At the September Executive Committee meeting, the group welcomed our new Vice Chair of Denver Health, Lucy Loomis. Lucy brought a unique perspective, asked lots of good questions and told us about a new clinic that DH is building at Federal and Louisiana, and how they are working on setting it up with a more integrated model (GIM/FM) than their other clinics. DH is also going to be adopting PRiSM for their faculty reviews and EPIC for their EMR.
The EC approved the .10 FTE 4th Year Fellowship Director position (a call for applicants was put out by Frank last month), reviewed the DFM Incentive Plan payouts (coming in October’s paycheck – look for an email from Frank!) and discussed the numerous personnel changes we’re having in some of our clinics, which may impact FY15 revenue. The Care by Design model UCHealth is supporting continues to ramp up at AFW as the first clinic to pilot in the Central Region, with an anticipated go-live date of February 1.
At the September Advisory Council meeting, the group discussed the department’s financial position in terms of its reserves and the recommendation from the 7-year review that we make use of these funds to support strategic initiatives that will further our mission of achieving the Triple Aim and hopefully, become self-sustaining. Examples of priorities we are investing in include practice transformation, behavioral health, policy, rural programs, 4th year fellowships and evaluation.
The group discussed the need to make sure that there are business plans in place for all of these efforts, so we can evaluate their effectiveness at achieving their objectives. Additionally, the council talked about figuring out ways to build up bridge funding for research team members in between projects, as well as how to replenish those accounts when funding was flowing.
At the October Executive Committee meeting, Dave Morin reviewed the work he has done so far on the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP) that he’s been working on for the past year. This includes establishing relationships with the Office of Tech Transfer, starting the commercialization process on two of our software applications, and submitting a grant to fund the startup of a public data utility. The EC approved Dave’s request to continue this valuable (and hopefully lucrative for us) work for another six months.
The EC also approved the proposal from Russ Glasgow and Maribel Cifuentes for the Evaluation Hub, which includes the hiring of a.70 FTE Hub Navigator and a .30 Education Evaluation Specialist. We hope to have these people on board by the end of the year. Click here for an overview.
Finally, Interim MSE Director Caroline LeClair shared her vision for the MSE program with the EC. Caroline outlined goals and objectives for the MSE program, as well as identified areas that need attention. Click here for the summary.
Position: Senior Vice Chair for Quality and Clinical Affairs
Member of DFM since: I started my residency in 1984 and joined the faculty 1987.
Who you are and what you do: I am first and foremost a family physician. I have been caring for patients in the same practice for thirty years! I still see patients 2 ½ days a week and precept ½ day a week. I also oversee the clinical activities of the department and work with David Clute to manage our financial activities.
What are the three most important things you’re working on? 1) Transforming the care that all of our primary care providers give to their patients and making it rewarding 2) Working with other specialties in the School of Medicine to create a seamless, safe system of care for patients and 3) Making sure that our clinical activities produce enough revenue to run the department and create new things.
Why do you like working for DFM? As a department we really care about the health of people. This has always been a fun place to work and I admire my colleagues a great deal. I’ve also had the opportunity to have a lot of different jobs in the same department!
What are your passions? Family Medicine, improving care for patients and improving the education we give to learners of all types.
What do you do away from work? I spend as many weekends in the mountains at our cabin as I can. I hike, canoe, read books and sleep a lot there.
Favorite band/music? John Denver – of course. I am a Colorado girl from the 1970s.
Favorite movie and why? White Christmas – a love story about an ideal Christmas with great music. What could be better? I watch it at least 2/year.
Little-known fact: I backpacked 60 miles with my son’s Boy Scout troop.
Sherry Holcomb – 29 years (she started when she was 16)
Bonnie Jortberg – 19 years
Stephanie Livingston – 15 years
Robert Price – 13 years
Brian Bacak – 11 years
Marla White – 8 years
Bill LeBlanc – 6 years
Miriam Lindrooth – 5 years
Jennifer Caragol – 5 years
Doris Sturtevant – 2 years
Jennifer Hellier – 2 years
Family Medicine Article
Joe Vande Griend, Joe Saseen, Debra Bislip, Gina Moore and Colleen Conry recently had an article about integrating pharmacy services into family medicine published in Family Medicine. Read the article if you haven’t already seen it!
At the Employee Services Fall Expos, you can learn something new about financial topics that directly affect you and your future – like your retirement plan, your credit score, your student loans and more. These events are coming to each CU campus this fall with the aim of making complicated subjects easier to understand and giving you information to act. To sweeten the deal, we’re giving attendees at each campus event the chance to win an iPad just for completing a few “shopping list” tasks at one or more of the following expo areas: