Volunteers of America and Senior Comm-Unity Care is pleased to announce Douglas Speedie, M.D., as its medical director for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
"I am excited to be part of advancing the practice of medicine as the model at PACE with the goal to continue to explore ways to improve clinical services while working to keep costs down," he said.
PACE is a program for adults aged 55 or older who are state qualified for nursing home level of care, but who with the help of the program and personalized, wrap-around services, are able to continue to live in their own homes.
Prior to accepting the position at SCC, Dr. Speedie served as medical director for Rocky Mountain Health Plans from 2005 to 2017. He practiced at Internal Medicine Associates in Delta from 1983 to 2005. Speedie received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Health and Science University Medical School and also received an MBA from Colorado Mesa University. Speedie grew up in Roseburg, Ore., and has lived in Delta for the past 34 years.
"Older adults bring a lifetime of experience and understanding of what is really important in life," Speedie said. "Volunteers of America's mission of serving the long-term care community aligns with my beliefs and values."
Executive director Cynthia Simmers said, "We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Speedie to the Volunteers of America family. We look forward to growing the services offered to our seniors in Montrose and Delta counties with his guidance and direction."
Speedie and his wife Linda, of 40 years, enjoy cross country skiing, hiking with their dogs, cooking and dancing. He has a daughter who lives and works in Denver and a son who is a professional modern dancer in New York City.
"I like western Colorado because I can ski one week and hike in the desert the next, while enjoying the beautiful weather," he said.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.