Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Dr. Robin E. Johnson

By Colorado Springs Gazette, February 20, 2017

Dr. Robin E. Johnson has joined the board of Ascending to Health, a Colorado Springs nonprofit that provides health care and other supportive services for homeless individuals discharged from local hospitals.

Colorado Springs Movers & Shakers: Peter Carino

By Colorado Springs Gazette, December 12, 2016

Peter Carino, an independent leadership consultant for nonprofit and medical/human service organizations, has joined the board of the Colorado Springs nonprofit Ascending to Health.

Oasis for the indigent

By J. Adrian Stanley, Colorado Springs Independent

Until recently in Colorado Springs, a homeless person emerging from heart surgery would almost certainly end up back on the streets before she was healed. Not surprisingly, she’d likely end up back in the hospital within days or weeks. And she may need to return multiple times, with infections and complications, due to a lack of follow-up consultation.

“When a patient leaves here, and is homeless, you do lose contact with them,” says Connie Cassani-Beard, a licensed clinical social worker at Memorial Health System. “You can’t call and see how they’re doing.”

Local physician’s assistant Greg Morris is aiming to keep tabs on — and do more for — people like this. This month, he received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for his fledgling program, Ascending to Health Respite Care.

Man pursues dream to provide homeless with respite care

By Barbara Cotter, Colorado Springs Gazette, Dec. 11, 2012

Some people dip into their savings to pursue extravagant, self-satisfying dreams: buying a plane, trekking through Nepal, investing in a mountain chalet or a sleek sports car.

Greg Morris hit up his savings to chase a dream, but the main beneficiaries will be homeless people who need care and a whole lot of support after they’re released from local hospitals.

Since 2009, the director of Peak Vista Community Health Centers’ Homeless Medical Clinic has worked to start a medical respite program for homeless patients. After a lot of research, a few setbacks and a successful year-long pilot project that ended in October, Morris is on the verge of launching Ascending to Health Respite Care, which will begin as a recuperative program for people with low-acuity medical issues, and possibly expand to include more serious cases.