"I couldn't be happier that Lynn has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Network," said Gordon Reichard, Board Member of the Tri-County Health Network. "I believe her unique set of skills and leadership will be critical in leading the TCHN to become a trendsetter for population health management, improving the quality of care, and providing a safety net insurance plan for the regional employed but uninsured population."
Ms. Borup is a healthcare executive with over 15 years of leadership roles in the nonprofit and for- profit arena working with healthcare providers and insurance companies. Ms. Borup's experience includes extensive work with hospitals, rural health clinics, Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs), medical directors, physicians, clinicians and insurance companies. She is knowledgeable in the development and implementation of provider web-based applications, focused on improving provider communication and information technology development, while reducing cost of care.
Ms. Borup brings over five years of experience as a Vice President at Colorado Choice Health Plans, a non-profit community health plan that arranges for healthcare coverage in the most rural areas of Colorado.At Colorado Choiceshe expanded the Plan's Commercial service area into 16 new rural counties, expanded Medicare Cost Plan licensure into nine new counties and introduced, launched and managed the operations of the Children's Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program in 16 rural counties. Additional experience includes serving as the Network Services Director at WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurance company, based on membership, with over 33 million members and nine years as Chief Development and Compliance Officer at Inland Empire Health Plan, a public, not-for-profit Medicaid health plan serving over 450,000 members.
The Tri-County Health Network will initially assist the Network members to complete connectivity to the regional health information exchange hosted by the Quality Health Network (QHN) in Grand Junction. QHN has been recognized in Colorado and nationally as one of the leaders in health information exchange resulting in some the best healthcare outcomes and the lowest cost in the nation. In addition to the health information exchange launch, Borup will lead the development of a regional electronic disease registry which will allow Network members to share outcomes and compare health information across the Network.
"I am honored to have been chosen to help lead TCHN through the initial phase and beyond in meeting the healthcare needs of the Tri-County region," said Borup. "And believe we can successfully position TCHN as the model for rural healthcare reform."
The tri-county area is an officially designated "Health Professional Shortage Area". All of the Network members are nonprofit organizations with unique designations; three of the participating clinics are classified as true "Frontier Clinics," serving remote Western Slope rural populations with no alternative health care services within a 100 mile radius and a population density of 4 people per square mile; the Uncompahgre Clinic is classified as a "Federally Qualified Health Center," which provides medical services to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. Colorado and Telluride state healthcare experts refer to the Basin Medical Clinic as the most rural medical clinic in the state. Previous to the creation of TCHN, the Network members did not have a collaborative working relationship. Consequently, numerous gaps in coverage and scope of services existed. The Network members agreed to participate in a planning process to develop an integrated delivery structure, coordinate care utilizing existing services, and expand services to address unmet needs. For more information on TCHN please contact the Telluride Foundation at 970-728-8717.