The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment selected Dr. Shaun Gogarty as the 2019 Public Health Champion for displaying significant contributions to Pueblo’s public health.

“Congratulations on a well-deserved award to Dr. Gogarty. Pueblo’s public health community acknowledges Dr. Gogarty as a role model in the Pueblo community,” stated Randy Evetts, public health director at the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment.

A community selection committee chose Dr. Gogarty for his promotion of health and protecting the environment. Dr. Gogarty accepted the award at the monthly Pueblo Board of Health meeting in May.

Dr. Gogarty’s involvement as a role model for public health was observed in many areas

  • As a momentous figure in the local battle against substance abuse.
  • As a member of Pueblo’s Heroin Task Force who brought community members and partners to the table to collaboratively plan how to address substance abuse in Pueblo.
  • Active participant in the evolution of the Task Force to SURE (Substance Use Response Ecosystem).
  • Worked with both hospitals in Pueblo to change policies and procedures for individuals to start medically assisted treatment (MAT) when in the emergency room.
  • Instrumental in bringing MAT providers to Pueblo; increasing treatment capacity to over 2,000.
  • Provides education to any group that requests information on substance use in Pueblo County. For example, the Greater Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sits as a community representative on the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) Key Stakeholder Policy Committee; making LEAD a reality in Pueblo County.

Nominations were received from Pueblo community partners in addition to Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s Board of Health and health department staff members.

At PCMS, we believe in serving medical providers and creating venues of collaboration for them to connect and be educated on CME topics of need. Last night’s event Challenge for Managing COPD in Primary Care did just that.

Through interactive conversations, questions and answers, and traditional lecture-based learning the needs of medical providers were identified, and solutions were offered by guest speaker Joshiah Gordon, DO.

Real world medicine and face to face talks between speaker and attendees shed light on a few realities including:

  • approximately 24 million adults in the US have airway obstruction or COPD,
  • COPD is now the third leading cause of death in the US, and
  • Alpha-1, a potentially fatal genetic form of COPD, may be a contributor in up to 3% of all COPD cases in the US.

Providing advocacy, education and interpersonal networking while serving 22 medical providers food, drink, and good conversation in the exclusive CLINK lounge, our vision of creating a medical society whose efforts will improve the practice of medicine and life of medical professionals for the betterment of healthcare in Pueblo came alive last night!

The Colorado General Assembly adjourned Friday, May 3, after a whirlwind session that put health care law and policy in the spotlight. Despite the great opportunities and vulnerabilities for physicians, we made real gains. The hot spots were in professional review reenactment (achieved without opening the system to discoverability), the Medical Practice Act sunset (achieved with favorable changes), the opioid crisis (multiple bills achieved to address the epidemic but with a mandatory CME requirement), out-of-network reform (achieved but without our preferred payment benchmark), prior authorization reform (achieved) and more. More important, we deflected bad policies that could have made the session catastrophic for our patients. Read more in this CMS update and in the upcoming May/June issue of Colorado Medicine. I particularly want to thank our local legislator, Senate President Leroy Garcia, for his dedication and leadership this session on the Professional Review Act Sunset.

Brad Roberts, MD
PCMS representative on the CMS Board of Directors

I urge all Pueblo physicians to complete a special survey on burnout. Click here to access it. Jeffrey Moody, MD, guest speaker for our May 23 educational event, developed this survey specifically for our region by combining questions specific to Pueblo physicians with the Maslach Burnout Inventory, the official burnout measurement tool. It is offered free of charge to our members and will help determine our local burnout rate – which he will present during his talk. Note: Complete the "Unique ID" if you want your results but do not want to give an email address. If you prefer a personalized interpretation of your results, please provide your email address. Results are confidential. Thank you for your participation.

Tom Greidanus, MD
PCMS President

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners hold important positions in our health care industry. Pueblo County Medical Society acknowledged this by hosting a complimentary event for PAs and NPs on Wednesday, April 3, at Brues Alehouse Brewing Company. The CME event was well attended with 26 PAs and NPs present.  

The event began with a two-minute mindfulness meditation followed by colleagues socializing with one another and enjoying free drinks and buffet dinner. Guest speaker and Board of Directors’ Secretary Dr. Marcel Junqueira and CEO Cheryl Law used the opportunity to invite attendees to join PCMS and become part of our growing whole care team led by physicians on a mission to facilitate collaborations of medical professionals in Pueblo County and change the face of health care, locally. 

Following the invitation to join PCMS, Dr. Junqueira presented an interactive, educational message on how to manage sleep apnea patients with OSA on PAP therapy. His presentation was informative and very well received. Attendees learned about compliance, symptoms and effects, screening, insurance qualifications, and explanation of PAP reports. 

The evening ended with a free giveaway of a $200 Amazon gift card and several attendees joining PCMS. 

A big thank you once again to our generous sponsor AeroCare and also, to everyone who attended the event and made it a meaningful evening!


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