Catholic Charities is excited to announce the hiring of exceptional individuals who will lead the operations at the new Marisol Health Northern Colorado clinic, set to open its doors in Spring 2024. Sharon Keck has been named clinic director, and Lisa Gesterling has joined as the certified nurse midwife. These additions to the team, along with Dr. Kevin Tool, demonstrate Marisol Health’s commitment to delivering quality services and support to women and families in Northern Colorado.
“We’re so excited and blessed to have Sharon, Lisa and Dr. Tool join us as we open our new Marisol Health clinic! They are accomplished leaders in the field of women’s health and will be strong partners in creating a caring and dynamic culture of excellence,” said VP of Women’s and Family Services at Catholic Charities of Denver.
Sharon has nearly 40 years of experience in nursing administration, practice and education in both major teaching and community hospitals in Colorado, Illinois, Ohio and Arizona. Most recently, as a labor, delivery and postpartum nurse at Longmont United Hospital, Sharon has extensively embraced patient and staff education, professional/shared governance, quality improvements and change management. With a Master of Science in Nursing from the Ohio State University and a long history of professional honors, Sharon is looking forward to bringing her dedication to women’s health issues and patient-focused care to Marisol Health Northern Colorado.
“My approach to healthcare revolves around patient-centered care, and I am committed to fostering an environment where women feel empowered, respected and supported in their health and pregnancy journey,” said Keck.
Lisa is a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner. She specializes in obstetric and gynecological care, natural family planning and well-woman exams. Most recently a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner at Bella Health and Wellness, Lisa has a Master of Science from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her previous clinical experience underscores her dedication to providing holistic, dignified care. She is a published journal author, a member of Catholic Medical Association and she lives in Ft. Collins.
“The Marisol Health model – high-quality, patient-centered obstetric and gynecological care with integrated social services – is such an innovative, needed model of care in Northern Colorado. The community’s excitement for this practice has been tremendous. I am so honored to be a part of this team, and I can’t wait to serve the women of Northern Colorado,” shared Gesterling.
In addition, Dr. Kevin Tool, Obstetrician and Gynecologist and longtime Fort Collins resident, is serving as Marisol Health Northern Colorado’s Medical Director. As such, he will provide clinical guidance and consultation to the medical team and receive referrals of patients with higher risk medical conditions, including those who need surgical procedures. Dr. Tool will also review and sign off on all ultrasounds and share delivery responsibilities with Marisol Health nurse midwives.
The clinic has made significant progress, including the completion of construction and the acquisition of the building. Efforts are now focused on securing furniture and fixtures, setting up the Electronic Health Record system, addressing financial projections and contracting with vendors and suppliers. Additional team members are being hired and the onboarding plan is underway.
Catholic Charities is grateful for the support and interest from volunteers who are eager to contribute to Marisol Health Northern Colorado. Volunteer opportunities will be available soon. In the meantime, Catholic Charities encourages individuals to get involved with its other ministries in Larimer and Weld County, such as Samaritan House Fort Collins and Samaritan House Greeley on the Guadalupe Campus. These shelters are always eager to have dedicated volunteers. The generosity of time and treasure at Marisol Family St. Joseph is also greatly appreciated, as they provide diapers, materials and educational opportunities for young families in Northern Colorado.
Marisol Health Northern Colorado, opening in Spring 2024 at 1221 West Elizabeth St., Fort Collins, CO 80521, aims to be the most comprehensive support system for women in the region. It will provide accurate information and support to help women make important decisions about their reproductive health.