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July Cover photo - International Biographic - Vesna Durkovic

International Biographic - Vesna Durkovic

I worked for CHS in Iraq as a Chief Clinical Laboratory Scientist from 2011-2013.  As my contract ended these were my parting words as posted on my Facebook and they still apply today:

“Goodbye to Iraq and Iraqi people and to everyone I worked with during last year... it was good, it was bad, it was funny and it was sad, it was unforgettable, at times scary, but most of all it was crazy and it was amazing... I am very honored and proud to have been part of this great mission and gave it everything I had and would do it all over again if I had too... thank you all, and please be happy, be good to each other and stay safe... you are all forever engraved in my heart...”

Returning to my life in the U.S. was scary. I had nothing to return to after selling everything before leaving for Iraq. The worst part was I had no job. However, even before I stepped foot back in the U.S., I received unexpected phone call! I was offered a position as the Senior Medical Policy Advisor to a major government agency. That was five years ago and I am proud to say that I succeeded in making them HIPAA Compliant!

About 2 years ago there was another job offer, but this time via email. At first, I ignored it because I thought it was a joke. A couple of weeks later I received a follow up email and this time they asked me to call them ASAP. I did and it was not a joke, it was the real thing! To make a long story short, along with my full-time position as a Senior Medical Policy Advisor, I am also serving as a Serbo-Croatian Linguist to the highest-level office in federal government!

Am I a success story? In many ways YES! I was a very shy young woman who moved to the U.S. from Yugoslavia in 1980 with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS), but no US medical license. I had $20, a Green Card in my pocket, the clothes on my back, and not knowing a word of English. From there I took a leap of faith, changed career paths and spent 4 years as a Linguist and the Political Cultural Advisor to NATO High Command during the Balkan crisis. My personal life took a turn and the next thing I knew I was serving in Iraq on CHS contract with the State Department; eventually moving on to my current positions.  I am considering retirement in five more years, but who can know where life may lead then? Something tells me this is not end of my story. 

- Vesna Durkovic

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Department of Defense (DoD) Advisory Board Meeting at CHS Global Headquarters in Cape Canaveral, FL

DOD Advisory Board Meets June 28, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018, CHS held the Department of Defense (DoD) Advisory Board Meeting at CHS Global Headquarters in Cape Canaveral, FL. The DoD Advisory Board assists with revamping and updating the company’s online presence, building relationships, identifying large DoD captures, expanding product and service offerings and providing strategic leadership guidance to the CHS executive team. The meeting gives our Executive and Business Development staff the chance to tap into the Board Member’s resources and discuss recent changes within the company, current and future proposal bids and untapped service areas and clientele.

(Left to right: Doug Magee - SVP Business Development, Casper Jones IIICOO/SVP International Operations, Lester Martinez, MG, US Army (Retired), Gary PalmerPresident/CEO, Amber FredericksenManager Business Development, Jeff ClaytonCapture Manager, Kevin Lambing, CMSgt, USAF (Retired), Ryan ElliotVP Business Development, Daniel JonesCOO/SVP Domestic Operations)

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International Biographic - Justin Romanello

I accepted my position with CHS in 2011 and deployed to Iraq as a Remote Paramedic. My first assignment was at the Diplomatic Support Hospital. I spent about six months working at the hospital filling various roles as a paramedic. During my time there I also learned laboratory procedures, surgical technician duties and many other much needed functions and responsibilities. After six months, I was selected for the Deputy Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) position. At that point, I was responsible for leading, mentoring and managing all EMS staff throughout the country.

The opportunities and experiences that I had working with CHS were unforgettable, life changing and prepared me for the position that I now have as the Chief of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for the State of New Hampshire. A career spanning over twenty years in emergency services and having the opportunity to work for several civilian organizations as well as the Department of State’s Operational Medicine Unit, in the private sector with Global Rescue and my time with CHS nurtured me into being an effective leader and presentable to the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Safety.

Justin Romanello,

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Comprehensive Health Services Employees Raise Local Awareness for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — Comprehensive Health Services employees dressed in blue on Tuesday, January 9th to show support for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Representatives from the local Sheriff’s Office met with Comprehensive Health Services employees outside the front entrance of 8810 Astronaut Blvd. where the men and women in blue were acknowledged for their commitment to the safety and security of our community.

“We value their service and protection every day,” stated Gary Palmer, President and CEO.

National Law Enforcement Day was founded in 2015 to thank officers across the country for the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Their call to public service is demanding. Law Enforcement Officers from every rank and file place their lives on the line every day. So on this day – National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day – Comprehensive Health Services takes the opportunity to show our respect and gratitude by publically thanking them for their service.​

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Keith Rigdon -CHSi Program Director

Comprehensive Health Services Announces Keith Rigdon as Program Director

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — Comprehensive Health Services proudly announces the promotion of Keith Rigdon to Program Director. In this Senior Executive role, Keith will lead all efforts related to our portfolio of business with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He will also continue to serve as Program Coordinator for our HHS Shelter Care contract.

With more than 20+ years of leadership and medical management experience, Keith’s skills include strategic and operational planning combined with a results-oriented management style and a strong leadership emphasis in human resources and customer service.

Keith has extensive experience as an Operational Leader of large programs. This experience extends across multiple U.S. Government agencies including contractor leadership on projects with HHS and the Department of State (DOS). For HHS, he served as Site Director for the department’s largest Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) shelter facility where he managed resources to support over 2,500 children. While with the DOS, he oversaw a $1 Billion medical contract in support of deployed State Department contractors in Iraq. Keith also served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Services Corps Officer both in the United States and overseas, where he was a leader of large medical organizations. His commercial experience includes his time with Comprehensive Health Services as well as Hospital Corporation of America, where he ran a $30 Million portfolio of their healthcare business.

Keith has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

About Comprehensive Health Services

Founded in 1975, Comprehensive Health Services is one of the nation’s largest and most experienced providers of workforce medical services. We partner with Fortune 1000 companies and the U.S. Government to solve the highly complex, large-scale health care challenges they face by implementing and managing cost-effective, customized medical programs for large and dispersed workforces. Our technology-driven, flexible health care solutions are capable of providing tailored services to ensure employers can meet the medical needs and compliance issues of their employees anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit www.chsmedical.com. For news and updates, follow us on Twitter @CHSMedical, LinkedIn, or like us on Facebook

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — Comprehensive Health Services proudly announces the promotion of Keith Rigdon to Program Director. In this Senior Executive role, Keith will lead all efforts related to our portfolio of business with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He will also continue to serve as Program Coordinator for our HHS Shelter Care contract.

With more than 20+ years of leadership and medical management experience, Keith’s skills include strategic and operational planning combined with a results-oriented management style and a strong leadership emphasis in human resources and customer service.

Keith has extensive experience as an Operational Leader of large programs. This experience extends across multiple U.S. Government agencies including contractor leadership on projects with HHS and the Department of State (DOS). For HHS, he served as Site Director for the department’s largest Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) shelter facility where he managed resources to support over 2,500 children. While with the DOS, he oversaw a $1 Billion medical contract in support of deployed State Department contractors in Iraq. Keith also served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Services Corps Officer both in the United States and overseas, where he was a leader of large medical organizations. His commercial experience includes his time with Comprehensive Health Services as well as Hospital Corporation of America, where he ran a $30 Million portfolio of their healthcare business.

Keith has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western Kentucky University. He is also a graduate of the School of Advanced Military Studies and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

About Comprehensive Health Services

Founded in 1975, Comprehensive Health Services is one of the nation’s largest and most experienced providers of workforce medical services. We partner with Fortune 1000 companies and the U.S. Government to solve the highly complex, large-scale health care challenges they face by implementing and managing cost-effective, customized medical programs for large and dispersed workforces. Our technology-driven, flexible health care solutions are capable of providing tailored services to ensure employers can meet the medical needs and compliance issues of their employees anywhere in the world. For more information, please visit www.chsmedical.com. For news and updates, follow us on Twitter @CHSMedical, LinkedIn, or like us on Facebook

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Comprehensive Health Services Successfully Completes 2017 HIPAA Security Assessment

 

Comprehensive Health Services recently engaged GuidePoint Security to evaluate our current organizational compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Using the external requirements defined by the HIPAA Security Rule, GuidePoint assessed Comprehensive Health Services’ compliance in three key areas:

  • Administrative Safeguards
  • Physical Safeguards
  • Technical Safeguards

Information was collected for the assessment by interviewing key personnel, reviewing existing documents, and reviewing responses from assessment questions. The result of this initiative was our 2017 HIPAA Security Assessment Report. Moreover, to safeguard client data, Comprehensive Health Services will repeat this process every year to assess our HIPAA Security controls.

 

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Comprehensive Health Services Completes SOC II Audit in November

 

The Comprehensive Health Services offices in Florida and Virginia recently completed the examination and confirmation steps for our SOC II Audit Type II. Prior to the audit, our team underwent a SOC II Report Readiness Assessment to assist us in addressing questions about scoping the report, documenting requirements, and the investing time and company resources to complete the audit. As a result of the SOC II reporting, our practices for safeguarding information are now aligned to the highest levels of security and compliance.

SOC II reporting focuses on the controls at service organizations that relate to five trust and service principles (TSPs): security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. Our goal for the SOC II initiative was to increase transparency for how we report our organizational controls and to build trust across internal and external stakeholders. Future compliance initiatives at Comprehensive Health Services include a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) assessment which is currently underway, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification, and Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) certification.

 

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Comprehensive Health Services staff members who attended the meeting included (shown at top of page from left to right): Jeffery Clayton, Capture Mgr.; Ryan Elliott, VP, BD US Federal Clients; Daniel Jones, COO/SVP, Domestic Ops; Amber Fredericksen, BD Mgr; Douglas Magee, Sr VP, BD; Kelley DeConciliis, VP, International BD; and Dr. Chip Patterson, Physician.

Comprehensive Health Services Announces New Department of Defense (DoD) Advisory Board

Comprehensive Health Services takes pride in introducing our new Department of Defense (DoD) Advisory Board for 2017-2018. As outstanding military service career veterans, each advisory board member has an in-depth understanding of the DoD market as well as medical command business practices and force development. This board will contribute unique knowledge and skills to the Executive Leadership of Comprehensive Health Services as well as help augment new business growth and direction within the DoD federal government agency. 

This new Comprehensive Health Services advisory board conducted their inaugural meeting on Monday, October 31st, at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. Discussions focused on the current status of our support to federal government contracts as well as our existing subcontractor relationship with DoD. The functions of this Advisory Board will include helping to build relationships by leveraging personal DoD networks and defining strategic clarity for business capture and growth within the DoD programs. Current Advisory Board members are as follows:

Command Chief Master Sergeant Kevin Lambing, BS, MBA

Command Chief Master Sergeant Kevin Lambing, BS, MBA

Medical Enlisted Corps Chief, principal enlisted advisor to the Air Force Surgeon General

Major General Lester Martinez (Ret.), MD, MPH

Major General Lester Martinez (Ret.), MD, MPH

1st Hispanic to head the Army Medical and Research Command at Fort Detrick, MD

Colonel Warner 'Rocky' Farr (Ret.)

Colonel Warner "Rocky" Farr (Ret.)

Former command surgeon of United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL

Comprehensive Health Services staff members who attended the meeting included (shown at top of page from left to right): Jeffery Clayton, Capture Mgr.; Ryan Elliott, VP, BD US Federal Clients; Daniel Jones, COO/SVP, Domestic Ops; Amber Fredericksen, BD Mgr; Douglas Magee, Sr VP, BD; Kelley DeConciliis, VP, International BD; and Dr. Chip Patterson, Physician.
 
 

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Comprehensive Health Services Recognize Brave Men and Women Firefighters

Comprehensive Health Services salutes the many firefighters who have fought the raging fires in California and other states. We have proudly supported the Department of the Interior (DOI) and National Park Services for over 14 years. We provide comprehensive medical fitness for duty examinations for federal Wildland Firefighters, Structural Firefighters, and Tower Climbers.

As our nation witnesses the devastation of the most recent California fires and the corresponding heroic actions of California’s Fire Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the DOI Wildland Firefighters, Comprehensive Health Services recognizes that these brave men and women regularly risk their lives under extreme conditions.

Medical Review Physicians from Comprehensive Health Services experienced, first-hand, the arduous and challenging duties faced by firefighters daily, when they recently trained with the DOI fire crews.  (Left to right: Dr. Charles Smallwood, Dr. (Joe) Mignogna, Dr. David Angelette)

 

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Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer joins the Comprehensive Health Services Business Development team as Director of Capture and Proposals

Michael joins Comprehensive Health Services with over 25 years of Business Development, Capture, and Program Management experience. He previously served as Director of Capture Management with IAP Worldwide Services. Prior to his service with IAP he worked with Northrop Grumman as a Capture Manager/Senior Program Manager/Integrated Product Team Leader. He is also a Retired United States Navy Captain, Surface Warfare Officer.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Shippensburg University. During active duty service in the Navy, he completed the Senior Level College Resident Program at the United States Army War College. Michael also has completed multiple advanced courses in Business Development and Program Management as well as coursework with Shipley (Capture, Business Development, and Price to Win) and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

Michael brings strong organizational leadership and business development expertise to Comprehensive Health Services and our growing Business Development team.

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Ryan Elliott, VP, Comprehensive Health Services, is named to the George Washington University (GWU) Elliott School Board of Advisors

Ryan Elliott, VP, Comprehensive Health Services, is named to the George Washington University (GWU) Elliott School Board of Advisors

Ryan Elliott, grandson of former GWU President Lloyd H. Elliott, has been named to the advisory board of the Elliott School of International Affairs. This advisory board is comprised of leaders from around the globe with diverse professional backgrounds in public service, the private sector, and the nonprofit world. The Elliott School of International Affairs trains students in the theory and practice of international affairs and provides students with an in-depth analysis of international economic, political, scientific and cultural issues.

Named in honor of former president and his wife, Lloyd and Evelyn Elliott, the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

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Michael Shamblen Receives Promotion to Director of Human Resources

Michael Shamblen Receives Promotion to Director of Human Resources

In his new role as Comprehensive Health Services Director of Human Resources (HR), Michael will manage the HR-related programs and processes in support of our organizational goals, lines of business, and human capital management and development for Domestic, International and Corporate operations. Michael will report to Dean Rosenquist, Sr. VP, Human Resources.

Michael has extensive experience in human resources management and business management. Prior to joining Comprehensive Health Services, he served as the Director of Human Resources for Beitzel Corporation, Inc., Grantsville, Maryland leading the HR functions of the Industrial Construction Company operating in the Central Mid-Atlantic States. While at Beitzel Corporation, Michael was appointed by the President of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce to the Chairman position of the Chamber’s HR Roundtable. There he coordinated and provided monthly presentations on current HR topics and best practices.

Prior to working for the Beitzel Corporation, Michael worked at Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland. He managed the Human Resource and Accounting office as their Business Manager. Michael developed HR policies and programs that increased the efficiency and quality of the resort’s organizational functions.

Michael also worked for CSX Corporation – the east coast’s largest railroad – in the heart of the C&O business unit, Russell, KY. As Yardmaster, Michael controlled all train traffic in an out of the yard and managed the crews that built trains supplying major industries all throughout the mid-Atlantic and east coast. He was later promoted to Trainmaster where he directed Yardmasters in the Russell yard and supplied yard reporting to CSX Division and Corporate Headquarters.

Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in Business and Psychology from West Virginia University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Morehead State University. Michael also has a Masters Certificate in Human Resource Management and is a certified Human Resource professional with two national HR associations; Society of Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional of Human Resource (SPHR).

 

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