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.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.