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Long-time Sterling Regional MedCenter advisory board member retires


STERLING, Colo. (Feb. 6, 2013) — When asked about significant changes at Sterling Regional MedCenter during her 19 years on the hospital advisory board, Edie Evans can’t pick just one.

“When you’ve been on a board that long and have seen the progress that has been made in the community, it’s hard to find one thing,” said the 85-year-old Sterling resident.

Edie retired from the board and was honored at the group’s January meeting.

The former mayor of Sterling has many experiences to reflect on thanks to her hospital involvement. She joined the board in 1994 after retiring from Northeastern Junior College. There she served as Instructional Director for the Business and Science Department. When she retired from teaching, a friend and then member of the board suggested that Edie volunteer.

In 1994, SRM’s parent company was Lutheran Health Systems.
“I can remember my very first meeting with Lutheran was in Fargo, (N.D.), in the winter. I remember how cold it was and how deep the snow was,” she said.

In 1999, Lutheran joined with Samaritan Health Systems to form Banner Health, now based in Phoenix.

Edie said she has seen tremendous progress in Sterling with Banner Health. Projects she cited include the opening of a dialysis center, a family care clinic, the expansion of the hospital’s surgical wing and the creation of the David Walsh Cancer Center.

“One of the best things for our area was when the cancer center opened,” she said. “That meant people no longer had to travel long distances for the treatment they needed.”

Edie acknowledged that there can be criticisms about having a large, out-of-state health system operate the local hospital. “Since the hospital affiliated with Banner, I think it has been progressive. Banner wants to know what’s happening in the community and wants the hospital to grow with the community.”

Edie plans to continue to serve on the hospital’s Ethics Committee and the Physicians Recruitment Committee.

She takes pride in organizing a community breakfast for physicians being recruited to work in Sterling. She invites about 10 leaders from the community to give the guest a chance to ask questions about the town and get to know people. She also has received thank-you letters from some of those physicians. Even if they didn’t ultimately choose to come to Sterling, several have said the opportunity to meet people at the breakfast was a welcomed surprise.

Fellow board member Connie Schott said Edie brought a wealth of community knowledge to the board. “She offered great insights as to how the community felt about health care, and she was never afraid to ask the tough questions.”

In addition to Edie, member Dr. Joe Bonelli also retired from the board. He served on the board from 1998 to 2012.

Current Sterling Regional MedCenter local advisory board members are:

  • Mark Earnhart
  • Rick Sanger
  • D. Earline Schuppe
  • Dennis Everhart, Sr.
  • Mickey Dubs
  • Mike Lauer
  • Bonnie Amen

Sterling Regional MedCenter has provided outstanding medical care to residents of northeastern Colorado and the surrounding area since 1938. We are a 25-bed acute-care hospital with state-of-the-art technology, a full range of health care services, and a staff dedicated to providing our patients with excellent care. We are also home to the David Walsh Cancer Center, which offers an unprecedented level of cancer care to northeastern Colorado residents.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit healthcare systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. To learn more about Banner Health, please visit

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