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From the Leadership Team

Looking back at this year, we are reminded of how thankful we are for the faculty and staff across our division who have consistently sacrificed for the wellbeing of others. As nice as it would be, we don't get a clean slate when the clock strikes midnight, but we are hopeful for what the new year will bring. We know with this team, there is nothing we can't handle. Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy new year!

GIM Proud

Please join me in a round of applause for our Palliative Care team who, in partnership with the UCHealth Social Work team and Hospital Medicine, were awarded the International Hospital Foundation Beyond the Call of Duty for COVID-19 recognition for their rapid response to healthcare decision maker discussions and documentation. This project started with a dedicated Social Worker intervention on the inpatient units and grew to a system-wide approach identifying ACP champions in the ambulatory space and developing clinic workflows. In the first month of the inpatient intervention, the percent of hospitalized patients with completed MDPOA documents in the EHR rose from 25% to 40%. The team was one of 103 recognized across 28 countries for "demonstrating initiative, agility, and an incredible capacity to innovate under extraordinary circumstances." You can learn more about the award and watch a video featuring all the award winners here (UCHealth is at 5:02 in the video).

Congratulations to our faculty who received awards from the ACP Colorado Chapter:
Dr. Christie Reimer: Mastership Award
Dr. Erik Wallace: Laureate Award
Dr. Ron Colson: Volunteerism/Community Service Award
(Add to these Dr. Brandenburg's and Dr. Changstrom's ACP Colorado Chapter awards announced last month and one could say we had an impressive showing this award season!)

Dr. Matt Wynia authored an article featured in a recent issue of JAMA Network Open. You can find the article, "Crisis Triage - Attention to Values in Addition to Efficiency," here.

Dr. Mark Earnest shared his insights about the new COVID-19 vaccines with the CU School of Medicine. You can read the full interview here.

GIM Team

We would like to take a moment to honor the life of Trude Bershof, a dedicated volunteer of eleven years on the Palliative Care service, who passed away earlier this month from COVID. Trude was a cherished member of the Palliative Care team and we are all grateful to have served alongside her. She will be missed dearly.

Things You Need to Know 

Preston Ems has been named the new Director of Operations for Primary Care for hospital outpatient departments (WISH, Lowry IM, Anschutz IM, Lone Tree Primary Care, and other Family Medicine practices). Preston will succeed Dawn Maupin, who is taking a new leadership role within UCHealth ambulatory services. Preston joins us from the Lone Tree Primary Care practice where he was the Practice Administrator. 

As you know, CU Medicine is launching a new branding campaign in the new year. This campaign will include updating the names of many of the CU freestanding clinics.  For example, our own Denver Internal Medicine Group (DIMG) will now be known as CU Internal Medicine. You can find the full list of updates, including the names on digital platforms such as EPIC and Google Maps (column F), here.

UCHealth Integrated Network announced they will have a new Medical Director, Dr. Amy Scanlan, starting in February. Dr. Scanlan joins UCHealth Integrated Network from SCL Health where she served as Medical Director of Quality and Innovation, Medical Director of Primary Care, and most resently as Medical Director of Recruitment and Provider Experience. You can find Dr. Scanlan's bio here.

Click here to find valuable COVID-19 websites.
Integrative Medicine has openings in their Health Eating and Mindfulness virtual group starting January 5th at 4:00 pm. For more details and sign-up information, click here.

Congratulations to our primary care clinics who were recognized by the AHA and AMA for participating in several quality improvement projects in 2019. To achieve gold status, practices had to reach:
Target BP: > 70% blood pressure control
Target Type 2 Diabetes: < 25% of patients with DM with poor control AND met the statin or blood pressure measure for MIPS
Check Change Control Cholesterol: > 70% appropriate statin therapy
A special shout-out to the Lowry clinic, one of two CU practices to achieve gold status in all three programs.
The Center for Women's Health Research will host a virtual Women's Health Research Day on Monday, January 11. This year's event will feature Patricia Gabow, MD, MACP, former CEO of Denver Health. For more information and to register, click here.
Another great shout-out to share this month:

"Dr. Whitney (Vuchetich) is the BEST primary care doctor I have ever had. Takes her time to listen and provide real suggestions. Will be using her as a provider for as long as I can. Highly recommend her and the entire team at UCHealth Lowry!"
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