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November 2016

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CNO/QIRM Peer Network 11/8/16
Communications Peer Network 11/9/16
WHA/CCA Board Meeting 11/10/16
RMACO Board Meeting 11/17/16
SJACO Board Meeting 11/17/16
WHAAS 2017 and Leadership Academy

Read more on how WHA Peer Network meetings can help you!

Happy Thanksgiving!
The WHA, HCM, and CCA offices will close at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23rd and will be closed
on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in
observance of Thanksgiving.

 People on the Move
 People on
the Move

Brian Hoag 
New Chief Information Officer
at HopeWest
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Grant Roper, MD 
New Emergency Department
Medical Director at
Community Hospital 
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Carolyn Bruce
Chief Executive Officer of WHA 
Celebrates 19th Anniversary 
Please join us in congratulating her

Alphabet Soup
Let WHA help you navigate all the crazy healthcare acronyms. November's acronym is MACRA.
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Member Collaboration
Counties in Colorado's Region 10, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel are collaborating to address wellness needs in their communities. read more

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Here's to the Power of Rural

When you hear the word 'rural', what do you think of? Do pristine farm lands, red barns and friendly, salt-of-the-earth people come to mind? Or maybe a truck commercial? Not me. When I think of rural, I think of you, our members, and the power of WHA.

November 17th is National Rural Health Day, a day set aside by the National Organization of state Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) to "Celebrate the Power of Rural". With Grand Junction as the exception, all of the Western Healthcare Alliance members (you) work and play in rural areas.
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Be More Adventurous at
WHAAS 2017, February 8 – 10          

WHAAS 2017 is the place to be and we want you to be a part of it.

We know how overwhelming everything in rural healthcare can be and understand the challenges you face. Life in rural healthcare is truly an adventure. Join us for three days of adventurous tales from world-class keynotes, networking with new and old friends, information on hot topics in healthcare and exciting initiatives.

The Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit (WHAAS) is your must-attend meeting of 2017, and gives you a rare chance to network with peers from other WHA members, affiliated networks and more.
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Valley View Hospital Earns
Baby-Friendly Designation  
The Family Birthplace at Valley View Hospital recently earned Baby-Friendly designation after a four-year certification process.

The designation, granted by the national organization Baby-Friendly USA, indicates that the Family Birthplace has successfully met criteria for specific initiatives involving prenatal and postpartum education, breastfeeding support and skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby in the critical hours after birth.
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Mountain Family Health Centers Receive $30k Grant 
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With a generous $30k grant from the Aspen Community Foundation, Mountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) will be increasing hours for behavioral health staff and adding telehealth psychiatry services to be able to provide integrated behavioral health services to more MFHC patients in Basalt. read more

Montrose Memorial Hospital Awarded $5k Grant to Support Patient Care                                                             
Montrose Memorial Hospital was recently awarded a $5k grant from the Mable Y. Hughes Charitable Trust.

The hospital will use the funds to support payment for UpToDate, a clinical decision support database made available to physicians and practitioners. The database enables caregivers to look up symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments for the latest evidence-based information and provide improved outcomes to patients. read more news from Montrose 

Classic Car Sale Garners $100k
to Save Lives
Thanks to the generosity of philanthropist and Grand Junction local Tammy Allen, Mind Springs and West Springs Hospital received $100k from the sale of her custom 1967 Chevrolet Nova Hardtop during the 9th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction on October 14th. read more

HopeWest Honored as Top Healthcare Company in the Nation

HopeWest_LogoHopeWest has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Top 100 places to Work in Healthcare, ranked number 54, among hundreds of organizations that participated across the country.

Modern Healthcare honors workplaces throughout the healthcare industry that empower employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services. HopeWest also ranked #21 in the category of Healthcare Providers and was the highest ranking hospice of the hospice organizations represented. read more news from HopeWest

SI Joint Fusions Performed at
Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center

Larry Tice, MD, has a job that's a pain in the neck— and the back, arms, and legs—but he loves it. As a neurosurgeon, his job often is to alleviate pain that derives from conditions of the spinal column. He's been doing just that for 37 years in the Grand Valley, earning the respect of patients that he's helped and of other neurosurgeons he's collaborated with during that time.

Dr. Tice is the only physician in western Colorado that performs minimally invasive Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Fusions, a procedure that mitigates pain in patients suffering from SI disorders, including SI joint disruptions and degenerative sacroiliitis. read more
Delta County Memorial Hospital Voted Best Health Care

Delta_LogoFor the second year in a row, Delta County Memorial Hospital has been voted Best Health Care by Delta County Independent's The Best of Delta County 2016 Readers' Choice. This year the hospital was also named one of the top 20 rural community hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association. read more

District 51 Partnership with Community Hospital Saves
Taxpayer Dollars
At a time when insurance premium increases have become the norm for most companies, School district 51's self-insurance program is on track to hold medical insurance steady for the 2017 benefit year. That is possible thanks in large part to savings from the district's first year with a Community Hospital-based plan. read more

Aspen Valley Hospital in
Final Stages of New Emergency
Department Construction
Aspen Valley Hospital's new emergency, diagnostic imaging, and surgery departments are in the finishing stages of construction. The emergency department (the Resnick Family Emergency Department) is named in honor of Stewart and Lynda Resnick. read more 

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