• The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner-Fundraiser will be Saturday March 16 at St. Laurence Church.  Angela is collecting items for the silent auction.  Please volunteer at our SignUpGenius website by clicking HERE
  • Janine has the Ice-Melt tickets.  Make your guess for when the ice melts under the Mountain Foothills Club Rotary Barrel in Evergreen Lake.  You could win $1000!
  • John Wingate came to invite us all to the Evergreen Rotary Mardi Gras.  February 23, 6-9pm at the Evergreen Country Day School.  This is a fund-raiser for their international projects. Tickets are $60 per person: includes open bar, live band and food.  Janine has tickets.
  • The 5450 District Conference will be Saturday April 27, 2019 at the Arvada Events Center. Information and Tickets are on the District 5450 website, or just click HERE.
  • Suzanne and Pat are hosting a Pajama Party, February 16, 5:30 at Pat’s home.  Bring PJ’s of various sizes for women and children for the Mountain Peace Shelter.
  • We need GRANOLA BARS for the Back Packs.  Please bring to the meeting.
  • Janine needs a volunteer to help with planning the Area 8 gathering on Monday February 11 at El Rancho.   Lesley will attend.
  • The next Conifer Community Council Town Hall Meeting will be February 27, 7pm at West Jefferson Middle School. The agenda will include Planned Developments, meeting newly elected officials, Plans for the Yellow House at Meyer Ranch Park, Local Native American Sacred Trees and Places.
  • The Foothills Garden, Home and Life Style Show (formerly, Mt. Area Home and Garden Show) will be March 30, 31 at Evergreen High School.
Program:  Changes in Health Care
Charlie Shemanski, CEO Mt. Evans Hospice and Health Care
Mt. Evans covers people in Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Park Counties.  It started as hospice 37 years ago and it has expanded to include Home Health.  45% of their patients use their Home Health Program.
Additional information:
  • They have 75 employees serving patients.
  • Palliative care is included.
  • Grief services are part of the services offered.
  • Camp Comfort assists children ages 6-12 who have lost a family member. 
The elder population in our four counties will grow from 58,000 to 118,000 by 2030; that will create a huge demand on available service facilities.  In the past, hospitals charged Medicare for all the services and supplies—Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) payment came in the 1980’s so that a single amount is paid depending on the diagnosis, age, gender and specific treatments.  It standardized reimbursement and incentivized hospitals to move patients out more quickly.
Charlie described how Medicare and Medicaid are evolving and how Mt. Evans is able to take patients with these insurances thanks to donations from the community.  No patient is turned away.
Guests:  Tom Landon, John Wingate (Evergreen Rotarian)