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CHS Management Team

Paul Melinkovich, MD

Paul Melinkovich, MD is the Director of Community Health Services, a primary care delivery system at Denver Health that includes a network of 8 Community Health Centers, 15 School-based Health Centers and 2 Urgent Care Centers that provide care to more than 123,000 annual users. Prior to this position Dr. Melinkovich developed the Denver School-based Health Center Program, an award winning school-based health center network in the Denver Public Schools.

A Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Melinkovich has served on many committees and task forces of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He was a founding member of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the child advocacy organization for Colorado and served as their second Board President.  He is the Past- President of Board of Directors of the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care and has been appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the Colorado Board of Medical Services and the Steering Committee of the Colorado Commission for Improving Value in Health Care.

Dr. Melinkovich received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and his Medical Degree from the University of Washington.  He completed his Residency in Pediatrics and a Community Pediatric Fellowship at the University of Colorado and has been practicing community oriented primary care for more than 30 years.  He is a Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His interests and publications are in school and community health; equity in child health; immunization delivery; and quality and process improvement in ambulatory care.

 

Simon Hambidge, MD, PhD

Simon Hambidge, MD, PhD, is the Director of General Pediatrics for Community Health Services, where he has been a pediatrician since 1997. Dr. Hambidge provides pediatric care in the Webb Center for Primary Care’s Pediatrics clinic, the Denver Emergency Center for Children, in the Pediatric Minor Fracture clinic, and on the pediatric floor at Denver Health Medical Center. The division of General Pediatrics provides care to more than 50,000 of Denver’s children. Dr. Hambidge manages numerous quality improvement efforts for children, including immunizations, developmental screening, obesity management, and care for children with special needs. He is a Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has published numerous articles on the delivery of preventive care to children and on vaccine safety.

Dr. Hambidge has extensive experience studying the health of children within Denver. He has led successful large randomized controlled trials involving thousands of children to increase pediatric preventive care. Since 2002, he has been the co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the Colorado site of the Vaccine Safety Datalink, the CDC-funded network that evaluates vaccine safety in the United States and encompasses three percent of the country’s population. He has published work on national disparities in receipt of preventive counseling at well child visits.

Most recently, he has been the PI on a grant investigating terms that are acceptable in describing overweight children to their parents. He is also responsible for implementing quality improvement initiatives for children throughout Denver Health, and oversees the implementation of “5-2-1-0” screening for obesity risk factors in the clinical setting.

Not Pictured Holly Batal, MD

Holly Batal, MD is the Director of General Internal Medicine at Denver Health. Dr. Batal manages the operations of five ambulatory clinics with approximately 100,000 visits per year, and oversees the outpatient clinical services of anticoagulation, geriatric, and Community Health HIV care. These sites also encompass the continuity clinic location for more than 40 Internal Medicine residents per year, and provide clinical training for numerous other residents, medical students, and allied health providers. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Batal completed her Bachelors in Biology at UCLA and her medical degree at University of Minnesota School of Medicine. In addition, she received an MBA from University of Colorado, Denver. Her research interests include access to care, social determinants of health, and reducing disparities in health. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine.


Steve Federico, MD

Steve Federico, MD is the Director of School and Community Programs at Denver Health.  Dr. Federico is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a practicing pediatrician at the Montbello Family Health Center and several school-based health centers.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and his medical degree from the University of Arizona School of Medicine.  He completed his Pediatric residency, a certificate in public health and a Primary Care Research Fellowship through the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  He is a physician advocacy fellow at the Institute for Medicine as a Profession and served as President for the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2010-2012.  His academic interests include physician advocacy, health disparities, school health and health policy.


Pete Stoller

Pete Stoller, is the Finance Manager for Community Health Services and has been in Finance at Denver Health for eight years. He has more than 20 years of non-profit and corporate accounting, finance and operations expertise and he has engineered turnarounds in previously underperforming organizations.


 Pete Gutierrez

Pete Gutierrez is the Administrative Director for Community Health Services. For the past decade he has had operational responsibilities for a 21-site, 700-employee medical group serving over 123,000 patients annually. One of the largest and oldest community health centers in the country, this nationally recognized primary care safety net organization won the 2006 Earnest Codman Quality Award from The Joint Commission and was the first health care entity to win the Lean manufacturing Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence Bronze Medallion in 2011. Gr. Gutierrez has led private and public primary and specialty medical groups for 25 years.  He has a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Florida.

Lucy Loomis, MD MSPH

Lucy Loomis, MD MSPH is the director of Family Medicine at Community Health Services, where she oversees the operations of five family health centers providing over 90,000 visits a year to patients of all ages, as well as the academic practice of family physicians in at Denver Health.  She practices full scope family medicine, including maternity care, seeing patients at Lowry and La Casa Family Health Centers. 

Dr. Loomis is the founding director of the Denver Health track of the University of Colorado Family Medicine residency, which has successfully placed graduates in community health centers and other underserved settings.  She has also been active in organized medicine, including board membership on the Denver and Colorado Medical societies.  She was president of the Denver Medical Society from 2011-12.  Dr. Loomis received a B.S. in Biology from Yale University, her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, residency in Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut and a master’s in public health from the University of Colorado, Denver.  She is board certified in Family Medicine and General Preventive medicine, and is an associate Professor of Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.  Her research interests include practice improvement, cancer screening, women’s health, and residency training in the health center environment.

Ray Estacio, MD

Ray Estacio, MD is the Ambulatory Care Services Associate Medical Director for Quality and Research whose responsibility is to improve healthcare delivery to Denver Health patients.  Dr. Estacio a general internist and is a primary care physician at the Westside Family Health Center’s Adult Clinic. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed General Internal Medicine training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Estacio’s research projects focus on interventions to improve racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. His research career has included participation in a number of NIH and industry-sponsored prospective randomized clinical trials in diabetes, hypertension and CV disease over the past 15 years. This includes leadership roles in projects examining strategies to improving healthcare delivery which have been funded by NIDDK, NHLBI, AHRQ and American Diabetes Association.  He also serves as Director of Community Health Programs for the Colorado Prevention Center (CPC) for the past three years. The CPC programs focus on promoting cardiovascular health through screening and education. These programs have been implemented in over 25 Colorado counties and are funded by a number of sources including local and national foundations and state and federal grants.