Meet the HealthSET team
Meet the people who are out in your neighborhood.CP
Carl W. Patten, Jr., JD, MPH
Director, Community Benefit
Carl Patten is Director, Community Benefit at Centura Health, Inc. in Denver, Colorado. At Centura Health, Carl oversees the implementation of programs to positively impact social determinants of health for the communities Centura serves and processes regarding community benefits reporting and is responsible for creating and implementing community health programs. Carl also oversees initiatives to identify and promote innovative tools that positively impact social determinants of health and health care delivery. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director of Denver HealthSET and the SET Medical Clinic in Colorado Springs. Carl is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, the University of Chicago Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Carl also served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida where he taught courses in health policy and health care law and ethics. Carl also has served on a number of nonprofit boards, and he currently serves as a board member of the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children at Claremont McKenna College.
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.
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.
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.
Changing lives. Giving hope.Diana'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 subsequently her eyesight was declining. She needed new eyeglasses and significant dental work. With frequent visits to HealthSET 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 prescription glasses and full dentures.Mr. 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 significant 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.
Due to Mr. Robertson’s low-vision diagnosis, it became apparent that his glasses would be costly. Client advocate Amanda reached out to the Joint Coalition Assistance Fund (JCAF), Friends of Man, and the Jeffco Action Center in applying for financial assistance on behalf of the client.
Once approved, Amanda enlisted the help of a volunteer to provide necessary transportation. Mr. Robertson’s quality-of-life and safety are greatly improved now that he has the correct eyeglasses.Ms. 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 suffering from arthritic pain 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
Sometimes our clients come to HealthSET with life-threatening health issues that need immediate attention. Antonio arrived at HealthSET one day in extreme pain and discomfort with no clear cause. The pain caused him to stop eating, and he subsequently became very weak and lost a one 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.