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July 2017

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Rehabilitation Peer Network 7/14
Material Managers Peer Network 7/18
Communications & Marketing
Peer Network 7/19

PFS Peer Network 8/2
HR Peer Network 8/8
Lab Peer Network 8/15
Annual Board Retreat 8/16 & 8/17
CNO/Quality Peer Network 8/29

IT Peer Network 9/14
CFO Peer Network 9/21

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Alphabet Soup

Let WHA help you navigate all the crazy healthcare acronyms.
July's acronym is SAR.
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We understand the struggles you face in filling vacant positions in your facilities. With limited time and resources, it can be overwhelming to work with multiple staffing agencies. The Medefis Total Workforce Solutions Platform Offers a simple, easy-to-use technology solution. read more

Pitkin Commissioners Kick in $50k to New Psychiatric Hospital
Pitkin County commissioners have decided to contribute $50k to Mind Spring's efforts to expand the number of psychiatric hospital beds available on the Western Slope. "I think it's important to be leaders," Commissioner Rachel Richards said. "I think we can afford it." read more 

Community Hospital Happenings
St. Baldrick's along with Community Hospital held their 6th Annual Head-shaving event at on Saturday, June 24th. Over the past five years the event has raised over $260k to fund critical research for childhood cancers. Read more about this impactful event and watch as President and CEO of Community Hospital, Chris Thomas, participates!

University of Utah conducts interview with Chris Thomas
Listen as Chris Thomas talks about the hospital's relationship with the local community, and reveals how new innovative partnerships are reducing health insurance and healthcare costs while providing better, more streamlined care for the community.

Grand Valley Oncology Offering 
Clinical Trials Open to Patien
Grand Valley Oncology, with the support of the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, will offer a range of clinical trials for their patients. Physicians at Grand Junction Oncology will work closely with their counterparts at HCI to identify opportunities for patients in western Colorado to participate in clinical trials. read more

Valley View Earns AIUM Ultrasound Practice Accreditation
Women's Health at Valley View Hospital has received accreditation from the Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Commission of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) in the areas of Gynecology and Obstetrics. According to AIUM's Directory of Accredited Practices, Women's Health is the first one on the Western Slope to earn this accreditation. read more 

Capitol Comments
July Legislative Update 
Good news: healthcare reform isn't over yet! The Senate GOPers finally published their version of ACA reform (The Better Care Reconciliation Act H.R. 1628) on June 22nd. Read more about this and the Save Rural Hospitals Act (H.R. 1955) which was reintroduced to the House on June 20th.

Rob Santilli Shares His Passion
for Gunnison Valley Health
Gunnison Valley Health CEO Rob Santilli talks about the passion of the people he works with and the ratings that his facility has received. watch video

Vail Valley Shaw Cancer Center Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary 

Vail_LogoThis summer marks the 10 year anniversary of Jack's Place, a cancer caring house at Shaw Cancer Center. In the 1990's, Dr. Jack Eck saw an increase in cancer among his patients. Not having the proper facility to care for them, he had to send them to Denver for treatment. read more

Heart of the Rockies is Expanding
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The Salida Hospital District Board unanimously passed a resolution at a special board meeting on June 16th authorizing construction of a new medical office building on the main campus of Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. The Board also approved expansion of the existing laboratory and construction of new staff parking lots as well as internal roads to access those lots. The drawings for the 48,000 square foot expansion were presented at the meeting. read more

HRRMC Surgeon Elected President of National Organization 
Robert Hunter, MD, director of the Orthopedic Center of Excellence at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, was named president of The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) at the association's annual meeting in Denver on May 20th. read more 

Dr. David and Peg Arnett Selected as 
Hall of Fame Recipients
The Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation announced on June 20th that Dr. David and Peg Arnett will be formally inducted into the HRRMC Hall of Fame at the Jewel Ball, the Foundation's annual fundraising gala which will be held on September 30th. read more

Pagosa Springs Opens New Outpatient Wing

Pagosa Springs_LogoOn June 17th Pagosa Springs Medical Center held a community celebration to commemorate the grand opening of their new outpatient wing. There were speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by games, prizes, and food. Congratulations Pagosa Springs Medical Center! read more

Moffat County Proactively Addresses Uncertainty in Healthcare

MRH Logo_colorThe healthcare industry is facing uncertain times. In response, Moffat County's public healthcare provider is taking steps to secure the "long-term viability" of local care said Memorial Regional Health CEO Andy Daniels. Federally Qualified Health Care Centers and look-alike entities serve underserved populations with comprehensive services, and qualify for federal funding and enhanced Medicaid reimbursement. read more

How Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Impact Southwest Health
As the U.S. Congress started its Fourth of July recess, both lawmakers and the country were given a bit of time to reflect on how to move forward with the debate on how to change the country's healthcare system. Republican proposals in the house a
nd senate have centered around large cuts in federal funding to state Medicaid programs, though the actual proposals are still under negotiation. Listen as KSJD's Austin Cope interviews Kent Rogers, CEO of Southwest Health System.

Family Health West Now a
Tier 1 Provider
Family Health West announced they are now a Tier 1 (in network) Provider with Monument Health Plans. This comprehensive network of healthcare professionals and facilities in Mesa County are committed to providing better care at a lower cost.
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Community Dental Clinic Expands, Becomes PIC Place
While working at Community Dental Clinic in Montrose, Melanie Hall had a vision. A coalition working together to create a new non-profit health center that would work together to provide mental, physical, and dental services all under the same roof. Her dream came true when PIC (Partners in Integrated Care) Place opened on Wednesday, June 28th. read more


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