Top Company 2020: Health Care
These three companies are shaking up the world of health care
In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists – represent the 2020 Top Companies in Health Care.
Anyone who needs care can get it from Mount Evans, which offers home health and hospice care, palliative care, counseling and more for Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Park counties — an area covering more than 3,500 square miles.
“Our generous donors allow us to make sure no one is ever turned away,” President and CEO Keri Jaeger says. “Mount Evans is often recognized for the hospice care we provide, but many people don’t know that we are the largest health care provider in the Denver foothills.”
The 40-year-old nonprofit offers direct patient care, multiple family platforms, frequent support groups, a children’s grief summer camp and other forms of companionship care. In 2018, Mount Evans clocked 11,018 home health visits, 6,834 hospice visits and 541 palliative care visits, and its volunteers contributed 12,685 hours. Its children’s grief program, Camp Comfort, has served 1,500 children since 1995.
“We remain a unique health care provider in a rapidly changing world of payment models, care delivery systems and regulatory reforms,” Jaeger says. “Although the rate of change is relentless, what has not changed, nor will ever change, is our commitment to serving our neighbors in the mountain communities the way we would want our own loved ones to be cared for.”
Mount Evans offers skills classes and a support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Other support groups focus on suicide prevention and loss and caregivers of other terminal and chronic conditions.
Seniors receive free foot and blood pressure checks through Mount Evans, which actively participates in quarterly networking meetings for agencies serving elders in the mountain area. Mount Evans makes a biennial support journey to its sister hospice in Africa and sponsors a July 4th 5K Freedom Run that draws 1,000 runners.
Hero Practice Services has a simple goal: to serve as many children in need as possible. Already, Hero’s offices have helped more than one million children gain access to health care.
Through community partnerships, Hero has set up mobile vision and dental teams to conduct everything from basic vision screenings to fluoride applications on kids’ teeth. In 2018, Hero partnered with Von’s Vision, the nonprofit organization founded by Denver Bronco Von Miller, which provides vision screenings and eyeglasses to kids in need across the Front Range. As Von’s exclusive lens provider, Hero’s Colorado Springs lab has provided more than 300 free pairs of glasses. Hero’s doctors and vision techs volunteer their time to conduct vision screenings and full eye exams for children from 15 participating Denver elementary schools and two Denver Boys and Girls Clubs.
Hero supports the annual “Give Kids A Smile” initiative of the American Dental Association Foundation that provides free children’s dental service every February. In 2020, Hero provided more than $308,000 worth of dental care to 213 kids.
AllHealth Network provides mental health and substance use services to 18,000 people each year at 11 locations throughout Arapahoe and Douglas counties. The nonprofit also has clinicians co-located in schools, jails and with local law enforcement partners.
To adapt to challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, AllHealth Network now provides services via telephone and video conference, and substance use and depression Intensive outpatient programs are available via telehealth.
AllHealth recently launched the MOSAIC Center for Positive Living Depression Intensive Outpatient Program, the first of its kind in Colorado, offering individualized treatment in addition to group therapy, multi-disciplinary teams and medically integrated care. It previously created the Like Minds Movement, which focuses on elevating and normalizing the conversation around mental health throughout the community. The Like Minds “Speakers Series” kicked off in 2018 with an event featuring tech entrepreneur Brad Feld sharing his personal mental health struggles.