Partners & Advisory Board

WELLS Center Inaugural Partners

The WELLS Center was funded in part by a grant awarded to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) under the President’s High Growth Job Training Initiative, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Division. The Center has now advanced to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Colorado Hospital, a partner in the recently formed University of Colorado Health along with Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies creating a regional health system serving Colorado and beyond with recognized leaders in quality health care.

Within this quality-driven, regional health system, the WELLS Center continues to gain momentum for continuing its important mission of advancing multi-disciplinary healthcare expertise through its focus on patient safety and provider education.

Meet our WELLS Center Inaugural Partners

Beyond the original Inaugural Partners identified below, the WELLS Center provides many opportunities for additional partnering. For more information about how you can partner with the WELLS Center, contact us today.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)

A primary visionary and key funder of the WELLS Center, the CDLE has been instrumental in both funding the Center and lending workforce development expertise to alleviate nursing and healthcare worker shortages in Colorado.  The CDLE also provides an e-learning portal, www.e-Colorado.org, which supports a myriad of key state and national workforce development initiatives, including the WELLS Center.

Colorado Workforce Development Council

As a primary visionary and key funder of the WELLS Center, the Council is dedicated to finding innovative solutions to address the healthcare worker shortages faced in Colorado.

Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (CCNE)

The CCNE was the original operating partner contracted by the CDLE from 2005 to 2009. CCNE is an organization exclusively dedicated to ensuring that Colorado has adequate numbers of highly-qualified nurses. Specific to patient simulation, the CDLE contract funded key WELLS staff members to provide expertise to define nursing workforce competency requirements, update and revise nursing/healthcare educational curriculum and content, and develop strategies to harness emerging industry needs during the original operating agreement.

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)

As a teaching hospital, UCH originally provided space for the WELLS Center, in collaboration with CDLE and the Colorado Workforce Development Council, to support the technological innovations in expanding the pipeline of healthcare professionals. Moreover, because of their capacity to achieve deep discounts on medical equipment, UCH served as the CDLE's agent under contract to purchase the specialized, highly technical healthcare equipment, audiovisual equipment, computer equipment, and other office equipment and furniture needed to create the state-of-the-art WELLS Center facility.

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) – Center for Human Simulation – The UCHSC provided equipment, consultations and staff to support the mission of the WELLS Center.   They provide liaison with the UCHSC's academic health center's schools, faculty and expertise and continue to work closely with the Human Simulation and Visible Human Dissector projects.

Touch of Life Technologies, Inc.

TolTech created the VH Dissector™ technology and contributes the VHD and simulated anatomy resources needed for the WELLS Center, including software and learning tools.

Colorado Area Health Education Centers

AHEC provides consultation and expertise to the WELLS Center on the numerous linkages that AHEC has established among Colorado's academic resources and local healthcare facilities and providers in delivering healthcare programs throughout the state. In this regard, AHEC also provides valuable links to the high school youth population interested in healthcare. The AHEC System improves the quality and accessibility of education for healthcare professionals in Colorado, in order to enhance the delivery of healthcare services throughout the state, with special emphasis on frontier, rural, and urban communities and minority populations.

Colorado Simulation Development Group

Colorado Simulation Development Group was a statewide collaboration of Nurse Educators, in both the practice and education arenas, that supported the knowledge and skill of nurse educators in all settings.  This group of nursing experts provided advisement to the WELLS Center in support of the full and effective use of innovative simulation technologies for high demand areas.

WELLS Center Advisory Board

Hats off to our Advisory Board members and their dedication to our important mission.

Dr. Candace Berardinelli

Director Department of Nursing
Regis University
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221

Dr. Linda Bowman

 Community College of Aurora
Administration Building
16000 East Center Tech Parkway
Aurora, CO 80011-9036

M. Thomas Boyer

Princeton Associates
13791 East Rice Place, Suite 121
Aurora, CO 80015

Lisa G. Camplese

Vice President, Clinical Quality and Care Coordination
Centura Health Systems
188 Inverness Drive West, Suite 500
Englewood, CO 80111

Joyce Cashman

Certified Executive Coach
Cashman Executive Coaching, LLC
(303) 817-3643

Susan Dillon

Director of Education
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center
200 Exempla Circle
Lafayette, CO 80026

Dr. Terry Fouts

Chief Medical Officer
 | MedeFinance
5858 Horton Street, Suite 475
Emeryville, CA 94608

Catherine Gale

Brownstein Hyatt & Farber
410 17th Street, 22nd Floor
Denver, CO 80203

Ellen Golombek

Executive Director
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
633 17th Street, 12th Floor
Denver, CO 80202

John Harney

 | University of Colorado Hospital
Mail Stop F448, PO Box 6510
Aurora, CO 80045

Chris Kline

Administrator | 
Adams County Workforce & Business Center
12200 North Pecos Street
Westminster, CO 80234

Cynthia Latney, RN, MSN, NEA-BC

Chief Nursing Officer | Medical Center of Aurora
Centennial Medical Plaza
14200 E Arapahoe Rd
Centennial, CO 80112

David Longanecker

Executive Director
 | Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)
3035 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301

Elise Lowe-Vaughn

Operations Director | Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
633 17th Street, 12th Floor
Denver, CO 80202

Michele Lueck

President and Chief Executive Officer
 | Colorado Health Institute
1576 Sherman Street, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80203-1728

Patricia Moritz, RN, PhD, FAAN

Dean and Professor | University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing
Anschutz Campus
Education II North, Room 3324
Campus Box C288-01
Aurora, CO 80045

Laurel Petralia

Program Officer
The Colorado Trust
1600 Sherman Street
Denver, Colorado 80203-1604

David W. Price, MD, FAAFP

Director of Medical Education & Clinician Researcher
Colorado Permanente Medical Group and
 Clinical Lead
Continuing Medical Education and Depression, Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute
375 Birch Street
Broomfield, CO 80020

Victor M. Spitzer

Director | 
University of Colorado Center for Human Simulation
PO Box 6508, Mail Stop F-435
Aurora, CO 80045-0508

Kristina Wenzel

Executive Director | Central Colorado AHEC
Box 6267
Aurora, CO 80045

Bob Wilson

President  |  
Columbine Health Systems
947 Worthington Circle
Fort Collins, CO 80526

WELLS Center Client-Partners List

The WELLS Center is grateful to our Client-Partners whose contributions have launched the Center as a statewide resource for collaborative and strategic work as it relates to simulation. Our Client-Partners have offered time, assistance and training to enhance quality improvement initiatives for healthcare providers from all disciplines.

Our Client-Partners include:

Banner Health
Centura Health Systems
Colorado Permanente Medical Group
Colorado Health Care Association
Colorado Community College System
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Colorado State Board of Nursing
Colorado State University - Pueblo
Columbine Health System
Craig Hospital
Emily Griffith Opportunity School
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center
Exempla Healthcare
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center
Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital
Kaiser Permanente
Lamar Community College
Loretto Heights School of Nursing at Regis University
Medical Center of Aurora
Memorial Hospital
Mesa State College
Metropolitan State College of Denver School of Nursing
Parkview Medical Center
Penrose Community Hospital
Pickens Tech
Pikes Peak Community College
Platt College
Porter Adventist Hospital
Poudre Valley Hospital
Pueblo Community College
St. Mary Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary's Hospital
University of Colorado Hospital
University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing
University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences, School of Medicine
University of Northern Colorado