Search under way for new leader of health network

Dick Thompson

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31 as part of a nationwide search under way to find the next leader of the Quality Health Network based in Grand Junction.

A seven-person search committee was formed with two QHN board members and five Western Colorado leaders representing health care, health insurance and community services industries in the region.

The new QHN executive will succeed Dick Thompson, executive director and chief executive officer. Thompson announced his plans to retire in April after 17 years with the organization.

“It’s a multi-faceted position. The right candidate needs to create a vision for the future of QHN and have exceptional leadership and collaboration skills to work with the board, our employees and the community,” said Dr. Greg Reicks, chairman of the QHN board. “They will need to have strong business acumen and political savvy. It’s definitely a niche position.” 

QHN helps medical, behavioral and human services providers in Western Colorado securely share health information to coordinate care, reduce duplication of services and identify individuals at risk. All of the hospitals and more than 90 percent of health care providers in its service area participate in the network.

QHN also operates the Community Resource Network. The CRN provides on a secure exchange information about clients, including family and housing, resources sought in the past and who’s been contacted to request services. The CRN offers information about available resources and the appropriate organizations to contact for assistance. 

“QHN is a critical component of health care in Western Colorado, connecting medical, behavioral and now social service providers together to improve care coordination and collaboration. Building on the success QHN has achieved, this is an exciting time for the organization,” Reicks said.

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