less space for patients.

“There was no place for me to work. It’s not an easy task. I don’t relish it,” said Borvansky, administrative assistant in charge of special projects at Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Borvansky became the executive director’s “right hand (wo)man” to search for a new facility.

Since Oct. 13, 2000, Borvansky is just one VNA employee to see a smoother flow of people in and out of the agency.

In celebration of the end of a capital campaign to purchase the new building, VNA will host an open house reception today.

From 4 to 6 p.m. at the new VNA office buildings attached to Yampa Valley Medical Center, nurses will give tours of the building, provide refreshments for the public and recruit the fire department to have bucket rides and a Safety Village set up.

Sheila Beckwith of VNA said she’s not sure why they waited more than a year to have an open house. But at the end of September, VNA closed the deal to purchase the attached medical office building.

“People will be able to see us. We’re the only ones with colorful stuff in our office,” Beckwith said of the new offices on the first floor.

The new building is 8,050 square feet, just more than double the space at the old building, Borvansky said.

Through a capital campaign titled Caring for Life, VNA raised $1.7 million to purchase the new building.

From the sale of the old building at 135 Sixth St., a contribution from the city of Steamboat Springs and a grant from the Department of Local Affairs, VNA raised $1 million. The other $700,000 came from private donations and grants from several foundations.

“We took donations as little as $10,” Borvansky said. “We needed more space. We’ve expanded considerably.”

Now, patients don’t have parking concerns and clinics see an influx of people. Borvansky said VNA can host up to four clinics at one time now because of the space in the new building.

“Through the tireless efforts of the capital campaign committee, a (large) share of it was Sue Birch. She really knocked herself silly,” Borvansky said of the executive director.

Borvansky said she wants to make sure people still understand how important donations are to the VNA budget.

VNA budgets 70 percent of income from fees for services, 20 percent from reimbursements and 10 percent from donations.

“We rely and require donations to stay afloat,” Borvansky said.

VNA had to acquire a bridge loan to purchase the space because all of the money has not come in yet. Borvansky said that is due to people wanting to wait until after the first of the year and some of the money is in pledge form.


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