GVH adds behavioral health department

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‘It’s challenging to live in paradise’

  • (L-r) Kimberley Behounek, Barbara Marks, Joe Petersen and Jennifer Birnie are the original members of Gunnison Valley Health’s new behavioral health department. Leaders of the department hope to grow the program soon. Courtesy
    (L-r) Kimberley Behounek, Barbara Marks, Joe Petersen and Jennifer Birnie are the original members of Gunnison Valley Health’s new behavioral health department. Leaders of the department hope to grow the program soon. Courtesy
Jennifer Birnie began her tenure as the community wellbeing coordinator with Gunnison Valley Health (GVH) in August of 2019. One of her first tasks was to conduct a “deep dive” into the behavioral needs of the health care system. Birnie was shocked to find how high the level of need was after looking over the results of a community health assessment. “I’ve lived in this valley for 13 years, and I…

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