County renews contracts for human services work

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Five local programs that help the disadvantaged have received contract renewals for 2007 from the El Paso County Board of Commissioners. Funding for the Department of Human Services programs was provided through federal, state and country resources.

The Women’s Resource Agency Inc. was awarded $30,000 for its Transitions Self-Sufficiency Program. The program helps low-income and TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) participants with personal and professional development services so they can reach and maintain self-sufficiency.

The Kids Cafe and Send Hunger Packing programs, operated by the Care & Share Food Bank, received $32,000. Care & Share collaborates with 12 partner agencies to improve the nutritional health and development of children from low-income families in El Paso County.

A professional services contract for $94,675 was awarded to Imagination in Education, a Junior Academy Children’s Center program that provides walk-in, on-site child care for families conducting business at the Department of Human Services.

A professional services contract for $240,384 was awarded to Goodwill Industries to provide life skills as an alternative to more intensive services for Department of Human Services’ clients.

Memorial breaks ground

Memorial Health System has started construction for its north campus medical office building.

The 123,000-square-foot, four-story structure on Briargate Parkway will include a GI Ambulatory Surgery Center, an Orthopedic Surgery Center, physician offices, research facilities and a lab. It is scheduled to open next fall.

Health Care Properties Investors is the developer. Davis Partnership Architects of Denver is the project architect and Calcon Constructors of Denver is the general contractor.

Colorado Access hires CEO

Colorado Access, a statewide insurance plan for low-income residents, has named its longtime chief medical officer, Marshall Thomas, as president and CEO. Thomas also will continue in his role as chief medical officer.

During his nine-year tenure, Thomas has worked to manage co-morbid conditions, which occur when patients have both mental health and physical health conditions, such as diabetes and depression. His work has earned MacArthur Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants to determine better ways to treat depression in primary care settings.

Thomas also is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver Health Science Center and vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry.

Wellness work honored

Five Colorado organizations have been recognized as some of the nation’s healthiest companies for 2006, receiving the Wellness Councils of America Well Workplace Award for quality and excellence in worksite health promotion.

The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department, Anheuser-Busch in Fort Collins and Maxtor Corp. in Longmont received gold level awards.

Jefferson County and Rocky Mountain Health Plans in Grand Junction received bronze level awards.

Gold, silver and bronze awards recognize an organization’s level of worksite health promotion commitment, data collection, programs and evaluations.

Platinum-level awards are given to companies that link health promotion objectives with business outcomes.

Since 1991, more than 900 organizations nationwide have been recognized as Well Workplace Award winners.

CHF fills residency posts

The Colorado Health Foundation is expanding its staff to help with its goal to increase the number of primary care physicians in the state.

Kenton Voorhees has been named director of Graduate Medical education.

He will work with the directors of the residency programs, help develop foundation initiatives geared toward increasing the number of primary care physicians in Colorado and serve as the foundation’s staff expert in medical matters.

Brian Dwinnell was selected as the director of the foundation’s medical education program at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center.

He will oversee the foundation’s transitional year residency, based at the center. Dwinnell also is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Brian Bacak is the director of the Rose Family Medicine Residency.

He also teaches at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has worked at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.

The director of the residency program at the Swedish Family Medicine Residency is Brad Winslow.

He has worked at the residency for the past nine years.

The foundation’s medical education programs serve to recruit, educate and place physicians into practice in Colorado and to foster development of a medical workforce that meets Colorado’s health care needs.

Clarification

The Go Red for Women luncheon raised $29,000 at the event.

Overall, the organization raised $160,000 for heart awareness and research in the Pikes Peak region.

Amy Gillentine covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.