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Lou Ann Wilroy, CEO of the Colorado Rural Health Center, says a shortage of more than 2,200 primary care providers is expected by 2025 in Colorado, and not just of doctors."We have an 11 percent shortage of nurses statewide, and we expect this will triple in the next 10 years."
Looking at these projections, she suggests many Coloradans may want to start thinking seriously about making a career in healthcare."The number of health care job openings in Colorado is expected to grow by 20 percent over the next 10 years, but the pool of health professionals is expected to shrink by 17 percent."
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Seven new scholars are from the Central Colorado Area Health Education Center (CCAHEC), which covers the seven counties of the metro area plus four other surrounding counties. They include: Carol Benzing, Pharmacy; Morgan Ehlers, Pharmacy; Bethany Fiebelkorn, Psychology; Kyle Gateley, Medicine; Aimee Jacoby, Physician Assistant; Hector Lopez Frisbie, Physician Assistant, and Clayton Shaw, Physical Therapy. The scholars are supported in part by a two-year scholarship from The Colorado Trust that provides up to $15,000 years for two years for full-time enrolled students and $7,500 yearly for students enrolled half time. The scholarship targets enrolled graduate level nursing, allied health, dental, pharmacy, medical and public health students.
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Also mentioned in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel and the Fort Morgan Times.
"I went out to the field and did wound care, casting of fractures, one delivery, and a large amount of care of patients with GI problems causing dehydration. It was all exhausting as our team was seeing 400 patients a day, and sleeping on the ground at night. The most rewarding part was feeling that people were being helped and that we were gaining the trust of the people we treated."
CRHC salutes Dr. King and her colleagues and their tireless efforts serving those in need.
Since its inception in 2001, CPR has placed over 100 clinicians: primary care physicians, physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and oral health providers. Through the generous funding of TCHF, CPR will expand to meet the growing needs of communities statewide, and will collaborate with CCHN, the Primary Care Office (PCO) and other partners to increase provider placements, help providers navigate loan repayment options, enhance current retention strategies, and assist communities with strategic economic development to recruit and retain healthcare providers.
The 2010 Legislative Session is well underway and the Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is working towards the goal of improving healthcare services available in rural communities to ensure that all rural Coloradans have access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality healthcare.
During the 2010 session CRHC is focused on the following priorities:
- Supporting efforts to increase and improve the healthcare workforce in rural and frontier counties of Colorado
- Working to increase the capacity of Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals, and other rural healthcare providers
- Educating policymakers at both the state and federal level about the entire healthcare safety net, which includes Rural Health Clinics, Critical Access Hospitals, and Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics
- Preventing further cuts to provider reimbursement rates and healthcare services
- Tracking federal healthcare reform efforts and protect key rural provisions
CRHC represents and supports Colorado’s 45 Rural Health Clinics and 29 Critical Access Hospitals, in addition to the many independent providers, Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics, and rural residents across the state.
To stay informed and up to speed with the policy activities of CRHC and how you can get involved, please visit The Rural Voice. If you would like more information about CRHC’s Rural Outreach and Advocacy Program, please contact Terri Hurst, Policy Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org
January was a busy month for Colorado Provider Recruitment (CPR), and four rural Colorado communities have a new provider to show for it! Please give these healthcare providers a warm welcome:
- Oswaldo Grenardo, MD
Dr. Grenardo graduated from Rose Family Medicine Residency in ’08 and now has his own family medicine practice in Parker, CO. He will now be assisting in serving the primary care needs in Rocky Ford and Ordway in a part time capacity, working at the Rocky Ford Family Health Center and Centennial Family Health Center two times a week. He always has had an interest in serving the needs of rural Colorado and now has made it possible to make it a part of his career as a primary care provider.
- Ms. Guenevere Lindgren, PA
Ms. Lindgren will be joining The Pediatric Associates in Montrose as a Physician Assistant. She loves exploring new places and the outdoors, and is very excited to have the western slope of Colorado be her new home. She just completed her MS in the Surgical Physician Assistant program from the Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham and already had a degree and experience in Systems Engineering.
- Ms. Diana Wright, PA
Ms. Wright is headed to Rangely District Hospital after completing her Physician Assistant Certification from Red Rocks Community College and her MA from St. Francis University in Medical Science. She has a passion for rural medicine and serving the rural, migrant and underserved populations. She loves the outdoors and has her Wilderness EMT and also speaks Spanish fluently.
- Gina Nelson, MD – Southeastern Colorado Hospital District in Springfield
Dr. Nelson completed Medical school here in Colorado at the University of Colorado as well as obtained her PhD in Neuroscience at UC, and is now going to be working at the Southeastern Colorado Hospital District in Springfield. She has 8 yrs of experience as a practicing physician in Pathology and Family Medicine and used to own her own practice in Alabama. She has returned to Colorado after many years to be closer to her family in Arvada and will be filling a large need in the physician workforce shortage that is present in the southeast region of the state.
If your rural or underserved urban facility is in need of a healthcare provider, contact CPR today! 303.832.7493 or email@example.com.
Date: February 9, 2010
Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: 55981 East Colfax Ave., Strasburg, CO 80136