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April 2017

Attend a WHA Meeting
Attend a WHA Meeting

Communications Peer Network 4/19

HR Peer Network 5/2
Rehab Peer Network 5/5
PFS Peer Network 5/10
IT Peer Network 5/16
Laboratory Peer Network 5/17
WHA Board Meeting 5/18
CNO/QIRM Peer Network 5/23

Register (Smaller) 8-31-16

Read more on how WHA Peer Network meetings can help you

WHA Effective Leadership Series
Presented by WHA
Leadership Academy

Friday, June 9th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Grand Junction, $250 per person

Developing an
Entrepreneurial Mindset

Taught by Dr. Randal Schober
Associate Professor of Management, Fermanian School of Business, Point Loma, Nazarene University

Randal for April 17 Newsletter

Register (Smaller) 8-31-16

Alphabet Soup

Let WHA help you navigate all the crazy healthcare acronyms.
April's acronym is FQHC.
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Volume to Value: The CFO
is at the Helm

By now, almost everyone is familiar with the goals for increasing value-based payments in the healthcare industry. To improve performance now, while preparing them to assume risk in value-based models, hospitals have the opportunity to build a strong foundation by taking a few critical steps. These steps are focused on understanding underlying cost structures; managing variation in cost and quality; and delivering predictable, transparent outcomes. The CFO is a key player in steering their organizations in the right direction. read more, view interview of Connie Mack

Never Fear! HealthTechS3 is Here!

At WHA, we take advantage of adding volume for our members by developing programs with other networks, such as the California Critical Access Hospital Network (CCAHN). CCAHN began using HealthTechS3 to conduct mock surveys for accreditation readiness and has provided strong support for the program. Our new contract with HealthTechS3 for WHA members came as a result of working with happy, satisfied CCAHN members who have been working with HealthTechS3 for the last 5 years. read more
 on how they can help your facility improve processes and reduce costs.

Up Close With Nick Goshe
"I'm a pretty quiet person, but if you know me, you know I'm an open book." Nick Goshe has been leading the Rangely District Hospital for eight years after living in Ohio most of his life. He grew up on a small farm in Tiffin, Ohio and became an emergency technician as soon as he graduated high school. His father was a truck driver for the State of Ohio and his mother was a school teacher. They farmed on the side, raising corn, wheat, soybeans and some farm animals. read more

WHA Members Score High in
Nurse-Patient Communication

Aspen Valley Hospital, Animas Surgical Hospital, and Yampa Valley Medical Center were ranked among the best in a national survey that reviewed communication evaluations from patients on their hospital nurses. The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey reviewed CMS Hospital Compare data for one-year period ending in March 2016. read article

Community Hospital Unveils Insurance Network
Community Hospital and University of Utah officials recently unveiled a healthcare plan that would provide coverage for companies with as few as five employees. read more

Yampa Valley Medical Center
Named to 100 Top Hospitals List
Yampa Valley Medical Center was recently named as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals is the most comprehensive, academically driven study of its kind. It evaluates clinical and operational performance in 11 areas. This is the first time Yampa has been recognized with this honor. read more

Changes to Medicaid Could Impact Memorial Regional Health

MRH Logo_colorIt's too soon to fully understand the impact of proposed healthcare reform on rural hospitals, however federal and state changes proposed to Medicaid reimbursement could be devastating to Memorial Regional Health. read more

Memorial Regional Health and Dr. Larry Kipe to Join Forces
Dr. Larry Kipe will join Memorial Regional Health as an employed physician on May 1, 2017. The Board of Trustees recently approved the employment agreement and purchase of Dr. Kipe's medical practice, Moffat Family Clinic. read more

Montrose Memorial Hospital Ranks in Top 20 Rural Hospitals in Nation
Montrose Memorial Hospital (MMH) was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the country by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). They are also the only Colorado hospital ranked in the Top 20. read more

MMH has Nominee for Colorado's Highest Nursing Honor
Calvin Woods, RN, MSN, CEN, Education specialist for MMH, has been nominated for the 2017 Nightingale Luminary Award, a distinction recognizing nurses who exemplify the spirit of the profession in the areas of Advocacy, Innovation, and Leadership. read more

Valley View Hospital Receives $400k Gift for Nurse Education

Valley_View_LogoA generous $400k gift will allow expanded education and training for Valley View Hospital nurses. The gift, made through Pete and Sondra Welles' family foundation, the Beaufort Foundation, supports Valley View Nurses in pursuing bachelor's and advanced degrees, achieving specialty-specific certifications and continuing their training and education. read more

Wray Community District Hospital Ranked #1 in HCAHPS Survey

Wray_LogoWray Community District Hospital ranked #1 in the state in the HCAHPS survey categories "Would you recommend this hospital" and "Communication with doctors". They also ranked in the 98th percentile nationally in the category of "Would you recommend this hospital" and in the 95th percentile in "Communication with doctors". read more

HRRMC Receives Final Medicare Approval for Dialysis Unit
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The centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently granted final approval for a hospital-based renal dialysis center at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC).

The unit is owned by HRRMC but managed by Sanderling Renal Services. Sanderling specializes in bringing high-quality dialysis and nephrology services to rural communities. read more

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