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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 CONTACT: Evan Dreyer, 720.350.8370, evan.dreyer@state.co.us 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: Voting members 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 Ex-officio members 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."