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The Department of Insurance approved an emergency Special Enrollment period thru Friday, April third, to help as many people as possible protect their health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. What does this mean? This means that individuals who are currently uninsured, lost their insurance or will lose their insurance can apply for assistance through Connect for Health Colorado. Mountain Family Health Center’s Enrollment team is ready to help with the enrollment process.

Call at 833.273.6677 to get enrolled today.

03/Apr/2020
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Estimados pacientes y socios de Mountain Family Health Centers,

Estamos dedicados a brindar el mejor y más efectivo tratamiento a nuestros 21,000 pacientes en los condados de Garfield, Eagle y Pitkin. Siguiendo nuestra misión, brindamos sistemas integrados de atención médica, salud mental y salud dental de alta calidad en las comunidades a las que servimos, con consideración especial para los que no cuentan con los servicios médicos y sin seguro medico, independientemente de su capacidad de pago.

En luz de la rápida evolución de la pandemia de COVID-19, queremos informarles que estamos aquí para ayudarlo. A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, puede acceder a su proveedor médico o proveedor de salud mental de Mountain Family a través de video chat y / o consultas telefónicas. Este nuevo modo de atención se llama “telesalud” y le permite ver y hablar con su proveedor desde la comodidad de su hogar.

Para hacer una cita de telesalud con su proveedor médico o proveedor de salud mental, llame a Mountain Family al 970-945-2840.

Según el Dr. Chris Tonozzi, “Las consultas telefónicas y de telesalud son ideales para los pacientes. El sistema está centrado en el paciente y es propicio para mantener a los pacientes en casa. Es conveniente y eficiente. Protege a los pacientes, los trabajadores de la salud y la comunidad de la exposición al COVID-19 “.

El proceso de telesalud se inicia llamando a MFHC al 970-945-2840 y solicitando una consulta. Usted, como paciente, necesitará acceso al correo electrónico y a un teléfono mobil o computadora (habilitado con una cámara de video, micrófono y altavoz) para consultas de “telesalud”. Al hacer la cita, recibirá un correo electrónico de Mountain Family confirmando la cita y explicando cómo conectarse. A la hora de la cita, se conectará a su computadora o teléfono mobil y se encontrará cara a cara con su proveedor médico o proveedorde salud mental.

Como aconseja el Dr. Tonozzi, “Nuestros pacientes podrán quedarse en la comodidad de sus hogares, y aquellos que estén saludables se librarán de la exposición al COVID-19 por parte de aquellos que estén enfermos. Estamos entusiasmados de estar entrando en esta nueva fase de atención médica para tratar mejor a nuestra comunidad. También podemos evaluar otras enfermedades a través de consultas de telesalud, incluidas enfermedades crónicas como hipertensión, depresión, y ansiedad. Podemos surtir sus medicamentos necesarios. Podemos abordar otras preocupaciones como erupciones cutáneas (sarpullido), infecciones urinarias y planificación familiar “.

Para programar una consulta virtual de telesalud o salud mental con su proveedor de MFHC, llámenos al 970-945-2840. Si la telesalud no es una opción para usted o sus necesidades, llámanos al 970-945-2840 para hablar con nuestras enfermeras y programar una consulta telefónica tradicional.

El enfoque de Mountain Family es reducir la propagación del Coronavirus, proteger la infraestructura local de atención médica y atender a las personas más vulnerables de nuestra comunidad. Asuma la responsabilidad personal de ayudar a detener la propagación de COVID-19  practicando acciones de higiene personal para proteger a los demás.

Le recomendamos firmemente que practique el distanciamiento social y que minimice las interacciones sociales innecesarias en los condados de Eagle, Pitkin y Garfield.

Para obtener recursos sobre COVID-19 del Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE), visite: https://covid19.colorado.gov/

Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades Link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html

Para obtener recursos de nuestros socios locales de salud pública del condado, visite:

Salud Pública del Condado de Pitkin

Salud Pública del Condado de Eagle

Salud Pública del Condado de Garfield

Departamento de Salud y Medio Ambiente de Colorado Link: https://www.garfield-county.com/public-health/files/sites/26/021420_Fact-Sheet-in-Spanish.pdf

Una de las mejores maneras de ayudarnos ahora es hacer un donación para ayudarnos a abordar la pandemia de COVID-19. Si está interesado en donar, por favor done aquí.

Estamos agradecidos por nuestros pacientes y deseamos compartir las palabras de un paciente reciente que dijo: “Aprecio a todos en esta organización y todo lo que Mountain Family hace porque estamos todos juntos en esto, y todos vamos a superar esto juntos.”

Estamos aquí para cuidar de usted y su familia como lo hemos hecho durante los últimos 40 años. Juntos, esperamos apoyar a comunidades saludables y vibrantes y a las personas necesitadas. Gracias por su colaboración con nosotros.

Sinceramente,

Ross Brooks, Director Ejecutivo

03/Apr/2020
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Dear Patients and Partners of Mountain Family Health Centers,

We are dedicated to providing the best and most effective treatment to our 21,000 patients across Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties. Following our mission, we provide high-quality integrated primary, behavioral, and dental health care in the communities we serve, with special consideration for the medically underserved and uninsured regardless of ability to pay. 

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know we are here for you. Effective Thursday, March 19, you can access your Mountain Family medical or mental health provider via video chat and/or phone consultations. This new mode of care is called “telehealth” and allows you to see and speak with your provider from the comfort of your own home. 

To make a telehealth appointment with your medical or mental health provider, call Mountain Family at 970-945-2840.  If telehealth is not an option for you/your needs, please contact us at MFHC to speak to our nurses to schedule a phone consultation as needed.

According to Dr. Chris Tonozzi,“telehealth and phone consultations are ideal for patients. The system is patient-centered and conducive to keeping patients at home. It’s convenient and efficient. It protects patients, health care workers and the community from exposure to COVID-19.”

The telehealth process is started by calling MFHC at 970-945-2840 and requesting a visit. You, as a patient, will need access to email and a phone or computer (enabled with a video camera, microphone and speaker). Upon making the appointment, you will receive an email from Mountain Family confirming the appointment and explaining how to connect. At the appointment time, you will connect on your computer or phone and will be face-to-face with your medical or mental health provider. 

As Dr. Tonozzi said, “Our patients will be able to stay in the comfort of their homes, and those who are well will be spared being exposed to COVID-19 by those who are sick. We are excited to be jumping into this new phase of health care to best treat our community. We are also able to evaluate other conditions via telemedicine visits, including chronic conditions such as hypertension, depression, anxiety. We are able to refill your medications. We are able to address other concerns such as rashes, urinary infections, and family planning

To set up a virtual telemedicine or tele-behavioral health visit with your MFHC provider, please call us at 970-945.2840. If telehealth is not an option for you/your needs, please contact us at MFHC to speak to our nurses to schedule a phone consultation as needed.

Mountain Family’s focus is to slow the spread of the virus, protect the local healthcare infrastructure, and care for the most vulnerable members of our community. Please take personal responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing personal hygiene actions to protect others.

We strongly encourage you to practice social distancing and to minimize unnecessary social interactions in Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield Counties.
For resources on COVID-19 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.

For resources from our local County public health partners, visit:
Pitkin County Public Health
Eagle County Public Health
Garfield County Public Health


One of the best ways to help us now is to make a gift to help us address the COVID-19 pandemic. Please donate here.

We are thankful for our patients and wished to share the words of one recent patients who said “I am appreciative of everyone in this organization and everything that Mountain Family does because we are all in this together, and we are all going to get through this together.”

We are here to take care of you and your family as we have for the past forty years. Together, we look forward to supporting healthy, vibrant communities and those in need. Thank you for your partnership with us.

Sincerely,

Ross Brooks, Chief Executive Officer
03/Apr/2020
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Dear Patients and Partners of Mountain Family Health Centers,

Given the confirmed community spread of COVID-19 in Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin Counties, effective immediately 3/16/20, and in an effort to protect the safety of patients, staff, and our communities, Mountain Family Health Centers will be shifting operations to minimize in-person clinic visits at all MFHC locations.

For those experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, please call us at 970-945-2840 prior to visiting any of our clinic locations to be assessed by a member of our healthcare team.  If you are having a medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.

The Mountain Family healthcare teams are available to provide phone and/or telehealth consultations to serve you.

As a Community Health Center, our focus is to slow the spread of the virus, protect the local healthcare infrastructure, and protect the most vulnerable members of our community. Please take personal responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by practicing personal hygiene actions to protect others.

In addition, we strongly encourage you to abide by the public health directive to practice social distancing and to minimize unnecessary social interactions in Eagle, Pitkin, and Garfield Counties for the coming 14 days.

For resources on COVID-19 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus.

For resources from our local County public health partners, visit:

Pitkin County Public Health

Eagle County Public Health

Garfield County Public Health

In health,

Ross Brooks, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Matt Percy, Chief Medical Team

03/Apr/2020
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The Roaring Fork Schools and Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) are partnering together to open a school-based health center in Glenwood Springs High School this fall. 

“We want every student to have access to affordable, comprehensive, integrated health care services, regardless of their legal status, family circumstance, place of residence, or economic means,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. “Opening a school-based health center for our Glenwood school community will be a huge step in achieving this vision.”

Currently, Glenwood Springs is the only community within the Roaring Fork Schools without a school-based health center. During the 2018-19 school year, the Roaring Fork Schools contracted with the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care to conduct a community health needs assessment and found that there is a major gap in health services in Glenwood Springs and an increased need for adolescent health care. The new school-based health center will be centrally located in Glenwood Springs High School. 

“We know that adolescents are generally more in need of health services than younger children and that our highest risk students are even more in need,” Stein said. “By offering health services in school where our students most in need of those services are already at five days a week, we’re removing a critical barrier to make sure our students get the care they need.”

After a thorough planning process, the Roaring Fork Schools met with each potential sponsor to determine capacity and interest in taking on this work. There was consensus that Mountain Family Health Centers is the best fit to operate the new school-based health center in Glenwood Springs as well as the existing centers in the other communities.

“Mountain Family Health Centers have strong roots in our communities and are already the healthcare home for many of our families, including 21,000 people across Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties,” said Stein. “They also have a proven track record of school-based clinics with medical, dental, and behavioral providers.”

Mountain Family Health Centers has received funding from The Colorado Health Foundation, Delta Dental Foundation, Garfield County, and the City of Glenwood Springs, among other funders, to support the capital and operating costs for the Glenwood Springs school-based health center.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Roaring Fork School to expand access to affordable medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare for students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley,” said MFHC CEO Ross Brooks.

For more information on Mountain Family Health Centers, visit www.mountainfamily.org.

03/Apr/2020
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As of February 2020, the Avon School-Based Health Center at Mountain Family has received its accreditation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This certification comes from the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). The PCMH program emphasizes utilization of team-based care to reduce fragmentation within the health system. Research demonstrates building positive relationships between patients and their care teams are more likely to create better health outcomes. PCMH status is awarded to organizations that identify and place the patient at the center of care to achieve this. PCMH recognized organizations are not only more likely to have better patient experiences, they also show increased staff satisfaction and lower overall health care costs.

Located within the walls of Avon elementary, the health center was required to meet strict criteria that demonstrates our communication and coordination efforts to ensure patient needs are met. The staff at the health center showed passion and drive to make changes and adjustments in their workflows to better serve the needs of our population. Avon now joins our Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Rifle, and Edwards locations in obtaining this recognition. We would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff here at Mountain Family for their efforts to provide the highest quality care to our patients. And specifically, to our patients, we thank you for your constant support in making sure your voice is heard and for choosing Mountain Family as your health care provider.

03/Apr/2020
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Nominated by Barb Corcoran

“I would like to nominate Laine.  This month I have had three patients with chronic mental illness, who have been struggling for quite some time, finally find mood stability thanks to Laine (and their own hard work).  This stability included relief from paranoia, crippling depression and suicidal thoughts, constant auditory delusions, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Laine is patient, respectful, thoughtful, and listens to their ideas about how things are going.  I feel that having Laine is helping all of us to become better providers and support our patients struggling with mental illness with compassion and respect.  Yay Laine!”

Nominated by Sara Jacobs

“A patient came in for a medical appointment. I hadn’t seen her for over a year for BH therapy, so I went in to say hello. This is a patient who I saw for several sessions, and she struggled with anxiety and low mood, sometimes calling in near-crisis. This was before Laine was at MFHC, and we struggled to connect this patient with appropriate psychiatric care. Fast forward to this week: Although she didn’t continue with therapy, the pt saw Laine several times in the past year and told me that she has been feeling “emotionally stable” – even  while dealing with some neck pain that had brought her in for the medical appointment.”

03/Apr/2020
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Nominated By: Oyen Hoffman

“I’d like to nominate Matthew King for this month’s Mariposa award. Matthew is an outstanding clinician with mad skills, solid clinical intuition, and wicked smarts. Matthew regularly sees 8 to 10 patients per day, several of which are for 1-hour psychotherapy sessions. This amounts to profound mental and emotional stamina that many behavioral health providers would not be able to withstand. Matthew has a real love for what he does and a deep desire to help the patients he serves here every day. Matthew’s patients come back to him because he is just that good, keeping his schedule full and his patients happy, healthy, and fulfilled. Matthew is a wonderful father to his son while being an active and engaged partner to his significant other, making them the fuel for his hard work and constant efforts to be better. Matthew strives to work well with his team at both our Basalt and Glenwood clinics and wants his teammates to be as happy and healthy as possible. I’d be remiss should I fail to mention Matthew’s brilliant sense of humor, always looking to laugh and make others (or just himself) laugh out loud with witty humor, that almost no one gets. I am happy to call Matthew my teammate and friend. It is one of my honors to be a part of Matthew’s professional journey here at MFHC. I’d like to encourage everyone to take a moment and thanks Matthew for his genuine kindness and service to us, our community, and the patients we all share in serving. With my sincere gratitude.”

03/Apr/2020
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by Dr. Matt Percy

To mark my 35th trip around the sun, I decided to get a mullet! I know mullets are great conversation starters and I figured I should use those conversations for good. I also know there are strong feelings both pro and anti mullet (I am obviously in the “pro” camp). With all that said, I am pleased to announce that I will be using my mullet to raise money for Mountain Family Health Centers, an organization I am proud to work for. Our mission is to provide high quality, integrated primary medical, behavioral, and dental health care in the communities we serve, with special consideration for the medically underserved, regardless of ability to pay. Your donation will help our mission and also help to close out the capital campaign for our new clinic in Basalt, CO. More info on Mountain Family at:
https://www.mountainfamily.org/

Here’s where you come in. If you have strong feelings on either side of the mullet issue, you can vote with your donation to control how long I keep it! I am currently planning to keep the mullet March 1- May 1, but you can move the needle on the end date. At the end of March I’ll tally up the amount of money given to keep the mullet and the amount given to cut it. For each percentage point of difference in donations I’ll either keep a day longer or cut a day sooner. For example, if 10% more is donated in the pro mullet camp, I’ll keep it 10 days longer (Fingers crossed it goes that way!)

If you want your vote to count towards keeping the mullet longer, use this link to donate:
https://fundly.com/keep-the-mullet-for-mountain-family-heal…

If you want me to cut it ASAP use this link:
https://fundly.com/cut-the-mullet-for-mountain-family-healt…

Thanks for considering and let the games begin!
-Matt

P.S.
Please note: Fundly does take a small cut of the donation. if you don’t care one way or the other about the mullet and just want to donate to this great cause, I’d recommend donating directly through the mountain family website listed above by clicking on the donate button in the top ribbon.

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Story courtesy of Valley Life for All https://valleylifeforall.org/voiceability-blog

Meet Karyn ReNae Anderson, a caregiver, incredible cook, leader for change for the blind, and employee at Caregiver Connections.  She is also visually impaired but that does not stop her from being a community icon.  Her voice will change you. 

My name is Karyn ReNae Anderson and I have the challenge of being visually impaired.  I am completely blind; I was not born this way.  I was an artist before I lost my sight.  I was a graphic designer.  I loved doing art and when I was 27 years old, I lost my sight due to some complications with medication.   At that time, I didn’t know what I was going to do. Now, I work for Caregiver Companions.   

In steps Wendy Miller, Board of Directors president for Caregiver Companions.  She took that leap, the one where she looked past Karyn ReNae’s challenge. Wendy looked at Karyn ReNae’s passion, personality, vision for Caregiver Companions, ability to build relationships, and her positive energy.  Wendy trusted in Karyn ReNae’s abilities.

Karyn ReNae recognizes that being blind has made some challenges that cause her to do things a little bit differently.  This does not stop her from serving on numerous committees throughout the county and throughout the region.  Karyn ReNae holds many leadership roles in a wide variety of organizations. 

Her life is so like everybody else’s.  “I married my husband after I lost my sight and we were foster parents in Colorado Springs for a few years.  We adopted our one son who is now 18.  I love working with kids.  I love being with kids.  I love hiking and swimming and I cook, and crochet.  I just do all things that anyone else would do.  I just do it because I love it.  There is nothing I can’t do unless I choose not to do it.

Being blind, one thing that really frustrates me is that people think blindness associates with stupidity, that I don’t know anything.  They also think I am deaf, and they will yell when they want something.   Just accept me for who I am because I’m pretty darn good.  I’m a cool person.”  Wendy believes in Karyn ReNae because she sees her as a whole person. 
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