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Jun 16: Memorial Health System Hosts Wine and Microbrew Tasting to Benefit Specialized Services for Victims of Violence


For Immediate Release

June 16, 2008

Memorial Health System, a leading employer and provider of comprehensive health care services for southern Colorado, hosted its 6th Annual SANE/Forensic Nurse Examiner Program Wine and Microbrew Tasting and Silent Auction on Friday, June 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Warehouse. This event drew more than 200 community members interested in a fun evening and supporting an important cause.

Emceed by Brian Bledsoe, KKTV, the event raised an estimated $7,000 to aide Memorial in caring for victims of violence—specialized care by highly trained registered nurses who assess and document injuries, collect forensic evidence, address immediate physical and psychological needs, and provide resources for follow-up care. Memorial Forensic Nurse Examiner Program is also committed to community education and awareness regarding violence.

Highlights of the event included tasting different red and white wines, sampling Laughing Lab beer, a silent auction chock full of popular items—artwork to pet baskets to golf goodies and more, as well as music played by local favorite, Shadow Mountain Band.

Memorial Health System Forensic Nurse Examiner Program sees nearly 400 cases per year; however, rape is the most under reported felony (only about 16 to 20 percent of cases are reported and treated). The event proceeds will help increase community awareness around violence, as well as support the specialized training requirements needed for registered nurses to practice as forensic nurse examiners.

Memorial Health System Forensic Nurse Examiner program was founded in 1995 as the first of its kind in Colorado. Still the only FNE program in El Paso and Teller counties, it has also become a model program for other hospitals throughout the state.


For more information, please contact Memorial Health System’s Public Relations Office at (719) 365-5235.