Gov. Ritter Names Coloradans to Center for Improving Value in Health Care Committee
May 06, 2009
OFFICE OF GOVERNOR BILL RITTER, JR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009
Evan Dreyer, 720.350.8370, firstname.lastname@example.org
GOV. RITTER NAMES COLORADANS TO CENTER FOR IMPROVING VALUE IN HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE
Gov. Bill Ritter announced today that he has appointed 22 Coloradans to serve as voting and ex-officio members on the new Center for Improving Value in Health Care steering committee.
Gov. Ritter also said today that Dori Biester, former president and CEO of The Children's Hospital, will serve as interim director of the Center thanks to a grant from the Caring for Colorado Foundation.
The appointees to the steering committee are:
Dr. Jandel T. Allen-Davis of Highlands Ranch
Leslie G. Berkowitz of Denver
Daryl W. Edmonds of Highlands Ranch
Marian E. Heesaker of Pueblo
Michael Huotari of Denver
Dr. Paul Melinkovich of Aurora
Dr. Zettie D. Page III of Limon
Annete D. Quintana of Castle Rock
Barbara Ryan of Boulder
Jean A. Scholz of Centennial
Jeffrey D. Selberg of Denver
Kelly L. Stahlman of Littleton
Steven J. Summer of Englewood
Richard A. Thompson of Grand Junction
Dr. Jay Y. Want of Denver
Annie V. Wohlgenant of Denver
Karen Lee Zink of Durango
Peggy A. Brown of Denver
Dr. Ned Calonge of Denver
Joscelyn L. Gay of Denver
Dr. Mark A. Levine of Aurora
Dr. Sandeep Wadwa of Denver
Gov. Ritter established the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) upon the recommendation of the Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform. The multi-disciplinary steering committee will facilitate and implement strategies to improve quality and contain health care costs in Colorado.
The steering committee will set the strategic direction, vision and policy initiatives for CIVHC. It will advise the state on strategies to improve the health care service delivery system, leverage commitments from the public and private sectors, and integrate the work of other public and private entities in the state.
As interim director, Biester will be responsible for overseeing the Center, writing a business plan, engaging business and community leaders, and keeping the steering committee on track to meet its goals.
"Dori has been an invaluable leader in Colorado's health care community for many years," Gov. Ritter said. "We are fortunate to have her leadership as we move Colorado forward and continue to address the challenges of cost, quality and availability throughout our health care system."