Health Briefs, Aug. 13, 2013

HopeWest among top employers

Colorado State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management named HopeWest Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado one of the best companies to work for in Colorado.

HopeWest took second place in the large-company category of the 2013 competition sponsored by the society. It was the third time HopeWest was recognized by the group.

The result was determined by employees who completed a scientific survey that gauged a variety of human resource concerns for their organization, including company leadership, management, benefits and strategy.

Health-care reform to be discussed


Local independent insurance agents, mental health experts and officials with the Colorado health insurance exchange will discuss the federal Affordable Care Act at meetings in Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade later this month.

“People will get a lot of great information in a short period of time,” organizer Scott Beilfuss said.

The meetings are scheduled Aug. 20 at Grand Junction High School Cafeteria, Aug. 21 at Fruita Monument High School Auditorium and Aug. 22 at Palisade High School Auditorium. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m.

State health office gets new director


Colorado Department of Health Services named Viki Manley as its new director of the Office of Long Term Care.

Manley will be responsible for the operations and delivery of service at six divisions, including disability determination, adult protection services, vocational rehabilitation, veterans’ nursing homes and developmental disabilities.

Manley most recently directed the division of State Veterans Nursing Homes. She replaces Joscelyn Gay, who becomes a senior policy analyst for the department.

Surgeon joins Western Slope practice


Pete T. Scheffel, who specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, recently joined Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates.

Scheffel provides care to athletes of all abilities. His practice focuses on degenerative injuries of the knee and shoulder.

The orthopaedic group has offices in Grand Junction, Fruita and Delta.


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