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The Genesis of Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute

Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute formed as a natural extension of the Highlands/PSL Podiatric Residency Program. Current members of the Board of Directors are all members of the Residency Committee of the Highlands/PSL Podiatric Residency Program. In addition, the members are graduates of the aforementioned residency program. The program was initially started by Dr. John Buckholtz in 1975 and was known as Highlands Residency Program. At its inception, the program began academic meetings including weekly program called CPC or Clinical Pathology Conference.

The meeting was attended by many area podiatrists. It was originally a multipurpose conference where residents would provide lectures and attending physicians would review difficult cases and provide x-rays for review. Shortly after his graduation from residency training, Dr. Paul Stone established Journal Club and had a dream of creating a sponsor of continuing education associated with the residency program. The dream became a reality when Drs. Paden and Farrett began the application process for continuing medical education sponsorship in November 2004.

By assessing the needs of local podiatric surgeons, it was ascertained that there is a paucity of quality,reliable academic meetings designed specifically for the foot and ankle surgeon. Therefore, it was concluded that Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute would fill the void by drawing from the residency program’s 34 years of high quality graduates. A large number of our graduates have gone on to start new residency programs and became leaders in the field. Many are published and are nationally recognized.

The Institute also includes speakers who are recognized faculty members associated with the residency program. Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute showcases the talents of our graduates while being mindful of the needs of the podiatric surgeon serving the Rocky Mountain Region.

Mission Statement

The Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute was created for the educational purpose of fostering continuing education through a multi-media and multi-disciplinary approach to advance training of podiatric surgeons while maintaining focus on quality and safe patient care. The medical field is constantly changing and the ability to share procedures, information and equipment knowledge is crucial.

The Institute is designed to stay in contact with educational institutions, equipment manufacturers, athletic trainers and other doctors in the field who may develop procedures, equipment, or research results that can advance the effectiveness of the podiatric field of medicine.

Communication advances are done via outreach programs, seminars, presentations, newsletters, emails, contacts and printed materials produced from research done by the Institute. The goal is to develop a wide variety of materials related to the field and will make this material available to practicing podiatric surgeons and doctors across the world.

A website and email address has been developed, www.highlandsfootandankleinstitute.org. The institute has conducted seminars and training of residents and surgeons in the podiatric field on current effective procedures and equipment. These seminars have been well received and interest from participants for financial support of the seminars has been extensive.

Interest in expanding the topics of seminars and using donated or purchased cadavers for procedures has been stated. Continuing education credits can be awarded to participants from the participation in these seminars. Scholarships from the institutes will be awarded on a non discriminatory basis according to need and academics field of study of the medical residents. Follow up help from the Institute will be available to the residents via email and online information as well as additional seminars. We are hoping to expand to different locations with regard to classes and seminars as the invitations from medical facilities arrive.

Plans for an inner city clinic are underway. In order to facilitate this, grants from different organizations will be solicited.

The interest in our seminars and training from organizations and individuals has been extensive. As in all economic times, funds are limited and organizations are willing to donate to not for profit organizations that further the medical field. Therefore the need for the 501(c)3 designation is crucial to the growth and outreach of the Institute.

Fund Raising

Utilization of the fundraising activities is:

  1. Grants from foundations interested in supporting educational activities related to the advancement of medical education and development of reference materials.
  2. Equipment suppliers have expressed interest in paying for booths at seminars in order to display and demonstrate the newest technology in equipment.
  3. Web site development and email has been effective in getting the information out to interested seminar participants and suppliers as well as presenters. Development of online seminars that will fit into busy surgeons life schedules are part of the curriculum. Fees for these seminars will be part of the fundraising procedures.
  4. Seminars fees and sponsor fees from hospitals and medical research have been a part of the generated income. Seminar fees from participants are a small part of the revenue generated.
  5. Sponsor fees to medical residents from fellow medical doctors for seminars also generates funds.
  6. General donations for the various projects from private foundations and medical colleagues supporting the Institute’s work and furthering the research has been part of the fund raising.
  7. Volunteer seminar presenters helped establish the Institute and their continued support for the work has been invaluable.
  8. Medical vendor booths provide informational literature regarding equipment. This has provided additional revenue.

It is the intention of The Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute to limit its fundraising activities to the State of Colorado for the near future. It is the expectation of the Institute that it will always limit its fundraising activities to its own account. At this time the Institute does not expect to hire another organization to raise funds for it.

Restated articles of incoproration with amendments of Highlans Foot And Ankle Institute

Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute is a Colorado not-for-profit corporation the “Corporation”, herein adopts, pursuant through of the Colorado Corporation Code, the following amendments and restatement of its Articles of Incorporation, as previously filed on June 21, 2006. Such articles of incorporation hereby are amended in their entirety and added to as set forth herein. All amendments and additions made hereby have been made in conformity with the provisions of the Colorado Non-Business Corporation code.

There were no shares of stock of this Corporation. As such it is the action of the Board of Directors of the corporation with has resulted in these restated articles, the entire Board of directors has voted in favor of these restated Articles of July 2, 2006, as required by law, and such amendments and additions correctly set forth the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation and supersede in their entirety the original Articles of Incorporation. The amendments and additions do not affect any change in the Corporation’s stated capital.

Pursuant to the foregoing, the Corporation does hereby amend and restate its Articles of Incorporation, to be effective as of July 2, 2006 as provided 7-030-103 of the Colorado Corporation Code, as follows:

  • FIRST: The name of the Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute
  • SECOND: The purpose for which the corporation is organized is to engage exclusively in charitable, religious, educational, and/or scientific purposes under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • THIRD: Powers. Subject to any specific limitations imposed by these Articles of Incorporation, the powers the corporation shall have are as follows:
    • (a) All these powers specified in the Colorado Non Business Corporation Act.
    • (b) The power to carry out the purposed herein above set forth in any state, territory, district or possession of the United States, or in any foreign country, to the extent that such purposes are not forbidden by the law of such state, territory, district, or possession of the United States, or by such foreign country, and in the case of any state, territory, district or possession of the United States, or foreign country, in which one or more of such purposes are forbidden by law, to limit the purpose or purposes which the corporation proposes to carry on in such state, territory, district or possession of the United States, or foreign country, to such purpose or purposes as are not forbidden by the law thereof in any certificate for application to do business in such state, territory, district or possession, of the United States, or foreign country.
    • (c) The power to indemnify any director, officer, or employees, or former director, officer or employee of the corporation, or any person who may have served at its request as a director, officer, or employee of another corporation against expenses actually and necessarily incurred by him in connection with the defense or settlement of any action, suit or proceeding in which he is make party by reason of being r having been such director, officer, or employee, except in relation to matters as to which he shall be adjudged of misconduct to the performance of duty, and except that the corporation shall have the power to reimburse for the Board of Directors that is was to the interests of the corporation that such settlement be made and that such director, officer, or employee was not guilty of negligence or misconduct. Such rights of indemnification and reimbursement shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights to which such director, officer, employee may be entitled under any by-law, agreement, vote of shareholders, or otherwise.
  • FOURTH: No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its member, trustees, officers, directors or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be carrying on about propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
  • FIFTH: Upon dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to the state or local government, for a public purpose.
  • SIXTH: The address of the corporation’s initial registered office is 16092 Parkside Drive, Parker, CO 8034, and the name of the registered agent at such address is William D. Farrett.
  • SEVENTH: The numbers of directors constituting the initial Board of Directors of the corporation is three. The names and address of the persons who are to serve as directors until their successors are elected and shall qualify are:
    • Name: William D. Farrett
      Address: 18801 Main Street Parker, CO 80134
    • Name: Matthew Paden
      Address: 7615 west 38th Ave., Suite B-123 Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
    • Name: Paul Stone
      Address: 250 Lead King Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80108
    • Name: Brett Sachs
      Address: 7615 west 38th Ave., Suite B-123 Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
    • Name: Keith Naftulin
      Address: 6169 S. Balsam Way, #290 Littleton, CO 80123
  • NINTH: The name and address of the incorporator is William D. Farrett, who is also a director and listed and signed below. Dr. Farrett is also the original Registered Agent.
    • William D. Farrett
    • Paul Stone
    • Brett Sachs
    • Keith Naftulin