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March 22, 2014 • Benefiting Yampa Valley Medical Center

Call it Spring fever or mid-Winter madness – for the 11th year in a row many will gather to take the icy plunge into the pool at Catamount. Volunteers use chainsaws to cut through approximately three feet of ice to reveal the inviting water below. Fundraising “Penguins” – many in costumes dancing to their choice of music – will jump, cannon-ball, or be thrown into the chilly water and then rush to relief in the nearby hot tub! All of these fundraising Penguins are Freezin for a reason!! …and yes, our other fundraisers who are just too “Chicken” to jump into the freezing water are poolside cheering on their Penguin friends from the Coop.

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Event History

2014- Benefitting Yampa Valley Medical Center’s new Women’s Breast Health Center.


2011 – 2013 – Benefitted the three year initiative for Cancer Care at YVMC.


2010 – Benefitted the purchase of a new 256-slice CT scanner Three years of fundraising efforts involving hundreds of people have paid off for Yampa Valley Medical Center patients. The Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley raised $850,000 to help buy the scanner, which would otherwise not have been bought for another two years. The new scanner provides a lower radiation dose for all scans and performs cardiac exams that previously were not available in the region. YVMC cardiologist Dr. Will Baker said the new scanner is a valuable tool as the hospital continues to expand its cardiac services. “It has almost 100 percent accuracy for telling people you don’t have a heart problem,” said Baker, who predicted that the machine would be used for 15-20 heart scans each month.


2009 – Benefitted the purchase of digital mammography equipment Thanks to generous community support and funding from the 2009 Penguin Plunge, Yampa Valley Medical Center began providing digital mammography exams in October 2009. Mammography is recommended annually for women 40 and above to aid in the early detection of breast cancer. YVMC’s new state-of-the-art digital mammography system provides clear and precise all-digital images with a large field of view.


2008 – Monitoring equipment benefitting emergency and intensive care patients Proceeds from the 2008 Penguin Plunge supported Emergency and Intensive Care Services at Yampa Valley Medical Center and continue to help YVMC physicians and staff deliver the highest quality treatment to patients. The equipment monitors heart rate and rhythm, oxygen levels, breathing rates and blood pressure. The data can be stored for long periods so that “trends” can be established, is automatically sent to the patient’s medical record, and can be easily accessed to compare to previous visits. Physicians can also monitor patient data remotely in real time.


2007 – Benefitted the purchase of a state-of-the-art SonoSite ultrasound machine This machine helps YVMC physicians treat emergency patients during the “golden hour,” when timing is critical. The SonoSite is a compact mobile ultrasound that enables staff to take the equipment to the patient, thus saving valuable time. It can be used to guide placement of intravenous lines, evaluate organs for injury from trauma, or determine if a patient needs surgery. The SonoSite provides for faster evaluation and treatment in life-threatening situations.


2006 – New radios for local ambulances


2005 – Infant Patient Simulator


2004 – Human Patient Simulator



Photo Gallery

Enjoy some of the images from last year’s event, and get inspired to get even crazier this year!

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Past Events:

Click here to see the fun we had at the 2013 Penguin Plunge

Click here to see the fun we had at the 2012 Penguin Plunge