School District 51 health care options expand

Tawny Espinoza
Chris Thomas
Stephanie Motter

Employees who receive their health insurance through Mesa County School District 51 have choices that include benefit plans offered by Community Hospital and Monument Health.

Tawny Espinoza, vice president of business development for Community Hospital, said participants in the School District 51 Community Health Partnership will enjoy the same benefits they’ve had for the past eight years.

“This includes access to over 163 primary care providers and specialists spanning 13 primary care office locations,” Espinoza said. “The innovative programs we have created — such as lifestyle medicine, diabetes medication incentive program, virtual urgent care, in collaboration with the University of Utah Health — and more will also still be available to SD 51 CHP participants.”

Chris Thomas, president and chief executive officer of Community Hospital, said the hospital entered into a public and private partnership in 2012 in extending health care benefits to School District 51 and other organizations.

Since then, the program has saved School District 51 millions of dollars on health care coverage, Thomas said. “We are extremely proud of the work we have done to help lower the cost of health care in our community.”

Employees who receive health insurance through School District 51also have a choice to select the Monument Health option. Based in Grand Junction, Monument Health works with doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and employers to offer integrated health care.

“We are thrilled District 51 has confidence in our organization and has invited us to the table to offer a product that translates into more choices for our teachers and their families,” said Stephanie Motter, CEO of Monument Health.

Monument Health offers members access to Primary Care Partners and St Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction as well as Family Health West in Fruita and Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta.