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January 2017

Attend a WHA Meeting
WHAAS 2017

Be More Adventurous
February 8th – 10th

Join us for three days of adventurous tales from world-class keynotes, networking, information on hot topics in healthcare, education, and more at the Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit.  view details

February 8th
Trend Forum & Networking Reception

February 9th
WHAAS Main Event, Keynotes, Board / Peer Network Meetings & Corporate Partner Exhibition

February 10th
Effective Leadership Class

Thank God it's Monday!
Creating a Positive
Work Culture

Taught by Jo Anne Preston 
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Be more adventurous, 

register today!

WHAAS Sponsors
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Paylocity Full_High Res

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St. Mary's Life
Center Update 
 There has been some miscommunicated news about St. Mary's Life Center's closing.  Please note that the Life Center is alive and well with a full slate of active programs.  Only the gym and pool areas have been closed.

 People on the Move

Sue Schreier,
New CCO at
Montrose Memorial Hospital
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Larry Dupper,
New Associate Administrator of Finance at Montrose
Memorial Hospital
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Dr. Ellissa Tiller, MD,

New VP at HopeWest
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Dr. Ed Razma, MD
New Pulmonary Disease and
Sleep Medicine Specialist at
Southwest Health System
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Alphabet Soup

Let WHA help you navigate all the
crazy healthcare acronyms.
January's acronym is HCAHPS.  
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WHA Members 
WHA Programs & Services
WHA Staff

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December 2016
November 2016
October 2016

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"Here's to Our WHA Members!"

Carolyn BruceHappy New Year!  It's been quite a year with a host of accomplishments thanks to your participation in WHA and your commitment to the health of your communities. Your collaboration has enabled us to develop business solutions to ensure rural healthcare remains independent and strong.  As we say goodbye to friends who are headed on new journeys, like Tom Northey (previous WHA VP of IT Strategy who joined Kaiser in January), and welcome in new ones like Connie Mack (new Community Care Alliance Executive Director), we celebrate all of you and your dedication to our hospitals and clinics.

Working with you has been inspirational and we are incredibly honored to serve our members who make this healthcare adventure such an enriching learning experience.  Speaking of adventure, I look forward to seeing you all at the 2017 Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit February 8th – 10th!       
Carolyn Bruce, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance

Western Healthcare Alliance
Annual Summit

It's hard to believe that our next Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit (WHAAS) is only a month away.  We will kick events off on February 8th with our Trend Forum, where members will learn about current trends from top Corporate Partners like Lockton Companies, Healthcare Management, Allevant, Mayo Medical Laboratories and Community Care Alliance.  Our Networking Reception will follow the Trend Forum and is a great time to network with peers in a relaxed environment.

On February 9th we will begin with our opening keynote presentation, "On Top of the World:  How to Combine Your Profession with Your Passion," with Dr. Luanne Freer.  The day will progress with our popular Corporate Partner Exhibition (see below for details)  and educational Peer Network meetings.  We will end the day on an adventurous note with our closing keynote presentation, "Navigating Daily Challenges with Focus, Energy and Confidence," with Matt Walker.  WHAAS 2017 is the place to be in February, register today!  
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Mountain Family Health Center Receives Patient-Centered Medical Home Award 
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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has granted Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition to the Mountain Family Health Center (MFHC) Edwards clinic.  Congratulations to the Edwards team for their hard work and dedication!  We look forward to seeing MFHC learn and develop.  read more
Post Your Adventure & GoPro the Next One!

Send us a photo of you and your adventure and be entered to win a brand new GoPro at this year’s WHAAS!

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Congratulations Southwest on Your Expansion Funding!           

Southwest_LogoThe Southwest Health System and Montezuma County Hospital District Board of Directors have announced that financing has been secured for the upcoming construction of a new inpatient wing, medical office building, EMS station and emergency department upgrades on the current Southwest Memorial Campus at 1311 North Mildred Road in Cortez.  read more

WHAt's in Your Culture?                     

We all want to work for an organization that effects positive change and is known for excellence, vision, and world-class leadership; one with a clear mission and strategy.   We want to say the name of our employer and gain immediate respect from our friends, family and the community.  However, many of us realize that our departments often do not represent the overall values of our organizations.  The leadership is more interested in saving face than making decisions based on integrity.  Staff members talk about one another in highly negative terms.  Complaining and whining are the most common modes of communication and there is little respect for the contribution of others on the team.  Does this sound familiar to you?

Please join us February 10th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm as Jo Anne Preston leads the WHA Effective Leadership Class entitled, “Thank God It’s Monday:  Creating a Positive Work Culture.”   learn more and register   

Extraordinary Holiday Show
Raises Record Breaking $225k for HopeWest Kids
HopeWest is celebrating the generosity of the community after raising $225k at their 10th annual Holiday Show, where more than 800 people attended the two-day event in November. 

The event's purpose each year is to raise funds for HopeWest Kids, a child and teen grief program, which provides support to local children and teens grieving the loss of a loved one.  Nearly 700 children and teens across western Colorado received grief support last year from HopeWest—through individual and family counseling, support groups, school programs, summer camps and equine therapy programs.  read more

Tooting the CCA Horn!

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Not just once, ladies and gentlemen, but twice our very own Community Care Alliance (CCA) has been spotlighted in the news by the Rural Health Information Hub Center and The National Rural Health Resource Center.  Please see the links below and if you happen to be a part of the San Juan ACO or Rocky Mountain ACO, congratulations on your impressive work!   Your recognition in these publications is well-deserved.   
Rural Health Information Hub Center Article  The National Rural Health Resource Center Article

Blizzard Bags for Grand River
Meals on Wheels  
Two Rifle High School students, Ana Ibarra and Natalie Diaz, with funds from a Western Colorado Community Foundation Grant, have been bringing Blizzard Bags to 75 Grand River Meals on Wheels recipients.  Blizzard Bags provide 48 hours of shelf-stable emergency food.  read more

QHN Continues to Expand the
Exchange of Ambulatory Information
A recent Quality Health Network (QHN) participant survey revealed that the thousands of health providers across western Colorado who access information in the QHN Patient Summary (longitudinal health record) are interested in QHN continuing to acquire more ambulatory data.  This data helps create a complete picture of the patient so that providers can make more informed clinical decisions.  read more 

10 Million Dollars Help Kick-off Vail Valley Campaign
Two benefactors have each made a $10 million gift to kick off the first-ever capital campaign for Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI).  The organizations have combined efforts to raise $75 million to renovate and expand the hospital's Vail Campus and advance cutting-edge research in Eagle County.  A total of more than $40 million has been raised toward the campaign goal.  read more 
VVMC Expanding Financial Assistance Eligibility
VVMC is expanding its financial assistance guidelines, allowing more local patients who have not qualified in the past to receive up to 100% support in paying their medical bills.  read more

Meet WHA's Corporate Partners

We know how it is.  You’re busy.  Really busy.  You know there are solutions to your work challenges, but you don’t have the time to research and learn what’s out there.  Well, here’s your opportunity to meet those solutions face-to-face at the Western Health Care Alliance Annual Summit (WHAAS) 2017! 

Every year, Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA) brings our corporate partners together in one room so you can have that conversation and be even more effective.  This year, we are excited to host representatives from the following companies who look forward to meeting you:  Allevant, HealthTechS3, Cedaron, Lockton Companies, Paylocity, Mayo Medical Laboratories, EPC USA / FireEye, eCatalyst, Healthcare Management, Medefis, The National Rural Health Resource Center, Employer Representatives, Spacelabs, CPS Payment Services, and more.  read more about our WHAAS 2017 Corporate Partner Sponsors

Montrose Memorial Hospital Helps Homes for the Holidays 
Thankful for the opportunity to serve the community, Montrose Memorial Hospital wanted to help community members by serving various needs over the holiday season.  With the "12 Days of Christmas" campaign, employees donated time, food and essentials to help the community.  The collected donations will be transferred to community organizations for distribution, including Sharing Ministries Food Bank, Montrose Animal Shelter, Montrose United Methodist Church, and local shelters.  read more

Rangely Makes Music in a Tank & Raises Money for its Community

The town of Rangely is raising money in a unique way to help fund its school and community.  According to Sam Tolley, the General Manager of Alliance Energy in Rangely, the towntook a big hit in 2015 and 2016 due to a decrease in the price of oil.  In an effort to keep money flowing to the town's school, Tolley teamed up with a group of musicians and community members who are a part of 'The Tank', an old watering tank that since been turned into a recording studio due to its acoustic powers.  
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