Stephanie Einfeld 

Stephanie is representing Northwest Colorado Health in the Western District. 

Stephanie Einfeld, M.B.A. – Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Colorado Health Stephanie Einfeld is a healthcare professional who currently holds the role of Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Colorado, a non-profit healthcare provider in Northwest Colorado. Stephanie excels in leadership, relationship building, and change management with an ability to approach the shifting health landscape with a mission driven approach while cultivating partnerships toward community aligned interest. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistical Mathematics from Colorado State University in 2004, after which she began work in the healthcare field. In 2010, she received a professional certification in Lean Healthcare Management from the University of Michigan and, in 2011, a Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University. During her career, she has held multiple management roles, both in financial analysis and process improvement, including work at a global fortune 500 company.


In Northwest Colorado, we live in a rural community where support systems are not robust for the aging population. In Colorado, our aging population is aging at a faster rate than most of the rest of the county, and in Northwest Colorado, this population is growing at a faster rate than most of the rest than Colorado. Current resources will not be enough to support the health and social services needs of this population, and unfortunately will become more of a barrier to aging in place. I lead an organization that operates a 20 bed assisted living facility, conducts aging well, footcare, and other aging prevention services, operates four community health centers that cares for the aging population, regardless of ability to pay, and operates the only home health and hospice agency in Routt, Moffat, and Grand county. Our challenges for financial sustainability are vast, and I would love the opportunity to be a part of advocacy for the aging population and the state level, as well as help to affect our state's work toward improving access to care through creative solutions at the HCAC level. I can also offer a great deal of knowledge about healthcare and support systems in the rural setting.

What are the major issues facing the home care & hospice industry?

In rural Colorado, financial sustainability is our top challenge. The payment structure does not support a home care model where visits could be anywhere from a few miles, to 150 miles apart. When our client's homes are spread throughout a rural region, visits that staff can perform in a day are limited. Another challenge in the rural regions in qualified staffing where the pool of applicants can be so small.

What qualities do you have which would help contribute to the vision of HHAC?

I am a long-term, strategic thinker, with an interest and focus on payment structures and policy. I have a strong background in finance and analysis, and can offer creative thinking and the perspective of rural Colorado.