Joseph named Accolades Business Leader of 2010

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Zelna Joseph was named the 2010 Accolades Business Leader of the Year today by the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph has been CEO of SET Family Medical Clinic since 2005.

Joseph has been active in the Colorado Springs community for more than 40 years. She is a former City Councilwoman representing District 4 and has served on the Colorado State Board of Health.

Currently, she serves on the governor’s Interagency and Community Council on Homelessness.

During Joseph’s tenure at SET, she and the staff have made significant changes, including:

  • Expanded clinic services to 5 days a week from just three evenings per week
  • Increased donor base by 100 percent
  • Doubled the volunteer base to 600
  • Developed and instituted classes for diabetics and those with high blood pressure
  • Created a Health Literacy Center
  • Focused on the seniors in the community by conducting two senior symposiums
  • Developed a system for complex and acute mental health needs for the ex-offender population
  • Treated over 8,000 patients at the family and homeless clinics
  • Increased children’s immunization clinics from four to eight annually

Joseph, who has worked in the nonprofit arena for 17 years, also established  the Comprehensive Healthcare Re-entry Program, which provides a community response system for people who have been incarcerated.

In the past, she has worked to prevent teen prostitution in the nation’s capital and started an AIDS-prevention outreach program in Russia. Joseph has a master’s degree in liberal studies and language and communication from Regis University.

SET Family Medical, founded in 1990, is a nonprofit that provides basic medical care and holistic wellness services to the uninsured and to low-income children, families and seniors.

SET saves the community more than $3 million each year by diverting non-trauma medical issues from local emergency rooms.

Read more about Joseph in a 2007 Business Journal interview.