Dear Colleagues,

I extend my sympathies to all who have been affected by the Marshall and Middle Fork fires in Boulder County on Dec. 30. My family and I were some of the thousands who evacuated on Dec. 30 and spent three agonizing days and nights displaced at a hotel until we could return on New Year’s Day to see if our house withstood the blaze and wind. We were fortunate to suffer only minor damage from smoke and ash, and a very small inconvenience of a temporary loss of utilities. I know many more in my community, including my physician colleagues, who have not been so fortunate. 

Rising to our strategic goal to help physicians when they are in need of help, CMS staff have reached out to those we have identified in the affected areas. For all others who have suffered losses in these fires, please don’t hesitate to contact CMS at (720) 859-1001 or We will do our best to help you with any need for your home or practice.  Staff have also begun developing a list of resources for those affected and those wishing to help, in partnership with the Boulder County Medical Society. View this list of resources at

Finally, I find that disasters such as this can bring out the best in our community. If you have an inspirational story to share, please do so by emailing me at I thank each and every one of you for your membership.


Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH

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