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What is Summit Health Care Collaborative?

The vision of the Summit Health Care Collaborative is to provide exceptional, comprehensive and collaborative health care services in Summit County, Colorado. Provision of care will be based on what is best for the patient, with health outcomes and patient satisfaction driving decision making.

Shared values of the project include a Patient Centered Medical Home/Medical Neighborhood for all patients, chronic care and population management that demonstrate improved health outcomes and elimination of barriers for access to care.

History of Collaboration

Summit County has a long and successful history of collaboration and cooperation between health care practitioners. Examples include Summit Youth Services Center, Centering Pregnancy and the Integrated Care Model at Summit Community Care Clinic. Most recently, the Health Care community has come together with a commitment to engage in collective decision making regarding health care provision in Summit County. The Summit Health Care Collaborative was born out gaps identified in the 2008 Summit County Comprehensive Health Strategic Plan through the CARE Council.

Our leaders have developed strong relationships built on trust and a desire for the highest quality care for our patients. Leaders from public health, the safety net clinic, primary care doctors, mental health practitioners and other specialty care providers are working on a roadmap for health care in our community.

Memorandum of Understanding

The Summit County Collaborative Health Information Exchange (SCCHIE) is a joint effort to improve health care delivery in Summit County through the use of health information technology (HIT) and collaborative decision making. Our members represent a myriad of patient care organizations all of whom are at various stages of pursuing HIT. Shared goals and vision of the project include:

  • Increased patient safety
  • Improved patient privacy
  • Improved workflow and increased efficiency between health care entities
  • Improved individual and community health outcomes through the analysis of population data
  • Reduction in overall cost to patient and providers
  • Enhanced Protection of patient Medical Records

Ultimately, improvement in the exchange of health information between providers will result in safer, more timely, patient-centered care.

Members of the Summit Health Care Collaborative

Aegis Consulting - Geoffrey Feldesman
Breckenridge Medical Clinic - Bernard Riperdy MD
Bristlecone Home Health and Hospice - Stacy Berry
Central Rockies Physician Practice – Sharon McKay Jewett
Colorado West Mental Health - Robert Chalfant MD, Kathy Davis
Comfort Dental - John Rollow
CORHIO - Christi Reid, Mark Carlson, CORHIO
Ebert Children's Clinic - Chris Ebert-Santos MD, Meg Ticknor
Family Intercultural Resource Center - Tamara Drangstveit
High Altitude Mobile Physicians - David Gray MD
High Country Health Care - Rhonda Koehn, Adele Morano MD, Colleen Clark, Lisa Brozovich PA
MiCare - Jareed Weenum
Peak One Pain and Spine - Ellen French
Peak One Surgery Center – Alena Pochman, Diane Lampron, Lubos Pochman
Physician and Patient Safety Advocate - Don Parsons MD
Schneider-Mauer Foot & Ankle Associates - Amy Perchick
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center - Paul Chodkowski, Barbara Davis, Lynn Barrett
Steadman Clinic – Amy Manske
Summit Community Care Clinic - Sarah Vaine, Erin Major, Betty Sarber, Helen Royal, Chris Hoppe MD, Karen Ponds
Summit County Animal Shelter - Lynn Manton Krueger
Summit County Community & Senior Center - Kathryn Grohusky
Summit County Government – Scott Vargo, Deb Crook
Summit Hospitalists Summit Internal Medicine - Kathleen Morse
Summit Prevention Alliance - Kari Reid
Summit Psychology - Mark Gidney
The Summit Foundation - Lee Zimmerman
Vail-Summit Orthopaedics - Chip Web, Anne Smith
Vail Valley Ear, Nose and Throat - Molly Fiore
Weiss Medical Associates - Bonnie McDonald

Next Steps

To implement a health information exchange (HIE) for Summit County and facilitate healthcare providers' efforts to achieve meaningful use. Partners will achieve inter-operability between Health Information Technology systems which will improve care, lower cost and provide meaningful data for Quality Assurance. We have chosen CoRHIO as our HIE partner and are pursuing readiness assessment and letters of intent. We continue discussion regarding patient centered medical home and medical neighborhood initiatives to promote better care for our patients.