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Moises, about to receive his COVID-19 vaccine at the Health Center at Rio Grande.
Moises, about to receive his COVID-19 vaccine at the Health Center at Rio Grande.
Peak Vista Community Health Centers Continues to Provide the COVID-19 Vaccine to Those Experiencing Homelessness - 04/09/21

Colorado Springs, Colo.  –  Peak Vista Community Health Centers (Peak Vista) hosted two vaccine clinics earlier this week to vaccinate those experiencing homelessness. On Monday, April 5, Peak Vista administered 50 vaccines to patients at the Health Center at Rio Grande, a health center dedicated solely to providing care to our unhoused neighbors. On Wednesday, April 7, it partnered with Springs Rescue Mission and administered 100 more.

 

Both clinics received and administered the single-dose Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Appointments were not required.

 

“We were excited to once again partner with Springs Rescue Mission,” said Dr. Lisa Ramey, interim president and CEO of Peak Vista and Chief Medical and Dental Officer. “It’s because of partnerships and initiatives like this that El Paso County is leading the charge in vaccinations. With the state opening vaccinations to all adults, we hope that we can provide more clinics like these in the near future. Everyone in our community matters, and they all deserve the option to be vaccinated.” Peak Vista’s previous partnership with Springs Rescue Mission received an enthusiastic response, administering 160 COVID-19 vaccines in two days.

 

The Health Center at Rio Grande, previously known as the Homeless Health Center, has provided medical, dental and behavioral health services to people experiencing homelessness since 1988. This program served more than 1,000 patients in 2020, with a total of 4,186 visits. Unlike many health centers, the Health Center at Rio Grande does not require advance appointments, cutting down access barriers to care.

 

Anne Beer, director of homeless programs at Peak Vista, commented, “People with without a home face unique challenges in accessing and maintaining regular health care, including transportation, phones, a place to record appointments and access to information. Daily decisions about prioritizing food, safe shelter and taking care of normal bodily functions or hygiene compete with the need to squeeze in routine health care. Meeting people when and where they are available is key to making vaccines accessible.”

 

About Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit organization providing exceptional health care to

people facing access barriers through clinical programs and education. Celebrating 50 years of community health service, Peak Vista offers primary medical, integrated behavioral health and dental care services. We proudly serve over 93,000 patients annually through 28 outpatient centers in Colorado’s Pikes Peak and East Central regions. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit www.peakvista.org.

 

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Dr. Emily Johnson
Dr. Emily Johnson
Peak Vista's Developmental Disabilities Health Center Implements Innovative Solutions to Bridge Gaps in Care - 04/06/21

Colorado Springs, Colo.  –  Peak Vista Community Health Center’s (Peak Vista) Developmental Disabilities Health Center now offers in-home visits and hospital consultations to ensure continuity of care for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities

 

For many patients, receiving care at many locations, including different hospitals, is a fact of life. Navigating these settings can be challenging. Dr. Emily Johnson, a family medicine practitioner at Peak Vista’s Developmental Disabilities Health Center, now offers hospital consultations. With this service, hospital doctors can consult with Dr. Johnson for support with common health issues and complications in patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and with transitions of care back to the home setting. This ensures that Developmental Disabilities Health Center patients have improved continuity of care and helps prevent rehospitalizations. The consultation service is being piloted at Penrose-St Francis hospital.

 

“This is very exciting,” comments Dr. Johnson, “Navigating care across multiple settings is complicated for any patient but can be even more challenging for our patients who have unique medical, social and communication needs. I am excited to see how this program can improve their care and expand.”

 

To better address the specific access barriers this patient population experiences, the Developmental Disabilities Health Center is also offering home visits. These visits will address both chronic and acute concerns, such as hospital follow ups, blood pressure or diabetes checks, and medication reviews. Peak Vista will continue to take precautions against COVID-19 while conducting home visits, wearing masks and disinfecting all equipment.

 

The Developmental Disabilities Health Center (DDHC) opened ten years ago to address a specific need in health care. Those with developmental disabilities often used local emergency rooms for primary care, or even forwent primary care altogether, because of the access barriers to quality health care. Today, DDHC provides care to hundreds of patients and helps break down access barriers to care.

 

 “As we celebrate National Public Health Week, I’m once again reminded about the unique services that we provide to help every kind of patient. Our Developmental Disabilities Health Center is one of the few centers in the country that offer primary care services specifically tailored to this population,” says Dr. Lisa Ramey, interim president and CEO of Peak Vista, as well as Chief Medical and Dental Officer.

 

To learn more about the Developmental Disabilities Health Center and its services, please visit peakvista.org or call (719) 632-5700.

 

View the video on DDHC here: https://youtu.be/xwI7xt2H9xU. 

 

About Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit organization providing exceptional health care to

people facing access barriers through clinical programs and education. Celebrating 50 years of community health service, Peak Vista offers primary medical, integrated behavioral health and dental care services. We proudly serve over 93,000 patients annually through 28 outpatient centers in Colorado’s Pikes Peak and East Central regions. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit www.peakvista.org.

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Leadership Change at Peak Vista Community Health Centers - 03/22/21

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Pam McManus has stepped down as President and CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Centers. Lisa Ramey, DO, Peak Vista’s Chief Medical and Dental Officer, will serve as the Interim President and CEO until a new President and CEO has been hired. Dr. Ramey has been with Peak Vista since 2010 and will continue to serve as its Chief Medical and Dental Officer during the transition.

A national search is being conducted to fill the President and CEO position, and no disruption to community services is expected. 

About Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a nonprofit organization providing exceptional health care to people facing access barriers through clinical programs and education. Celebrating 50 years of community health service, Peak Vista offers primary medical, integrated behavioral health, and dental care services. We proudly serve over 3,000 patients annually through 28 outpatient centers in Colorado’s Pikes Peak and East Central regions. To learn more about Peak Vista, visit peakvista.org.