Meet the HealthSET team
Meet the people who are out in your neighborhood.Full Profile
Janet Weinz, BSN, RN, MS, MED
Janet's responsibilities as a Clinic RN include balancing the clients' medical complexities associated with chronic disease and aging, and addressing their whole body needs. The goal of HealthSET nurses is to help clients remain in their communities, relieve isolation and loneliness, and prevent avoidable hospitalizations. Janet's prior 25 years of programming at Martin Marietta and US West/Dex taught her to value information technology, and to appreciate its use as a tool in the delivery of care. Her experience as a teacher for the underserved, including 3 years in an inner-city St. Louis high school and 2 years in the Peace Corps in Iran, is useful in educating HealthSET clients in their health care needs.Full Profile
Ashley brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and skill to the HealthSET team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Buena Vista University, and has been a nurse since 2005. She’s worked in a variety of fields during her nursing career, but has spent most of her time working in wellness and rehabilitation units. She is also a certified wound care nurse. Her passion for elderly care and advocacy brought her to HealthSET, where she strives to provide the best care possible to her clientele.Full Profile
Karen Wold, LPN
Karen is HealthSET's newest clinic nurse. She is joining the team after spending the last eight years as a telehealth nurse with Centura Health. During her career as a telehealth nurse at Centura, Karen increased her clientele from 25 clients in one building, to 200 clients in 9 buildings. Karen comes to us with over 35 years of nursing experience in a variety of fields, including hospitals, long-term care, and community health. Throughout her endeavors, Karen has gained an expertise in both clinical and community-based care. Throughout her endeavors, Karen has gained eight years of experience in wound-care. Over the last 15 years, Karen has focused her talents, knowledge and skills towards the elderly, specifically low-income seniors in Denver.Full Profile
Amanda Edmiston, MSW
Amanda received her Masters of Social Work at the University of Denver, with a concentration in Health & Wellness. Amanda received her BSW from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her undergraduate internship involved case management for low-income families in a transitional housing program spanning Jefferson county. During her time at MSU Denver she received the Social Work Scholar Award for writing and research skills, and at DU received the Edith M. Davis award for outstanding work focusing on preventative health care for African-Americans. Amanda has also volunteered in the Denver area for individuals with visual impairments, adults with developmental disabilities, LGBTQ youth, and the homeless population through Project Homeless Connect. Amanda continues to work with low-income youth and families through DU are Your Family, Your Neighborhood program. She is passionate about eliminating health disparities that exist in our community. Amanda began interning with HealthSET in September 2015, and was hired on as a client advocate in July 2016.Full Profile
Community Health Advocate
Mackenzie received her Bachelors of Social Work from Colorado State University in May 2015. Her senior internship placement was with the HealthSET Client Advocacy program working directly with the clients and helping to coordinate resources. After graduation, Mackenzie worked at Roundup River Ranch, a SeriousFun Network summer camp. For two years Mackenzie worked directly with the campers, capturing the unforgettable moments through photography and storytelling, while working alongside the Development team. Mackenzie currently volunteers with a yoga program supporting children and adults with special needs in the Denver Metro Area.
HealthSET Advisory Board
HealthSET Advisory Board
- Erin Denholm, SVP Clinical Transformation, President
- Kris Ordelheide, Chief Legal Counsel, Secretary
- Max Kagan, CFO CHPG, Treasurer
- Pam Nicholson, SVP Strategic Integration, Chair
- Erin Denholm, SVP Clinical Transformation, President
Changing lives. Giving hope.Diana's StoryDiana's Story
Diana is a 67 year old woman who first came to our clinic as a newly diagnosed diabetic. She was confused about this disease, was having difficulty taking her medications properly, and losing her ability to see. She also needed eyeglasses and significant dental work. With frequent visits to our clinics and consistent care management, Diana learned how to manage her diabetes and organize her medications. In addition to enhancing her physical health, her quality of life is improved as she now has her own glasses and dentures.Mr. Robertson, 76 years oldMr. Robertson's Story
Mr. Robertson came to us requesting financial assistance for glasses. Due to complications from a previous cancer diagnosis, Mr. Robertson has lost the ability to speak. He used pen and paper to request help in getting an exam and new glasses. His exam revealed that he was diagnosed with low-vision, which posed great risk to Mr. Robertson’s health. Without the ability to speak or see well, he was at risk of fall and injury, with no way to communicate to others if he was hurt.
When it was revealed that Mr. Robertson had low vision, it became apparent that his glasses would cost more than average. Client advocate Amanda applied for financial assistance to the Joint Coalition Assistance Fund (JCAF) for the $475 needed for new glasses. For requests over $400, JCAF require the advocate seek additional help through other agencies as well.
Amanda completed an application for Friends of Man, however communication with this organization is difficult, and we never received a response. Amanda applied to the Betty Proctor fund for $100 of the total, hoping the JCAF could cover the rest. Each application required new signatures and took time for processing; the operation as a whole stretched from late August to November.
A breakthrough came when Jeffco Action Center called Amanda and let her know that although the Betty Proctor fund was usually reserved for emergencies, there was another program that Mr. Robertson qualified for. Amanda received approval and contacted Mr. Robertson’s sister so she could pick up the voucher for him and assist by providing transportation to the participating retail store. Again, communication was difficult and Mr. Robertson’s sister was unable to help. Amanda enlisted the help of a volunteer to drive him the 42-mile round-trip to get his glasses. Mr. Robertson’s quality-of-life and safety are greatly improved now that he has the correct eyeglasses.Ms. Peterson, 79 years oldMs. Peterson's Story
Ms. Peterson has a drive to improve her health and take preventative measures, which includes her exercise routine. She had always been active, whether it be walking, swimming, or biking. However, as Ms. Peterson grew older, her arthritis became a barrier to her maintaining an active lifestyle. She had begun to gain weight, and the pain of her arthritis coupled with the inactivity it caused was making her feel depressed, lonely, and isolated.
Client Advocates researched alternative options for Ms. Peterson and learned of the Easter Seals warm water therapy pools. Located conveniently close to the clients’ building, the warm water pools have many benefits for those with Arthritis. According to the Easter Seals website, the pool is 91 - 93 degrees and is the largest bromine based system in Metro area (no chlorine). Specific classes for those with arthritis offer strength training and low intensity cardio aerobics. Client advocates applied for a reduced rate based on the clients’ income, then utilized the Joint Coalition Assistance Fund to obtain a warm water pool pass for Ms. Peterson. Now that she is active again, her pain has decreased, her mobility and mental health have improved, and she has even made a few new friends.Antonio's Story
Antonio shuffled into clinic one day in extreme pain and discomfort. The pain caused him to stop eating and he subsequently lost a quarter of his body weight. His condition became so bad that he was even considering suicide. Through extensive care coordination, our nurses helped Antonio get a special procedure that successfully treated his underlying condition and allowed him to eat again. In the process, we also helped reunite him with his previously estranged son.