…The Board of Regents approved a 3.1% raise pool for FY15, and the DFM used this opportunity to take a strategic look at how people were compensated within their rank, compared to similarly-situated peers, and whether a market adjustment was called for. Raises were calculated accordingly and we believe the end result was equitable and does our best to keep us competitive within the constraints of the system. Letters will be mailed out in early July specifying your FY15 compensation, which you will see on your 7/31 check.
The EC has been busy the last couple of months with reviewing program reports, budgets, staffing requests and juggling all the day-to-day and long-term projects that the DFM is involved in. Some highlights:
- Clinical: UC Health is close (VERY close!) to announcing details about its strategic initiative to create a primary care service line. Stay tuned for more details in the very near future!
- Education:We are continuing to work on establishing a residency in Ft. Morgan, and working through a variety of funding and governmental requirements issues. We are still exploring the possibility of starting a residency in Colorado Springs, and looking for a practice that could be a practice site for the residency, but not meeting with a lot of success at this time. Finally, we are pausing our search for a new MSE Director for a few months (Dave Gaspar’s departure is not imminent), but we are very close to hiring a new Education Specialist.
- Research: Pretty much everyone involved in research in the department is up-to-their-eyeballs involved with submitting or beginning new or ongoing research projects. The two biggies going in this summer are the SIM (State Integration Model) and the AHRQ R18 that would fund an Extension Service. We should know on both later in the fall. Then the REAL craziness will begin!
Member of DFM since: December 2012
Who you are and what do you do?
I am currently contracted to GI and Cardiology divisions. My office is on the 7th floor so you probably don’t see me much!
What are the most important things you’re working on?
Finishing up getting everyone upgraded to Windows 7 (and off of XP), Office 365 migrations, Cardiology and GI inventories.
Why do you like working for DFM?
Best job I ever had! We have such a friendly atmosphere, the job is not too stressful most of the time, everyone in my divisions are so easy to work with and nice. You gotta love it!
What are your passions?
Anything outdoors – camping, backpacking, hunting, fishing. TV and movies are great to unwind (or if the weather is bad). I also play my drums quite a bit.
Classic rock – Kansas, Styx, Foreigner, Boston, Alan Parsons Project.
Favorite movie and why?
“Groundhog Day” – it really shows what can happen if we try to be a better person (and it was pretty funny!).
Little known fact?
I have 8 grandchildren – bet you would have never guessed!
Inigo SanMillan was a presenter at the TEDx Mile High Conference on June 14th. As of press time, we’re still waiting for the video link, but we’ll share it as soon as it’s available!
Jeff Cain was recently awarded the Oregon Health & Science University Charles A. Preuss M.D. Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Cain is the past president and board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians and serves as chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital. His work on defining the medical home in Colorado has improved access for the underserved. He is founder and co-author of the Tar Wars tobacco-free youth education program, reaching over 8.5 million children in 50 U.S. states and 14 countries. A double amputee, he holds the nation’s first gold medal in slalom adaptive snowboarding and has helped pass prosthetic fairness laws in many states, including Oregon.
RUN (or walk) WITH US!
The DFM has a team for “the happiest 5K on the planet” – The Color Run – on August 2nd. This family-friendly event is open to all ages and fitness levels!
Our team name is “DFM Rocks” and the price is $40 until June 30, then it goes up to $45. Sign up quickly as spots are filling up fast!
You don’t run, you say? That’s ok – all of these are Run/Walks AND/OR you can get motivated and train to run a 5K in just a few weeks by visiting Couch to 5K
Wellness Wednesdays are continuing – join us the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a different lunch-and-learn topic related to your health! Upcoming sessions (AO1, room 3101 from noon-1:00 p.m.):
- June 18th – “Because it Works” – Weight Watchers Overview and Healthy Eating Tips, Trish Miller, Weight Watchers
- July 16th – healthy recipe exchange and potluck!
- August 20th – Integrating Behavioral Health into Everyday Life, Shandra Brown Levey, DFM