Parkview Starlight Gala
The 42nd Annual Starlight Gala will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Parkview Health System. The Gala will be one of many events to highlight the 100th anniversary of Parkview throughout 2023.
Onward and UPWARD. Parkview in the 1960’s.
Medical innovations in the 1960’s included complete air conditioning and artificial lighting systems, adjustable electric beds, carpets or tile in private rooms, pass-through refrigerators in the kitchen, central milk kitchens, central sterile supply services, automatic X-ray processors, auto-analyzers in the laboratory, plastic bags for blood, identification bracelets for patients, pneumatic tube systems for communications and, not least, updated power systems to provide stable current for machinery and surgical equipment.
A boom in population growth in Pueblo and surrounding areas of southern Colorado led to the continued expansion of Parkview facilities. In the 1960 census, Pueblo was ranked as the second largest city in Colorado
Within a month of opening the two-story facility in 1961, the new medical-surgical wing was already at full capacity. In order to accommodate the increased patient load, a new addition of three stories and a solarium was added to the structure and completed in 1966. The facilities included a new radiological cancer treatment department, a complete obstetrical floor, a pediatric section, an updated surgical center, a psychiatric unity and an expanded lab area.
In 1967, the Penthouse was expanded and remodeled and a new Chapel was built on the top floor of the main structure.
But more space was needed, and the hospital system began work on a new building located to the north of the hospital. Set to open in 1970, a new four-story North Annex will be built to include 46 beds, along with an expanded cafeteria.
The hospital has undergone many additions since 1926 and today is Pueblo’s largest healthcare provider and one of three community-based hospitals in Colorado. Parkview Health System operates as a Colorado non-profit organization and is Pueblo’s largest employer with 3,000 employees and a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The hospital is licensed for 350 beds and offers full range of comprehensive healthcare services including a Level III Trauma Center, orthopedic, cardiology/vascular, women’s health, neurological and behavioral health.
Parkview’s Starlight Gala recognizes community philanthropy
The first Starlight Gala was held in 1980 in the hospital’s cafeteria with 173 guests attending and raised $4,425. This event has evolved immensely and has become one of Pueblo’s premier black-tie staple events. Many deserving individuals and couples have been honored for their support of Parkview along with their philanthropic support of many worthwhile charitable organizations in our community.
Puebloans Joe & Kris Bower, Mark Dunsmoor, Craig Eliot Cisney and Judy Weaver are proudly recognized as the 42nd Annual Starlight Gala Honorees and will be celebrated at our 100th anniversary. Please make plans to join us and applaud this distinguished group for their commitment to our community and Parkview as we present them with the Century of Service Starlight Gala award.
Meet the 42nd Annual Starlight Gala Honorees
Joe & Kris Bower
Craig Eliot Cisney
For more information, call 719.584.4526
2021 Starlight Gala Photo Album sponsored by Park West Imaging