Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies (OCR) and Front Range Orthopedics & Spine (FROC) entered into a corporate strategic partnership effective November 15, 2018. The new partnership will include areas of clinical integration, sharing of best practices in operations, sharing of best practices in clinical pathways and outcomes, and clinical research. The combined partnership will have seven NoCo office locations in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Lafayette, Westminster, and Frederick. The merged organization will be led by CEO Michael Bergerson, MHA.
Christmas came three weeks early for recipients of the Fall 2018 Bohemian Foundation Pharos Fund grants. A total of $540,000 was awarded to 37 NoCo organizations that strengthen local communities by supporting youth and helping individuals and families get on the path to economic stability. The average award in this cycle totaled nearly $15,000. Over its 18-year life span, the Pharos Fund has expended nearly $19 million to support local music, community building, civic engagement and sustainability. Applications for the Spring 2019 cycle will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on January 23. Log on at www.bohemianfoundation.org for more information.
The Armstrong Hotel closed on January 1 for a major renovation/restoration. The 1923 iconic landmark is slated to reopen in mid- to late March with nine new guest rooms, an expanded lobby space, and a complete interior refresh. The updated design will complement the hotel’s vintage style that celebrates the long life of the hotel in the center of historic Fort Collins. Renovations will also take place at Ace Gillett’s, which will remain open until Valentine’s Day and then close for renovations and reopen alongside the hotel. You can book reservations for April 1 and beyond at www.thearmstronghotel.com.
Early last month a team of CSU faculty and graduate students attended the 24th Session of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. Led by associate professor Ken Shockley, the CSU team unveiled COMET-Farm, a whole-farm/whole-ranch greenhouse gas accounting tool developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Log on at www.comet-farm.com to see how COMET-Farm works. The CSU delegation also took part in an event on water and food sustainability, and they fielded questions from international reporters at a press conference titled “Student Research and Advocacy in Climate Change.” You can stream the press conference online at
www.unfccc-cop24.streamworld.de/webcast.
Walmart is reimagining itself, and Loveland shoppers may get an early look at the new vision. The SuperCenter at 1325 Denver Ave. is slated to become one of the nation’s first “Walmart Town Centers.” You may start to see signs of the transformation as early as this summer. What, you ask, is a “Town Center?” In a nutshell, it’s a New Urbanish cluster of shops, food trucks, light industrial and recreational amenities rising up from the parking lots and vacant land surrounding the store. Each Town Center will be custom-designed to reflect the culture and aesthetic of the community it serves. Check out www.walmartreimagined.com to peek at design concepts.