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February 2017

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WHAAS 2017

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February 8th – 10th

February 8th
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Trend Forum &
Networking Reception

February 9th
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
WHAAS Main Event
Corporate Partner Exhibition
Peer Network Meetings

February 10th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Effective Leadership Class

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

Taught by Jo Anne Preston 


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January's acronym is AHCM.  
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WHAAS 2017 is Here!

It's hard to believe that our next Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit (WHAAS) is only a few days away.  Events kick 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 (view agenda).  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 (more info below) and 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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WHA CEOs Garner Top Recognition from Becker's

Congratulations Frank May, CEO of Yampa Valley Medical Center and Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital on making the list of 60 Rural Hosptial CEOs to Know in 2017! 

The 60 CEOs on this year's list possess extensive experience in healthcare management, demonstrating their commitment to offering high-quality, accessible care to rural populations.  Under the CEOs' leadership, many of their institutions have earned recognition as top-performing rural hospitals in the nation.  read more

Act Now and Be Heard

“We have to speak up or live with the consequences.”  Jason Cleckler, CEO at Delta Memorial Hospital is urging WHA members be proactive in ensuring the Accountable Care Act (ACA) meets the needs of rural healthcare.  “Politicians are making decisions for us and unless we let them know the impact of repealing the ACA without a replacement, we will be left with the consequences.”

Congresswoman Diana DeGette of the 1st District (D) and Lieutenant Governor, Donna Lynne (D) held a meeting January 16th, 2017 to better understand the effects of repealing the ACA.  She invited the 5 largest health systems in Colorado - University, SCL, Kaiser, Centura and Banner; and two rural hospitals – San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa and Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta.  Congresswoman DeGette wanted to know from the group what she should take to D.C. and to further discuss how healthcare leaders could take action.  read more

How Well Do Your Lungs Work?  
Telluride Medical Center's new spirometry testing can tell you!  Through collaboration with the Tri-County Health Networks and National Jewish Hospital, Telluride now offers spirometry testing, a simple, noninvasive method of measuring lung function and diagnosing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and COPD.  read more
Up Close with Steve Hannah

Montrose_Logo“If I weren’t so passionate about healthcare and improving the lives of my community, I’d do something with my hands vs. my head.”  Steve Hannah, Montrose Memorial Hospital (MMH) CEO and WHA Board Chair has quite an extensive background in healthcare leadership…and, he likes to build things.  Big things.  Small things.  You name it.  He’s built and remodeled buildings and houses and an occasional model airplane.  Speaking of airplanes, he’s also a private pilot.  He’s been flying for 25 years.  And when he’s not leading MMH, he enjoys all things outdoors…except hunting, “What I love about Montrose is that it is a wonderful community.  The people are friendly and you don’t have to leave the community in order to have fun,” said Steve.  read more

Meet WHA's Corporate Partners

Every year, Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA) brings our corporate partners together in one room to meet with members.  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, HealthTechS3, eCatalyst, Healthcare Management, Medefis, The National Rural Health Resource Center, H
enry Schein, Employer Representatives, Premier, Spacelabs, CPS Payment Services, and eClinicalWorks.  Join us at WHAAS 2017 and see how our partners can help you reduce costs.

St. Mary's Advancing 5-year Plan with City Council's Blessing

President Dr. Brian Davidson and VP of Business Development, Dan Prinster, spent a late night out with Grand Junction City Council in January presenting the hospital’s 5-year growth and development plan.  Over a year in the making, the Council’s approval of the plan is a mandate from the city’s highest level of governance to move forward with investments into the healthcare infrastructure of the Grand Valley.

The Council unanimously ratified St. Mary’s plans to modernize the Cardiac Center of Excellence, hybrid operating room expansion, and development of laboratory and pharmacy services.  read more

Antibiotics:  How to Better
Use Them 

Southwest_LogoSouthwest Health System partnered with local pharmacist, Marc Meyer, in January to educate Montezuma County doctors on how to better use antibiotics to treat diseases.

Katherine Fleming-Dutra, a pediatric emergency room physician and medical epidemiologist who works with the CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, spoke to roughly 50 doctors, nurses and other medical workers as part of a series of lectures on antibiotics.  Antibiotics are effective as part of outpatient treatment for many diseases, she said, but they can also cause their own problems if overused.  read more

Mind Springs Receives $2m Investment from Colorado
Health Foundation
The only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City operates at full capacity most days, with a significant waiting list for admission.  This means that people in the disastrous throes of a mental health emergency and in need of psychiatric hospitalization are forced to languish in emergency rooms, and sometimes even jails, before they receive the lifesaving treatment they so desperately need.

To save lives, Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives, The Campaign for Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital, plans to build a new, expanded capacity, advanced treatment psychiatric hospital for our mountain communities and the western slope that will be able to care for, in the proper setting, up to twice as many people.  To that outcome, Vice President of Development Roger Sheffield is pleased to announce a pacesetter investment from the Colorado Health Foundation of $2,000,000 towards the campaign fundraising goal of $17,750,000.  read more

Free Women's Wellness Screenings 
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The Targeted Outreach Program administered by Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Foundation now offers free cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to qualified women aged 21 through 64.  The program is made available through the Women’s Wellness Connection, a program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“Many forms of cancer are preventable if women get screened early,” said Brenda Gentile, HRRMC’s community health worker.  “This expansion of services by the Women’s Wellness Connection will help young women who can least afford screening stay cancer-free.”  read more

Gunnison Valley Health Unveils Renovated Family Birth Center 

On January 11th, Gunnison Valley Health held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their newly-renovated Family Birth Center.  The renovation included a complete overhaul of their OB facility to ensure that future generations of their community arrive in style.  read more             

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