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Name: Cole White
Title: incoming director of community care for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association; currently The Memorial Hospital controller
Hometown: Charlo, Mont.
Education: undergraduate degrees in accounting and financing from the University of Wyoming, and a master's degree in health care policy and administration from Washington State University.
Craig The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has named a familiar local official as the new overseer of the organization's 30-odd community health care programs.
Cole White, currently The Memorial Hospital's controller, will assume the director of community care role beginning July 9. He replaces outgoing director Carrie Godes, who has taken a job as a health education specialist with the Garfield County Public Health Department.
"We were looking for someone in the Craig community with a strong background in business and health care," said Suzi Mariano, VNA public relations coordinator. "He seemed to fit that (criteria) really well."
White, who has been with TMH for a year, completed undergraduate work in accounting and finance at the University of Wyoming, and has a master's degree in healthcare policy and administration from Washington State University.
"There are a million things," said White, a Charlo, Mont., native, on why he found the VNA job an attractive prospect. "I think the biggest thing is the opportunity for growth : for me and the organization.
"The opportunity was just going to be invaluable."
White's VNA responsibilities will include on-site management of Craig's VNA office, community relations and oversight of all VNA health care programs.
White said one of his primary goals will be pushing forward the VNA's goal of establishing the Moffat County Care Clinic, which specializes in treating low-income and uninsured patients, as a full-time operation. As of now, the Care Clinic is open two afternoons per month.
Earlier this month, the Colorado Health Foundation announced it had awarded the VNA an $805,909 grant to be paid throughout the next three years to expand Care Clinic services.
"That's one of the things that will be a big focus for Cole," Mariano said.
White said he aggressively attacks goals and new projects, and that the Care Clinic would be no different.
"I hit 'em very hard, and I don't let up until I see the fruits of my labor," he said.
The VNA will honor Godes, who has been on staff since January 2005, during a community celebration from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 13 at the Craig office, 745 Russell St. The celebration is open to the public.
Godes said leaving the VNA for Garfield County will be difficult.
"It will be tremendously sad," she said. "The group of gals we work with at the VNA are extremely dedicated."
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