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Surprise donation a jump start for Mobile Stroke Program


The phone rang as Kim Nicholson was preparing to leave the office one night in late July. After a moment’s hesitation, she turned back to answer it.
The caller had an unusual offer, said Nicholson, annual giving officer for University of Colorado Hospital Foundation. He had a 2001 Infiniti SUV that he was replacing with a newer model. He wanted to donate it. Could University of Colorado Hospital find a use for it?
Ordinarily a car doesn’t come near the top of the hospital’s donation wish list. But in this case the timing was right. Coincidentally, Nicholson had gotten a request several months earlier from Brandi Schimpf, RN, manager of the Mobile Stroke Program at UCH, for help finding a vehicle that could be used to transport providers shuttling UCHealth’s Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit (MSTU) between Aurora and Colorado Springs.