Benefit Design for Public-Sector Employers


Karen Smiddy, Benefits Specialist, City of Arvada

Smiddy has worked in the Human Resources field for more than 20 years. She feels fortunate to have worked at the City of Arvada for 16 years, and in her current position for 10 years.

Karen Hjerleid, Vice President, Business Development, Paladina Health

Hjerleid currently serves as the vice president of national business development for Paladina Health- a wholly owned subsidiary of DaVita Healthcare Partners—driving strategic sales and overall sales strategy.


By combining the medical home model and a self-funded plan design, public sector employers covered by Paladina Health are able to provide high quality healthcare and bring down healthcare costs for their entire workforce.