Medical Care and Facilities
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Greer Gardner , Volunteer
When not at Camp I am a: Town of Vail community host, golfer, skier, and a volunteer for Bravo! and Roundup River Ranch.
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2009
How would you describe camp in three words? Life-changing experience.
In what volunteer role do you serve at Roundup River Ranch?
I volunteer in the administrative office. I write notes to our donors, make phone calls, solicit in-kind donations, and help with special projects. I am also a member of the Board of Directors.
Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? I spent 11 years as a patient
advocate and insurance specialist at Children’s Hospital in Denver, so I witnessed the toll a serious illness takes on a family.
Children with serious illnesses focus so much on their illnesses- they have few friends and are often isolated from everything except hospitals, doctors,
nurses, and medication schedules. After a diagnosis, “normal” childhood ceases. Camp offers the chance for children with serious illnesses to simply focus on being kids.
How do you think you’ve made a difference as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? My time is spent encouraging others to support camp or thanking them for their generosity so that camp can continue to offer experiences totally free to our campers and their families. I have also introduced several of my friends to the magic of Roundup River Ranch at camp events, A Grateful Harvest and A Taste of Camp.
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? I can see that “outside” help is a benefit to the staff so that they can focus on other tasks. The projects I complete are often just “time consuming” and relieve the staff to focus on other things.
What is your favorite memory from volunteering? I have served on the A Grateful Harvest committee for three years and it is very gratifying to see that unique evening be a resounding success.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It continues to make me realize how grateful I am to be a small part of such a dedicated group as the Roundup River Ranch family.
To paraphrase Paul Newman “You can leave camp, but camp never leaves you.” When you hear a camper describe what camp has meant to him or her, you know that all you do to support the continued mission of camp is so important. I am so proud to be a part of the Roundup River Ranch team- the most professional, dedicated, and enthusiastic group I have ever been associated with.
Some of the most renowned medical professionals in the Rocky Mountain region are here. (Although they may be wearing a tutu or superhero cape when you meet them.)
Roundup River Ranch offers a unique combination of awesome camp fun and pediatric, specialty-specific medical care. We know it takes a lot of trust for parents and guardians to feel good about their kids coming to camp and we want to make sure families and campers have the utmost peace of mind about the care we offer.
We provide comprehensive, individualized medical care for each of our campers. We recruit physician and nurse volunteers with experience caring for children who have the medical conditions we serve. These professionals leave their lab coats and scrubs behind and join our medical team at camp. And while they may not “look” like doctors or nurses when they’re swinging from a zip line, the truth is they are constantly focused on the needs and well-being of every camper.
Amazing medical facilities just steps from all the fun.
Our medical facility, called The Depot, is a state-of-the-art facility stocked with all the medical equipment and supplies needed to provide urgent, emergent and routine pediatric care. We work closely with families to ensure that every aspect of their child’s care is done exactly the same way at camp that is done at home. This includes accessing central lines, providing IV therapy, and even overnight peritoneal dialysis. We have nurses and doctors available and on call 24 hours a day while campers are on site.
The best of the best for our campers.
We know physicians and nurses are incredibly busy in their professions. But that doesn’t stop them from volunteering their precious free time to join us at camp and make the experience all the more memorable for our campers. Many of these amazing, compassionate people are the same world-class physicians, surgeons, and medical professionals who care for our campers in clinics and hospitals back home.
For physicians and nurses interested in joining us as a medical volunteer, pediatric clinical experience is preferred and eligibility to volunteer is determined following a personal interview. Preference is given to medical volunteers with experience and training in the diagnoses being served each session.
“I want every kid to be able to keep a little bit of camp inside them all year. Kids need medicine to heal their illnesses but they need camp to heal their soul.” - Dr. Lia Gore