Calendar year 2021 ended in dramatic fashion with the devastation and destruction from the Marshall fires which destroyed large areas of our Superior and Louisville communities. We faced another year of the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic; we endured several mass shootings in the Denver metro area; and yet we came together and persevered. With all the challenges in 2020 and 2021, we press on and maintain an optimistic outlook for the future. We are astonished at the speed our society and humanity has adapted and helped each other. We marvel at the new scientific breakthroughs with mRNA vaccines and the impact this technology will have on many other diseases beyond battling COVID-19. There is always hope and it’s our humanity and commitment to one another that give us the power to persevere, to innovate, and to execute during challenging times.
As we say goodbye to 2021, I feel great pride and gratitude toward all of you as we serve our patients and each other with integrity, compassion, and teamwork. I hope all of you had a chance to connect with loved ones, to recharge your batteries, and I look forward to what we will accomplish in 2022.
Heading into early 2022, we have a couple big initiatives that GI of the Rockies will focus on. First, we are expanding our office operations at Longmont and Northglenn. We are performing minor construction projects to add an additional exam room to each of these two locations to better serve the needs of our patients. Longmont will welcome a new physician assistant, Rachel Pierce this month, and Northglenn will continue to expand our FibroScan services.
Secondly, we expect to reintroduce clinical research to GI of the Rockies. This initiative will take some time to ramp up, however we do expect some progress in the first quarter. With Josh Steinberg, MD leading, the Board of Directors have approved this initiative as a key component of our quest to be the provider of choice for IBD management. The goal of this initiative is to allow our physicians to integrate quality clinical research into the practice and create an avenue for our patients to access the latest therapeutic treatments with close physician oversight.
In closing, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May 2022 be filled with success and happiness! We will endure and evolve around the challenges we face. I remain optimistic that 2022 will be a great year. With that, let us continue to be diligent with our infection controls, source controls, COVID-19 safety policies and do our part with being fully vaccinated and boosted.
We are optimistic that as Coloradoans have often done, we will again rally around the Marshall Fire crisis. Here are a few helpful resources:
Fox 31 - How To Help Those impacted By The Marshall Fire
CBS Channel 4 Denver - Marshall Fire, How to Help
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