FRISCO, Colo. — Kaiser Permanente Colorado today announced Patricia Dietzgen, DO, and Jeannine Benson, MD, will be the first physicians to join Kaiser Permanente in its mountain service area, serving residents of Summit and Eagle counties starting in early January 2016.
Dr. Dietzgen, a family medicine physician, will see Kaiser Permanente members at the new Frisco Medical Offices while Dr. Benson, an internal medicine physician, will see Kaiser Permanente members at the new Edwards Medical Offices building.
“We’re pleased these physicians are leading Kaiser Permanente as we expand care and coverage to Coloradans living in the mountain communities,” said Mark Carvalho, MD, vice president of external relations and mountain expansion, Colorado Permanente Medical Group. “The Frisco and Edwards Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices offer patients everything they need to manage their health in one place. I believe mountain community members will be pleased with what Kaiser Permanente and these new care team members have to offer.”
A board certified family medicine physician with more than 16 years of experience, Dr. Dietzgen offers continuing, comprehensive health care for patients of all ages. She obtained her medical doctorate from the Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa and completed her residency at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe, Ariz. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Dietzgen worked as a family medicine physician in New Castle, Colo. and relocated to Phoenix to operate her own private practice. Dietzgen moved back to Colorado recently to be closer to friends, family and all the year-round outdoor activities this state has to offer.
“I believe in developing a lasting relationship with my patients — one built on trust and compassionate care,” said Dr. Dietzgen. “Coming back to Colorado to care for Kaiser Permanente members here in Summit County was a perfect fit. I know I’ll be able to make a connection with my patients for years to come in a place that I love.”
Dr. Benson is a board certified internal medicine physician with more than a decade of experience and offers care to adults of all ages. A Colorado native, Benson obtained her medical doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2009, Dr. Benson was chief resident for the department of internal medicine for Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
“I’m excited to come up here to the mountain communities to start delivering high-quality care to our members. I’ve seen how our affordable, coordinated, evidence based care can really improve people’s lives,” said Dr. Benson. “At Kaiser Permanente, we have a variety of resources that we use to help people live healthier and happier lives. I cannot wait to start seeing patients out of our new Edwards Medical Offices!”
Kaiser Permanente has also hired a licensed practical nurse for each facility and is currently hiring for additional medical care team positions in the Edwards and Frisco locations. If you are interested in learning more, please visit kp.org/jobs.
A health insurer and health care provider, Kaiser Permanente offers comprehensive health care services to more than 623,000 members living in Colorado. In addition to its existing 28 medical offices along the Front Range — from Greeley to Pueblo — Kaiser Permanente will open its two newest medical offices in Frisco and in Edwards starting January 2016. Both facilities will offer a variety care options including primary care, laboratory, pharmacy and routine medical imaging services under one roof.
Kaiser Permanente members living in Eagle County and the Vail Valley area will also have access to a variety of specialty care options through Colorado Mountain Medical (CMM) and its network of 26 physicians. Specialties include nephrology, cardiology, urology, otolaryngology and gastroenterology. CMM has served residents in the Vail Valley for more than 35 years. They have four convenient locations in Vail, Edwards, Eagle and Basalt.
Outside of the medical offices, Kaiser Permanente members also have access to many convenient online tools, including the ability to refill prescriptions online and view lab results. Members will be able to schedule “video visits” with a provider from home through a secure web-based program.
Kaiser Permanente will initially offer commercial coverage plans to employers and individual and family plans and Medicaid in Summit and Eagle counties. Additional plans and options will be added in 2017 and beyond.
Kaiser Permanente offers a wide variety of plans to meet your budget. If you are interested in learning more about Kaiser Permanente plans, please call 1-844-837-6884 or visit Connect for Health Colorado’s website, connectforhealthco.com.
About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for more than 45 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to 623,000 members through 28 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. For the eighth straight year, our health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Colorado Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized Kaiser Permanente as the top-rated commercial and Medicare health plans in Colorado for 2015-16. In 2014, we proudly directed $109 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/share or follow us on Twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.