Eric Murray: Positive change taking place at Rural Health Network
August 31, 2008
The Grand County Rural Health Network, which works in partnership with healthcare providers throughout the county to expand and improve healthcare through collaboration, has seen some positive news in the last three months.
First, there’s been a change in the leadership of the organization.
Jen Giacomini is now the Executive Director of the Grand County Rural Health Network. Giacomini has been the Community Health Program Coordinator for the Network for the last year.
She is filling the position held by Dorri Penny, who was the Executive Director until she left that job in early August.
Wendy Mielke, a key player for the Network, will remain as Office Manager and has assumed new responsibility as the Granby Medical Campus Capital Campaign Manager.
Dorri, who took the helm of the Network in January of 2005, has implemented a major aspect of the Network’s strategic vision and has led the effort to build healthcare campuses in Granby and Kremmling. She has also presided over developing an excellent working relationship with healthcare providers in Grand County and has implemented several programs that are of direct benefit to county residents.
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Dorri Penny will continue to support the Network as a member of the Network’s Board of Directors after her duties as Executive Director are completed in August.
In other news about the Network, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Carl Marsh, announced last week that he and his wife Gayle, longtime Granby-area residents, plan to move to Hawaii. Therefore, he resigned as Chairman of the Board.
“It has been my extreme pleasure to serve the Board as Chairman, and to serve the citizens of Grand County to better our healthcare services,” Marsh said.
Jeff Pexton, who has served many years on the Board, will serve as Board Chairman until the annual meeting in December.
“I look forward to moving forward with the Network as it carries out its mission. And I’m delighted that Jennifer will serve the Network as the Executive Director,” Pexton said. “The continuing success of our programs such as A.C.H.E.S. and P.A.I.N.S. shows we are helping the underserved in Grand County.”
The mobile medical and dental vans for the county’s uninsured and underinsured children continued to be offered this year.
The Network also offers the Health Advisor Program in which people can call and have health questions answered by a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This program is free and confidential. Call (970) 887-1711 for this service.
The Network also manages and provides the Health Provider Forum. Through advertisements in the local media, especially the Sky-Hi Daily News, the Network lets locals and visitors know about what healthcare services are being offered, and when.
“And the ongoing effort to build a new medical campus in Granby with Kremmling Memorial Hospital District as the major tenant is moving forward,” Pexton added.
“We’re excited about the possibilities for that medical campus.”
The Network helped secure positive indications on a $19.5 million loan from HUD for the health campus facility in June. Also, a new site for the campus has been secured in southern Granby and planning is underway for pre-construction work.
For the Grand County Rural Health Network, a unified and collaborative approach to local healthcare continues to pave the way for improving the quality of life for Grand County’s residents and visitors.
For more information about the Network, go to http://www.gcruralhealth.com or call 970-887-3064.
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