March 2011

Lofton Offers Guidance to High School Students

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Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer, meets with freshman from East High School participating in "Project Greer Street."

Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of CHI, is involved in a program at East High School in Denver, CO, that provides male African-American students with skills for success in academics, college preparation and life skills. Lofton, who has mentored young health care professionals for many years through the National Association of Health Services Executives and several university health administration programs, will help ensure that a group of 11 young men graduate from high school and go on to college.

Designed to provide critical building blocks for success, "Project Greer Street" was launched last year. The students, now sophomores, are being mentored by one of the program's creators, Ron Sally. Sally said Lofton has pledged to "do whatever he can to make a difference in the lives of these students."

Lofton delivered a presentation to the students in mid-February that highlighted the value of a good education. Lofton talked about his own commitment to academic excellence while growing up in New York City. "I'm thrilled to be involved in a program that will help these young men to succeed in school and in life," said Lofton. "I've always found it rewarding to mentor young health care professionals. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to work with young men during their high school years and to do all I can to help them achieve their goals and move on to college."