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Better reasons than ever to do what we do

To improve health care outcomes.

Goal Statement:
Be a catalyst in improving the quality of health care delivery by reducing adverse outcomes and supporting innovation.

The COPIC Medical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that is part of the COPIC family of companies. Since it was formed in 1991, the COPIC Medical Foundation has provided more than $9 million to improving patient care and medical outcomes. The idea to create a foundation was championed by Harold “Hal” Williamson, COPIC’s first external non-physician board member. He was passionate about philanthropy and encouraged the COPIC Trust Board of Directors to consider giving back to the Colorado health care community in real and meaningful ways. Sadly, Hal passed away in 2001, but his spirit lives on in what the Foundation has become over the years. Today, its efforts extend across multiple states, and it has impacted the lives of many.

2021 Initiatives

Grants Focus
Grants awarded by the COPIC Medical Foundation in 2021 will focus on reducing fragmentation across care settings. A top concern in the field of patient safety, breakdowns in care from a fragmented health care system can lead to readmissions, missed diagnoses, medication errors, delayed treatment, duplicative testing and procedures, and reduction in quality of care leading to general patient and provider dissatisfaction. For the COPIC Medical Foundation, contributing to a solution to this safety concern means supporting scalable or replicable solutions, focusing on the testing of new ideas or growing existing solutions, and then seeing avenues for larger application.

We will update this page when the 2021 grant recipients are announced.

Scholarships for Medical Residents to Attend the Academy of Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety (AELPS)
The COPIC Medical Foundation has a long history of supporting the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety, a program led by internationally renowned patient safety experts. The COPIC Medical Foundation will be sponsoring the week of June 7-10, 2021, which is designed to train medical residents. Residents practicing in the following states can apply for a full scholarship to attend the 2021 AELPS program: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah. Scholarships include books, educational materials, and networking events. If the event is in-person in Breckenridge, the scholarship will also cover airfare, meals, ground transportation, and lodging.

Please note that a virtual format may be substituted pending COVID-19 developments. For more information and to apply, please visit The deadline to submit applications is February 15, 2021.

Request for Proposals
The 2021 COPIC Medical Foundation grant cycle is closed. We will post information about the 2022 RFP Process in early November 2021.

COPIC Medical Foundation Board of Directors

Sophia Meharena, DO, FAAP - Board Chair
General Pediatrics—Aurora

Brian Harrington, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Family Medicine—Steamboat Springs


Alan Synn, MD, FACS
Vascular Surgery—Denver

Rebecca Vogel, MD
General Surgery—Denver


Meredith Hintze, Executive Director of the COPIC Medical Foundation and Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility

Meredith Hintze has been with COPIC since 2019 using her expertise to maximize the impact of the COPIC Medical Foundation in the communities we serve. Prior to joining COPIC, she was at Reach Out and Read Colorado for 10 years, the last three as Executive Director where she was instrumental in growing its program across Colorado’s 64 counties.

Phone: 720.858.6060
Toll Free: 800.421.1834 ext. 6060

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