Remembering former CMS Executive Director Sandi Maloney
Honoring a true Colorado Medical Society legend
Former Colorado Medical Society Executive Director Sandi Maloney passed away on Oct. 2, 2018 due to complications from COPD.
Sandi grew up in Ludlow, SD. She said her work ethic came from experiences on her father’s farm and her dedication from being a championship-level barrel racer. She accomplished much in her life and served as a leader for numerous causes.
Sandi had a long career in health care administration. She started at Blue Cross Blue Shield before moving to the Colorado Medical Society in 1985. In August 1990, after a nationwide search that drew 87 candidates, Sandi became the first woman executive director in the history of CMS. She served in that position for over 14 years, working to better the practice of medicine in Colorado.
Starting in her role as assistant executive director of the physician services division of CMS through the end of her 14-year term leading the medical society as its executive director, Sandi’s leadership led to the passage of legislation too numerous to count that positively impacted physicians as well as the patients and communities they served.
Following her time at CMS, she worked for the Senior’s Resource Center, continuing to serve the health care needs of her community for more than eight years.
Sandi is remembered as being fierce but kind, and a beacon of light to all those who knew her. She had a deep love for her family and friends and was always willing to lend a compassionate ear or a shoulder to cry on. She will be missed greatly.
Sandi is survived by her older sister Ella Mae (age 83), sons Timothy (36) and Greg (40), and grandchildren Ashlyn (14) and Ethan (11), all of whom reside in Colorado. The family expressed gratitude to Wheatridge Manor Care Center and Compassus Hospice, whose providers cared for her at the end of her life. Funeral services were held Oct. 13 in Wheat Ridge, Colo.