In The News
Southwest Memorial Named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital
March 11, 2013
Southwest Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States. “Being named to this list is testimony to the great dedication of all of you not only to Southwest Health System, but to our patients and our community,’ said Kent Helwig, CEO. 'Southwest Memorial Hospital has been named to that 2013 list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals. Of the 1,331 critical access hospitals in the United States, our facility is one of the nation’s best rural safety-net institutions.”
Other HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in Colorado included Aspen Valley Hospital in Aspen, Heart of the Rockies Medical Center in Salida, and Gunnison Valley Health of Gunnison. Each scored best among critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™. The 2013 Top 100 CAH announcement is the second release of this important designation.
The Hospital Strength Index is first-ever comprehensive rating of CAHs and the results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that provide a “safety-net “to communities across rural America – measuring them across 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. More information can be found at www.iVantageHealth.com.
“Rural hospitals play a critical role in providing needed care to communities across America, yet the challenges are completely different while being as complex as urban hospitals. The need for enhanced performance and a framework for success are equally important as hospitals prepare for the impact of health reform,” said John Morrow, EVP of iVantage Health Analytics.
Board Certified Sleep Specialist Joins SWMH Team
January 11, 2013
Ed Razma, MD, has been named the new medical director of the Diagnostic Sleep Center at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Dr. Razma is board certified in sleep medicine, as well as in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. He will oversee activities at the sleep center, interpret sleep studies, and see patients who self-refer or who are referred by their primary care physicians for sleep disorder evaluations.
“I got into sleep medicine and became board certified in the specialty in 2009 because I saw that there was an acute shortage of physicians trained to deal with sleep disorders, an issue that is becoming more common as our population ages,” said Razma.
According to Razma, research on sleep disorders has burgeoned in recent years with studies revealing how untreated, long-term sleep problems are associated with cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer. “Patients today are more interested staying healthy and many who may have ignored their sleep problems in the past are now realizing that not sleeping is not normal and that it causes them to feel poorly,” said Razma. Symptoms of sleep disorders include daytime drowsiness, the inability to concentrate, low energy, irritability, and snoring.
For more information about the Diagnostic Sleep Center at Southwest Memorial Hospital call 564-2678.
Southwest Health System Welcomes New Board Member
December 13, 2012
The board of directors of Southwest Health System, Inc. recently welcomed Mr. Clyde Benally to the board. Benally brings a wealth of experience to the organization and has a deep commitment to the community. He grew up in southeast Utah and has resided in Cortez since 1979.
“My goal in being on the board is to help ensure that the quality of the service is maintained while keeping the hospital financially viable for the future,” said Benally. “We must keep in mind what the hospital is here for which is to make people well.”
Now retired, Benally worked in education and in the oil and gas industry for many years. A Vietnam veteran, he has served as a leader in the Elk’s organization and also assisted with the local post of the American Legion. Benally was one of the founding members of the Cortez Cultural Center, served for ten years on the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, has been a member of the parent advisory group for Native American students for the Montezuma-Cortez School District, and currently serves as an advisor for students attending Fort Lewis College. He is frequently invited to give presentations to student and teacher groups on Navajo language and culture. Benally published a Navajo history textbook in the early 1980s that is still in use today at the junior high school level. He also works as a seasonal park ranger at Mesa Verde. Benally’s wife, Rose, teaches at Mesa Elementary School. Their grown children live in Durango.
Southwest Health System Welcomes Dr. Anne Christian
October 9, 2012
Pediatrician Anne Christian, MD has joined Southwest Memorial Primary Care, a Southwest Health System, Inc.-affiliated clinic. Dr. Christian graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Dallas/Parkland Hospital. She is board certified in pediatrics and practiced in Texas for 16 years before relocating to Cortez. Christian cares for newborns, offers well-baby care, and treats children through their teen years. She has a special interest in asthma and patient education. Dr. Christian’s practice, located at 33 North Elm Street in Cortez, is welcoming new patients and accepts most major insurance plans and Medicaid. Please call 565-8556 for a get-acquainted appointment or more information.
Southwest Memorial Hospital Welcomes Dr. Dustin Cole
September 4, 2012
Interventional Pain Management specialist Dustin M. Cole, MD, has joined Southwest Memorial Physicians, a Southwest Health System, Inc. affiliated clinic located at 20 South Market Street in Cortez. Dr. Cole graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, did his preliminary training at Mayo Clinic in Internal Medicine, his residency training at Mayo Clinic in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and then completed a fellowship in Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine at Mayo Clinic in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Cole is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and board eligible in Pain Medicine.
Dr. Cole’s goal is to restore function and reduce suffering for patients with acute and chronic pain. He specializes in comprehensive, non-operative joint and spine care in addition to treating a wide variety of pain disorders including low back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain, myofascial pain, sciatica/radiculopathy, shingles, spinal stenosis, abdominal wall pain, complex regional pain syndrome/RSD, fibromyalgia, and others.
Dr. Cole utilizes a conservative, narcotic-sparing approach centered around appropriate procedures, physical therapy, and tailored medical treatment. He is skilled in performing ultrasound and fluoroscopically guided injections and has conducted research in interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. Procedures include epidural steroid injections, facet injections, medial branch blocks/radiofrequency ablation for spine pain, sacroiliac joint injections, joint and bursa injections, and nerve blocks among others. He will perform procedures both in his office and at Southwest Memorial Hospital, depending on the needs of individual patients.
Dr. Cole grew up in the Four Corners Region and is happy to return to the area with his wife, an educational consultant, and their three young children. He looks forward to working closely with regional medical providers to serve the needs of patients in the Four Corners.
Patients and referring physicians may call 565-0712 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Cole accepts all major insurance plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid.