Camping Trip Get a Little Itchy? Doctor On Demand

If your summer takes a turn on the itchy side, skip the waiting room! Now, through Doctor On Demand, you and your family have access to a board-certified physician anytime, anywhere for just $10/visit.

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Simply download the Doctor On Demand app from your mobile device or PC. To get started, visit www.SCLHealth.org/VideoVisit, or simply download the Doctor On Demand app via Apple Store or Google Play on your mobile device or computer with a camera.

Associates and their dependents covered under any SCL Health medical plan pay just $10 per visit. Associates who are not covered under an SCL Health medical plan will pay $40 a visit – still significantly less than the copay for a typical urgent care or ER visit, and much more convenient. If you have questions about the app, call the Doctor On Demand customer service team at 1-800-997-6196.

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From Patching Up the President to Blowing Up Bombs, New Associate has Colorful Resume

Chris_inside_smilingIf you’re in an emergency situation, you want a guy on your side who knows how to treat mass casualties, detect biological warfare and detonate bombs. Someone who’s run through gunfire to help a patient, and lived to tell about it. A man who has delivered babies, and even been trusted to patch up the chin of the President of the United States.

SCL Health has such a guy. Christopher Powell joined the organization in March as the Manager of System Emergency Management, reporting to Director of Emergency Preparedness MacLaine Butterfass. He’s bringing his vast experience to make our health system safer for associates, patients and visitors.

Spend time with Powell, and you may realize that he’s always scanning the area, considering the safety of people, the vulnerabilities of a structure, the level of security, the location of cameras and the possibility that someone is out of place. He comes across as relaxed and friendly, although he’s constantly evaluating risk. Powell calls everyone Ma’am and Sir, and points out that it has nothing to do with age, and everything to do with respect.

He has served as a Navy Chief Petty Officer, Navy Hospital Corpsman, a member of the Navy Special Warfare team, part of the White House Medical Team under President George W. Bush, a firefighter/paramedic, flight paramedic, and an Independent Medical Practitioner and trainer. He’s worked in six continents and visited more than 150 countries.

“I loved my medical work in the Navy, but after more than 20 years I got tired of having bloody hands,” Powell says. “I chose to move to the planning side of emergency management. Now I can be present with my family, and I definitely sleep better.”

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Powell was intrigued by the disaster responses after the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans less than a year later. He pondered the lack of adequate preparation, response and funding, and the life-and-death choices that care providers were forced to make. “I thought, ‘There’s a better way to do this. Maybe I can get into healthcare and improve emergency preparedness.’”

And here he is.

Emergency Preparedness takes on many forms, from preventing common injuries such as slips and falls, to preparing for the worst of scenarios like Ebola, natural disasters and active shooters. Powell, as a member of the SCL Health System Emergency Management team, plans for such scenarios and serves as a resource for our care sites.

Favorite life moments
Powell has packed more excitement and danger into his life than most of us will ever see. Here’s a sampling of his favorites:

  • Flying on an MH53 (the biggest helicopter) and approaching an aircraft carrier in the middle of the Mediterranean.
  • Seeing the bright, brilliant stars above Iraq with no lights around.
  • Treating wounded men and then seeing them come home and be with their families, or walk again after losing their legs.
  • Caring for a Marine who lost both legs and an arm in an IED blast, and then watching him run a marathon on prosthetic legs just seven months later.
  • Marrying his wife, Kristen, 11 years ago. (He says it was the smartest thing he’s ever done.)
  • Seeing President Bush step off of Marine 1 and introduce himself to Kristen for the first time. He said, “How ya doin? What’s your name? I’m George Bush.”
  • The birth of his son Brayden, age 9, named after Powell’s grandfather (“Papa”) and hero.
  • Brayden’s baptism in the chapel at Camp David while President George and Laura Bush watched.

“I’ve done a lot, but at the end of my days, I hope my tombstone doesn’t say: “20 years in the Navy” or “Chief Petty Officer.” I hope it will simply say: “Loving husband & father.” Family is what’s important. That’s why I retired from the military and that’s why I’m grateful for this opportunity to work with the wonderful people at SCL Health and have a good quality of life.”

Chris Powell at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado, in July 2016.

Chris and Kristen Powell in May 2015.

 

The Powell family.