Greeley County Health Services is pleased to announce that Burlay Parks, R.N. recently received a Healthcare Transformation Award from the Communities Joined in Action organization. Parks was awarded this prestigious award at the annual meeting held in Detroit, Michigan. This award was received in recognition of her work as a Patient Care Coordinator at Greeley County Health Services. Mrs. Parks provides support and coordination for seriously and chronically ill patients who must seek specialty care outside of our local healthcare system. Her work includes coordination of appointments and health information, individual consultations with patients to review recommendations and many other duties. “Mrs. Parks met every criterion for this award as she performs her daily work in the Patient Care Coordination program connecting patients to care and succeeding in providing value in community safety net care,” says Lindy Vincent with Communities Joined in Action.
Drew Zerr, GCHS Clinic Manager remarked, “This is a very valuable service we can offer to our patients. Burlay has done some really terrific work connecting our patients with resources they may not have been able to access on their own. She has helped improve health outcomes and most importantly improved the healthcare experience for our patients.” This project was initially made possible through a two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The work in this project more than tripled the initial expectations of need demonstrating the worth of these additional services for our rural residents. “It can be so difficult to travel from one healthcare system to another, especially when you are experiencing a serious, complicated illness. We’re so pleased that Burlay can bring her years of experience to assist our patients,” says Chrysanne Grund, Project Director.
Communities Joined in Action is a national organization comprised of community leaders, health departments, community health centers, hospitals, practitioners and networks, AHEC’s, government officials, university professors and business leaders with a mission to mobilize and assist community health collaborative to assure better health for all people at all costs.
For more information on this work or to schedule an appointment with Burlay, please contact the clinics at 620-376-4251 or 785-852-4230 extension 116.