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September 2016

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CFO Peer Network 9/21/16
RMACO Board of Managers 9/21/16
SJACO Board of Managers 9/22/16
IT Peer Network 10/4/16
Materials Peer Network 10/11/16
PFS Peer Network 10/19/16
RMACO Board of Managers 10/19/16
SJACO Board of Managers 10/20/16
Rehab Peer Network 10/21/16
Laboratory Peer Network 10/25/16
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

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 People on the Move
 People on
the Move
Andrew Daniels 
New CEO, The Memorial Hospital
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Dave Ressler 
This fall Dave will return to Aspen Valley Hospital as their new CEO.  Dave has most-recently been the Executive Director of the Community Care Alliance and affiliated ACOs.  Dave Ressler

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 New Corporate Partner
Read more about Allevant, WHA's newest Corporate Partner.  
Just for Fun ... 
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center will host their
12th Annual Jewell Ball on September 24th. read more

Montrose Memorial Hospital celebrates patients of the RiteCare program.  read more

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St. Mary's Gives $2.5m to Expand West Springs Hospital


St. Mary’s Hospital is contributing $2.5 million to a fund for the expansion of Grand Junction’s psychiatric hospital, doubling the amount now in the fund for construction that could begin next year.

"The contribution to West Springs Hospital, which deals exclusively with mental illness, will prove to be an investment for St. Mary’s", said Brian Davidson, hospital president, who noted that St. Mary’s frequently acts as a holding area for people who would be better treated at a psychiatric hospital.  read more

Aspen Valley Hospital Celebrates 125 Years of Service
Aspen_LogoAspen Valley Hospital will honor 125 years of service this year with a celebration and carnival on September 10th at the hospital. Starting at 1:25 pm, there will be food, games for the kids, music, clowns, recollections, and the first public showing of their “Hall of History.”  Aspen 125 Years
Montrose Memorial Hospital Receives Four Stars for Second Year in a Row
Montrose_LogoMontrose Memorial Hospital is recognized as a four-star hospital for the second year in a row according to the latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report. The HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is a national survey that asks patients about their experiences during a recent hospital stay. read more   read more news from Montrose Memorial

Heart of the Rockies Improving Orthopedic Care for US Troops
Heart of the Rockies_LogoRobert Hunter, M.D., Director of the Orthopedic Center of Excellence at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, is working to expand opportunities for continuing education for military orthopedic surgeons.

As a board member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), Dr. Hunter has been instrumental in developing an annual course designed to provide military orthopedic surgeons with cutting edge, hands-on experience with the latest arthroscopic surgical techniques. read more  
 read more news from Heart of the Rockies
USJHSD Granted $500k to Expand Primary Care at Pagosa Springs Medical Center
Pagosa Springs_LogoThe Upper San Juan Health Service District (USJHSD) recently received a $500k grant to go toward expanding Primary Care at Pagosa Springs Medical Center. The grant was made possible through the Colorado Health Foundation's initiative to increase the number of Coloradans who receive comprehensive primary care.  read more

Mountain Family Health Centers Pursue Integrated Care
Mountain Family_LogoMountain Family Health Centers, based in Glenwood Springs, is preparing to launch a capital campaign to establish new, larger clinics in Basalt and Edwards and expand services to provide an integrated approach to its patients’ needs.
According to Garry Schalla, the new development director for MFHC, a major focus of the expansion is to address the overall health and wellness of the patient, including dental and oral health needs and behavioral health, “so that we are not just reacting to a disease,” he said.  read more

HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley Awarded $152,600 Grant
Homecare&Hospice_LogoHomeCare & Hospice of the Valley was recently awarded $152,600 in grant funding from the Colorado Health Foundation for “Advance Care Planning for Colorado’s Western Slope.”

Funding will support the creation of a new community outreach program for people in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, a 6,000 square mile service area. The program will promote person-centered care and shared decision making by engaging and educating local health care professionals and residents in advance care planning. read more 

Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center Doctor First to Perform New Chronic Pain Procedure in Colorado 
For one patient suffering from chronic pain who required crutches to walk for two years, a new procedure gave him his life and his freedom back. Kenneth C. Lewis, MD of Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists performed this procedure at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center's Outpatient Procedure Center of Family Health West.  He is the first physician in Colorado to utilize a new pain management system that had this patient walking unaided and unencumbered by crutches shortly after his procedure.  read more
Community Hospital Meets Fundraising Goal 
The 2015 St. Baldrick’s/Community Hospital Head-Shaving Fundraiser took place on Saturday, June 25.  The organizers of the Event and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation are very pleased to announce that the Foundation has confirmed that the $75,000 fundraising goal for the event has now been exceeded and donations continue to add to the total amount it has raised to fund childhood cancer research.  read more

HopeWest Honored as Top Non-Profit Second Year in a Row
HopeWest_LogoHopeWest was recently honored as being one of the top three non-profits in Colorado by ColoradoBiz in the Top Company Awards for the second year in a row!

Since 1988 ColoradoBiz magazine has recognized top companies all over the state making it one of the most rigorous, important, and rewarding events of its kind. The mission of the Top Company Awards Program is to provide a tough and fair competition that results in the recognition of Colorado’s most outstanding businesses. read more
Everyone Wins with WHA's New Partner Allevant
Allevant LogoWe are all more than aware of how our rural residents are underserved. If they happen to be overcoming a life threatening illness or accident, they are almost certain to need costly rehabilitative services. Add to that fact that many of our rural health care facilities already have limited resources.

There is an answer. Introducing Allevant Solutions, LLC. This consulting company assists rural hospitals and skilled nursing homes care for a broader, more complex patient group by helping staff learn new methodologies, algorithms and processes such as high-quality transitional care and vent care. With Allevant, rural facilities can keep more local patients, increase post-acute care offerings, reduce cost and become a new kind of discharge destination. read more 

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