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March 2017

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Materials Peer Network 4/4
Rehab Peer Network 4/14
Communications Peer Network 4/19

HR Peer Network 5/2
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

Read more on how WHA Peer Network meetings can help you

WHA Effective Leadership Series
Presented by WHA Leadership Academy

Friday, March 10th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Grand Junction, $200 per person

Mind Matters: How Perceptions Impact Success

Taught by Angelina Salazar
Vice President of Outreach and Communications, WHA

Friday, April 7th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Grand Junction, $200 per person

Budgeting for Dummies
(or smart people who
don't like numbers)

Taught by Morgan Bridge, PhD
Department Head, Professor of Business, Colorado Mesa University

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

Developing an
Entrepreneurial Mindset

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

Register (Smaller) 8-31-16

Alphabet Soup

Let WHA help you navigate all the
crazy healthcare acronyms.
March's acronym is DRG.  
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Volume to Value:  Preparing for
the Shift

In a recent presentation entitled, The Future of Rural Healthcare:  Key Steps to Sustainability, Eric Shell of Stroudwater, a healthcare consulting firm, presented how hospitals can best position themselves for the big changes ahead. We interviewed Connie Mack, Community Care Alliance Executive Director, to find out what this means for our WHA hospitals. read interview 

WOW! What an Adventure!
WHAAS 2017 was a tremendous success with over 160 attendees, world-class keynotes, and WHA members sharing their insights and ideas in our Peer Network breakout sessions. Thank you to all our attending members for your dedication to improving the rural healthcare experience, and for making WHAAS such an awesome adventure!

Special thank you to our WHAAS Corporate Partner sponsors: Lockton, Mayo Medical Laboratories, Allevant, Cedaron, Paylocity, Healthcare Management, EPC USA/FireEye, HealthTechS3 and eCatalyst. We appreciate your generous contribution and partnership!

Yes, Your Perceptions Impact
Your Success

If you're living the dream, have fulfilling relationships and walk around with a smile on your face all day, it probably means your 'program' is working quite well. However, if you find yourself in familiar patterns that don't seem to be serving you or you find yourself in less than satisfying situations, you might want to learn more about this powerhouse that controls everything you do and say. read more 

Montrose & Delta Hospitals Ranked in Top 100 Hospitals Nationwide
Delta_Logo WHA members really do rock! Congratulations to both Montrose Memorial Hospital and Delta County Memorial Hospital on being named in the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals for the second year in a row. 

The report is issued by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. According to the report, top performing hospitals excel in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers.  read article

St. Mary's Nurses Receive Silver Beacon Award
Congratulations to the nurses in CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit) and ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for receiving the Silver Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. view video

Monument Orthopedics & Sports Trauma Now Open in Fruita 
Dr. Peter T. Scheffel, MD, has opened his practice, Monument Orthopedics and Sports Trauma, in Fruita—another service provided by Family Health West. Dr. Scheffel is a shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopy specialist. He provides treatment/surgery for adult and pediatric patients who suffer from fractures, sports injuries, acute and degenerative injuries, or other orthopedic conditions. read more
HopeWest Recieves $10k Grief Reach Grant from New York
Life Foundation

HopeWest_LogoHopeWest recently received a $10k capacity building grant from the New York Life Foundation to support the HopeWest Kids grief program. 

HopeWest Kids, the only program of its kind in western Colorado, provides grief and bereavement services to children, teens and their families who are coping with the serious illness or death of a loved one. read more 

The Memorial Hospital Transitioning to Memorial Regional Health
The Memorial_Logo
The Memorial Hospital in Craig recently completed their 2017 planning with its Board and will be transitioning to a new name in 2017 that better encompasses their breadth of services.

"Through our planning processes, we realized that our current name and vision statement were not inclusive of who we are today or what we hope to be. We are more than just a hospital. We aspire to serve this community along with patients in other markets outside of Craig, the more remote parts of Moffat County and other areas. We are one organization and we want to be a leader for healthcare in our region," said Andy Daniels, CEO. read more 

Aspen Valley Hospital Receives Awards at HealthCare Service Excellence Conference

Aspen_LogoAspen Valley Hospital received 20 different awards at the 17th Annual HealthCare Service Excellence Conference earlier this month in Long Beach, California. The conference is hosted by Custom Learning Systems which is "dedicated to delivering evidence-based solutions to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities improve the overall patient experience." read more 

Grand River Health
Receives 4-Star Rating

Grand_River_LogoGrand River Health reached a milestone in Quality and Patient Satisfaction earlier this year and has achieved a four star hospital rating based on their 2016 quality and patient satisfaction measures. This is a huge first for Grand River Health and one that most hospitals strive to be and take years to achieve. Currently only 22% of hospitals nationwide are a four star or above. read more

Two Valley View Hospital Nurses Named Colorado Healthcare Stars
Registered Nurses Niki Arnhold and Pat Trauger have been recognized as Colorado Health Care Stars by the Colorado Hospital Association and American Sentinel University. The statewide award program acknowledges clinical professionals who exceed expectations in the delivery of healthcare in Colorado. read more

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