Health Beat

Jacque Davis

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of health columns from the Delta County Memorial Hospital. Topics will vary. If you would like to provide feedback, email editor@deltacountyindependent.com

Well, it is official. I have been here for just shy of a year, and even though I think my “new kid shine” has worn off, I still get asked, “How do you like your job?” I can report, I still love it.

I love the people I work with, the people and communities I work for, and the work I get to do and the difference I feel I make in rural health care. I have spent a lot of the last 10 months finding out more about Delta County and bragging about the wonderful, innovative and collaborative health care network we have at Delta County Memorial Hospital, or DCMH. And just a warning, I am about to do it again because…

DCMH was just named second in a list of the top three hospitals of Southwest Colorado by US News and World Report Hospital Rankings. According to the State of Reform article, the report ranks Colorado hospitals by region, and specialty care by Emily Viles, “The report looks at survival rates, patient safety, specialized staff, and overall hospital reputation.” US News and World Reports Hospital Ranks releases new rankings every year using survey results from “5,000 medical centers and 30,000 physician respondents,” states Viles.

This recognition is a direct reflection of the staff, patients, families and the communities of Delta County. I am excited because I get to witness daily, the first-hand power of a strong community. Through those experiences, I have become invested personally and professionally in rural health care.

Delta County, like so many other rural communities, is heavily based on familial values and legacy. For this reason the healthcare system that is in place to support these communities is supporting far more than just the medicine that is practiced within the hospital and clinic walls.

I have said before, my belief is that the hospital should be the community “health hub.” A place not only for the sick, but a community center filled with knowledge, expertise, compassion and community engagement by promoting primary care, prevention, health and wellness. In my mind, there is really nothing more important to a community, especially to the rural community, as the local community hospital.

I couldn’t be more proud of our hospital; of your hospital. If you haven’t been around lately, stop by. Find a wellness or education class to join, make an appointment with your provider, or just say “hi.” We want you to know that your hospital is here for the community, and is here for you.

Jacque Davis, MHA, is the marketing director at Delta County Memorial Hospital. She can be reached at 970-874-2291 or jadavis@deltahospital.org.

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