Ben Taylor, 33, is a Palmer High School graduate and a native of Colorado Springs. Today he works as provider relations coordinator for Southern Colorado at Centura Health.
His supervisor and Rising Stars nominator Mary Coleman, manager of provider relations and legislative advocacy at Centura, said Taylor deserved recognition for his selfless work with the community’s senior population.
“He’s so active in the community and in his job, serving a really important mission,” she said. “But more importantly to me is how involved he is. He’s always going above and beyond, volunteering in leadership or volunteer roles. He does all this and expects zero recognition in return.”
Taylor’s duties with Centura include recruiting physicians to the network and acting as a liaison with existing members. But he has also been active in the senior community for years. Prior to coming to Centura, he worked with a care agency to ensure seniors could age at home. Taylor is also on the steering committee for the Senior Resource Council’s Holiday Dinner Dance.
“It’s one of my favorite events and I’ve been involved on the steering committee for over five years,” he said. “It’s a free event for Colorado Springs seniors where dinner is provided along with a 20-piece big band that plays swing and jazz music throughout the night.”
He is also active with the Friends of the Colorado Springs Senior Center and has served as chair for the logistics committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
“Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and there is no treatment, no prevention,” he said. “A passion of mine is to raise awareness about that.”
Taylor said his aging grandparents inspired him to become involved with the senior community.
“Isolation is big issue for seniors, and connected to that is the need for transportation and affordable housing. I’ve worked with two senior centers in the area focusing on several components,” he said. “I believe in making sure people can access basic community services, regardless of their age.”
Taylor said, as the community grows, it’s important to be involved to make it a better place for everyone.
“I love my community,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons I’m still here. I grew up in the Springs and I want to be part of changing it for the better. I want to make it a great place to live if you’re 80 or 20. I think the idea of service to make your community a better place to live is really important.”
As for being a Rising Star, Taylor said, “I’m incredibly honored to be recognized.”
— Bryan Grossman