“The shortage of available registered nurses on the Western Slope is a critical issue facing our health care system. CMC is committed to addressing this need for our communities."

– Ferdinand “Tito” Liotta, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, CMC Foundation Board member, and Chairman of the Campaign for Rural Nursing Success


Help nurses step into the workplace!

CMC’s Rural Nursing Success Fund helps nursing students on Colorado’s Western Slope get the training they need to step into the workplace. Specifically, the fund will provide:

  • New, high-fidelity nursing simulation laboratories in Steamboat Springs, Spring Valley and Breckenridge
  • Scholarships and innovative financial aid options for CMC Nursing students

CMC’s investment in three new high-fidelity simulation laboratories will enable our nursing program to offer the highest quality educational experience in the most efficient manner. Students can complete up to 50% of their clinical hours in the simulation lab, reducing the need for costly travel to distant training sites. Simulation is proven to foster the critical thinking, self-confidence and quick reflexes necessary to prepare students for the clinical environment.

Financial need can be a significant impediment to capable students seeking to become nurses. In addition to supporting the construction of the new simulation labs, the Campaign for Rural Nursing Success will fund new nursing scholarships, as well as innovative financial aid opportunities for our nursing students. Our goal is to be able to offer scholarship or financial aid to all students who apply.

Invest in the future of healthcare in your rural community!

For more information on how to contribute to the Rural Nursing Success Fund, please contact:
Diana Scherr, Director of Development

The Colorado Enterprise Zone Program provides an additional tax credit on gifts supporting nursing simulation labs at our Steamboat Springs and Spring Valley campuses. Donors who make a qualifying gift may claim an additional income tax credit of 25% on cash donations and 12.5% on stock gifts, up to a maximum yearly credit of $100,000. The chart below is for illustrative purposes only.

Costs / Savings Federal Income Tax Bracket
25% 33% 39.60%
Contribution $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00
Enterprise Zone Tax Credit ($1,250.00) ($1,250.00) ($1,250.00)
Charitable Deduction (Colorado) ($231.50) ($231.50) ($231.50)
Charitable Deduction (Federal) ($1,250.00) ($1,650.00) ($1,980.00)
Reduced Federal Benefit of Tax Savings $370.38 $488.90 $586.67
Total Tax Savings ($2,361.12) ($2,642.60) ($2,874.83)
After Tax Cost of Gift to CMC $2,638.88 $2,375.40 $2,125.17
Cost Per Dollar to Contribute $0.53 $0.47 $0.43