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June 2017

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Peer Network 7/19

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WHA Effective Leadership Series
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Leadership Academy

Friday, June 9th
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Grand Junction, $200 per person

Developing an
Entrepreneurial Mindset

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

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Alphabet Soup

Let WHA help you navigate all the crazy healthcare acronyms.
June's acronym is QAPI.
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Business solutions for
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Volume to Value: Looking Beyond
the Walls of Your Hospital

Hospitals are forming strategic partnerships with a broad spectrum of local organizations, including churches, local government and schools. For hospitals, engaging the community involves a lot more than health fairs and blood pressure screenings at the local mall.  read more

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Listen as Marnell Bradfield discusses the shift from
volume to value. 
Capitol Comments

May Legislative Update 
The Colorado legislature has adjourned for the season. About 600 bills were introduced and almost half of those were passed. On the federal level, the American Health Care Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives and can now be sent to the Senate. learn more

HRRMC Introduces Cash-based Pricing for MRI and CT Scans
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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center introduced cash-based pricing for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT or CAT) scans on Thursday, June 1. Patients pay upfront with cash, check, or credit card. Insurance companies will not be billed so the cash payment will not go toward an insurance deductible. The cash-based price includes both the hospital charge and the radiologist's fee. read more

St. Mary's Forms Alliance with Children's Hospital
An electronic connection between Grand Junction and Denver sparked the announcement on Wednesday, April 26, that St. Mary's and Children's Hospitals would form a working alliance. The electronic connection was the one that allowed physicians at Children's Hospital to monitor a child's fetal heartbeat and speak with his mother while she was in the examination room at St. Mary's Hospital. read more 

HopeWest Recognized as One of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare 
HopeWest has once again been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Top 150 Best Places to Work in Healthcare nationwide.This is the third year HopeWest has participated in the program and the third year to be named as an outstanding employer in the healthcare industry on a national level. read more

HopeWest Pivoted by Seeing Writing on the Wall
Christy Whitney, the president and CEO of HopeWest and the nonprofit hospice agency's board of directors have "a mission and passion as a social-reform agency," but they're also responsible for a $37 million business with a sizeable economic impact on the Western Slope. After a quarter-century of providing compassionate care to the gravely ill and dying, Hospice has hit a wall. read more

Facebook Threat Forces Lockdown at Family Health West
Colorado Canyons Hospital in Fruita was on lockdown for nearly 24 hours recently after an unknown threat was made to the facility. read more

New Women's Health Wing Opens at Memorial Regional Health

MRH Logo_colorAn open house was held on Wednesday, May 17th, to celebrate the opening of the new women's health wing at Memorial Regional Health. "We had a sharp increase to our numbers ... I think that trend will continue, as time goes on we hope to deliver close to 20 (babies) a month," said Memorial Regional Health's Dr. Scott Ellis, OB/GYN. read more

Memorial Regional Health
Nurse Receives one of 12 Top Honors

Colorado's nurses gathered in Denver on Saturday, May 13, to celebrate 57 Nightingale Luminaries and from those, 12 were honored with a Nightingale award—Colorado's top nursing honor. Among those chosen was Kathy Fagan, a nurse at Memorial Regional Health. read more

Bob Morasco, a CEO Who
Loves His City
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If you happen to be at a summer festival in Salida and you see Bob Morasco, CEO of Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, you might want to make sure it's him. "Something people don't know about me is that I have a twin brother," said Bob, "He's visited me in the past and people have walked up to him thinking he's me. What's funny is that he also happens to be a CEO for a hospital in Ohio." read more

Community Hospital Unveils
New Physical Activity Circuit

Community_LogoCommunity Hospital announced the launch of a new physical activity circuit located on the south side of the hospital campus at 2351 G Road, just west of Canyon View Park. A ribbon-cutting and celebration took place on Wednesday, May 10th. read more

Podcast: Trauma Designation Upgrade, New Insurance Plan
Chris Thomas, CEO at Community Hospital, and Tawny Espinoza, VP of Business Development, discuss the trauma level upgrade for the hospital and a new insurance product for small employers. listen to podcast

Jessica Fisher, DO, Earns Level II Worker's
Compensation Program Certification
Community Hospital physician, Jessica Fisher, DO with Grand Valley Occupational Medicine earned her Worker's Compensation Level II program certification in April 2017. Dr. Fisher earned the highest score on her final exam in a class of nearly 100 providers. read more

Montrose Memorial Hospital Announces Healing Arts Program

Montrose_LogoThe Healing Arts Fund, a new initiative through the MMH Office of Philanthropy, is helping bring music into each patient room as a supportive treatment to improve patient's health and experience.

Music therapy is the use of music and musical elements to achieve non-music goals, such as reducing pain or anxiety, inspiring movement, and encouraging rehabilitation. A growing body of research suggests that the power of music can have significant benefits to patients and their families in clinical settings. read more

Yampa Valley Medical Center Receives Top 100 Community Hospital Award
Truven Analytics has named Yampa Valley Medical Center among the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation in 2017. They were also honored by the National Rural Health Association as a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital. read more

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