FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 10, 2019
CONTACT: Kate Alfano, 512-788-0085

The Colorado Medical Society and Pueblo County Medical Society presented an award to Senate President Leroy Garcia on Friday, Oct. 4, in recognition of his support of physicians’ health policy issues in the 2019 Colorado General Assembly – specifically his work on the Professional Review Act Sunset bill. The award presentation occurred at Solar Roast in Pueblo.

"We were honored to recognize Senate President Garcia with this award," said Cheryl Law, PCMS chief executive officer. "He is highly regarded by our society, Pueblo physicians, patients and the public, and stood up for our physician members during the last legislative session to protect this critical patient safety program."

“We value the work of Sen. Garcia and our partnership with him, and look forward to our continued work on behalf of the patients and physicians of Colorado in the 2020 legislative session,” said Brad Roberts, MD, an emergency room physician in Pueblo and PCMS representative on the CMS Board of Directors.

Colorado’s Professional Review Act (CPRA) encourages candid peer evaluations of health care professionals, assessing their competence, quality and appropriateness of patient care in a confidential and constructive way. Professional review promotes a culture of safety between health care professionals and their patients and is consistent with the overarching goals of quality improvement, expanding access to health care and containing costs. CPRA was renewed in the 2019 legislative session despite a push from opponents to weaken it – thanks to the work of the Senate President.

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About the Colorado Medical Society: CMS champions health care issues that improve patient care, promote physician professional satisfaction and create healthier communities in Colorado. The society comprises more than 7,000 Colorado physicians, physicians in training, and medical students. To learn more about CMS, visit www.cms.org.

About the Pueblo County Medical Society: PCMS facilitates meaningful collaboration of medical professionals in Pueblo County through social networking, education, and advocacy. The society comprises more than 300 physicians in the city and county of Pueblo. Learn more at www.pueblocms.org.

From left: Gordon Rheaume, DPM; Cheryl Walker, DO; Senate President Leroy Garcia; Brad Roberts, MD; and Kendall Rockler, MD


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