BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER At its first partnership meeting of 2020, Denver South Economic Developme...
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“Multigenerational interaction (in memory care) promotes and stimulates emotional well being and vitality” SUB...
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SUBMITTED BY CeDAR REHABILITATION CENTER The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has developed a rat...
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BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
At its first partnership meeting of 2020, Denver South Economic Development Partnership reminded the 100 government officials and business executives who came to listen of the continuing huge impact of aviation and aerospace on our state. Tom Brook, president and CEO, introduced the program.
Joe Rice, a well-known former state legislator, Glendale mayor, and Iraq war veteran, is government relations director of Lockheed Martin Space. He pointed out that Colorado is the number one state in per capita jobs in aerospace, with 52,860 primary space jobs and over 500 space-related companies, half of which are small businesses. He also pointed to Colorado’s NASA prime contracts that exceed $1 billion in value.
Today, Rice shared, only Russia and China are capable of human space flight, but Lockheed is working to change that with the Artemis program. The second phase, Artemis 2, is hoped to produce the first crewed flight by an American company as early as 2024.
Why go to Mars? Rice explained that the research that goes into the effort produces improvements in many other areas. He gave the example that mammogram technology came from the research that created the Hubbell Telescope.
Michael Fronapfel, director of planning and development at Centennial Airport came to explain the importance and economic impact of Centennial Airport, the second busiest general aviation airport in the United States.
In 2019 Centennial had 355,000 operations, including those of five separate very active flight schools. It also houses 125 individual businesses and 800 based aircraft. He presented data that showed that the total business revenue generated from economic activity related to Centennial Airport in 2018 was $2.1 billion.
One Centennial Airport-based company, Bye Aerospace, is developing the eFlyer, an electrically-powered aircraft that creates much less noise than traditional planes. Another, Boom Aerospace, is working on the XB-1 Overture that will fly 55 passengers at Mach 2.2 speed, making the trip from Los Angeles to Tokyo in seven hours and New York to London in 3.5 hours.
Other speakers from United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Oakman Aerospace, both based in south metro Denver, focused on the challenges of attracting and retaining high-quality employees.
ULA, which describes itself as a United States Department of Defense-funded business, employs 2,700 people in Colorado and at launch sites at Cape Canaveral, FL and Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, plus manufacturing facilities in Alabama and Texas and government relations personnel in Washington, D.C. After conducting an employer brand audit, ULA “moved to a new recruitment process outsourcing provider in late 2019, who is accomplished at sourcing passive candidates.” In other words, if you have talent, they will come knocking on your door, regardless of where you may be working.
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HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced the appointment of John Roque, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for TMCA and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. He will begin his new role on February 3.
At TMCA, Roque will be the top nursing executive over TMCA/Spalding’s six campuses. He will oversee an array of services and programs including cardiovascular services, emergency services and TMCA’s Level 2 Trauma Center. He will also play a key role in the expansion of inpatient clinical services and surgical services occurring at Centennial Medical Plaza, which will open its doors to inpatients later this year.
Roque, a Registered Nurse, has been with HCA Healthcare for over 19 years, most recently serving as Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Swedish Medical Center. While at Swedish, he helped lead efforts that significantly reduced nursing turnover and contract labor. Roque also led a number of departments including the Emergency Department, Children’s Services, Critical Care Services, and oversaw initiatives that increased colleague and patient engagement scores. In 2019, Roque completed HCA Healthcare’s Executive Development Program and was named Most Outstanding CNO Associate in his class.
“John is a proven leader with a talent for building strong, successful teams,” said Ryan Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “He has a passion for developing his nursing colleagues into strong leaders and a history of increasing patient satisfaction in the units he leads. John will be a wonderful addition to our Executive Team and I’m happy to welcome him to TMCA/Spalding and our affiliated campuses.”
Roque began his career with HCA Healthcare as an orthopedic nurse tech at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. After becoming a registered nurse, he continued his work in Orthopedics before moving into Critical Care areas such as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU). While in the ICU, he held a Charge Nurse position and was later promoted to Director of the CVICU and then to Administrative Director of Critical Care Services.
Roque received his Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Texas El Paso and a Master’s in Nursing Administration and Management from Aspen University. He lives in the Denver area with his wife, also a nurse, and his two children.
“Today the Senate passed the USMCA, which is great news for Colorado’s workers, our agriculture industry, and our economy,” said Senator Gardner. “A great portion of our economy in Colorado is dependent on trade with Canada and Mexico. Colorado’s workforce stands to benefit from the USMCA, as roughly a quarter million jobs exist in the Centennial State because of our trade relationships with our North American neighbors. After months of unnecessary delay by the House of Representatives, I’m glad Congress has finally passed this critical agreement for more jobs, economic growth, and opportunity in Colorado.”
Colorado exported $2.7 billion in goods to Canada and Mexico in 2018, making them Colorado’s largest trading partners. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Colorado exported more than $165 million of electronic machinery, $74 million worth of beverages, $47 million of dairy products, $33 million of cereals, and $28 million of sugar and confectionary exports to Canada and Mexico in 2018. Colorado’s biggest export, beef, accounts for more than $880 million worth of goods shipped to Mexico and Canada.
“Multigenerational interaction (in memory care) promotes and stimulates emotional well being and vitality”
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The transition into senior living is one of the most difficult conversations for families to have with loved ones – and it’s one most seniors don’t want to address. In fact, according to AARP, 77 percent of seniors say they’d like to remain in their home for as long as possible. Some of this is due to familial issues, but much of it has to do with the stigma around the traditional senior housing model.
RENEW Saddle Rock is looking to transform that model by integrating a unique approach to multigenerational collaboration, strong medical oversight and sophisticated data collection to aid medical practitioners and families, all to create a new and desirable model of memory care.
“Our goal is to heighten the atmosphere of memory care,” said Lee Tuchfarber, chief executive officer of RENEW Management. “By creating unique, engaging experiences every day that appeal to the entire family, we help create stronger family and social engagement, while promoting physical and psychological health. We also employ a highly trained staff that places an emphasis on strong medical oversight specific to dementia.”
As a first step in its commitment to memory care, RENEW began collaborating with a board-certified neuropsychologist who works with RENEW on memory care research and development – a function you won’t commonly see in any other senior community. Dr. Sonia Mosch works with the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Wild, and has a deep background in working with patients with dementia. Through her board certification, she has attained the highest level of credential in neuropsychology and will use information gained from her practices to maximize health, happiness and well-being for RENEW residents.
In addition to ensuring a strong neuropsychologist on the team, RENEW focuses heavily on strong medical oversight as the basis of its philosophy. The current staff includes a cardiovascular nurse practitioner that interfaces with the wellness team, an Executive Director and Director of Wellness who are both Registered Nurses and one other licensed practical nurse – far beyond the traditional community model. In addition, upon hiring, all caregivers at RENEW receive 34 hours of specialized dementia training to ensure they obtain CARES Certified Dementia Specialist, a nationally recognized credential, as well as Alzheimer’s Association training called essentiALZ, properly equipping them to work within the community.
“RENEW is heavily influenced by the science,” said Mosch. RENEW’s Clinical Liaison Karen Doll CVNP-BC, RENEW’s Managing Director, and RENEW’s Information Technology expert put in place a dashboard with a clinical basis to track patients’ cognitive skills, mood and other gold standard indicators of health and wellness that make up the Collaborative Care Report. “Tracking each residents’ functional status on a dashboard allows us to communicate better with physicians and families,” explains Tuchfarber.
RENEW’s proprietary Collaborative Care Report provides medical practitioners with greater clinical insight into their patients’ functional status. The report enables primary care professionals to measure and understand the resident’s condition and determine the best course of treatment that will enable them to achieve the highest possible functional status and quality of life.
“Our aim is to support quality of life beyond merely building an elevated environment,” explained Tuchfarber. “We see a need for metrics and assessments that measure quality of life parameters that are of importance to people with dementia. Tracking and trending information in collaboration with resident doctors brings a better understanding of the resident which, in turn, empowers the care team to coordinate care.”
Outside of strong medical oversight, RENEW also prides itself in offering innovative programming that includes multigenerational collaboration. Geriatric depression is a major problem. At RENEW, we feel strongly that multigenerational interaction promotes emotional wellbeing and vitality.
“You can see that the walls in residents’ rooms are covered with photographs of their grandchildren,” said Tuchfarber. “Seniors have a grandparenting impulse. So, we are developing a robust program with consistency, depth, and longevity that goes beyond doing intergenerational activities sporadically, once in a while. This heavier investment in time and effort brings about a deeper impact – true caring, connection and support develops between these book-end generations.”
RENEW is also developing a program that involves hosting training classes that help children become skilled facilitators and guides to adults with dementia. The interesting and unexpected result of this is that, not only do the elderly residents benefit, but the children benefit as well. They develop elements of their character, such as empathy, and learn that giving is receiving.
“We’ve known for a while now that close, personal relationships help sustain vitality and happiness as we age,” said Tuchfarber. “The power of seniors interacting with youth via intergenerational activity isn’t a new concept, but ensuring activities are consistent allows our intergenerational activities to become high-impact, therapeutic aspects within our community.”
“The team at RENEW takes such great care of my mother,” said Cheryl, daughter to one of RENEW’s residents. “For the first time ever, I don’t have to worry about her as I know the staff at RENEW will drop everything to care for her needs. It’s like the Ritz Carlton for memory care! I tell everyone I know, including my daughter, to make sure they take their parents to RENEW when it’s time to transition into a memory care facility.”
“There are many communities that talk a good talk, but then you meet the staff and realize it’s exactly that – talk,” said Nadine Roberts Cornish, CEO of The Caregiver’s Guardian. She is a licensed gerontologist, author of two books and TEDx speaker on the topic of caregiving. “I hold the RENEW staff in the highest regard. They are highly qualified, provide great care and truly walk the walk when it comes to excellent memory care for seniors. I appreciate what RENEW is doing to change memory care in Colorado.”
RENEW Saddle Rock offers a unique program called RENEW Short Term Stay, also known as Respite Care. Short Term Stay gives primary caregivers and individuals with memory care needs the opportunity to take a break. Fully furnished 1 and 2 bed suites are currently available.
“Sixty percent of caregivers are clinically depressed or burnt out,” said Tuchfarber. “RENEW’s Short Term Stay is a great way for caregivers to take a little time for self-care while giving both parties a glance into what life at RENEW would look like as the potential of transition approaches for these families.”
To learn more about RENEW, visit www.renewsenior.com or call (720) 664-4949 to book a private tour.
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EXIT Realty DTC | Pikes Peak | Cherry Creek announced that Jeni VanOrnum was appointed president of Women’s Council of Realtors, Mile High Chapter on December 17.
Jeni has held the title of Lead Instructor at Kaplan University for four years and currently serves the Pikes Peak office as Managing Broker. Jeni has a deep connection to Denver and has a sincere passion to the Real Estate Industry.
BY JD WOOLLEY IN CONJUCTION WITH LINCOLN FINANCIAL ADVISORS AND SAGEMARK CONSULTING
People are sometimes surprised to learn that the government not only taxes the income they earn while working, but italso can tax the accumulated estate built from their work. What can you do to help reduce the sting of federal estate and gift taxes and protect your family’s inheritance? Start by looking at your will and beneficiary designations.
Many married couples arrange their affairs so that all of their property will pass to their surviving spouse. This arrangement may seem like a good plan. It’s simple and—thanks to an unlimited federal gift- and estate-tax marital deduction—generally allows you to leave all your property to your spouse estate tax free. But it may not be the best plan. Why not? Because it doesn’t take advantage of your federal credit. Ultimately, the property your surviving spouse receives from you could be taxed as part of his or her estate.
What is the Federal Credit?
The credit lets you pass a certain amount of assets to anyone you choose, free of estate tax. The estate amount—the credit equivalent—is $11.58 million in 2020.
Coordinating Your Credits
Married couples who coordinate the use of their credits can leave twice as much property to their families without incurring federal estate taxes. One way to take advantage of both your and your spouse’s credits is to create a family trust in your will and fund it with property equal in value to the credit equivalent. With a trust strategy, your surviving spouse can receive income for life with the remaining property passing to your children at your spouse’s death. Your credit could offset estate taxes on the trust property, and the property won’t be included in your spouse’s estate. Your spouse’s credit will be available to offset some or all estate tax on any other property your spouse owns at the time of his or her death.
To ensure the beneficial use of both your and your spouse’s credits, you may have to retitle some of your property. Let’s say you and your spouse own most of your property jointly with right of survivorship. Generally, property held jointly by married couples automatically passes to the surviving spouse with no federal estate tax consequences, due to the marital deduction. So, one spouse’s credit may be wasted. Dividing your property so that you and your spouse each own enough property separately to take advantage of the credit can remedy the problem and allow you to effectively use estate planning techniques such as family trusts.
Family trusts and retitling strategies are sophisticated planning techniques that may or may not be appropriate for you. Before implementing either technique, consult your professional financial planner.
JD Woolley is a financial planner with the McIlroy Financial Group an affiliate of Lincoln Financial Advisors and Sagemark Consulting. He can be reached at 1(303)793-9399 or by email at email@example.com
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The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has developed a rating system to determine the level of care needed based upon symptoms and behaviors. Addiction treatment professionals are trained in these criteria. They will assess each person using clinical observation and historical information to establish ASAM scores in different dimensions. These number scores align with each level of care, matching the condition of a person to the appropriate level of care.
Detox – ASAM 3.7
This is the first step for getting someone into any kind of addiction treatment program. Each person has to be medically and psychologically stabilized for everyone’s safety, including their own. The length of time needed is variable depending on severity. Some drugs like alcohol and Benzodiazepines require a medically supervised detox to prevent serious side effects, including death.
Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) – ASAM 3.5
Residential, or inpatient, treatment is where someone is both housed at the facility and receives full-time addiction treatment during their stay. Comprehensive inpatient programs usually include group therapy, individual therapy, coping skills training, relapse prevention planning, wellness assessments, psychiatric evaluation, treatment for co-occurring conditions and medication stabilization in a safe, controlled environment. All activities are contained within the facility for safety and security.
Residential Extended Care (REC) – ASAM 3.3
Extended care allows a person to keep living in a secure treatment environment with full-time programming. Participants can start to reintroduce themselves back into their home life with weekend passes, phone privileges, and outside recovery meetings. Extended residential care provides opportunities for someone in early recovery to safely begin returning to life outside of the inpatient setting. Drug and alcohol testing occurs each time a person comes back into the treatment center from outside (weekend passes, outside meetings, etc.)
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – ASAM 2.5
Ideally, extended care has prepared someone to leave a residential treatment environment. Clinicians evaluate progress in residential treatment to determine if someone is appropriate for a Partial Hospitalization Program. PHP offers a full-time treatment schedule while living at home or a sober living program. This allows someone to participate in a highly structured addiction treatment program and navigate an outside living situation at the same time. Participants are drug and alcohol tested as part of these programs.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – ASAM 2.1
Outpatient programs usually have a pre-determined number of weeks for completion. They will often be offered both during daytime and evening to accommodate different schedules. Participants have either completed a residential or partial hospitalization program and have been recommended for an IOP by a qualified clinician. Some people also attend outpatient programs to renew their recovery if they feel like their sobriety is in jeopardy. Most IOP’s drug and alcohol test over the course of the program.
Continuing Care Group – ASAM 1.0
This is the lowest level of care that usually meets once per week. Once a person has successfully completed higher levels of care they can participate in continuing care to reinforce the positive behavior changes already underway in their lives. Like the other levels of care, recommendation from a qualified clinician is strongly urged.
It’s common for people in active addiction to resist being told that they need a higher level of care. This is quite normal. It’s important to understand that the addiction treatment professional’s first job is to match the person with the correct level of care. The ultimate goal is to help someone overcome addiction and build a life in recovery. Professional guidance can help to properly structure the process for maximum benefit.
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