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Change Agent Chat: HopeWest

Location: Online
Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM


During these chats, we will highlight a Change Agents and the exciting work they are doing to create a better health system for us all.


Icon-for-CO-Health-Change-Agents-(1).jpgChange Agent: Individual or organization working to lower costs, improve care, and make Colorado healthier.

Organizations across Colorado break down barriers firmly entrenched in our health care system. With boundless passion and limited resources, they increase access to care, implement innovative ways to deliver high quality care at affordable prices, and, day in and day out, fight to keep Coloradans healthy.

March's Featured Change Agent - HopeWest
Death is a taboo topic in America. In many cases, the reticence to discuss end-of-life concerns leads to undue stress and strife on the patient and family, and can increase costs both financially and emotionally during what is already a difficult time. Avoiding these conversations does a disservice to both the patient and family members. HopeWest helps Coloradans on the Western Slope face these challenging situations with grace.

Begun with six employees in 1993, HopeWest now serves thousands of patients and grieving family members in Rio Blanco, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and Delta counties. A state-of-the-art facility in Grand Junction and 5 satellite offices act as bases of operation for 300 employees and more than 1,500 volunteers covering over 7,000 square miles.

Every staff member and volunteer is committed to providing person-centered care to patients and those supporting them, working to ensure that whatever time a person has left is as comfortable and meaningful as possible. HopeWest is dedicated to profoundly changing the way the community experiences serious illness and grief – one family at a time.

How does HopeWest help patients navigate difficult conditions and prognoses? What effect do reimbursement challenges have on the services HopeWest can provide? Has HopeWest realized any cost savings or improvement in outcomes?

Join us during lunch on Friday, March 24th when CIVHC’s Chief Medical Officer, Jay Want, MD chats with HopeWest’s President and CEO, Christy Whitney.  Click here to register.