AHA Affiliates and Partners

Becoming an AHA Affiliate

Building Constellations

AHA recognizes the many superb healthcare agencies serving Aurora, and strongly believes that a truly healthy Aurora is contingent on collaboration between these distinct entities. AHA is dedicated to creating a space in which collaboration is possible and encouraged so that Aurora may become not only a city of healthcare stars, but one of healthcare constellations. By supporting AHA, organizations demonstrate their commitment to joining the effort to work together, across agencies and disciplines, to create a healthcare landscape that is more successful, understandable, and effective for patients and systems alike. For more information, you can click here to download the “Building Constellations” flyer, or reach out to one of the contacts listed in the sidebar on the right.

AHA Affiliates

These are the organizations that have graciously contributed to AHA’s sustainability by becoming Affiliate Members or Sponsors. (This area is still under construction; please be patient while we populate it with great data!)

$10,000 or more
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Colorado Access

A nonprofit health plan that provides access to behavioral and physical health services for Coloradans including  Access Long Term Support Solutions (Medicaid), Access Behavioral Health, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), and manages three Regional Care Collaborative Organizations.

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UCHealth

UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Hospital and a network of more than 40 medical clinics into one organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. UCHealth partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and numerous community organizations to provide care. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

$7,500 or more
$5,000 or more
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The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora serves Aurora, Colorado and the eastern Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area with three separate campuses providing a wide range of health care services.  It’s main campus is located at1501 S Potomac St, Aurora, CO 80012.  Founded in 1974,  it has 346 beds, and is open 24 hours a day.  (303) 695-2600

$2,500 or more
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Arapahoe County Department of Human Services

The Arapahoe County Department of Human Services provides financial assistance and protective services to children, families and elderly and disabled adults in our community.

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Aurora Mental Health Center

Aurora Mental Health Center, located in Aurora, Colorado, is a private, nonprofit community mental health organization serving people with a wide range of mental health needs.  Our goal is to promote mental health to enable people to truly live their life to the fullest.

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Children’s Hospital of Colorado

Children’s Hospital Colorado cares for kids of all ages.  We see, treat, and heal more children than any hospital in our seven-state region.  We pioneer treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics and provide the best possible care years before it becomes available at other hospitals.

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City of Aurora

Aurora is a Home Rule Municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado, spanning Arapahoe and Adams counties, with the extreme southeastern portion of the city extending into Douglas County. Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city with a diverse population of more than 351,000.

Community – Campus Partnership

The Community-Campus Partnership (CCP) fosters, promotes and supports mutually beneficial collaborations between the organizations on the Anschutz Medical Campus and the surrounding Aurora community, and includes the organizations on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and  organizations and individuals, such as Aurora city government officials, community organizations, educational institutions, neighborhood associations and community residents.

DentaQuest

DentaQuest (www.dentaquest.com) is the largest oral health company in the Medicaid space. Along with its charitable DentaQuest Foundation (www.dentaquestfoundation.org), its clinical DentaQuest Care Group and its educational DentaQuest Institute (www.dentaquestinstitute.org), DentaQuest is working to improve the oral health of all.

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Metro Community Provider Network

Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) is a 501(c) (3) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing primary care and health-related services. Established in 1989 in response to the primary health care needs of the medically indigent, MCPN has the largest population base of any FQHC in Colorado.

$1,000 or more
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Dispatch Health

DispatchHealth, a Colorado company, is bringing back the house call with a modern technology twist by providing patients ways to access convenient, high-quality acute care in the comfort of their home, office, or location of need.

Falck Ambulance

Falck Rocky Mountain is the exclusive emergency ambulance provider for the City of Aurora, Colorado. Falck Rocky Mountain also provides emergency ambulance service to Buckley Air Force Base, and supplies non-emergency ambulance and medical transportation to hospitals and health systems throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

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InnovAge

Innovage/PACE – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – keeps older adults engaged in the community by providing coordinated medical care and social activities in one place. Services are offered widely throughout the Denver Metro area.

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PASCO Home Health

PASCO provides home health services, personal care, and supports for children through seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities in fourteen counties in Colorado, through Medicaid Long-Term or Private Pay.

$250 or more

 


Aurora’sbigstock-Five-gold-stars-golden-star-39703402-588x305 “Gold Stars:” When Healthcare Service Goes Right!

Our healthcare system is complex.  Sometimes navigating—or trying to navigate—this system can be frustrating and overwhelming. But often, things go right! AHA wants to recognize and celebrate the health providers, facilities, groups, and volunteers in Aurora who provide “stellar” service. If you have an Aurora Gold Star Story to share, please let us know.

Leon’s Story:  August 2016

An Aurora family is thankful for the work of Aurora Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) who saved their loved one’s life.

Leon came home from work on July 21 and was relaxing in front of the TV while his wife, Sue, puttered in the garden. She was delighted to see her green beans were sprouting and came in to tell Leon the good news. She noticed something was wrong though. The right side of his face was drooping, he began to gag, and couldn’t talk. Sue, a nurse, immediately recognized the signs of a stroke, and called 911. The Aurora EMS team arrived within 10 minutes, accompanied by the UCHealth Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit (MSTU).

EMS personnel immediately carried Leon to the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit where technicians performed a CAT scan that detected a condition requiring clot busting medication, which they administered within minutes right in front of the home. At the same time, data was sent to neurologists at University of Colorado Hospital. On the way to the hospital, Sue talked with the neurology team through video. The team explained that based on the data they were receiving, Leon needed immediate surgery to have the clot removed. Sue gave permission as the Unit was rolling to the ER and, upon arrival, Leon was immediately transferred into surgery.

Today, Leon is going through speech and physical therapy but he is able to walk and eat on his own. Sue knows that had the 911 system/Aurora EMS and the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit not worked so well together, she would have lost her husband.

Several miracles occurred that day. The garden had green beans (or Sue would not have found her husband in time); Sue recognized the stroke and called 911; 911 immediately dispatched EMS on a probable stroke call; and at the same time, dispatched the UCHealth Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit. Both EMS and the MSTU arrived within 10 minutes. The stroke was diagnosed, medication administered on site, neurologists informed, and consent given for surgery while the MSTU was traveling to the hospital. Thanks to that communication and coordination, Leon was in surgery to remove the clot causing the stroke within 45 minutes of the 911 call.

Gold stars go to Sue, for recognizing her husband’s stroke; to the Aurora 911/EMS System; to UCHealth for its investment in the Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit; and for the synchronized communication between EMS and the University of Colorado Hospital. Had any of those stars been left out, an Aurora family could have lost a husband and father.

To learn the F.A.S.T. system for recognizing and responding to a stroke, click here

To learn more about the UCHealth Mobile Stroke Unit, click here.

Mary’s Story: July 2016

Aurora Health Access would like to acknowledge “stellar” service provided by The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA), Aurora’s Vision Care Specialists, DispatchHealth, and Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN).

In early May, 2016, Mary, a single mom in Aurora, walked into the emergency room at The Medical Center of Aurora.  Her vision was blurry, her eyes were very sore and she was extremely anxious. Mary had visited another emergency room twice in the prior week, and been diagnosed and given treatment for pink eye, but her condition was only getting worse.  It was compounded by her worry that she was going blind and wouldn’t be able to care for her son. In desperation, she called a friend from her church for advice and support. Knowing she had no transportation, her friend called DispatchHealth to see if they could come to her apartment to check her out. After listening to Mary’s symptoms and condition (and that she had no medical home), DispatchHealth advised that while they could send someone out right away, they would probably not have the appropriate ophthalmic equipment in their vehicle to adequately assess her problem.  They suggested she avoid the delay of a house call, and go immediately to an ED.  Her friend took Mary to the emergency room at TMCA.

Physician Assistant Skyla Bosco saw her in a timely manner. The advice from DispatchHealth had been spot on and Ms. Bosco was able to run tests to determine that Mary had a serious abrasion on her right cornea. She prescribed medication and advised Mary to see an eye doctor ASAP. When Mary said she had no eye doctor, Ms. Bosco said TMCA would try to find a specialist to take her. Ms. Bosco also noticed the anxiety Mary was going through and assured and comforted her that this was a condition that could be treated and that she wasn’t going to go blind.

The next morning, a patient service representative from Vision Care Specialists in Aurora called Mary to tell her she could be seen that afternoon. Dr. Susan Stewart at Vision Care Specialists examined Mary’s eyes, fitted her with a medicated contact for the cornea abrasion, and scheduled two follow-up appointments to check her progress.   A few days later, Mary’s eyes were healing nicely and by the final checkup the next week, her eyes showed no more impacts from the abrasion or pink eye.

AHA would like to award the providers involved in this case with AHA Gold Stars. First, a Gold Star goes to TMCA for its stellar ED care, and for arranging the follow-up specialist care. We’d also like to thank Vision Care Specialists for treating Mary. We’d especially like to thank practitioner Skyla Bosco of the TMCA ED and Dr. Susan Stewart of Vision Care Specialists for their expert and sensitive care for Mary. Both Ms. Bosco and Dr. Stewart recognized not only the physical problem but also the anxiety Mary was feeling after a week of a painful and deteriorating eye condition. They both took the initiative to reassure and comfort her that her condition was treatable. A Gold Star also goes to DispatchHealth for its professionalism in handling Mary’s situation when called, and then MCPN, which afterward took Mary, who had no medical home, into its integrated, wrap-around health care program, Bridges to Care.