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Congratulations goes out to our CEO Lander Cooney for being recognized as a standout in the 20 under 40 spotlight as one of Southwest Montana’s top young business professionals.
PCMH care focuses on the whole person and strives to deliver well-coordinated services and enhanced access to a clinical team. While evaluation results have been mixed, and many are still underway, outcome studies have documented improved quality and patient health outcomes, patient experience, practice efficiency, and provider and staff satisfaction. Primary care practices and their patients benefit from these transformation outcomes. PCMH care has also been shown to stabilize or reduce overall healthcare costs, primarily from reduced emergency department use, hospitalization, and hospital re-admission.
How has your travel informed the work you do now? I have had the privilege of working for a lot of high-quality nonprofits that have really strong missions. I spent a lot of time at The Traveling School (in Bozeman) and spent the better part of three years traveling with them. Any time you spend time in developing countries, you see disparities everywhere. It took me a little time to realize that that same stuff exists in the United States and that there are people working on that here.
What would you like people to know about CHP? What I’m most proud of with CHP is our perspective to approaching people. We don’t treat people as numbers to process through a system. We recognize that people are complex, have complex needs and have their own priorities. Our job is to partner with people and ask them what is important to them. In health care we are so pressured to look at data, but increasingly the research says that we should just ask them what is important to (people).
Did you ever see yourself in this position? No, I definitely did not. I’ve had some really powerful mentors who gave me some great lessons early on. I also developed a connection to this organization, and I felt this obligation that if I have the skills to help make this place better, I have to try. If you have skills you should be using them to help your community.
Would you say the health care landscape in Gallatin County is unique? In some ways, definitely. We have really community-minded hospitals, and that is really unique. They both are committed in language and practice to serving the whole community. Not that it isn’t imperfect, but I think it’s unique. We’re also small enough that you can build effective partnerships and trust, and that helps us get things done.
A new nonprofit in Bozeman wants to help people with reliable vehicles, housing and life coaching.
Greater Impact has been “in the works” for the past six years, but has officially had a nonprofit designation for about six months, said Executive Director John Paszkiet. In that time, he said, the group has fixed cars, given cars away and helped people who were close to being evicted from their homes, among other things.
Paszkiet said Greater Impact donated about three cars to families in need during the week leading up to Christmas Day. The organization is divided in three teams: automotive, housing and life coaching. Each of the teams, he said, tries to help out individuals in their area of expertise like giving out firewood to heat homes and providing guidance to resources they might not know are available.
Paszkiet said before the organization gained nonprofit status, it was serving the community and noticed that those areas were where people needed the most help.
“To make the impact that we want to make, we need to focus on these three things,” he said.
Another goal the group hopes to accomplish, Paszkiet said, is to acquire a plot of land and build tiny homes in Bozeman to provide affordable housing for those in need. He said the organization wants to provide a stable living environment for people who are in desperate situations.
“We feel like the best way to do that would be community cottages,” Paszkiet said.
Asked where the funding for the nonprofit is coming from, he said it’s mostly community support. Paszkiet said he asks different stores in the area if they’d be willing to help out with either donations or discounts for the nonprofit to do its work.
Paszkiet said the organization is committed to serving the community in any way it can.
“We’re just really trying to give people in the community a hand up in their time of need,” Paszkiet said.
CHP prides itself on being a teaching organization and regularly works with students from a variety of disciplines including medicine, nursing, dentistry, mental health, medical assisting and others to provide rich clinical experiences for students interested in pursuing careers in community health. While CHP would like to assist every student looking for placements, it is simply not possible with the number of requests we receive each year. CHP has established relationships with several college and university programs in place and do not accept students outside of these programs. Students may inquire with CHP’s Human Resources Department at 406/823-6306.
On occasion, CHP can utilize the services of volunteers, though it has become more difficult because of requirements associated with our electronic health record system. We are happy to field requests, though very few, however well-intentioned, can be granted. Prospective volunteers also can contact Human Resources at 406/823-6306.
CHP’s Learning Partners program does take volunteer tutors from the community to work with adults on literacy, math and other skills. For more information, contact Learning Partners at 406/823-6356.
CHP’s medical clinics in Belgrade, Bozeman, Livingston and West Yellowstone are recognized as Level 3 (highest honor) Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA).
PCMH care focuses on the whole person and strives to deliver well-coordinated services and enhanced access to a clinical team. While evaluation results have been mixed, and many are still underway, outcome studies have documented improved quality and patient health outcomes, patient experience, practice efficiency, and provider and staff satisfaction. Primary care practices and their patients benefit from these transformation outcomes. PCMH care has also been shown to stabilize or reduce overall healthcare costs, primarily from reduced emergency department use, hospitalization, and hospital re-admission. Community Health Partners is committed to delivering care using the PCMH model because every single patient and family in our community deserves high-quality care, regardless of ability to pay.
Community Health Partners is committed to delivering care using the PCMH model because every single patient and family in our community deserves high-quality care, regardless of ability to pay.