Delta County residents will want to mark their 2019 calendars for Delta County community-wide early blood draws and health fairs in Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta.
Online registration through the hospital website is available for early blood draws or health fairs at deltahospital.org.
Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) announces Jacqueline "Jacque" Davis, a local community engagement, marketing and public relations director, is the hospital's new director of marketing. In this role Davis will oversee and lead the strategic marketing, communications, and public relations for DCMH.
Delta County Memorial Hospital departments competed in the hospital's annual food drive this year and also teamed up with a local farmer to donate 10,027.82 pounds of food and over 500 pounds of pet food to the Abraham Connection and food banks in Delta, Cedaredge and Hotchkiss.
Linda Speedie, RN was awarded a nursing certificate recognizing her for her exceptional collaboration from PipelineRX, an "after hours" pharmacy that DCMH has contracted with for the past five to six years. The certificate recognizes Speedie for her partnership and dedication to quality care while interacting with the PipelineRX pharmacists during night shifts, 6 p.m.- 6 a.m.
Medicare patients are being offered a free, value-added benefit called a Medicare annual wellness visit. There is no cost, no deductible and no co-pay for Medicare patients.
The Grand Mesa Oncology and Infusion Center is offering restorative yoga to all cancer patients, from survivors to those who have just been diagnosed. Restorative yoga can help restore the mind and body.
Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of a full-time executive director, Kaitlyn Jones, 2012 alumni of Hotchkiss High School and a 2015 graduate of West Texas A&M University.
"We are delighted that the foundation will have a full-time executive director for the first time in a number of years," stated board president Thelma Starner.
"It is remarkable to look back over the past decade and see how far Delta County Memorial Hospital has come in a rapidly changing and challenging health care environment," Jason Cleckler, CEO, says.
"The hospital has grown to be a system that is focused on improving access, quality of care, reducing cost of care, and treating the whole person."
New directors of home health, the emergency department, Urgent Care/ICU and a manager of West Elk Clinics have joined Delta County Memorial Hospital.
"I am pleased to announce Herbert Grigat, RN, MSN as the new director of Delta-Montrose Home Health, announced Jody Roeber, chief clinical officer, RN, MSN. Grigat comes to Delta County Memorial Hospital's home health department with 25 years of home health, hospice and palliative care experience. He has worked as a nurse administrator, home health/hospice consultant in the United States for more than a decade.
The Delta County Memorial Hospital emergency department is instituting additional procedural changes to enhance patient safety and efficiencies within the department, according to chief clinical officer Jody Roeber, RN, MSN, who supervises the department.
New procedures now being implemented include:
Delta-Montrose Home Health, owned and operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital, has a new administrative team -- Jon McMurphy, RN, BSN, MBA/MHA, as the director, Hilary Showalter, RN/BSN, as quality manager and Tiffany LaHue, RN, clinical manager -- whose primary goals include strategies to improve the exceptional care of patients.
Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, received the American Hospital Association (AHA) 2018 Grassroots Champion Award at the recent Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) annual meeting in Vail on July 12. Each year AHA partners with state hospital associations to recognize the achievements of grassroots leaders who effectively deliver the hospital message to elected officials; help broaden the base of community support for hospitals; and advocate tirelessly on behalf of patients, hospitals and communities.
The Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) volunteers recently awarded $5,000 in scholarships to Delta County senior high school students who are planning to major in a health related program at area colleges.
This year scholarship recipients each receiving a $1,000 scholarship are:
Bruce Mixter, Doug Speedie and Tammy Smith were elected to the Delta County Memorial Hospital board of directors during the special district election on May 8. A total of five candidates were on the ballot.
Ballots for the Delta County Memorial Hospital board election are due by 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8.
Janel Webb, night supervisor and clinical educator at Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), was awarded a full-tuition scholarship for an online master's degree in nursing through American Sentinel University's Colorado Health Care Star Award program, announced American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), during an April CHA annual awards dinner recently.
Delta County Memorial Hospital is hosting a meet-and-greet for hospital board candidates Monday, April 16. The public is invited to attend this event in the Grand Mesa Oncology Center from 5 to 6 p.m., prior to the regular board meeting.
This year Delta County Memorial Hospital's nominee to the Nightingale Event was medical/surgical nurse Melissa Bland. She was nominated for the category of advocacy.
Elections for special districts throughout Delta County are scheduled for May 8. But only one -- Delta County Memorial Hospital -- has a sufficient number of candidates to trigger an election.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently acknowledged seven rural organizations from across the nation as champions in providing high-quality access to health care in rural communities. Families Plus of Delta was named Champion of Innovation in Health Care Delivery.
Jason Cleckler, Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO, has been recognized as a "Top 50 Rural Hospital CEO to Know in 2018" by the National Rural Health Association. This marks the second year in a row Cleckler has been recognized nationally for his leadership.
Delta County Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the third year in a row DCMH was given this honor.
To kick off the annual Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteer banquet, a new ceremony was held to honor volunteers or spouses who had passed away. Carlene Dougan, a longtime volunteer who lost her husband Bert (also a volunteer), lit the memory candle.
Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers are offering scholarships to graduating seniors from Delta County high schools. The main scholarship is for students pursuing postsecondary education in a health care-related program.
Due to the high incidence of flu, Delta County Memorial Hospital is imposing visitor restrictions on children. No one 12 and under will be allowed in patient areas until further notice.
Attorney Aaron Clay is beginning his transition to retirement by resigning as legal counsel for Delta County Memorial Hospital and Delta County Joint School District. After conducting separate searches and interviewing prospective replacements, both entities selected Julie Huffman, who joined Clay & Dodson in February 2017.
The new year brings big changes for Delta County Memorial Hospital's physician billing department. Beginning Jan. 1 physician billing will again be done in-house for all new services. Patients will no longer receive statements from Reventics (ER and radiology) or AR Services.
Delta County Memorial Hospital's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation department kicked off a six-week tobacco cessation program during September. The program was designed to help individuals recognize triggers and to work on ways to get through each situation.
Delta County Memorial Hospital recently received a report from a patient about a phone call from 970-874-2296, showing in caller ID that it was from Delta County Memorial Hospital. This number is a fax number for the hospital and cannot be used for voice calls.
Delta County Memorial Hospital, a 49-bed nonprofit hospital, was honored with an "A" hospital safety score for the third time in the past three years. Recognition comes from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The new and the old came together in Hotchkiss in September to herald the opening of the West Elk Clinic. Not only is the clinic new, so was the ceremonial ripping off of the bandaid to reveal the sign on the front of the building.
Delta County Memorial Hospital has established a behavioral health program for both the hospital and its four primary care clinics.
Program director Becky Ela, a licensed clinical social worker, provided an update on the hospital's efforts at the Oct. 27 quarterly meeting of county and city officials at the Technical College of the Rockies.
Delta County Memorial Hospital needs hospital volunteers. Days and hours are flexible.
On Sept. 20, 2017, site reviewers from the trauma division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment audited the Delta County Memorial Hospital trauma program. The reviewers toured the facility, interviewed staff and completed a thorough review of the processes used in the care of trauma patients.
By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.
Delta County Memorial Hospital had several choices when deciding on a location for a new walk-in clinic in Paonia. Last winter, after considering numerous properties, it chose to locate in the heart of the downtown core and purchased the 6,000-square-foot Bank of Colorado building at 218 Grand Avenue.
When Delta County Memorial Hospital committed to building a new clinic in Hotchkiss, it considered every detail. It wanted the best for the North Fork Valley community, and it wanted to be an integral part of the community.
Baby-Friendly USA, announces that Delta County Memorial Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.
"Delta County Memorial Hospital administration is very proud of the efforts of the OB team to achieve this prestigious designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital," stated chief clinical officer Jody Roeber, FNP, MSN, RN.
American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) named Janel Webb, RN, BSN, ICU/clinical education, ICU manager at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as a Colorado Health Care Stars Award winner. This award recognizes Webb as an exceptional health care professional.
The first thing people notice when they walk into the new Delta County Memorial Hospital West Elk Walk-in Clinic is that it doesn't look like a bank anymore.
"A lot of people have stopped in just to say how excited they are that we're here," said clinic manager Rae Sanchez.
Are you frustrated with trying to get your weight under control? You are not alone.
Delta County Memorial Hospital was recently awarded $250,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation for the West Elk Clinic in Hotchkiss serving patients and families in Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford areas.
This grant will be used for equipment and interior furnishings at the new West Elk Clinic which is expected to open in early September for North Fork residents.
Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) announces the entire hospital, physical rehabilitation and Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion have been re-accredited through August 2020.
Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV-GL related in a letter to DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler dated July 18, 2017, that "pursuant to the authority granted by DNV-GL
The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation invites everyone to participate in the sixth annual Pea Green Pedal on Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at the Lions Club Pavilion at Confluence Park.
Options include an 18- or 40-mile bike ride or a 5k fun run/walk around the lake.
It's one of the most complex and controversial issues in America today. It's also the fastest growing sector of the economy.
Jolyne Young, health educator with Delta County Health Department, donated 50 customized tobacco-free signs to George Baier, manager of operational services at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as part of a grant through the State Tobacco Education & Prevention Partnership (STEPP). The signs indicate no cigarettes, vaping or chew are allowed on the tobacco-free campus of the hospital, or at any of its 10 clinics in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia.
Delta County Memorial Hospital dodged a bullet when the hospital provider fee was moved into a state enterprise fund, ensuring continued financial support for rural hospitals in Colorado. But with the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, DCMH continues to operate in a world of uncertainty, CEO Jason Cleckler reported at an Indivisible gathering in Cedaredge.
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) offers an enterprise zone designation to support local economic improvements that result in job creation/retention. Colorado taxpayers may earn a 25 percent state income tax credit by contributing to targeted efforts.
As a qualifying nonprofit, Delta County Memorial Hospital is pursuing the enterprise zone designation for projects to improve patient access.
Each year the Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers accept scholarship applications from Delta County area high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a health related career.
This year $3,500 in scholarships were awarded to Shelby Wilson, Simon Driver and Haley Park.
A wine, beer and food tasting event with live entertainment, sponsored by the Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation as a fundraiser for the new West Elk Clinic, under construction in Hotchkiss, is set for Saturday, June 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Heritage Hall, Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.
Recently Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion Center sent four nurses to the annual Oncology Nursing Society Conference in Denver. This is a four-day conference packed with oncology updates, new treatment options, symptom management and leadership sessions.
Improvements being planned to mental health care were the focus of the municipal quarterly meeting in Paonia.
Roger Sheffield, vice president of development for Mind Springs Health, detailed the company's $17.5 million fundraising plans for expansion of the West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction from 16 to 48 beds.
The Delta City Council has sent a letter to Senator Kerry Donovan urging her to support legislation that moves the hospital provider fee to an enterprise fund.
The state Legislature has been debating the merits of SB 267, which city manager David Torgler describes as "a big, complicated piece of legislation that deals with some complicated concepts with respect to Colorado's Constitution, the state budget, TABOR, enterprise funds, government fees, taxes, health care expenses/eligibility, debt vs. not debt, certificates of participation, state highway funding, education funding, capital construction and other things."
Delta County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of the "Look Good Feel Better" program through Grand Mesa Oncology. Part of the oncology center's effort to focus on the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects of each patient, this program will be beneficial to patients suffering with hair loss and skin issues during chemotherapy.
A capacity crowd showed up for a town hall meeting last week in Hotchkiss where Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, spoke about both local and national health care issues. Over 60 people gathered for the nearly two hour presentation and Q&A session that Crawford resident Cynthia Hines organized in an effort to spur the community into action to help address health care concerns on both the local and national level.
On March 4, the annual Western Colorado Nightingale Awards banquet was held at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom in Grand Junction. This event is a way to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and nursing practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer.
Recent media reports have placed Delta County Memorial Hospital on the "critical condition" list, but CEO Jason Cleckler says the hospital is in no danger of closing.
In January, Steven Summer, president and CEO of the Colorado Hospital Association, was quoted in the Denver Post, saying as many as eight Colorado hospitals "could have sustainability problems" if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a similar replacement.
A new report ranks both Montrose Memorial Hospital and Delta County Memorial Hospital in the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals for the second year in a row.
The report is issued by The National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.
Jason Cleckler, CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital, was recently recognized as one of the "Top 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know" in the country by Becker's Hospital Review, which will feature Cleckler and other top rural hospital CEOs in its March issue.
Forty-one years of volunteering for Delta County Memorial Hospital was celebrated with a Mardi Gras theme Saturday, Feb. 18. About 70 Pink Ladies, Red Barons and guests attended the annual banquet and meeting in the oncology classrooms on the Delta County Memorial Hospital campus.
As part of a recent on-site inspection, Delta County Memorial Hospital Laboratory has been accredited by the accreditation committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
"I am pleased with the recent review of our laboratory reflecting the continued dedication of our DCMH lab staff in providing quality lab services and high quality patient care," stated hospital CEO Jason Cleckler.
The Delta County Memorial Hospital District has announced plans to open a walk-in clinic in Paonia. The district selected the former Bank of Colorado location at 218 Grand Avenue for the clinic and purchased the 6,000-square-foot building in late January. They plan to open the clinic as early as this May.
Foodborne illness (what we usually call "food poisoning) is a common, costly -- yet preventable -- public health problem. Each year, one in six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages.
The board of directors of Delta County Memorial Hospital has elected to opt out of Proposition 106, approved by the state's voters in November 2016. The proposition allows physicians to prescribe medical aid-in-dying medication to terminally ill individuals under certain conditions.
Delta County residents can mark their 2017 calendars for early blood draws and health fairs in Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta, according to Patti Kalahar, manager of education/marketing for Delta County Memorial Hospital. Lions Club members in Delta, Cedaredge and Paonia and DCMH volunteers will be partnering in the annual community health fair events again this year.
Delta County Memorial Hospital clinics strive to make preventative health care our priority and continue to explore avenues to make it a positive experience for our patients.
During 2016 the clinics have undergone many changes.
Delta County Memorial Hospital plans to open its new DCMH Hotchkiss Family Medicine facility by next summer.
"I think this is a great project for the hospital," said DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler at a Nov. 4 groundbreaking ceremony. "It certainly shows our ongoing dedication to health care across the entire county."
Delta County Memorial Hospital is requesting members of the community to please take time to respond to the Region 10 Community Survey.
The counties of Colorado's Region 10 -- Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel -- have come together to determine the health and wellness needs facing these communities.
Area residents had an opportunity to view Delta County Memorial Hospital's new 3D mammography system and prone biopsy table last week.
The new technology offers earlier detection, more accuracy and an improved patient experience.
Delta County Memorial Hospital announces a community tobacco cessation program. Open to all ages, this program is designed to not only make your goal of a tobacco free life possible, but probable.
Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Delta County Health Department recognized Delta County Memorial Hospital for creating a tobacco-free campus.
Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, applauded the hospital's commitment to the health and safety of its employees, patients, vendors and visitors by prohibiting the use of any and all tobacco products and electronic smoking devices in or on hospital property.
After making a recent trip to Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson, Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz opened the Sept. 8 meeting with two quotes attributed to the third U.S. president, founding father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence.
"When angry, count to 10 before you speak. If very angry, count to 100."
Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) signed up in 2015 to participate in the Colorado Hospital Association's "Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative," a two-year effort focused on increasing the appropriate treatment for urinary tract infections and skin and soft tissue infections by correctly prescribing antibiotics.
3D mammography exams are now being offered at Delta County Memorial Hospital. By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.
3D mammography exams are now being offered at Delta County Memorial Hospital. By utilizing advanced 3D breast tomosynthesis technology, mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of invasive breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.
Stepping On is an evidence-based seven week workshop that helps seniors to reduce falls and build confidence, sponsored by Delta County Memorial Hospital. The class starts Sept. 13 in an oncology classroom on the DCMH campus.
The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation invites everyone to participate in the fifth annual Pea Green Pedal on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning at the Lions Club Pavilion in Confluence Park. Options include an 18- or 40-mile bike ride or a 5k fun run/walk around the lake.
The Hotchkiss Town Council got a look at the medical clinic coming to town at its monthly meeting last Thursday night at Hotchkiss Town Hall.
Montrose architect Tom Chamberlain represented his client, Delta County Memorial Hospital, which had three requests for the council to consider as the process to build a new medical clinic in town continued.
Delta County Memorial Hospital has received a second national award as one of the "Top 50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know" from Becker's Hospital Review. The Delta hospital is not officially recognized with a critical access designation, but is defined as a district, rural community hospital serving Delta County families.
As an organization committed to the health of its employees and the community it serves, all DCMH properties are now tobacco free environments. On June 20, Delta County Memorial Hospital officially put into place a tobacco free policy.
The DCMH Foundation board has voted to support CU Medical School's Rural Track Program, which will help bring a third year medical student to our community for a three-month medical residency rotation, reports Thelma Starner, foundation president.
Medical emergencies can happen any time. When they do, there is confusion, panic and urgency.
Delta County Memorial Hospital was named one of the 2016 top 20 rural community hospitals out of 525 rural community hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).
"DCMH is honored to receive this national recognition as a rural hospital providing quality medical care at the highest level to Delta County families.
The Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers were particularly generous this year, awarding $6,000 in scholarships to Delta County senior high school students, following a vote at a recent volunteers general meeting to add $2,000 for additional well-qualified scholarship applicants.
This year, scholarship recipients each receiving $1,000 scholarships are:
Delta County Memorial Hospital clinics are adding new physicians in the next few months.
"Delta County Memorial Hospital and clinics are actively recruiting for new physicians to continue to meet the demand for providers in Delta County," said CEO Jason Cleckler.
Jean Ceriani and David Lane have been elected to four-year terms on the board of directors of Delta County Memorial Hospital. Tallies for the May 3 election were: Jean Ceriani, 2,691 votes; Curtis McCrackin, 1,903 votes; and David Lane, 2,739 votes.
Delta County Memorial Hospital has received its third patient safety "A" in the past four years from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. It is one of the only hospitals on the Western Slope to receive a patient "A."
Delta County Memorial Hospital has just purchased new, state-of-the-art video technology in gastrointestinal surgical equipment. The new high definition equipment is for performing upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy procedures.
A new electronic medical records program has been implemented at the clinics operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital.
"Athena is a software program which has the top rating score for an electronic medical records (EMR) program that fits with the size of the DCMH clinics," stated Jan McCracken, clinics director for Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH).
John G. Breitnauer Jr. is a pharmacist who has contributed his health care expertise as a member of the Delta County Memorial Hospital board of directors for 16 years. He is retiring from the DCMH board this spring.
Delta County Memorial Hospital has been named as one of the 2016 top 20 rural community hospitals out of 525 rural community hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), according to a recent announcement.
Tuesday, May 3, is Election Day for special districts of all types, but in Delta County only the hospital has more candidates than seats to be filled on its board of directors. Elections for the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District, the county's five fire districts and its two mosquito control districts have been cancelled.
A new dimension in oncology care has taken place at Grand Mesa Oncology and Infusion Center with the addition of a third oncology physician, Dr. Helen Goldberg, who offers credentials in integrative oncology along with 23 years as an oncology physician and six years as an oncology nurse.
Dr. Jeffrey Berkosky resigned from the Delta County Memorial Hospital board of directors at at the March 21 hospital board meeting. His hospital board service will end at the April board meeting.
Doctors are special people who make the world a better place. Celebrating the science of healing and the art of caring, with tireless dedication and professionalism -- it is an honor to celebrate Delta County's medical providers on National Doctor's Day, commented Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Jason Cleckler.
Carol Rustebakke, RN, from Delta County Memorial Hospital was the winner of the Nightingale Luminary Award for western Colorado in an awards banquet March 5 in Grand Junction, according to Jody Roeber, DCMH chief clinical officer. Rustebakke is a dedicated registered nurse of 43 years.
She won this award for "Innovation in Clinical Practice."
Delta County Memorial Hospital nurses invite area families to participate in the second annual "Run With a Nurse" 5kFun Run/Walk Saturday, May 21, at Lions Pavilion in Confluence Park. Check-in and registration for walk-ons begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning; the event starts at 9 a.m.
Delta County Memorial Hospital now offers an option to patients with bills from the hospital or any of the nine hospital-owned and operated clinics to pay online through the newly redesigned hospital website. In order to access this new feature, type in deltahospital.org, then go to the top, to the drop-down menu for Patient Information.
Due to a substantial increase in patient demand at the DCMH Urgent Care clinic, Tony Maul, RN, MSN, MBA and Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C), has recently been added as the third provider. He is fluent in Spanish, has full prescriptive authority in Colorado, and was recently employed as a family nurse practitioner along the Front Range of Colorado.
Delta County Memorial Hospital has a new billing partner, AR Services. Through a unique partnership, Delta County Memorial Hospital is a part owner of AR Services together with other healthcare providers in Colorado.
Delta County Memorial Hospital needs hospital volunteers. Days and hours are flexible. There are currently openings in the emergency room, oncology, gift shop and some additional areas.
The annual Delta County Memorial Hospital Volunteers banquet and awards presentation had a Valentine's theme. Approximately 60 hospital volunteers and guests attended the event Saturday, Feb. 13, in the oncology classrooms at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
Dates and times for this year's Lions Club and Delta County Memorial Hospital's annual health fair events have been announced.
The Senate last week passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) and fellow senators to extend a Medicare demonstration program that helps rural hospitals in sparsely populated states keep their doors open.
"This demonstration has helped several hospitals in Colorado's rural communities, like Delta County, Steamboat Springs, and Sterling, continue to serve their communities," Bennet said. "This bill will help maintain access to critical health care services in these rural areas."
National CRNA Week is the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist's annual celebration of anesthesia patient safety and the nation's 49,000-plus certified registered nurse anesthetists.
CRNAs (certified registered nurse anesthetists) are registered nurses educated, trained and licensed to administer anesthesia.
The third annual Delta County Memorial Hospital "holiday food fight" was a huge success. Hospital departments competed in teams to see who could donate the most food, toiletries and pet food for local food banks, with close to 5,700 pounds donated this year.
Dr. Sam Kevan has an impeccable reputation as the dedicated committee chair for continuing medical education (CME) for some 28 years at Delta County Memorial Hospital, and as an experienced family practice and emergency department physician for well over 30 years.
DCMH patients who had a mammogram during October -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- were entered into a drawing for two gift baskets. Winners were Judi Tapey for first place and Lori Atchley for second place, both of Delta.
Delta County Memorial Hospital is meeting the demand for primary care by opening its DCMH Family Medicine - Hotchkiss clinic on Nov. 2. The clinic is located at 365 Bridge Street in Hotchkiss.
The DCMH mammography department is doing gift basket drawings again this year during the month of October when you come in for your mammogram. Call 970-874-2214 to schedule appointments.
Delta County Memorial Hospital physical therapists Linda Bull and Brooke Loucks are offering free exercise classes in Cedaredge as part of a community outreach initiative.
Linda Bull has been the instructor of the "Use It or Lose It" class for the past nine years.
DCMH recently kicked off the DohJe gratitude program at an all-employee barbecue. The Delta hospital is part of a Harvard-based study measuring the power of gratitude in the workplace by implementing the DohJe program.
Melissa Palmer, RN is taking over the duties and responsibilities of quality director at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as Jeanine Finnell, RN retired recently.
"Melissa has the personality and dedication to provide leadership in defining, implementing and integrating quality, safety and efficiency strategies into the organizational processes," said chief clinical officer Jody Roeber.
Jeanine Finnell, RN recently retired as the quality director for DCMH, a position she held for the past two years. She has worked at the Delta hospital for the past eight years in obstetrics, infection control/employee health and in risk management.
Due to increased patient demand for primary care services, DCMH Primary Care Family Medicine located at 311 Palmer in Delta will now be the central location for Dr. Jesus Ochoa, board-certified family medicine and a newly employed board-certified family nurse practitioner, Susan Brown.
Colorow Family Medical Care in Olathe closed Sept. 29 to provide time for the staff to move to the Delta clinic location.
Health care delivery is changing fast! To keep up with rapid changes, Families Plus has embarked on a project to develop a rural model for integrating behavioral health care and medical care. Families Plus employs eight behavioral health care professionals, some full-time and some part-time.
Larry Vincent was recently promoted from controller and human resources director to chief financial officer for Delta County Memorial Hospital. He has been with the Delta hospital for seven and a half years and will now be supervising hospital departments including nutritional services, information systems, housekeeping/laundry, physician billing, medical records, purchasing/maintenance, accounting, patient accounting and human resources.
Approximately 130 bike riders and 5k walkers and runners participated in Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation's fourth annual Pea Green Pedal event Sept. 12.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment completed an on-site review of the Level IV trauma center at Delta County Memorial Hospital on Aug. 5.
Strengths of the trauma program were identified by the on-site review committee and included administrative support, physical plant, trauma nurse coordinator, trauma medical director/co-director, good trauma care, EMS involvement, injury prevention, nursing education support, lab, radiology, ICU director and operating room director.
At the invitation of John Gavan, Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Jason Cleckler spoke to an audience of about 25 members of the Aging in Place working group, Rotarians and health care providers last Thursday at the Paonia Library.
Mark A. Huun, MD brings 24 years of internal medicine experience in group practice settings from the Denver metro area to Internal Medicine Associates, which is owned and operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital in Delta.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering a free program called "Mini Med School" for people who would like to learn more about medicine, health and the human body. Mini Med School II is an eight-week free course that meets each Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a one-hour lecture followed by a question-and-answer session with distinguished faculty members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
June 8-12 marked the second annual Summer Health Careers Institute for Delta County's high school students. The program was offered to students by Delta County Joint School District, Delta County Economic Development and University of Colorado School of Medicine.
"Delta County Memorial Hospital remains committed to the health care needs of the North Fork communities. The hospital has a plan in motion to provide quality health care with improved access for North Fork families," said DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler.
Carol Swingle, RN, BSN was recently named the new Stork's Landing coordinator at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She brings a professional background of over 30 years in the health care industry.
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