B.J. Scott, longtime leader in Colorado Springs health care, to retire

BJ Scott. Courtesy photo

One of the leading people to influence health care across the Pikes Peak region plans to retire at the end of the year.

B.J. Scott, former chief executive of the Peak Vista Community Health Centers, plans to retire on Dec. 31 from her post a head of the nonprofit's foundation, Scott announced Friday. In a statement, she described her time with the nonprofit as "an honor and a privilege."

Word of her retirement brought praise from colleagues, who recalled her 18 years at Peak Vista as revolutionary for the federally ualified health center that caters largely to low-income patients.

"The impact has been immense ..." said Pam McManus, Peak Vista's president and chief executive. "Incredible growth is a good description."

Scott served as Peak Vista's nonprofits president and chief executive from 2001 through 2011. During that time patient enrollment more than doubled while its budget tripled.

Her fundraising proved prolific - in 2008, for example, she led a $10 million campaign for construction and remodeling projects. The skill proved useful in her endeavor as executive director of the Pikes Peak Community Health Center Foundation, which helps Peak Vista provide care for people who can't pay for it themselves.

In that role - which she held since the foundation formed in 2005 - she helped raise $4 million for Peak Vista's part in the new Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences. The facility is largely aimed at integrated physical and mental health care for seniors.

"I think what people like about B.J. is she's a great listener, she's open to ideas, willing to work with people," said David Lord, who once served on Peak Vista's board and helped with multiple fundraising campaigns.

Peak Vista and its foundation plans to find a replacement for Scott later this year, allowing for a smooth transition once she retires, McManus said.

Lord, for one, said he expects Scott to stay busy in retirement, perhaps as a volunteer.

"You haven't heard the last of B.J. Scott in Colorado Springs," Lord said.

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