SUBMITTED BY THE MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA The Medical Center of Aurora has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold...
BY BOB BAKERFIRE CHIEF, SOUTH METRO FIRE RESCUE It’s been roughly 10 months since South Metro Fire Rescue and...
SUBMITTED BY TMCA The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced that Hallie Woods has been promoted to Chief O...
Wellshire Presbyterian Church began construction on a new Narthex (lobby area) and renovated Sanctuary space i...
The Lions Club of Denver in Colorado, USA, arrived in Ethiopia on January 25, 2019, to conduct an eyesight scr...
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a photography con...
CONTRIBUTED BY SMFR South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) announces the appointment of Jon Adams as the new Assistant...
CONTRIBUTED BY HISTORIC LITTLETON, INC. Historic Littleton Inc. presents the 8th annual Historic Downtown Litt...
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SUBMITTED BY THE MEDICAL CENTER OF AURORA
The Medical Center of Aurora has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Lung Cancer by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
“I’m extremely proud of our lung cancer program,” said Dr. Jenifer Marks, General Thoracic Surgeon at The Medical Center of Aurora. “We are continuously working hard to provide high quality of care and patient safety. This recognition from Joint Commission is a great honor.”
The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for lung cancer. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.
The Medical Center of Aurora underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on April 30, 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards, some of which included how their lung cancer program involves patients in making decisions about managing their disease, developing a plan of care using an interdisciplinary approach that is individualized to the patient’s assessed needs, and support for the patient’s self-management outside of the hospital by engaging family and community support structures into their plan of care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“Disease-Specific Care Certification for Lung Cancer recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Medical Center of Aurora for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for lung cancer patients.”
The Interdisciplinary team at The Medical Center of Aurora worked together to consistently evaluate performance improvement measurements while simultaneously keeping their patients’ as their main focus at all times, and is determined to make a difference in each of their lives.
For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.
BY BOB BAKERFIRE CHIEF, SOUTH METRO FIRE RESCUE
It’s been roughly 10 months since South Metro Fire Rescue and Littleton Fire Rescue consolidated. We want to thank our citizens for their continued support and the healthy dialogue that we have throughout our newly-expanded district.
Following the consolidation with Littleton, SMFR’s permits and fees took effect and now apply to all events that are within our District. We’d like to take this opportunity to help answer some questions regarding our event review and inspection process, fee structure, as well as how we are governed as a special district.
South Metro serves three counties (Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson), 12 municipalities and 540,000 residents within our roughly 300 square miles of the southern metropolitan area of Denver. We are classified as a Special District, which is governed by Title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. We have a board of directors who are elected by our constituents throughout our district and who oversee the overall operations of South Metro – including our annual budget, fee schedules, spending, strategic growth, and more.
The SMFR Board adopts the overall permit fee schedule, which includes special event permit fees, effective across all partners and municipalities throughout the district. The SMFR Board thoroughly vets this process and works with the Fire Chief, as well as the SMFR Fire Marshal and Chief Financial Officer, to analyze the information and then determine if the fee structure and associated process will be adopted. To see the latest SMFR fee schedule, please click here.
Throughout the past 10 months after consolidation, we do recognize and understand that the fees, event permit submittal process, and procedures associated with events in the legacy Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR) District vary from what was done in the past within LFR. Because South Metro is a Special District and not a municipal fire department, our fee structure is different than LFR’s and the fees are applied to recover costs associated with those permits.
Specifically, South Metro permit fees are based on the Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) administrative processing, plan review, pre-event inspections, and if necessary, inspection oversight during the event. For pyrotechnic displays, the permit also includes oversight during the display, suppression unit standby, and post-event inspection the morning following the display. South Metro does not issue permits to make a profit, but rather we go through this process to ensure events are compliant with the adopted International Fire Code (IFC), and most importantly, that these events are safe for our citizens to enjoy.
The IFC is a comprehensive fire code adopted throughout the U.S., which establishes minimum regulations for fire prevention and fire protection systems and is designed to meet these safeguards through model code regulations to protect the public health and safety in all communities, large and small. We are obligated to enforce the fire code as adopted by each of our geo-political entities.
It’s extremely important to South Metro, your Fire Chief, and the elected SMFR Board that we adhere to fire codes that are designed to reduce the risk while keeping our citizens safe. There are provisions in the adopted fire code that are specific to regulation of special events, which is what our FMO adheres to while reviewing and inspecting such events.
It is also our goal to work very closely with the event’s organizers to ensure that the permit process is smooth. Over the past 10 months, we have received constructive feedback on our processes, and we will continue to make improvements to ensure our customer experience is as smooth and helpful as possible.
South Metro is dedicated to being good stewards in our community. We remain committed to partnering with our citizens, businesses and municipalities to ensure all events are safe as well as successful. And, we expect the 2020 special event season to be better than ever.
SUBMITTED BY TMCA
The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced that Hallie Woods has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for TMCA and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. Woods previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of Centennial Medical Center (CMC), a campus of The Medical Center of Aurora.
Woods’ tenure with HCA Healthcare began in 2011 at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center where she served in various roles including Director of Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Cardiovascular Services.
Woods joined The Medical Center of Aurora’s team in April 2016 as the Associate Chief Operating Officer, a position that was part of HCA Healthcare’s Chief Operating Officer Development Program, a program that Woods was accepted into in August 2016. Her responsibilities included oversight for the departments of Radiology, Pharmacy, Therapies, and Facilities and Construction. Upon graduating from the COO Program the following May, she was promoted to Vice President of Operations.
“I’m very pleased that Hallie is moving into the COO role,” said Ryan Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “She is a talented, proven leader and we are fortunate to have her on our team. I look forward to working with her as we continue to grow our services and provide excellent care to the community.”
Over the last 18 months, Woods took the role of lead executive over the Centennial Medical Center campus expansion project, which broke ground in March 2019. While at CMC, Woods worked with her team to bring new provider groups to the campus, collaborated with city leaders for growth opportunities, and led the $85 million capital construction project, which will eventually be the first full-service hospital in Centennial. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.
In her new role, Woods will oversee the integrated operations of The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital and will have executive oversight of a number of hospital departments.
“I am excited and honored to be chosen as COO for TMCA and Spalding,” said Woods. “We have an excellent team and I am happy to continue working alongside my colleagues as we fulfill our Mission and provide the high quality care our community deserves.”
Woods earned her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado – Denver’s Healthcare Administration Program and B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University.
Wellshire Presbyterian Church began construction on a new Narthex (lobby area) and renovated Sanctuary space in January 2018. The final result, completed in August 2019, is a welcoming, usable space that will support the work of Wellshire and the Denver community for decades to come. Join us in celebrating the grand re-opening of the Narthex and Sanctuary September 22, 2019. They are located at 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
The Lions Club of Denver in Colorado, USA, arrived in Ethiopia on January 25, 2019, to conduct an eyesight screening campaign. Six Lions made the journey to Africa and were accompanied by another eight volunteers from the United States; four members of the group from the US are of Ethiopian descent.
The campaign focused its service mostly on schoolchildren and other residents in the towns of Ebinat, Axum, Arba Minch, Shashamane and Shone. In all, we saw 736 patients, 340 of whom were children. Denver Lions brought 4,400 pairs of eyeglasses collected by the Colorado Lions Recycle for Sight program. The schoolchildren and others were tested and then fitted on-site with eyeglasses, as needed. The group saw nearly 720 patients over 8 days of testing.
Denver Lions volunteers included:
Mel Tewahade of Ethiopia, who was the primary organizer, with help from his Ethiopian contacts Adu Worku in Ebinat and Pochi Seifu in Shone, among others;
Past President Myrna Ann Adkins, past Executive Director of The Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in Denver and a participant in screening campaigns in Ecuador and Mongolia;
President Susy Osorio-Kinsky and Past President Steve Kinsky, who have conducted eyesight screening campaigns in Ecuador, Senegal, Rwanda, Nepal, Mongolia and Mexico; and Past President Ned Nagle, who has also participated at screenings in Ecuador and Mongolia; and
Carla Osorio, Susy’s daughter and a Latino Lions Branch Club member who has also participated at screenings in Haiti, Senegal and Mongolia.
Other volunteers included notably Dr Sue Benes, an ophthalmologist from Buena Vista, Colorado, who spent much of her career in academia at Ohio State University and has done research and clinical work around the world in places like Kenya, Ecuador and the Middle East. Also participating were Olivia Bartlett, RN, Dr Benes’ daughter; Hilleary Waters, newspaper owner and friend of Lion Bob Sweeney; and Emebet Getahun, a Denver resident and work colleague of both Myrna Ann and Susy at Spring Institute.
Several of Mel Tewahade’s friends and clients also participated: Johnny Corbin of Tuscumbia, Alabama, the hometown of Helen Keller; Brian Penick, a radiology consultant from Delta, Colorado; Ethiopian Abby Tizale, RN; Ethiopian KB Workie, a professional basketball player; and mortgage broker Lainey Hamrick.
Lions Club of Denver volunteers were perhaps once again motivated by the adage: ”In life, you need to breathe to survive, but you need to see to thrive” and the byline: “Seeing the World with Different Eyes.” They saw this recent trip to Ethiopia as a way to demonstrate the Club’s capacity for bringing different cultures of the world together through humanitarian service.
In addition to their humanitarian work, the volunteers also found time to visit multiple tourist attractions in Northern Ethiopia, including Emperor Fasilides’ Castle in Gondar, Simien National Park, World Heritage sites in Denver’s Sister City Axum, and Saint George Church in Lalibela. On their final night in Ethiopia they were hosted for dinner by the Lions Club of Addis Ababa Host.
The team of volunteers spent more than 3 weeks in total in Ethiopia.
BY DORIS B. TRUHLARGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a photography contest to benefit prostate and breast cancer victims, according to a report given recently to the Centennial City Council by Sheriff Tyler Brown and Chief Glenn B. Thompson, who is in charge of the Public Safety Bureau.
The Pink and Blue Patch Project gives participants an opportunity to purchase clip badges, patches that may be sewn onto clothing, coins, hats and other merchandise. The photos should include one of the products being sold.
Prizes include a choice of an exclusive tour of the Office of the Arapahoe Sheriff for the winner and her or his family, a life K-9 Unit demonstration, or a live SWAT Team demonstration and a BearCat ride.
All of the proceeds will pay for diagnostics and treatments for underserved patients at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Deadline for submitting photographs is September 25, 2019. The winner(s) will be chosen on September 26, 2019. More information may be found at bluebacksthepink.com.
In other news from the Office of the Arapahoe County Sheriff, the Centennial City Council was informed that Steven Roland has been appointed to be a Captain and to be in charge of the Arapahoe County Detention Center.
Roland was graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and was a critical care nurse for ten years, prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office.
Roland replaces Greg Palmer, who has retired.
The Arapahoe County Detention Center, for which the Sheriff’s Office is responsible, is asking a mill levy increase to replace the current jail, which has become extremely overcrowded. The facility was built for 386 prisoners and often has more than 1,100 incarcerated in the jail. The issue is on the ballot for the November 5, 2019 election.
CONTRIBUTED BY SMFR
South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) announces the appointment of Jon Adams as the new Assistant Chief of Operations. In his new role, Chief Adams is responsible for the oversight and supervision of operations for the fire department; including areas such as emergency medical services, firefighters and several specialized SMFR Special Teams (i.e. tech rescue, hazmat, water rescue, aircraft rescue firefighting, wildland, etc.).
With the growth of SMFR’s district in recent years, the department now provides service to 540,000 residents covering 287 square miles. South Metro’s coverage area spans across 12 municipalities, Centennial Airport, The Denver Tech Center, Inverness, Meridian Office Park and unincorporated portions of Arapahoe, Jefferson and Douglas Counties. South Metro currently has 716 total employees. Chief Adams is responsible for overseeing 558 of that total being line personnel.
“It is a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to lead the men and women in the Operations Division here at South Metro,” said Chief Adams. “Continuing South Metro’s mission and vision to take care of citizens in our District like they are family is something that carries tremendous value – especially during a time of growth and expansion of our district. I very much look forward to taking on this role and the responsibilities that come with it.”
Chief Adams was hired in 1995 as a Dispatcher for the City of Littleton. He then started with the Castlewood Fire Protection District in 1996 as a Supply Runner. Throughout his career, Chief Adams has served in the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain and Bureau Chief. He was a member of Colorado Task Force 1 and responded to the World Trade Center in 2001 and to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Most recently Chief Adams held the position of South Metro’s District Chief of Training, where he oversaw all trainings for the SMFR Training Bureau. During his time at South Metro, Chief Adams has received multiple awards including a Medal of Honor.
Chief Adams has an Associate’s Degree from Arapahoe Community College in General Sciences, a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia Southern in Fire Sciences and a Master’s Degree from Columbia Southern in Organizational Leadership.
“There’s no doubt that the strategic and progressive vision, knowledge and experience Chief Adams has shown at South Metro has set him up to be successful as the new Operations Chief,” said SMFR Fire Chief Bob Baker. “This is a critical role in our organization, and his level of leadership will no doubt take us well into the future to continue to be a successful organization.”
CONTRIBUTED BY HISTORIC LITTLETON, INC.
Historic Littleton Inc. presents the 8th annual Historic Downtown Littleton Scavenger Hunt. Cash prizes include $300, $200, and seven $100 winners!
This is a great way to learn Littleton’s history. Look for the historic photos with clues throughout the downtown historic district. The Scavenger Hunt begins and ends at Town Hall Arts Center on Sept. 7, where participants of all ages may purchase a $5 clue list any time after 11:00am. Clue lists must be returned to Town Hall by 3:00pm. At 3:00 all scavengers return to Town Hall for the prize drawings (you must be present to win) and to enjoy live music.
For more information about Historic Littleton Inc. and the Scavenger Hunt, please visit www.hlinc.org.
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