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Kaiser Permanente Colorado hires longtime Summit local for community relations

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

Kaiser Permanente Colorado recently announced that a longtime Summit County resident joined the health care and insurance provider as the nonprofit's first hire in its expansion to the mountains.

Susan Fairweather will lead the organization's community relations in Summit and Eagle counties.

In this role, she will engage with key stakeholders, local nonprofits, community and business leaders and the community at large to help connect Kaiser Permanente to the communities where the organization will offer health care and coverage for the first time starting in January.

"We're really looking to partner with local organizations on local causes," Fairweather said.

She added that she will meet with county health departments and school districts to find people needing health-care services — without interrupting the work of the Summit Community Care Clinic and similar clinics serving low-income, uninsured and underinsured people in Eagle County.

"We want to complement those services and not take away from them," she said. At the same time, affordable health care needs are considerable in Summit County, and "it's a lot of burden on our community care clinic."

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Brent Bowman, executive director of Kaiser Permanente Colorado's mountain service area, said Fairweather was chosen for her knowledge of the area and experience building relationships in the public, nonprofit and business communities.

A Colorado native and Summit High School graduate, Fairweather said she has deep roots in the High Country and brings nearly 20 years of experience in economic development, communications and community involvement.

She worked for the town of Dillon for seven years as director of economic development, marketing and communications where she was instrumental in the town's branding efforts and the formation of the Dillon Business Association.

She represented Summit County for Colorado's Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for the mountain resort region, and, before joining Kaiser Permanente, she worked as director of economic initiatives for the town of Avon.

Fairweather received a bachelor of business administration in finance from the University of Houston, lives in Breckenridge and regularly volunteers in the community.

She said community organizations interested in learning more about Kaiser Permanente's programs and potential partnerships should contact her at 303.547.8419 or Susan.L.Fairweather@kp.org.

Recently, Kaiser Permanente has been involved with to the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco, the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge and the Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek. Fairweather said she will be at a booth at The Summit Foundation 28th annual Great Rubber Duck Races in Breckenridge.

Kaiser Permanente will open a new medical office building in Frisco on Jan. 2. The facility is under construction in the Basecamp retail center at 226 Lusher Court, and the medical offices will offer a variety of health care services including primary care, laboratory and routine medical imaging.

Plans for additional facilities, including medical offices in Eagle County, are also in the works.