What is the NOVA Award?
In the universe, a NOVA is a star that suddenly increases
in brightness to several times its normal magnitude. The NOVA Award honors innovation in programs/services or innovations in business operations, within Boulder County's non-profit sector. The NOVA Awards were established by The Community Foundation in 1997 and will be presented this year at a time and venue TBA..
The 2012 NOVA Award goes to Longmont Surgical MIssion which provides free surgical services to the most needy patients in the Longmont United Hospital catchment area. Dr. Elzinga reached out to the Longmont medical community to create a pro-bono surgery program with local physicians and with non-profit Longmont United Hospital donating space, supplies, equipment and staff. This program streamlines physicians'individual pro-bono efforts into a single day once every three months. Salud Family Health Clinic in Longmont is the medical home for the majority of the patients Longmont Surgical Mission treats. Salud's employees volunteer their time to these clients providing patient navigation services including translation and transportation.