- Heffernan, Liggett, Nelson Elected to Health District Board (May 2014)
Tess Heffernan, Michael Liggett and Tracy Nelson have been elected to the board of directors for the Health District of Northern Larimer County. Five candidates were running for three open seats on the Health District board. A total of 1,021 people voted in the special district election.
Heffernan, 58, is a retired policy and project manager for the City of Fort Collins. Liggett, 63, is a Fort Collins lawyer. Nelson, 44, is a professor and associate director of the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University. All are residents of Fort Collins.
The Health District is governed by a five-member board of directors. Members serve staggered, four-year terms and are elected at-large from the community. Elections are held every two years in even-numbered years.
For additional information about the Health District and the board elections, go to the Health District website.
- Five Candidates Running for Health District Board of Directors (March 2014)
Five people have declared their candidacy for the board of directors of the Health District of Northern Larimer County. They will compete for three open seats in an election to be held May 6.
Running are Tess Heffernan, 58, retired (formerly policy and project manager at the City of Fort Collins); Michael Liggett, 63, attorney, Liggett and Johnson, P.C.; Clarissa Morisson-Heffern, 34, pharmacist; Tracy Nelson, 44, Professor and Associate Director of the Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado State University; and Rob Phillips, 48, attorney and partner, RMBA Group. All are residents of Fort Collins.
The Health District is governed by a five-person board of directors whose members are publicly elected to alternating four-year terms. Board members are elected at-large by eligible electors in the district, which encompasses the northern two-thirds of Larimer County and includes the cities of Fort Collins, Timnath, LaPorte, Livermore and Wellington. Elections are held every two years.
Voting on May 6 will take place at two polling locations in Fort Collins: the Health District main office, 120 Bristlecone Drive; and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 4501 S. Lemay Ave. (corner of Lemay and Harmony). People can also vote by mail.
To be eligible to vote in the election, a person must be a registered voter living in the Health District; or someone who is registered to vote in Colorado and who owns, or whose spouse or civil union partner owns, taxable real or personal property within the district, regardless of whether he or she lives in the district.
Anyone wishing to vote by mail must request an Application for Absentee Ballot by contacting Gail Bridger, designated election official for the Health District, at 970-224-5209, or by email at email@example.com. The application also can be downloaded from the Health District website (www.healthdistrict.org/2014-election) and will be printed in the spring issue of the Health District Compass newsletter mailed to district residents in early April.
Applications for absentee ballots must be signed and returned to the Health District by Tuesday, April 29, to receive the ballot by mail. Anyone who wishes to pick up the ballot in person can return the application by 5 p.m., Friday, May 2. Applications can be returned to Gail Bridger by mail at 120 Bristlecone Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80524; by fax ro 970-221-7165; or by email (as a scanned attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Health District board of directors election, call 970-224-5209. More election information and a downloadable application for mail-in voter ballot are available at the Health District website.
- Treatment for Women with Incontinence, Pelvic Issues (Jan. 2014)
The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery certification became available in 2013 and was designed to recognize physicians who specialize in treating incontinence, prolapse and a host of other common problems in women.
Dr. Benjamin Wisner, a University of Colorado Health urologist, has received subspecialty certification and is the only urologist in Colorado and one of 143 nationwide to be certified in reconstructive surgery to treat female incontinence and other issues that commonly cause women to limit their lifestyles.
Conditions such as an overactive bladder, difficulty in urinating, involuntary release of urine and lack of support of the pelvic organs are often problems that women hide due to the delicacy of the subject, Wisner said. These symptoms commonly increase with age. "Many women are often reluctant to discuss these issues with their doctor," said Wisner. "Sadly, many women limit their lives because they do not know that urinary incontinence and related issues can be treated effectively."
Urinary incontinence is extremely common in adult women, affecting approximately 25 percent of young women, up to 57 percent of middle-aged and postmenopausal women and approximately 75 percent of older women in nursing homes, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There are many treatments available for urinary incontinence and a treatment program may include exercises, medication, or possibly surgery.
In addition to urinary incontinence, many women suffer from a loss of support of the vagina, bladder and uterus as they age. Based on a patient's need, various non-surgical options as well as surgical procedures can be used to correct these problems.
For additional information, visit the UCHealth website.
- Health District Board Gives Final Approval to Amended Operating Lease With PVHS (March 2012)
The board of directors of the Health District of Northern Larimer County voted to give final approval to amendments to the operating lease under which Poudre Valley Health System (PVHS) operates the Health District-owned Poudre Valley Hospital. The board's action was in response to a request by PVHS for changes required to enable a joint operating agreement under which PVHS and University of Colorado Hospital have combined to create a new regional health system, University of Colorado Health.
The Health District leases Poudre Valley Hospital and certain other assets to PVHS, which has operated them under terms of a 50-year operating lease signed by the two organizations in 1994. The amendments to the current operating lease, which are contained in an Operating Lease Amendment and Consent Agreement, were approved by the Health District board following a period for public comment and a public hearing held Feb. 16.
The terms of the Operating Lease Amendment and Consent Agreement provide for:
an extension of the term of the operating lease by 18 years, from 2044 to 2062;
- commitments by the new health system and PVHS to continue providing adequate levels of high quality healthcare services to the local community (including to those unable to afford the full cost of care) through local hospitals and other facilities;
- flexibility for the new health system to seek future financing on more favorable terms, including to provide for capital needs of PVHS; and
- an adjustment of the present lease payment that was originally established in 1994.
The Health District board determined that these changes were in the best interests of the local community and that the proposal by PVHS to join with UCH in a larger, regional health system will better position the PVHS system for future success amid looming changes that will have major effects on the
The Health District is a public agency that provides dental, mental health, prescription assistance and health promotion services to the residents of northern Larimer County, in addition to its duties with respect to PVHS.
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