Summit Community Care Clinic receives $300K in donations |

Summit Community Care Clinic receives $300K in donations

This summer, the Summit Community Care Clinic received a visit from a previous donor about a unique opportunity.

If the clinic could find people willing to give three $50,000 donations, the donor would make an anonymous match of $150,000.

Clinic CEO Sarah Vaine immediately thought of locals who had expressed support in the past.

Rob and Amy Millisor, owners of Breckenridge Grand Vacations, were the first to step up with a donation.

“Amy and I were thrilled to be able to assist the Care Clinic, which is such a vital resource for so many in need in our community,” Rob Millisor said.

His brother, Mike Millisor, became the second donor, and Rick and Susie Grossman completed the challenge.

The Care Clinic’s annual budget has steadily increased over the past six years to $4.5 million. Of that, about 75 percent must be raised through grants and donations each year.

Summit County has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals in the state, at 22 percent of the population, and the county has the 17th highest rate of uninsured Latinos in the country.

Finally, an alarming 76 percent of families with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($47,000 a year for a family of four) are uninsured in the clinic’s service area.

A number of nearby safety-net clinics have closed in the last year or two, and the Care Clinic continues to see more patients from neighboring communities. Patient visits grew by 20 percent in the last year.

“The need for access to quality health care continues to be quite prevalent in our community,” Vaine said. “These four donors have made an incredible impact for the clinic this year, and we are grateful for their unwavering support.”

For more information about how to get involved or to make a donation to the Care Clinic, contact Jordan Schultz at (970) 423-8839 or

Challenge your friends to maintain or lose weight together over the holidays

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Team of the Summit, also known as PANTS, created a healthy competition for the season called Holiday Trimmings.

Groups of three to six adults can form teams, weigh themselves before Thanksgiving and win prizes if the team as a whole hasn’t gained weight after New Year’s.

The competition costs $10 per team member, though scholarships are available.

Anyone 18 and older who wishes to participate can also join as a free agent and will be placed on a team.

To register or learn more, contact Renee Rogers at or (970) 262-7374, Julie Draguns at or Matt Madsen at

Bristlecone Health Services recognized among top home-health agencies

Centura Health recently announced that Bristlecone Health Services in Frisco and its other Colorado Health at Home agencies in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Durango were named among the top-performing home-health agencies in the U.S.

In its ninth year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of all Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and 500 agencies overall.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance.

Of 9,996 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

The 2014 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry.

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