Our Mission: To lead in providing quality, comprehensive healthcare that is affordable and accessible, and to support the dedicated professionals who make caring for the individuals we serve their number one priority

 

Sue Curfman, President and CEO

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I have been at COMTREA for two years. I started as a Community Support Specialist, and now I am the Housing Manager. 

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Ben, for one year. He is a Senior Software Engineer and I am still trying to understand what he actually does. We have two cats that we love. I have six siblings, two nieces, and two nephews. I love spending time with family and friends, cooking, floral design, watching “The Office,” crafting, tattoos, traveling, and yoga. I hope to return to school in the fall to start the MSW program at UMSL.

As Housing Manager, I work with the Department of Mental Health and various grants to find stable housing for individuals with disabilities. I am the processing center for the Supportive Community Living and Shelter Plus Care grants in Jefferson County. I also assist clients in finding and utilizing community resources.


Currently, Jefferson County has been awarded $10,000 by the Missouri Housing Development Commission to host Project Homeless Connect. This event will take place September 20th, 2018 in Festus, MO.

Project Homeless Connect is an event that aims to connect individuals in Jefferson County to services they need in one place, on one day. Our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where individuals can have their various needs met.

 

 

How many times have you seen someone drop food on the floor, blurted out “5 second rule” and eat it?  If you call out the rule, then apparently it is ok to eat it if you pick it up in 5 seconds or less. Well…believe it or not, many scientists have tested this “so-called” rule and I am sorry to report that it's not true.

Bacteria can attach itself to your food even if you pick it up super-fast. It might even contain enough bacteria to make you a little or very sick, which is why you should not eat food that has been dropped on the floor. Here's what you need to know about the "5-second rule":

1. It looks all shiny and clean - A clean-looking floor isn't always clean.

Even dry floors that look clean can contain bacteria. Why? Some germs can survive on the floor for a very long time. Unless you have a powerful microscope, you can't check to see how many germs are on those shiny floors. Even if they were just cleaned, bacteria is airborne so the instant you clean it, bacteria is already starting to attach itself. 

2. You can be superhero fast, and that may not be fast enough.

Bacteria will attach to your food as soon as it hits the floor. That means food left on the floor for an instant can get contaminated if conditions are right. Foods with wet surfaces, like an apple slice, can pick up bacteria much more easily.

3. When in doubt, toss it out.

There is some bacteria that is not harmful, however others can give you awful stuff, like diarrhea. You can't see bacteria, and even if you could, it doesn't take much to make you sick.

Q: So, what do you do with that yummy piece of whatever that you just dropped?
 
A: The safest choice is to throw it out or give it to your brother. Just kidding!
 
Written by Jill Ellsworth

 

 

Lisa Wigger, Executive Manager

In January 2017, I walked into COMTREA to meet Sue Curfman, CEO, for an interview. Within minutes of meeting with Sue, I knew I wanted to work for her. The excitement and passion she had for COMTREA intrigued me and I wanted to be a part of it!

From day one, I have felt that COMTREA was the place I was supposed to work. I drive to work every day with a smile, feeling blessed to have my job. I put in the extra effort with everything I do, because I am grateful to be able to work. I remind myself to LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST, NO MATTER WHAT!

My work day consists of many different tasks and responsibilities. I work directly with the COMTREA Board of Directors to make sure we document all decisions. This is important, especially when it comes to HRSA, the governance of our Health Center. In addition, I work on the annual stakeholder surveys, our annual report, United Way reporting, and guest visits. I also keep track of everything in Sue’s calendar and any special projects that pop up along the way. Other tasks include putting together Leadership Reports, PowerPoints, monthly newsletters, serving as COMTREA’s representative on the JCGA Board, taking notes for various committees, and much more!

I rarely have any down time and no day is exactly the same; I am generally juggling multiple tasks at the same time and love a challenge. My door is always open and I am always willing to help anyone with anything.

Away from work, I enjoy hanging with my “chaos crew” aka my three wonderful children or you can often find me working in the yard or completing house projects.

I have chosen to “live every day like it was your last”, and encourage you to do the same.



Dr. Brian Darling

This summer, COMTREA will be offering quality dental care for your whole family!

We are eager to welcome our new Pediatric Dental Specialist, Dr. Brian Darling, to our Arnold dental location beginning in August 2018.

Dr. Darling will be the only Pediatric Dental Specialist accepting Medicaid in Jefferson County. While other dental facilities may offer pediatric services, COMTREA will be the only facility with a pediatric dentist who is specially trained to manage emergencies during treatment, in addition to sedation services in the near future.

A Pediatric Dental Specialist receives an additional two-year training to successfully treat children with special needs and complicated medical backgrounds. Pediatric dental facilities are equipped with specific equipment and decorated with children in mind.

Dr. Darling is an alumni from NYU Langone Health, where he received his Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry. He has experience serving children with special health care needs, such as left cleft lip and palate.

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, COMTREA offers full dental services at an affordable cost. Our staff provides a comfortable, patient-centered experience at all of our dental locations. Our goal is to ensure your overall health and well-being through comprehensive care in dental, primary, and mental health services.

COMTREA Dental Care is proud to accept this year’s Henry Schein Cares Medal.

Dental Care leadership, Dr. Courtney Garland, DMD, Oral Health Director, and Dr. Nathan Sutter, DDS, attended the national ceremony to accept the bronze medal.

“This is a large accomplishment for the Dental Care Department. We were able to be recognized for all the hard work, initial launch of tele-dentistry (remote dental services and consultations), and efficiency of workflow and progress providing another avenue of care for our patients,” said Garland.

With this bronze medal, Dental Care will receive a $5,000 cash prize and $10,000 of product from Henry Schein.

“We will be able to utilize $10,000 of product to increase supply and equipment for our mobile dental program (Tooth Titan) to assist with school services,” said Garland.

COMTREA Dental Care is one of three finalists in an award which receives over 150 applications.

Dr. Garland is very proud and believes this award highlights all they have accomplished in the past five years.

Henry Schein, the world’s largest provider of business and clinical technology solutions, focuses on enhancing the efficiency of office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners caring for the under-served.

 

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