Community Hospital                                                          Modern Healthcare                             ...
Community Hospital                                                          Modern Healthcare                             ...
Community Hospital                                                               Modern Healthcare                        ...
Community Hospital                                                               Modern Healthcare                        ...
Community Hospital                                                                  Modern Healthcare                     ...
Community HospitalGOAL ITo help employees offset their medical costs by providing a resource they may choose to use forrou...
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2012 Community Leadership Award Nominee

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  1. 1. Community Hospital Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Award May 18, 2012 Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Award Nominating Committee David Burda, Editor It is with great pride that the staff of Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, shares with you, and your readership, why we believe our Ironman deserves recognition for his dedication to community leadership. Four years ago, Chris Thomas took the helm of Colorado West HealthCare System dba Community Hospital. It was clear from the moment he stepped aboard that he was not a leader who just steers the ship, but a passionate leader who lives and breathes the organizational mission, bringing it to life within our community. Our mission, “Community Hospital will improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities we serve,” were simply words on a piece of paper until Chris Thomas took the role of Community Hospital’s President and CEO. Chris believes his role as leader of an organization entrusted with such a precious commodity as an individual’s health should be to dedicate himself and hospital resources to reaching far beyond our walls. He has been a leader who explores innovations in healthcare delivery, and educates groups on health care reform and how we can make a difference locally to improve the health and well being of our community. He understands that simply delivering acute care in a hospital setting does not fulfill our mission “to improve the health and quality of life.” Chris has taken his community leadership far beyond the traditional, expected CEO business connections. As an avid cyclist, swimmer and runner, often competing in true “Ironman” competitions, he not only embraced the active community, but also committed to engaging a much broader and less elite athletic group in more active and empowered lifestyles. He has partnered with groups to do community trail building through the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association and supported Girls on the Run (a group dedicated to introducing young girls to running). He has also committed time, energy and financial resources to virtually every tennis and golf tournament, and running and cycling event held in our community. Supporting youth education and career exploration, particularly focused on healthcare careers, is a strong interest for Chris. Yearly, Community Hospital hosts a career day for over 75 local high school students. We dedicate an entire day so students can visit numerous hospital departments and experience the infinite variety of careers available in our industry. Chris has also dedicated staff time to support Junior Achievement, taking the entire director team (22 people) into a local elementary school to teach JA in a Day. Community outreach education on our national healthcare system and how to effect change locally is a passion for Chris. He has a unique ability to connect at the audience level, taking a very complex topic and making it understandable at all education levels. Page 1 Great People,2021 N. 12th Street • Grand Junction, CO 81501 • (970) 242-0920 • 800-621-0926 Great Care,www.YourCommunityHospital.com Great Choice
  2. 2. Community Hospital Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Award He stresses personal responsibility for health and healthcare expenses and encourages community members to research, seek and demand value in healthcare services. Chris routinely speaks to business leaders, local employers, employee groups, civic organizations and our own employee groups. Through this outreach process with several local employers, including our local school district, he has established an innovative Primary Care Clinic model to improve access to healthcare for many in our community. Knowing true solutions to cost effective healthcare delivery are not going to come from national mandates, Chris has lead the innovation of a program where Community Hospital directly contracts with local employers to assure their employees have access to primary care. This program provides employees of contracted businesses, free or reduced rate primary care visits, a panel of 8 common no-cost lab tests, a formulary of 55 no-cost medications and access to a comprehensive wellness Chris Thomas program, including health coaching (see Community Hospital President and CEO attached fact sheet). In the short time this program has been implemented (three-months), with the 44 schools in our School District, over 600 lives have been touched directly and this number grows daily. Several patients at significant risk have been identified and are being managed pro-actively. The program has made all patients more aware of their health status. These outcomes exemplify the effectiveness of departing from the typical CEO role and reaching out to partner with the patient community. His pursuit of excellence extends beyond the boardroom through more conventional CEO outreach community volunteer activities. He is on the board of the local Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, the Western Healthcare Alliance, the Quality Health Network, Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Colorado Mesa University Advisory Board and serves as the Executive Director of the Community Hospital Foundation. Many connected with these organizations and associated with our Foundation Board have provided their impressions of Chris’s community leadership on the following pages. Page 2 Great People,2021 N. 12th Street • Grand Junction, CO 81501 • (970) 242-0920 • 800-621-0926 Great Care,www.YourCommunityHospital.com Great Choice
  3. 3. Community Hospital Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Award Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce Diane Schwenke, Executive Director “Chris Thomas has been a member of the Grand Junction Chamber Board of Directors for the past two years. In that role, he provided leadership to this business organization on not just health care but many issues affecting the community business climate. His innovative spirit and keen insights have proved invaluable to our organization.” The Grand Junction Economic Partnership Board Ann Driggers- “As the President and CEO of the Grand Junction Economic partnership, I had the good fortune of working closely with Chris Thomas in his capacity as a Board Member of the organization. He was truly committed to our mission of improving the local economy and the well being of the local residents through job creation and income growth. Not only did Chris provide substantial financial support to the organization, but he also provided leadership to our Health Industry Taskforce and contributed his considerable expertise to growing the local healthcare sector, whether or not it benefited his own organization. His focus was always the betterment of the community as a whole, understanding that ‘a rising tide lifts all ships’.” Community Hospital Foundation Board Karen Troester, Foundation Chair “Chris is known for always ‘being there when asked’ and for talking at a level of understanding regarding what is going on in healthcare to the business community. This is a complex subject at a time that is difficult. He really gives the average business person an understanding of healthcare that enables businesses to make good decisions.” Mesa County Board of Commissioners Craig Meis “Chris has played a key role in our community by way of working an innovative and entrepreneurial model to put patients back in control of their healthcare and associated costs with the clinic model. Chris has educated our Board on the State of healthcare in our community and Nation and is a trusted and reliable source of valuable information on anything healthcare related. “ “I have had the opportunity to work with Chris as a leader in the local community; Chris has provided countless hours and significant impact to our community both as a leader and as an outstanding citizen.” Rocky Mountain Health Plans Steve ErkenBrack, President and CEO “Chris Thomas is passionate about improving the lives of individuals within the Mesa County community. This commitment is evident directly through his outstanding leadership at Community Hospital and through his participation with local organizations, such as his roles on the Board of Directors at Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, the Chairman’s Council of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and the Mesa County Health Leadership Consortium. Chris brings a dynamic and innovative perspective to Mesa County healthcare.” Great People, Page 32021 N. 12th Street • Grand Junction, CO 81501 • (970) 242-0920 • 800-621-0926 Great Care,www.YourCommunityHospital.com Great Choice
  4. 4. Community Hospital Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Award Business Incubator Center Jon Maraschin, Executive Director “As the former Chair of the Community Hospital Foundation Board, I had the opportunity to work side by side with Chris. Through his involvement, the Foundation was able to raise a significant amount of money which was put to exceptional use across a broad spectrum, including diabetes education and the purchase of radiology equipment which has raised the level of care in our local community.” “Through his active support of the cycling community in the Grand Valley, Chris has had a hand making our community one of the best places for outdoor recreation in the country.” Home Loan & Investment Co. James D. Hamilton, Owner “Chris Thomas has embraced this community by giving back quickly in his first years here. His support of Colorado Mesa University, community events such as the Junior College World Baseball series (JUCO) and local bike races, displays his leadership style - get involved, do good work and people will recognize it and the entire community will benefit. Chris has made an instant positive impact upon Western Colorado.” West Star Aviation Rick Brainard, VP Sales “I have known Chris Thomas for about two years. In the time I have come to know Chris, it is clear to me he is a medical leader of the future. Chris engages in his community and the businesses within to take the time to explain, in lay terms, what is happening in healthcare and the future. From his leadership, businesses like West Star can make better healthcare choices which leads to happier employees. I am very thankful to have a healthcare leader like Chris in our community and as a partner.” Colorado Mesa University Tim Foster, President “Chris Thomas is one of the rare community leaders that cares just as much about helping others as he does about the inner workings of his hospital. With Chris at the helm, Colorado Mesa University and Community Hospital have been able to develop creative partnerships that benefit patients, students and our community at large.” Page 4 Great People,2021 N. 12th Street • Grand Junction, CO 81501 • (970) 242-0920 • 800-621-0926 Great Care,www.YourCommunityHospital.com Great Choice
  5. 5. Community Hospital Modern Healthcare Community Leadership Award Hanson International of Western Colorado Dale Rooks, CFO “Chris Thomas has been instrumental in helping our organization take control of our health care costs. His proactive approach to wellness and preventative care fills a need that has been lacking in our community. The time he personally took, spending multiple evenings and weekends to educate our employees and their families about the benefits of prevention and health care expense management are way above and beyond what we have ever experienced. His innovative approach Chris Thomas to health management is exactly what is Teaching Junior Achievement needed in the health care system.” Scenic Elementary Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado Christy Whitney, President and CEO “Chris Thomas has generously shared his leadership as a member of the Board and Executive Committee at HPCWC. Certainly his knowledge and expertise add significant value, but his communication and vision has been the most valuable to the organization. He has participated in transformational leadership that has increased our organization’s capacity to serve our community in the best way possible and assured integration at the patient level between hospice and the hospital. We are most grateful.” Hilltop Community Resources Michael Stahl, CEO “From Chris’ very first days as the CEO, he brought ‘community’ back to Community Hospital and continues to make Community an integral component of Grand Junction. Chris understands the fabric of a community requires strong leaders and an overall commitment towards improvement. He demonstrates this with his time and leadership on various boards, his financial support of multiple organizations and his commitment to an innovation of services, all with an effort to better our community.” Mesa County Health Department Jeff Kuhr, Ph.D., Executive Director “In response to funding cuts related to health reform, the Mesa County Health Department has had to quickly make adjustments to its family planning and immunization programs. Chris Thomas is helping us through the transition by allowing us to utilize Community Hospital’s medical records software and billing resources. We also see Community Hospital as a place where we can refer clients for procedures we are no longer able to offer. Successful public health efforts are the result of agencies willing to collaborate to address a common goal. With this in mind, the Mesa County Health Department sincerely values its partnership with Chris Thomas and Community Hospital.” Page 5 Great People,2021 N. 12th Street • Grand Junction, CO 81501 • (970) 242-0920 • 800-621-0926 Great Care,www.YourCommunityHospital.com Great Choice
  6. 6. Community HospitalGOAL ITo help employees offset their medical costs by providing a resource they may choose to use forroutine medical care, generic common prescriptions and common lab tests at significantly reducedprices. � Access to Primary Care (please see reverse for a list of affiliated physician groups) � Health Coach / Care Coordinator � Multiple Access Points for Cost-effective Care: • Grand Valley Primary Care, 8 providers all accepting new pediatric, adolescent and adult patients Physician Office visits to Grand Valley Primary Care are included in the scope of the contract • Grand Valley Urgent Care, after hours urgent care, open 7 days a week, $25 co-pay • Community Hospital ED, 24/7 physician care, $25 co-pay for urgent care level visits � Formulary of 55 No-cost Common Prescriptions are Included in the Scope of the Contract: • Pediatric Formulary - 11 most commonly used pediatric medications • Adult Formulary - 44 medications most frequently used by District 51 population � Eight Common Laboratory Tests are Included in the Scope of the Contract: • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) • Lipid Panel • TSH Thyroid Stimulating Hormone • Urinalysis • Complete CBC W / Auto Diff WBC • Glycosylated Hemoglobin Test (A1C) • Strep Culture / Confirm GOAL IIProvide a resource so more individuals will takecare of their health and wellness prior to having asignificant health issue caused by lack of regulartreatment. � Proactive Program to Improve Health and Wellness Through our Health Management Program: • Onsite Health Screening Services • Health Risk Assessment • Comprehensive On-line Wellness Portal - helps clients manage their health, set goals and monitor health year after year
  7. 7. GOAL IIICosts for these types of services to remain flat for the district’s medical plan. � Utilization of Community Hospital’s Services – A Great Value: • Generally services at Community Hospital are 30% less expensive • A coordinated system of primary care has historically been the most cost- effective care modelPROPOSED OUTCOMESThis relationship is just the beginning of a partnership to improve the health and wellness of theDistrict 51 employees and lower costs. The next phase includes a major healthcare cost savingson hospital expenses.COMMUNITY HOSPITAL PHYSICIANSGrand Valley Primary Care: Physician office visits, contracted prescription formulary and lab testsare all no-cost benefits.Physician / Provider Clinical Interests Brian T. DiMarzio, MD Family Medicine, Adolescent and Adult David M. Gordon, MD Newborns, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Men’s & Women’s Health Katherine E. Howe, DO Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Family Medicine, Prevention and Wellness Charles S. Nowak, DO Family Medicine, Promotion of Health Awareness David W. Terry, DO Family Medicine Vicky Mathwig, MD Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Chronic Illnesses, Health Maintenance Angela Kurtz, MD Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Family Medicine Terry Villarreal-Golba, PA-C Women’s & Adolescent Health, Family Medicine, Chronic Case ManagementAFFILIATED PHYSICIANSProviders affiliated with our network are listed below. Employees seeking care with theseproviders are eligible for the no-cost contracted prescription formulary benefits.Family Medicine: Obstetrics & Gynecology: James R. Pasterz, DO Barry W. King, MD, FACOG Tarek T. Arja, DO Katie J. Mang-Smith, MD Jeffrey W. Bowman, DO Ronald D. Ridgley, DO, FACOG Thomas A. Moore, DO David S. Robbins, MD, FACOG Melissa A. Schmalz, DO Kevin K. Howell, DO, FACOG Jennifer J. Stroh, DO Nicholas J. Perez, MD Daniel P. Thompson, DO Anita Sheetz, CNM Andrew W. Winnefeld, MD Internal Medicine: Richard A. Kingston, DO Frederic B. Walker, IV, MD Lynne Bigler, C-FNP Barry W. Holcomb, MD Sylvia Saunders, C-FNP John C. Hornsby, MD Debbie Twardowski, NP Florian D. Seeberger, MDPediatrics: Donald E. Maier, MD Aurelio (Gene) Etcheverry, DO Mark A. Twardowski, DO tients iatric pa Jan Leah Lamb, DO Kelly A. King, MD ig & ped y Mathw Merrilee J. Okey, DO Kent B. Fryberger, DO Dr. Vick Charles A. Rademacher, DO Mktg/District 51/2012/ District 51 Fact Sheet

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