Medical Care and Facilities
Dr. Ed de Zoeten
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Ed de Zoeten, Medical Volunteer
When not at Camp I am a: Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2010
Favorite Camp Activity: Zip lining
Favorite Meal at Camp: Breakfast
Favorite Camp Dance: I love all the dances, it’s fun to just get moving. But I really love“Ice Cream and Cake”.
What do you like to do when you’re not volunteering? I love spending time with my 4 kids and my wife, going to soccer games, plays, recitals. I love
skiing as much as possible and my new thing is playing the ukelele.
How would you describe camp in three words? Joyous, humbling, laughter
In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I am a medical volunteer. I provide medical care for anyone at camp, and
hopefully provide peace of mind for parents and campers that camp is a safe and positive place even when you have multiple medical issues. But I will do anything that is needed..clean, play, talk, listen.
Why do you think it’s important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? Providing a “typical” camp experience to kids that, due to their illness, may not be able to experience this outside of Roundup River Ranch is invaluable. This is often the first time that these campers interact with other kids that have similar issues, they learn they are not alone, they learn independence, they make life long friends. All of these life experiences are priceless.
How do you feel volunteer time has made a difference to Roundup River Ranch campers? I think my patients that go to camp see me there acting like a kid, not dressed like a doctor, wearing costumes, or dancing and it changes their perspective of me a bit. We have something in common that we can reminisce about. In addition, I think as physicians we provide the safety net for campers to stretch their wings in ways they haven’t before.
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? The joy on the campers' faces and the friends I have made at Roundup River Ranch.
What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? I have so many great memories that it’s hard to pick. One was when a camper came up to me after dancing and said to me “Dr. Ed... you are so weird! I’m glad you are here!” Others include night fishing and the first time I was invited to candle chat.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It recharges my batteries every year. It gives me a different perspective on why I do what I do. It also has shown me how you can impact a child’s life in so many different ways.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? This is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. There is no greater gift, for both the giver and the receiver, than making a child smile.
What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Do it!! You won’t be sorry you did it. Be ready to play, laugh, work, participate and come home re-energized.
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