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Our Heart is in the Home

When Mount Evans was founded in 1980 our motto was “Mountain people helping mountain people.” It’s who we were then and it’s who we are now. Our heart has always been and will always be in the home and with our patients. Our mission is special and there isn’t a day that passes that we don’t realize how lucky we are to know, love and care for the extraordinary people in our mountain community. We also recongize that we couldn’t do what we do without the backing of a remarkable community.

Throughout the next year, we plan to share our stories. We hope to touch your heart in much the same way as our patients have touched ours. We also want you to know us and why we do what we do.

Please follow along in Serenity, Canyon Courier, Clear Creek Courant and the 285 Hustler as well as our social media pages to learn why Our Heart is in the Home. We think you’ll be inspired.

Our Patients

A Mother’s Love Runs Strong – Gil Schaenzle’s Story

In 2016, Gil Schaenzle’s daughter Anna Rose was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroencrine (NET) cancer. After surgeries to remove nearly 10 pounds of tumors from her body and intense rounds of chemotherapy, Anna Rose died age 21. Below you’ll watch as Gil shares her incredibly personal story; how Mount Evans helped her cope with the heartbreak; and her inspiring journey to help other families facing NET cancer. This story is also featured as the cover story in the July 2019 edition of Colorado Serenity Magazine.

“They took the most horrible experience in the world and made us feel cared for, love and listened to. I’d always been afraid of the word hospice until we had our encounter with hospice, and now, to me, hospice is one of the most beautiful words in our language.” –Gil Schaenzle

Watch Gil’s story here


The Will To Walk – Nancy Mood’s Story 

Nancy Mood is a fighter. The long-time Indian Hills and now Evergreen resident recently celebrated her 65th birthday. In order to get to her birthday party, she did something doctors told her she would never be able to again, she walked.

The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other is one of those things that most of us take for granted. It’s not until we are faced with the prospect of losing this ability or having to relearn it that we realize how it important it is to our health, happiness and independence.

Click here to read Nancy’s story

Our Family

Brenda Barrett
CNA, CHPNA – Certified Nurse Aide

Brenda, a ‘Bailey girl’ through and through, has been caring for patients in her mountain community for 32 years.

“My patients mean the world to me. I connect with them because I really listen to what they have to say. I couldn’t do anything else. I love what I do. It’s my calling. I go home every night and my heart is full.”

To read more about Brenda, click here.

Peggy Fetchenhier
Mount Evans Volunteer

Whether it was putting metal shelving together for the office, working on the Gala for 22 years, helping with the Freedom Run, or crafting Mount Evans Angels, Peggy Fetchenhier has been a treasured part of the Mount Evans family since 1980.

“It has been so rewarding to work with the staff and other volunteers. Many of the volunteers have personal stories with Mount Evans and our time together is often a healing and comforting experience.  It’s all about relationships.”

To read more about Peggy, click here.

Doug Linn
Chief Financial Officer

Doug is a wizard with numbers. He’s been forecasting Mount Evans’ financial future since 1998.

“I feel good at the end of the day because people are getting services. I can’t draw blood. I faint, so I can’t do that stuff, but I can be the person in here supporting our caregivers, making sure payroll happens and managing the finances so that Mount Evans can be here for the community and take care of patients.”

To read more about Doug, click here.

Katie Mullen
Intake Coordinator

Katie Mullen started working with Mount Evans 10 years ago as a Home Health Aide because she wanted to give back to the community she grew up in. Now she’s part of the team that coordinates Mount Evans’ extraordinary care.

“Being that voice on the other end of the phone, I can help patients who are scared or anxious by answering questions and assuring them that we are coming to see them.”

To read more about Katie, click here.

Mary Noonan
CHP-SW, MA – Hospice Social Worker

For more than a decade, Mary has been helping mountain residents and their families navigate the hospice waters in a way that is meaningful and provides the greatest comfort.

“People have a hard time talking about death, yet those that are dying and their loved ones need to talk about it. Providing people the space to open up and not feel so alone is what I find rewarding.”

To read more about Mary, click here.

Shannon Savocchi
Registered Nurse

Shannon Savocchi knows how much it means to patients to live on a mountain. That’s because she lives on one herself in Idaho Springs.

“For people who don’t want to leave their mountain, our hospice care means a lot. It’s a gift to be in your own home, in your own bed with your family around. It’s really an honor to help them on their final journey.”

To read more about Shannon, click here.