Telluride Hospital District Honors 2 Boardmembers, Welcomes 2 More

The Telluride Hospital District (THD) announced this week two board members are retiring and two more have been added, maintaining a board size of five members.

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Both Bill Grun and Albert Roer served respectively as Board Chair and Treasurer for eight years. Their time and energy are being honored with a public reception on May 27, at 5:30p.m. at The Peaks.

During their tenure, the Telluride Medical Center (TMC) has seen substantial growth in both primary care and emergency room visits: over 11,000 primary care patients and over 3,200 patients respectively in 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, primary care visits were up 6.4% and ER visits were up 6.1% over 2013.

In their absence Andrew Karow, Alpine Bank Regional President and Richard Cornelius, an owner of Hotel Columbia, have been appointed.


Andrew Karow & baby daughter

Andrew Karow & baby daughter


“Both of these individuals have extraordinary expertise, and we are delighted they are joining the Hospital District’s board of directors,” said Larry Mallard, THD chair.

Karow carries a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his MBA from the University of Denver in 1996, the same year he joined Alpine Bank. As Alpine Bank’s Regional President, he’s responsible for branches in Telluride, Ridgway, Ouray and Montrose.

Richard Cornelius

Richard Cornelius

Karow has served the community as Treasurer of the Telluride Foundation, Board Member of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, Imogene Pass Run, Telluride Tourism Board, El Pomar Foundation Regional Council member, as Chairman of the Town of Mountain Village Ethics Commission and as a member of the Town of Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan Task Force. Karow, his wife Katie and their children live in Mountain Village.

Cornelius serves as President of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, Treasurer for the Telluride Tourism Board, and as an adviser to the Telluride Venture Accelerator. He was formally a senior executive for a large consulting and technology firm based in Silicon Valley. He and his wife Lynn Brubaker have been full-time residents of Telluride since 2003 and frequent visitors since 1999.

Cornelius has an undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from UCLA.

Founded in 1978, the THD aims to provide Telluride with the highest quality, comprehensive Primary Care and Emergency and Trauma Services.

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