June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

June 27 is National HIV and AIDS Testing Day (photo courtesy of aids.gov website)

June 27 is National HIV and AIDS Testing Day (photo courtesy of aids.gov website)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. Tomorrow is national HIV and AIDS Testing Day to build awareness about the importance of being assessed.

At Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), our vision statement reflects our commitment to excelling as a valued leader, trusted partner and provider-of-choice recognized for quality health care delivery and optimal outcomes achieved in collaboration with patients and their families, our dedicated, caring staff and our established network of health care agencies.  This is why we encourage everyone to make one of the most adult decisions of their lives and get tested for HIV and AIDS this month.  A very positive story about the importance of testing is told by Patrick, Blogger, New Media Expert and Athlete. Click here to hear his powerful story.

The population of the State of Colorado is 5,355,866, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Here below are some Colorado Data Highlights related to HIV and AIDS diagnoses (source: http://aidsvu.org/state/colorado/).

  • People living with an HIV or AIDS diagnosis in 2012: 11,558
  • New HIV diagnoses in 2013: 329
  • Deaths in 2012 due to HIV/AIDS: 106
  • 89% of people living with an HIV diagnosis in 2012 were men, 11% were women.
  • 14% of people living with an HIV diagnosis in 2012 were black, 20% Hispanic/Latino, and 64% white.
  • In 2012, 78% of HIV cases in men were from male-to-male sexual contact, 6% were from injection drug use, and 12% were from injection drug use and male to male sexual contact.
  • In 2012, 72% of HIV cases in women were from heterosexual contact, and 26% were from injection drug use.

Did you know that the Colorado VNA, as part of its Workplace Wellness Program, offers TB tests and Hep A & B (3-part series) vaccinations at schools, dentist offices, businesses, property management offices and community organizations?  Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s compassionate, dedicated, and experienced healthcare professionals are recognized for their expert, personal medical attention and for their strong tradition of ensuring continuity of care while creating warm relationships with patients.

A portion of the proceeds from our Workplace Wellness clinics support our home nurse visits to ill, disabled and elderly adults. By selecting the Colorado VNA as your Workplace Wellness immunizations provider, you are protecting your health and supporting the community. Colorado VNA proudly celebrated 125 years of service in our state in 2014.  To learn more about our year-round Workplace Wellness services, call 303-698-6517.

 

Celebrate Men’s Health in June

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Each year in the days leading up to Father’s Day, we celebrate Men’s Health as a country. June is national Men’s Health Month. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness on how to prevent health problems among men. It is the perfect time to encourage senior men to obtain regular medical checkups, focus on illness prevention and embrace self-care activities such as regular exercise and even trying new past times such as yoga or swimming. At Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, we support our community in encouraging health senior living and applauding men for taking charge of their health and fitness, as they go through life.

In the spirit of supporting Men’s Health and healthier senior living, we hope you will click here to read some great nutrition tips for older men, courtesy of EatRight.org

To learn more about the Senior Wellness Medical Foot Care Clinics offered by Colorado Visiting Nurse Association throughout metro Denver and in Colorado Springs, call our hotline Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 303-698-6496. We have many foot care clinics, all staffed by Registered Nurses, that are Open to the Public so call for your appointment today.

New CEO Chris Lee talks to first day at Colorado VNA

My first day at Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

By Christopher Lee, President & CEO

And so begins an exciting new phase in my career…my new role as President and CEO for Colorado VNA. I have been blessed with many exciting opportunities in my career and this one ranks as the most exciting. I am just finishing up my position as General Manager for SCL Home Health Solutions (SCLHHS), which is SCL/Exempla’s home health company. It has been a challenging position, but one that has provided a significant perspective on the complexities of running a mission-based home health organization. I have also learned a lot about the importance and power of partnering with hospitals and payers in order to provide integrated care across the continuum. As I am sure many of you know, health systems and payers have not always thought of non-facility-based care as an important part of the care continuum! Things have changed!

Prior to SCLHHS I was in charge of business development for Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette where I was responsible for helping the hospital grow by expanding and improving various service lines. In addition to business development I ran the medical imaging department for over seven years and was part of the original leadership team that opened the hospital in 2004. It was at Good Samaritan that I learned from some amazing leaders and role models, specifically Beth Forsyth (COO) and Dave Hamm (CEO). Beth and Dave taught me numerous lessons about leadership and the importance of listening to front line and supervisory staff as a way to improve care for patients and increase staff satisfaction. I also spent a lot of time working on and leading performance improvement projects across the hospital. These projects were focused on improving the efficiency and performance of processes in order to make care for patients safer and more efficient.

Throughout my career I have had the support of a wonderful wife and my 12 year old twin boys and 9 year old daughter. They all keep me busy outside of work and fortunately have helped provide work-life balance.  Being able to help drive the kids back and forth between baseball, soccer, track and other various activities keeps me extremely busy outside of work. In addition to family activities I do enjoy taking advantage of what Colorado has to offer by spending time on the trails and roads on my bike as well as logging some miles running to stay in shape. We live in a beautiful place and exploring on foot or on wheels provides a significant amount of inspiration for me to do my best at work.

I hope the above has provided a brief summary of my background and an overview of the perspective I bring to CVNA. I also invite you to see the press release about my new role as additional reference.

Stay tuned for more posts in the future!