Dear Family, Friends, and Community Partners,
We are pleased to announce that Matt VanAuken has been selected as CEO & Executive Director for Developmental Pathways, Continuum of Colorado, and Nonprofit Management Services of Colorado.
Matt formerly held the title as Chief Operations Officer, and when CEO Melanie Worley announced her retirement in July of 2019, Matt stepped in as Interim CEO.
Matt joined Developmental Pathways family of companies in 2011; his leadership and intuition was critical during a time of vast transformation for the organizations. Since that time, Matt has continued to lead with enthusiasm and deep investment in the mission to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities/delays. Some of his most notable accomplishments include implementing formal strategic planning, improving financial literacy across leadership groups, furthering greater organizational transparency, and developing internal professional development paths. Matt’s internal initiatives deepened employee engagement and retention and introduced Developmental Pathways as an employer of choice in Metro-Denver. His innovation and willingness to take risks have greatly benefitted the organization, its employees, and the people/families the organization supports.
You can read more about Matt’s experience and accomplishments by visiting our website.
We are confident that Matt is the leader the organization needs at this time. Please join me in congratulating our new CEO Matt VanAuken.
President, Board of Directors, NMSC/CoC
President, Board of Directors, Developmental Pathways
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At its October 15 meeting, the Littleton City Council unanimously approved the Envision Littleton Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Master Plan. The two plans result from a community-driven process that began in March, 2018. The emphasis was to go into the community and listen through small group sessions and interviews. The engagement included 261events to build awareness and encourage idea sharing. Envision Littleton sought to renew and create partnerships that build lasting relationships to not only plan for the next 20 years, but implement plans that deliver on the unifying vision adopted in December 2018.
Reflecting on the city council’s commitment to take on a project of this magnitude, Mayor Debbie Brinkman said, “Thank you to this council. This took a lot of heavy lifting, long hours, debates; and a lot of conversations, discussions, disagreements and agreements. But we all share a passion for this community. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t. This is a labor of love from us to the community.”
Envision Littleton included more than 8,300 in-person conversations and over 70,000 electronic communications. Both draft plans were available for public review and comment. The Joint Leadership of city council and the planning commission reviewed public comment at a study session October 8, and the planning commission recommended adoption on October 14.
City Manager Mark Relph commended everyone who participated. “I couldn’t be more proud. I’ve been involved in efforts like this in the past and I thought I’d seen pretty significant public process and engagement. This just blows it away. I am truly proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
Council also unanimously approved the 2020 budget. The Leadership Team began working on it in early summer. The staff and city council held an all-day budget workshop on September 7 with a follow-up study session on September 24.
The council considered 18 policy questions including funding a major update of the city code, an Economic Strategic Plan, and continuation of Envision Littleton efforts. Other projects include: the addition of four new employees (Crime Lab Technician and three Utility Operators), increased employee compensation to keep up with the competitive Colorado labor market, increased cyber security, disaster recovery, and risk management; and expansion of the police co-responder program to help people who need mental health and substance abuse services.
More than $1.4 million was approved for extensive park investments with almost $500,000 reimbursed from Open Space grants: the Writer’s Vista Park restroom and shelter replacement, Hamlet Park playground, shelter, basketball court and trail replacement; and restroom remodel at the Carson Nature Center. Design work was funded for the Berry and Ida Park playgrounds, the Southbridge Park ball field, playground and shelter replacement; and trail signage.
The fiscally constrained 5-Year Capital Projects Fund shows little funding for large transportation investments, fleet and information technology replacement, and investment in public buildings. Deferred maintenance will lead to much higher replacement costs. City council is looking to identify opportunities for additional dedicated revenue sources for future infrastructure needs.
The city began using the Priority Based Budgeting tool in 2018 and progress has been swift. Each department reviewed three of its programs to identify service levels and explore opportunities for cost recovery, partnerships, insourcing, outsourcing and efficiencies. The goal is to allocate existing resources to more closely align with city council priorities. In 2020, all programs will be rescored to determine their alignment with the Vision and the Comprehensive Plan.
The budget is available on the city’s website at www.littletongov.org/budget.
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October 11, 2019
Englewood, Colo., Oct. 10, 2019 – 24/7 Networks
October 10th, 2019 was a day of celebration, laughs, and excitement for a company that started in 2003! Started as a one-man operation ran by Liam Keegan, is now 31 strong and growing. 24/7 Networks, located in Englewood, Colorado, celebrated their Grand Re-Opening, shining a light on their recent achievements and their new opportunities. The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce was there with scissors in hand along with a shiny blue ribbon just waiting to be cut. Bob Golden, the CEO of the SMDC, came in with open arms as 24/7 Networks staff celebrated this milestone.
Kathleen Conti, Arapahoe County Commissioner was in attendance, and spent some time speaking to 24/7 Networks about the security risks currently affecting the country and how companies, such as 24/7 Networks, are here to combat these risks. A full house of staff, clients, new faces, and elected officials made the night spectacular. You may be wondering, why is this such news?
December of 2018, 24/7 Networks had 18 employees, was working out of an office that should only fit 10, and was on the verge of beginning a journey of growth that was going to be unexpected yet highly anticipated. Very rapidly, changes started to occur, and the transformation began. A move to a bigger and better office, new furniture for staff, expanded telecommunication presence, and 31 employees is only the tip of the iceberg of change that this company has gone through in the past 10 months. Jairo Ramirez, CEO for 24/7 Networks spoke of the growth and the future of the company. “With so much growth, we are now needing to slow down just to go fast again” Ramirez said while explaining the fourth quarter for 24/7 Networks.
This once small company is now making a footprint within the Denver market. With clients both local and international, 24/7 Networks has a very bright future. Chief Marketing Officer, Crystal Johnston stated, “our goal is not to increase dollars, our goal is to increase customer impact and push ourselves further in helping businesses succeed.” This day marks the beginning of a new and bright future for 24/7 Networks.
Founded in 2003, 24/7 Networks, Inc. serves Denver its Metro and surrounding areas. 24/7 Networks offers a variety of information technology services including managed services, data centers, enterprise networks, hosted voice, collaboration, cloud, and security. The organization focuses efforts on client success and easy flow project management, from inception to completion. For more information, please call 303-991-2224 or visit 247Networks.com
Community Banks of Colorado Sponsors the 2019 American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Community Banks of Colorado is a proud Flagship Sponsor of the 2019 American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Greenwood Village happening October 27, 2019. Celebrating more than 25 years of saving lives nationwide, American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks unite communities to honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer. We are proud to support this event and to help raise money for our local American Cancer Society. #cobnksmakingstrides
Make a donation or sign up to walk today at: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/cobnks , or visit Making Strides' Facebook page to learn more.
The young woman was studying to become a cancer doctor when at age 32, she brushed her hand across her right breast while washing in the shower and felt a hard lump.
Dr. Anne Michele Safley had graduated from Duke Medical School and was then in her residency at University of Iowa. She was planning to head back to Duke for a fellowship in hematology and oncology.
Even with all her medical knowledge, Anne Michele didn’t want to immediately think of cancer. Soon after, however, she noticed enlarged lymph nodes under her arm and suspected that she had breast cancer. She was quickly evaluated and treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Because she got help at an academic medical center, she was able to access the newest treatments.
And, a remarkable thing happened. During the next four month of intensive chemotherapy, “The tumor melted away,” Anne Michele said.
She has been cancer-free since and today is a primary care doctor who enjoys giving hope to patients who are coping with challenging diagnoses themselves. She practices at UCHealth Primary Care – Greenwood Village.
“I love sharing a story that’s optimistic,” she said.
A cancer cure and two bundles of joy
Following her treatment for breast cancer, Anne Michele shifted gears professionally and married her fiancé in a simple backyard wedding at her childhood home in Minnesota.
“I decided to change course and focus on our family,” she said.
That meant having the children that the couple had hoped for. Anne Michele got the go-ahead from her doctors start trying after she completed radiation therapy and was fortunate to quickly become pregnant with their oldest daughter, Lily, who was born in April of 2010. Then her husband took a job at Denver Health and the family moved to Denver later that same summer.
Just 16 months after Lily arrived, her little sister, Alex, made her debut. Anne Michele is overjoyed to be the mother of girls who love to swim, dance, ski, play the piano and travel. Anne Michele ran track and was a competitive swimmer in high school and college. She still swims, runs and cycles to stay fit. And she recently joined her girls at camp, serving for a week as the camp doctor at Camp Lake Hubert in Minnesota, a place that she attended camp as a child.
Anne Michele and her former husband are now divorced, but they live near one another so they can team up to co-parent the girls.
One of Anne Michele’s first stops after her move to Denver was a visit for follow-up care to Dr. Virginia Borges at the UCHealth Diane O’Connor Thompson Breast Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Borges is the Director of the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Translational Program, which provides unique care to younger patients with breast cancer and has a strong focus on life after breast cancer, including post-treatment family planning and support for childbearing.
“When young women get breast cancer, it is often more aggressive. Seeking care at an academic medical center is vitally important to ensure all aspects of the cancer are appropriately addressed and all the unique aspects of having breast cancer at a young age are co-managed,” Borges said.
New hope with new treatments
The chemotherapy that Anne Michele received was cutting edge when she was treated, but is now a standard tool.
Borges’ program is one of only a handful in the country that provides unique care to young women with breast cancer and performs cutting edge research to improve outcomes for young women.
“Young women’s breast cancer is different in its biology and one of the biggest differences is also the young women themselves,” Borges said. “We have specialized expertise in gene testing, fertility preservation and counseling, co-treating women who are pregnant at diagnosis, to name a few differences. And we have specialized treatments and clinical protocols that are directly aimed at the more aggressive aspects of these cancers.
“We are always incorporating new drugs and cutting-edge medicine on top of the standard care,” Borges said.
Among the most exciting new treatments is immunotherapy.
“We’re seeing some incredible results,” Borges said. “We have patients doing phenomenally well with metastatic breast cancer and these medicines are now being researched to hopefully enhance the cure rates of earlier stage disease as well.”
Anne Michele’s outlook is excellent now and having children after treatment does not elevate the risk of a breast cancer recurrence.
“For someone like Anne Michele, there was no reason on Earth not to move forward and live,” Borges said. “Young women often face the hardest road to recovery and wellness after breast cancer. We have initiated a very important long-term survivorship clinic and sexual health clinic to support women dealing with the aftermath of their breast cancer diagnosis, if needed.”
A calling to primary care
Like many of her patients, Anne Michele had a history of breast cancer in her family. Her maternal aunt was diagnosed in her 50s. After Anne Michele’s diagnosis with breast cancer, her mother and sister initiated more aggressive screening protocols, using ultrasound and MRI. This protocol detected her mother’s breast cancer at a very early stage, and her mother is now healthy and disease-free following her treatment. All three women tested negative for the BRCA genes, two of the several known genetic causes of breast cancer.
For most families with breast cancer, the exact causes are likely multiple in nature and not linked to one identifiable gene mutation. It is vital for women to understand their risk and decide if they should get gene testing or go through screenings tailored to those with elevated risk.
These days, Anne Michele is relishing life with her daughters and providing care for her patients.
After getting treated for cancer, she decided to shift her professional focus to internal medicine and primary care has been a perfect fit.
“I love it. First and foremost, we create wonderful connections with our patients and their families. Our mission is to advocate for our patients and promote wellness and preventive care.” Anne Michele said.
Of course, she knows what it feels like to be the person sitting on the exam table. And, if young women come in and tell her that they have a family history of breast cancer, she refers them right away to the high-risk breast cancer screening program at the Diane O’Connor Thompson Breast Center, so they can get customized care and early screenings. If they get cancer, she refers them to Borges’ program.
“It’s always a hard moment. And it always touches me on a personal level,” Anne Michele said. “I want to listen closely to my patients and provide a lot of compassion, empathy and support.”
Feeling strong and relishing joyful moments
Anne Michele loves swimming and running. She recently completed a sprint triathlon and said physical activity helped her recover from experiencing cancer as a young woman.
“I leaned into my athletic background to feel strong. I run. I spin. I swim. And I also looked to my relationships with my family, my good friends and my faith.”
Once her girls were old enough to begin to understand cancer, Anne Michele began sharing her story with them.
“I’m very matter-of-fact. I say, ‘Before you were born, mommy was treated for breast cancer.’”
She tells them how having cancer as a young woman helps her celebrate life every day now.
A year ago, Anne Michele took the girls to the mountains for a weekend to celebrate her 10th anniversary of being cancer free.
“We had so much fun. We soaked it all in,” she said.
Her older daughter kept telling strangers that they were celebrating her mom’s 10th anniversary.
Lily explained it this way: “My mom had breast cancer before I was born and now she has hot pink breast implants.”
Anne Michele replied: “You are absolutely right.”
She relishes the sweetness and humor that these moments bring.
“This experience showed me that nothing can be taken for granted,” she said. “I feel very grateful for the gifts of family, friendship and health. It is now my privilege to serve as a physician and support UCHealth’s mission of caring for our patients.”
Becoming “Exclusive Health Care Provider of Air Force Athletics”
(ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, and the United States Air Force Academy are excited to announce Centura as a new, multi-year sponsor and “Exclusive Health Care Provider of Air Force Athletics.”
The partnership is a collaboration of two legacy organizations in their region and the finest experts in their fields. As the largest health care system in Colorado and western Kansas, Centura Health delivers more than the highest quality services, we combine compassionate care with individualized treatment that will benefit Air Force students, alumni and the community. The United States Air Force Academy is a transformative institution, and the research, leaders and athletes that come from the Academy impact not only the Air Force, but the immediate community, the nation and the world.
“Air Force Athletics is pleased to announce this exclusive partnership with Centura Health,” Air Force Director of Athletics Nathan Pine said. “Centura Health is a leader in our region and we are excited about our current collaboration to enhance and improve fan amenities at Falcon Stadium. The partnership will also support our robust Sports Camp and Kid Force programs in addition to our thousands of Falcon Fans who will look to utilize Centura's healthcare services.”
This exclusive partnership between two legacy organizations, includes services from Centura Health athletic trainers and sports medicine physicians for Air Force Academy athletes, an on-field injury tent for athletes and a Centura Health sponsored Cadet “Athlete of the Week”. Centura also provides orthopedic & primary care oversight for USAFA sports camps and contingency support for athletic medical coverage in case of a government shutdown. In the future, Centura Heath and USAFA athletic department will be exploring additional opportunities to partner within the sports medicine and human performance arena.
Centura Health will also sponsor events for the next generation of Falcons, including Sports Camps and Kid Force Kids Club. Since Centura Health’s earliest days, our caregivers have provided an emphasis on whole person health care and illness prevention.
“Centura Health is extremely proud to be a supporter of Air Force athletic programs,” said Peter Banko, President and CEO of Centura Health. “We believe strongly in reaching beyond the walls of our hospitals and nurturing the health of the communities we serve through combining medical expertise with a compassionate, whole person touch. Teaming up with the incredible men and women athletes of this respected university allows us to move health forward and build stronger relationships with the Air Force Academy and Falcon fans.”
Falcon fall sports programs are well underway. Visit the Air Force Academy Athletics for a complete schedule of events. Then visit Centura Health to locate a health provider for every stage of life and learn about the award-winning health care services provided across Colorado and western Kansas.
ABOUT CENTURA HEALTH
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible. We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.