Sky Ridge Medical Center July 30, 2013

Partnership to include volunteer opportunities, medical expertise for DCSD classrooms, and resources for DCSD

Douglas County, CO — Earlier this month, Sky Ridge Medical Center named Douglas County School District (DCSD) as their community partner of the year.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Sky Ridge Medical Center,” said DCSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen. “Sky Ridge is a pillar of the Douglas County community and we are fortunate to be able to take advantage of their expertise for our students. We welcome their contribution and their volunteers.”

As part of the partnership, DCSD will engage Sky Ridge employees in volunteer opportunities from working at the Douglas County Outdoor Education Center to collecting school supplies. Sky Ridge will also offer medical expertise for classrooms, insight into careers in health care for students, and provide important health information to DCSD stakeholders.

“We are proud of the relationship we have fostered with DCSD over the past several years and naming the District as our Community Partner of the Year was a great next step,” said Maureen Tarrant, CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center. “In fact, a number of students who have participated in our junior volunteer program have been awarded higher education scholarships and others have been accepted to medical school. It is gratifying to know that we can play a small, yet meaningful, part in helping shape our future leaders.”

“We know that strong schools make strong communities. The reverse is also true and we appreciate everything Sky Ridge does for our community and our schools,” continued Fagen.

About Douglas County School District

Douglas County School District is Colorado's third largest school district, serving over 60,000 students. The vision statement for DCSD states “Graduates from Douglas County School District are responsible citizens who contribute to our society." Visit the District website at

About Sky Ridge Medical Center

Sky Ridge Medical Center, the first hospital to open in Douglas County in August 2003, is a member of the HealthONE system of excellence. With more than 1200 credentialed physicians representing virtually every specialty, Sky Ridge is a destination facility with superior clinical outcomes and exceptional service. A Joint Commission top performer in the country for key quality measures, Sky Ridge has also earned an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group. From its state-of-the-art Spine & Total Joint Center, robotic center of excellence and expansive Birth Place to its comprehensive cancer program, trauma center, stroke program and cardiac wellness center, Sky Ridge Medical Center is poised to serve the community for a lifetime.