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Bent County Public Health

Mission Statement

Bent County Public Health has served the communities of Las Animas, Hasty and McClave for more than 45 years, when the Bent County Nursing Service formed in 1976. The mission of Bent County Public Health is to; prevent disease, injury, and disability and promote physical and mental health. Services provided by the agency include home health services; administration of the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program; and serving as the Single-Entry Point in Bent County for healthcare services, as well as, providing public health information and services to the county. The agency also has extensive experience managing grant-funded programs and collaborating with other community agencies to ensure that county residents are receiving the healthcare services they require.

History

Bent County Public Health serves the residents of Bent County, Colorado, a small rural community located in the southeastern corner of the state. It is located over an hour from the nearest metropolitan area (Pueblo, Colorado) and is less than an hour from the Kansas border. With a population of 5,688 (U.S. Census Bureau 2013 estimates) According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the county falls short in every demographic area compared to both the state and the nation.

BCPH Bio

In recent years, Bent County was selected as a Live Well Colorado community, designated to assess the health of residents and encourage healthier living. Beginning in 2009, Live Well Bent County worked to build capacity, implement new policies and create opportunities for residents to improve health and wellness. Successes included the development of a community-based committee that oversaw activities, the formation of strong partnerships with local schools and businesses and an opportunity to begin collecting data regarding community awareness of healthy eating and active living.

HOME HEALTH SERVICES

Skilled Nursing- can provide assessment, vital signs, wound care, catheter changes, medication supervision and management, insulin administration, ordered lab work, and more. We specialize in managing and providing education regarding all aspects of disease management and prevention.

Physical Therapy- can assist you with regaining strength and range of motion through a structured exercise program, improve your walking through exercise, and work on your balance along with assisting you in preventing falls.

Occupational Therapy- can assist you in regaining strength in your arms and hands, along with increasing your ability to complete your daily activities around your home more safely and with less effort.

Home Health Aides- can give you hands-on help with the chores of daily living such as hygiene and grooming, dressing, and bathing.

BCPH Staff

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    Omer Executive Director

    Omer, MPM is the Executive Director at Bent County Public Health. Omer has been working in healthcare and wellness for the past 14 years. Omer has always believed in prevention and education to achieve optimal healthcare outcomes, making public health a perfect fit. During his free time Omer enjoys exercising, sports, outdoor activities, and spending time with his wife and 2 kids.

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    Diane Single Entry Point Manager

    Diane is the Single Entry Point Manager for Options for Long Term Care and a Case Manager. Diane has worked in this area for the past 5 years. Before that she worked in other health care settings helping individuals receive the services and care they needed. Diane has lived in Las Animas for most of her life.

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    Joni Home Health Director

    Joni, RN is the Home Health Director at Bent County Public Health. Joni has been a nurse for 25 years with 15 of those years devoted to home health. She has been the Home Health Director at Bent County Public Health for the last 3 years. Raised in Holly, Joni truly understands small town/rural community healthcare dynamics. Providing excellent patient care and being a strong patient advocate is core to Joni's nursing practice. In her time off, Joni enjoys spending time with her family, camping, sewing, and reading.

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    Nancy Case Manager

    Nancy, MA is a Case Manager with Bent County Public Health Single Entry Point. Nancy was an educator for 34 years in both the public and private sector before opening a yarn shop in 2010. Nancy is new to the medical field, but is delighted in the adventure. During her free time, Nancy enjoys spending quality time with her husband, three children and grandson, as well as crafting and reading.

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    Megan RN

    Megan, RN is a home health nurse at Bent County Public Health. Megan has been working as a nurse for the past 3 years. Megan has been passionate about healthcare since she was young and strongly believes in the five core values of nursing: human dignity, integrity, autonomy, altruism and social justice. During her free time, Megan enjoys photography, exercising, reading and spending time with her family.

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    Veronica Business Administrator

    Veronica, BSA is the Business Administrator at Bent County Public Health. Veronica is happy to be with Bent County Public Health as it allows her to combine her 25 years of medical and 8 years of accounting experience. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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    Brandy Special Programs Coordinator

    Brandy, CLC is the Special Programs Coordinator for Bent County Public Health. Brandy has been with BCPH for 5 years. Her work is focused in: WIC (Women, Infants and Children), Breastfeeding Education, Tobacco Prevention, Suicide Prevention, Youth Sexual Health, Vital Records and Healthy Communities, among many other various programs tied to Public Health. Brandy values the nutrition and breastfeeding education of expecting mothers, post-partum mothers, infants and children. Brandy's vision is to one day have a Women's and Infants Breastfeeding Center established in Bent County for all the lower South East Region. In Brandy's spare time she enjoys camping, being outdoors, cooking and most of all being with her children making memories!

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    Cheryl Physical Therapist

    Cheryl, PT is the Physical Therapist for Home Health. She has worked for Bent County Public Health either as an employee or through another agency for the past 20 years. She has been a Physical Therapist since 1982 and in long term care for the past 25 years. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to visit her grandchildren.

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    Becky Home Health Nurse

    Becky is a home health nurse at Bent County Public Health. Becky has been a nurse for almost 20 years and in the medical field for 28 years. In her free time, Becky enjoys spending time with her family, camping and riding her Harley.

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    Gail Public Health Nurse

    Gail is the Public Health Nurse at Bent County Public Health. She has been a nurse for over 7 years and has worked in the prison, on med surg, and in the clinic setting. She grew up in the San Luis Valley, so rural health is a passion of hers. She believes in bringing the best medical care and disease/health prevention to the area. In her free time, she enjoys time with her children and their many activities, gardening, and is currently attempting to remodel a house.

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    Geri Office Manager

    Geri Ann is the Office Manager at Bent County Public Health. She has been at BCPH for over 11 years. Geri Ann had been in the healthcare industry for 30 years working for many Doctors in Bent County and loved being involved in the care of many, many people. Geri Ann started at Bent County Nursing Services in the Cancer Coalition program and then became Office Manager. Geri Ann has lived in Las Animas her whole life and is grateful for every day. She enjoys riding with her husband on their Harley as much as time allows.

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    Danielle Case Manager Aide

    Danielle is a Case Manager Aide with Bent County Public Health Single Entry Point. Before this she worked in other healthcare settings as an RCA, Resident Care Assistant. She has her Associates in HealthCare Management and enjoys being in the healthcare enviroment. Danielle enjoys helping people and believes in getting individuals the help and services they need. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with her two children and family.