Wheat Ridge, Colo.,
11:36 AM

Circle of Community Care - Sarah Steele

Sarah Steele, center, Kathie Repola and Leah Dozeman celebrate a Circle of Care award

At Lutheran, we understand that stewardship in healthcare means emphasizing the importance of community care. SCL Health, now Intermountain Health, focuses on primary care through medical group practices throughout the region.  

The caregivers in these groups are devoted to our mission of "helping people live the healthiest lives possible," by caring for their everyday health needs. Providers get to know patients on a deeper level through ongoing, established patient care. The rapport is often appreciated and occasionally accompanies a gift to the Lutheran Foundation to honor individual caregivers. Such was the case in a recent Circle of Care recognition.  

Sarah Steele, PA, has worked for the SCL Health Medical Group – Family Practice at Lutheran since April 2016. The patient who recognized Sarah has been under her care for many years and, following a recent stay at the hospital, called to make a gift in her honor.  

Many of Sarah's colleagues and friends gathered in the staff conference room, excited to celebrate her Circle of Care recognition, and commented on how deserving she is of the acknowledgment. Sarah was surprised and humbled by the appreciation.  

Sarah considers the work she does to be challenging yet rewarding. She feels the practice provides comprehensive and collaborative care. She explained that having great partnerships with specialists at Lutheran elevates the care offered, particularly given the age and complexity of patients. In her words: "I love my patients! As challenging as primary health care can be at times, it's gratifying to see the full ‘Circle of Care’ come back around - to know that patients are heard, cared for, and their experiences valued."  

Patients being valued by Sarah and her fellow caregivers is something worth celebrating, and the Foundation is grateful to have the opportunity to do so!