Peak Health Alliance and Elevate Health Plans have locked arms in our joint mission to bring affordable health insurance coverage and care to rural Coloradoans.

There’s no better sign of our collaboration than the fact that the organizations are sharing two employees who will serve as the face of Peak Health Alliance and Elevate Health Plans in the nine counties we serve.

The two shared employees are:

Helen Royal

Helen Royal will be the main contact in the central mountains—Summit, Grand, Lake, and Park counties. A 35-year resident of the mountain communities, Royal has spent her career in the non-profit sector. She has worked at a community mental health center and a federally qualified health center as its Behavioral Health Director and Chief Executive Officer. Her passion lies in working with underserved populations, especially creating access to healthcare.

John Snyder

John Snyder will serve southwest Colorado—Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, and Dolores counties. He has 40 years of experience in healthcare administration. Most recently, Snyder was the administrator over the surgical practices at Mercy Hospital and, before that, Executive Director of the Physician Surgery Center in Durango. Snyder has also worked with a network of independent physicians in Durango and for many years with long-term care facilities in Durango and Nebraska.

In Southwest Colorado, Snyder will support healthcare providers while Doug McCarthy continues to provide community education and outreach through a longstanding relationship with Peak Health Alliance. McCarthy has over 30 years of experience with healthcare, including with UnitedHealth Group and Issues Research. McCarthy works for an alliance of some 260 locally owned LaPlata County businesses called Local First, which partners with Peak Health Alliance to serve southwest Colorado.

Denver Health Medical Plan is the nonprofit organization behind Elevate Health Plans and their willingness to share the employment of Helen Royal and John Snyder with Peak Health Alliance speaks volumes about their level of commitment to the cause of bringing affordable health insurance to the individuals and businesses in the nine counties served by Peak Health Alliance.

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to reach out to the liaison in their respective regions with any questions about Elevate Health Plans!

Helen Royal: helen.royal@dhha.org or helen@peakhealthalliance.org

John Snyder: John.Snyder@dhha.org or john@peakhealthalliance.org

Doug McCarthy: doug@local-first.org