Parker Adventist Hospital celebrated its 15-year anniversary Jan. 31 by donating money to three area schools. At a special events room at the hospital, three checks worth $1,500 were handed out to …
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Parker Adventist Hospital celebrated its 15-year anniversary Jan. 31 by donating money to three area schools.
At a special events room at the hospital, three checks worth $1,500 were handed out to administrators for Pine Lane Elementary School, Sierra Middle School and Ponderosa High School.
“The sophistication of the services we offer has exploded over time,” said Parker Adventist chief operating officer Leann Naso. “If you think of what we offered when we opened compared to today … it's pretty exciting to see how that's changed over time and what we've been able to offer the community.”
Naso was the third employee hired at Parker Adventist and has been with the hospital for all 15 years it has been open.
Parker Adventist Hospital opened in 2004 as the second hospital in Douglas County after Sky Ridge Medical Center, which opened in 2003. Since then, the hospital has grown to include a bariatrics program, complex spine and neurosurgery program, a Level Two trauma center and more.
Naso said, jokingly, it's like the hospital has “earned its learner's permit.”
“You develop from infancy to your teen years,” Naso said. “It's a pretty neat milestone, that journey into adulthood, if you will. I think we're far exceeding our expectations thanks to the support of the community.”
Since the hospital opened in 2004, more than 20,000 babies have been delivered, there have been 350,000 emergency visits and almost 80,000 surgeries completed. Parker's population was about 36,000 people in 2004 and has grown nearly 50 percent since then.
“We feel it's our duty to grow along with (Parker),” Naso said. “That's our challenge, is always looking at our master plan and thinking about what we have in the next 10 years. We're excited for the 15 years we've been able to serve the community, but our job is to plan for the next phase.”
Parker Adventist has plans to grow even further. The hospital has capital requests out with its partners in the Adventist health system. Part of that is additional medical office space and outpatient services.
The administrators accepting the donations during the Jan. 31 ceremony thanked the hospital for its investment in the community, and touted the hospital for providing young people the opportunity to volunteer in medicine in their own hometown.
“It really shows the core values of who (the people of Parker Adventist) are — to say 'We want to invest back in our community, invest in our kids,'” said Jarod Nicholson, assistant principal of Ponderosa High School. “To do it in this way is pretty special and means a lot to us.”
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