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Election for Health District Board of Directors on May 3 (2016)

Three people are running for the board of directors of the Health District of Northern Larimer County. They will compete in a May 3 election for two open seats on the board.

Candidates are Robert Calhoun, 66, a licensed psychologist; Faraz Naqvi, 55, a physician focused on elderly care, skilled and assisted living care and management of health professionals; and Deirdre Sullivan, 41, a program supervisor for CanDo and Vida Sana at UCHealth Community Health Improvement and a facilitator with the Family Leadership Training Institute of CSU Extension. All three candidates are residents of Fort Collins.

The Health District is governed by a five-person board of directors whose members are elected to alternating four-year terms. Board members are elected at large by eligible voters 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.

To be eligible to vote in the election, a person must be a U.S. citizen aged 18 years or older who is registered to vote in Colorado and is also a resident of the Health District. Non-district residents may vote if they or their spouse own property within the district.

Voting on May 3 will take place at two polling locations in Fort Collins: the Health District main office at 120 Bristlecone Drive, and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church at 4501 S. Lemay Ave. (corner of Lemay and Harmony).

People also may vote by mail, and all completed ballots must be received at the Health District by 7 p.m. on May 3 in order to be counted. To vote by mail, request an absentee ballot by completing and submitting an Application for Absentee Ballot, which is available on the Health District website. Ballots will be sent automatically to people who have voted in previous Health District board elections and who requested to be on the permanent absentee ballot list.

More election information, including details on obtaining an absentee ballot, as well as personal profiles provided by the candidates, is available at healthdistrict.org/2016-election.

The Health District is a public agency that provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health, and preventive health services, in addition to connecting people to more affordable prescription and health insurance options.
 
Great American Smokeout on Nov. 19 (2015)

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit. By quitting - even for one day - smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet more than 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, or 1 in every 5 adults. In addition, about 13 million people smoke pipes or cigars.

The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment you stop smoking. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. For general information from the American Cancer Society, go to www.cancer.org.

Locally, the Health District of Northern Larimer County offers a tobacco treatment program to help smokers quit. We have six-week classes that are held periodically throughout the year on Wednesday evenings. The next class starts Jan. 20, 2016. If you don't want to wait for this class, give us a call because individual counseling is always available. For details about our Step Free from Tobacco program, call 970-224-5209. Or visit the Health District website.
 
SummitStone Health Partners Walk-in Crisis Services (Aug. 2015)

SummitStone Health Partners has expanded their 24-hour mental health and addiction crisis services. 24/7/365 walk-in and mobile crisis response are available at 1217 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins. In fall 2015, a short-term residential unit will be available as well. For more information about these services, go to the SummitStone Health Partners website.

If you or anybody you know feels they are in mental health crisis, please do not hesitate to contact us. Walk-in and mobile services are free of charge. To access mental health crisis support services, call 970-494-4200 (SummitStone Health Partners) or Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners at 1-844-493-TALK (8255). However, in a life-threatening emergency that requires medical care, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
 
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 healthcare industry.

    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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