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About Us

Southwest Health System operates Southwest Medical Group which is comprised of clinics offering primary care and specialty services and Southwest Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital. Originally opened to care for our community in 1914, we offer the latest in medical and surgical technology, emergency care, a vast array of out-patient medical and wellness services.

SHS is managed by CHC Community Hospital Consulting (CHC Consulting), the management and consulting arm of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) of Plano, Texas. “We continue to bring our expertise in hospital management and talent in critical areas of hospital operations to strengthen SHS,” said CHC’s Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations Craig Sims. CHC Consulting began managing SHS on July 1, 2018.

CHC Consulting specializes in the management and operation of smaller, community-based hospitals across the country.

The Southwest Health System board convenes on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend the open portion of the meetings. Please contact us for location information while we are under construction.

The CEO of the hospital is appointed by and reports to the board of directors, and is employed directly by Southwest Health System, Inc. The CEO appoints and manages members of the leadership team.

Southwest Health System  and its subsidiaries are fully accredited by DNV Healthcare. The most recent certificate was granted in December of 2017.

Our Boards

The Montezuma County Hospital District (MCHD) and the Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) Boards of Directors work together to provide healthcare to the community.

Montezuma County Hospital District

The Montezuma County Hospital District was formed in 1975 enabling it to collect tax dollars for facilities and construction, and to provide quality health care for our community.

The Montezuma County Hospital District is a political subdivision of the State of Colorado governed by Statute and operating under Constitutional constraints. In 1995 the Hospital Administration and the Montezuma County Hospital District Board of Directors investigated the formation of a non-governmental hospital entity that could operate the hospital in a much less restricted environment and could be both competitive and diverse. The Board of Directors recognized limitations they operated under with regards to then-current hospital industry changes and our actual service area that encompassed much more that just Montezuma County.

MCHD Board decided to establish a not-for-profit corporation completely separate from the Hospital District. They would lease the hospital facility known as Southwest Health System, Inc and are involved in construction and facilities management for the organization.

Learn more about the Montezuma County Hospital District at the Montezuma County Hospital District Website.

Southwest Health System

Southwest Health System, Inc. was established in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The Board of Directors is appointed in December of each year at the annual meeting. The issues that remain the same and continue to add value to the Hospital through the formation of Southwest Health System, Inc. are, in part, as follows:

  • As a non-governmental entity, SHS can operate in other states such as Utah, New Mexico and Arizona which are in our service area but outside the Hospital District boundaries
  • SHS has the ability to enter into agreements to provide service with private businesses and individuals
  • SHS can act quickly to secure goods and services outside the requirement to obtain competitive bids
  • As a private corporation it does not operate under the Sunshine Law
  • As a private corporation it need not be concerned with its activities regarding the Dillon Rule
  • SHS allows a more flexible operating model for health care providers
  • Recruitment of physicians can be accomplished in a private setting since board members can meet with potential candidates without the need to call a special meeting of the board
  • Strategies to increase market share can be discussed privately in order to gain a competitive edge

Why have two boards?

The health system and community benefit by having both the Hospital District and Southwest Health System involved in providing quality health care facilities and operational oversight.

Additional benefits are:

  • Provide funding for necessary expansion projects at the lowest possible cost
  • Operate the hospital as a private enterprise, in a very competitive environment, without the limitations of a Governmental Hospital
  • Use taxes collected by MCHD to purchase medical equipment at the hospital which would benefit the community
  • SHS can move rapidly to develop strategies to increase market share which might involve agreements to provide health services with a private business or physician group
  • MCHD as a Governmental agency and SHS as a not-for-profit corporation have access to various grants and funding not available to both. This increases the chances of finding funds for health care
  • Tax revenues collected by MCHD are available to help other medical endeavors
  • Shared oversight of quality health care for our community

Contact us for more information about opportunities to become involved with both boards! Email to learn about board openings and elections.

Southwest Health System Board of Directors

  • Tom Rice, Chairman
  • Terry Cook, Vice-Chairperson
  • Dan Valverde, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Paul Deshayes, Director (Immediate Past Chair)
  • Shirley Jones, Director
  • Steve Fusco, Director
  • Cody Burke, Director

Senior Leadership Team

Maria A. Cornelius, MD, MS

Chief of Staff, Southwest Health System

Southwest Medical Group, Mancos Valley
Family Medicine, Pediatrics

111 East Railroad Ave • Mancos, CO 81328

Dr. Cornelius provides a family medicine services at our Mancos Clinic. Dr. Cornelius is part of the obstetrics and pediatrics team at Southwest Health System. She also serves as Chief of Staff.

Dr. Cornelius studied at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Medical School for International Health.

Dr. Cornelius is from rural South Dakota. She served in the Peace Corps in the Fiji Islands. She completed her residency in Family Medicine in Casper, Wyoming. Dr. Cornelius has a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Dakota. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and travel. Dr. Cornelius practices at the Mancos Valley Health Clinic. To schedule an appointment, please call (970) 533-9125.


Travis Parker, Human Resources DirectorTravis B. Parker

Chief Human Resources Officer

Travis Parker is the Director of Human Resources, responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling corporate human resource programs of SHS. Travis retired from the U.S. Army in 2010, after serving 24 years. During his military career, Travis began in logistics, became a Combat Medic and later a Construction Equipment Repairer, and finally his career culminating as the Operations Sergeant for an Engineer Company. Travis completed his Bachelors degree after retiring, and has worked at Southwest Health System since 2011 as the HR Employment Coordinator and the Director of Materials Management and Environmental Services. Travis, along with his wife and son, also owns and operates a Karate school in Cortez.

Anthony G. Sudduth, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA,

Anthony G. Sudduth, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Sudduth has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare finance including 27 years as a CEO, COO, and CFO for both not-for-profit and for-profit facilities.  Through his leadership, organizations have been able to reduce costs, improve revenue and achieve growth targets.

CHC Consulting and its experts across all areas of hospital operations are conducting an Operational Assessment of the hospital to assess current operations and areas for improvement. Once complete, recommendations will be provided to the Southwest Health System Board of Directors.

About Community Hospital Corporation – HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT®

Community Hospital Corporation owns, manages and consults with hospitals through three distinct organizations – CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE, which share a common purpose to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC provides the resources and experience community hospitals need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance. For more information about CHC, please visit


Kerri White-Singleton

Kerri White-Singleton, RN, MSN, MEd

Interim Chief Nursing Officer 

Kerri White-Singleton, RN, MSN, MEd is the interim Chief Nursing Officer at Southwest Health System. Kerri also serves as the Director of Surgical Services. Kerri moved to Cortez in 2015 from Scottsdale, AZ. Kerri has over 12 years of clinical management experience in an array of roles. Kerri served as CNO and Director of Surgical Services at United Surgical Partners International where she oversaw over 10,000 surgeries per month at four surgery centers and managed a $21 million budget. She has also held various Clinical Management roles at Banner Health, and CNO roles at both North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center and Sonoran Desert Surgery Center.

Kerri and her husband have a blended family of 6 children ages 19, 16, 15, 13, 12 and 9 who attend school in Cortez and Dolores. In her free time she enjoys running marathons, hiking and mountain biking. Kerri said that Southwest is a great organization and she is excited to bring her experience and new ideas to contribute to our future growth.

Sam Radke, MBA, FACHE

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Sam Radke, MBA, FACHE serves as the Interim CFO at Southwest Health System. Sam has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado. He has worked with over 35 hospitals in the Rocky Mountain area–8 of which have been “turn around” situations, each with positive outcomes. Sam has taught Healthcare Finance and Healthcare Law at the university level. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Past President of HFMA.

Sam and his wife Sharon reside in Lakewood, Colorado, have two married sons and two wonderful grand-daughters.

To reach Sam, please contact Dawn Marie McAlister, executive assistant at  970-564-2142 or


Craig Oswald, CMPE- Chief Medical Services Officer

Craig Oswald, CMPE joins Southwest Health System at the Chief Medical Services Officer. Craig has been serving as a practice administrator in Irvine, California since 2015. He first came to Cortez as a consultant with Kinmon Healthcare Group in 2014 and loved the idea of working in a rural setting. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as an Accounting Major at Idaho State University. He is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE). He worked in healthcare consulting and has extensive experience in practice management. Craig has worked in both large and small organizations, including Critical Access Hospitals. He has a wealth of experience in financial management of medical practices. He has served in both interim CFO and controller roles. Craig has worked closely with organizations in their strategic planning, physician recruitment, contracts, financial management, operations, EMR solutions, and budgeting. He looks forward to working closely with providers and SHS team members to work through gaps and find opportunities to better serve our community and one another.

Craig is originally from Shelley, Idaho and lived in Idaho during his youth. He and his wife Wendy have 3 children, Thea who lives on Oahu, Joshua (just graduated from high school) and Boaz (who will start high school this fall). He lived in Portland, Oregon for 25 years. He loves outdoor activities, golf, road biking and fishing. Craig will join the SHS team August 1st.  His family will relocate to Cortez with him. Please join us in welcoming them to the community!

Economic Impact

As the operating entity for Southwest Memorial Hospital, several clinics, and related health care programs, Southwest Health System is an important piece of Montezuma County’s health and economic life.

Learn more about economic development in the latest report from Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado 2017 Region 9 Economic Development Report

SHS provides 350 jobs and $100 million in earnings throughout Montezuma County.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

Effective with tax years beginning after March 23, 2012, each 501(c)(3) not-for-profit hospital, like Southwest Memorial Hospital, is required to conduct a Community Health Need Assessment (CHNA) at least once every three taxable years and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community needs identified through the assessment.

In subsequent years, with the annual filing of Form 990 required for all 501(c)(3) organizations, Southwest Memorial will report on its implementation efforts.

Southwest Health System will also continue to post previous versions of a CHNA as they become available in the future.

To view or download copies of the most recent Community Health Needs Assessments, click here.

If you would like a printed copy of any documents, free of charge, please contact Executive Administration at 970-565-6666.