DENVER, Colo. — Prime Health, the nation’s leading health technology ecosystem, announced a transition in leadership today. On January 15, 2019, Nicole McNew will step down from her position as the organization’s executive director. While Prime Health’s board of directors interviews candidates for the position, Rachel Dixon, an experienced digital health strategist and program development veteran, will serve as interim director.
“Prime Health has built an amazing community of health innovators that continues to grow,” McNew said. “With Catalyst HTI opening and startups like Sopris Health raising millions, 2018 was a big year for our community.”
“Under Rachel’s guidance, I’m confident that 2019 will be an even bigger year for Colorado’s digital health ecosystem.”
Rachel Dixon (left) and Nicole McNew at Catalyst HTI’s recent holiday party.
During her time as executive director, McNew oversaw the growth of Prime Health in several key areas. She strengthened ties with Colorado’s Office of eHealth Innovation(OeHI) and worked to align Prime Health’s ecosystem with the goals of Colorado’s Health IT Roadmap. She convened healthcare payers, providers, and innovators from across the state at the 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit. During the 2018 Prime Health Challenge, McNew worked closely with startups to ensure their innovations met the needs of Colorado’s safety net population.
“We are excited to announce that Rachel Dixon will be assuming Nicole’s responsibilities as executive director,” said Brent Bowman, chairman of Prime Health’s board of directors. “Prime Health as an organization is on a major growth inflection point. Rachel’s track record in program development and management in the digital health and safety net spaces will prove invaluable to our community.”
Dixon has collaborated with numerous healthcare organizations, providers, and entrepreneurs throughout Colorado. In her work, she has led adoption of innovations that improve access to care for the state’s most vulnerable patients. Dixon has been involved in Prime Health for the last three years as a member of its Safety Net Advisory Board. She has also participated in the Prime Health Challenge as a judge and mentor.
“Before moving to Colorado, Rachel worked as a national growth consultant for non-profit organizations,” said Mike Biselli, a Prime Health board member and the president of Catalyst HTI. “Over the last three years, she has helped Prime Health in this capacity, and has played an important role in the success of our ecosystem.”
“We are confident in the continued success of Prime Health under Rachel’s leadership. Personally, I’m excited to see where her vision and expertise take our community.”
Dixon will be leading Prime Health into a time of expanding opportunities. At the state level, the organization is exploring new ways of engaging with providers in rural communities. At the national level, Prime Health is considering how best to scale its model. Dixon will be rolling out a number of new initiatives for Prime designed to further drive impact in the safety net space and align entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology to healthcare challenges, needs, and goals.
“The needs of patients and providers in Colorado are constantly evolving,” Dixon said. “If innovation is going to be meaningful and impactful, we all need to be working together to align the most important challenges to the best solutions.”
“Whether you’re transforming maternal care or mental health, your innovation won’t have an impact unless it reflects the realities of healthcare today.”
Upon stepping down as executive director, McNew plans to move abroad. “To transform healthcare in the United States, it’s important to understand how other countries have structured their health systems,” she said. “But it’s hard to understand those approaches without living abroad and experiencing them for yourself.”
A farewell party will be held for McNew at Catalyst HTI on January 8, 2019. Attendees of the event will also have the opportunity to speak with Dixon about her plans for Prime Health. Rachel will also be speaking about some new initiatives Prime is launching and its vision for the future at the January 24th meetup, hosted at Catalyst.
“Nicole has done a great service to Prime Health as executive director,” said Bowman. “Now she’s starting an exciting chapter in her life, and we couldn’t be happier for her.”
“We hope you’ll join us on January 8 to thank her for everything she’s done for our community.”