Carly Temple, FNP Joins SMG Family Medicine and Pulmonology Team

April 5, 2021: Cortez, CO – Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) announces Carly Temple, FNP, joins Southwest Medical Group complementing our current team of providers serving on our main campus SMG Primary Care and Pulmonology.

“Carly will join two teams at SMG- Pulmonary and Family Practice. We are very excited to add her expertise to our team and continue to provide quality care close to home.” Kerri White-Singleton, COO

She is Board-Certified through American Association of Nurse Practitioners and completed her FNP Master’s Program at Wilkes University in Family Medicine and Hematology/Oncology. She began her career in 2013 and has developed her skills through a broad spectrum of care modalities including Neonatal ICU, OB, Hematology/Oncology and Infusion in large and rural health care systems.

She says of her practice, “My favorite part about medicine is interacting with patients, learning their stories and supporting them with evidenced-based best practices and being a safe resource for patients and their families. I work to constantly evolve my practice and include holistic healthcare and lifelong learning and find this to be extremely fulfilling as a primary care provider.”

Carly was born in Colorado and although much of her nursing career has been in South Dakota, she is thrilled to move her son Oliver back to the area to be close to her parents and her sister. She loves exploring the outdoors in our area and says of SW Colorado, “I remember wonderful trips to Mesa Verde, Lake Powell and Moab as a child. The red dirt, soaring mountains and peaceful country make this a desirable location to live. I want to live somewhere that I don’t have to take a vacation from. I want my son to grow up surrounded by a tight-knit community.”

About Southwest Health System
Southwest Health System operates Southwest Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital, and Southwest Medical Group comprised of 6 clinics providing primary and specialty care services. SHS provides over 50 service lines to the community. SHS is a private, not-for-profit corporation operating under all guidelines and regulations for non-profits and is also governed by a volunteer board. For more information, visit


Kimberly Washburn Joins SHS’s Women’s Health Team

Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) is proud to announce that Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) Kimberly Washburn, RN, BSN, MSN, WHNP recently joined our Women’s Health team rounding out their program Women’s Health program. “Kimberly Washburn joins our fast-growing Women’s Health Team. She brings many advanced techniques and procedures that complement the entire practice. We are extremely lucky to have an experienced WHNP specialist to care for, treat and support the strong women in our community.” – Kerri White-Singleton, COO

She was previously in rural private practice in Show Low, AZ practicing for over 13 years serving patients specializing in pre and post-natal care and women’s health for all ages. “I chose to specialize in Women’s Health care 15 years ago. I have experienced first-hand the stages women go through from starting menstrual cycles to giving birth to menopause and I feel that has enriched my ability to communicate effectively and guide women in their healthcare journey. Each person is unique and deserves health counseling tailored to their age, history and unique personality”, shares Washburn.

She is practicing in the Women’s Health suite at 1311-A N. Mildred Road. She focuses her practice to care for the whole woman, including preventative care, well-woman visits, primary care, hormonal balance and functional medicine. Kim has broad medical experience to pull from as she has worked as an RN in the areas of Trauma, Medical ICU, ER, Home Health, OB and Public Health for 21 years. She has been a certified yoga instructor for 20 years and has worked extensively overseas in places like Pakistan and Africa. She likes to say, “Life is a journey, lets figure it out together.”

Kim Washburn is excited to have moved to the area with her husband, a retired orthopedic surgeon, and enjoys skiing, hiking mountains all over the world, biking and travel as well as enjoying spending time with her four children ages 25-34.

Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Current Eligibility

Effective March 5th, 2021, per Governor Polis’ office the groups below are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. If you are eligible, click here to schedule your appointment today.

Highest-risk health care workers and individuals:• People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.  • Long-term care facility staff and residents.
Coloradans age 70+, moderate-risk health care workers, and first  responders:• Health care workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients (e.g. home health,  hospice, pharmacy, dental, etc.) and EMS.  

• Firefighters, police, COVID-19 response personnel, correctional workers, and funeral services. • People age 70 and older.

Coloradans ages 65-69, pre-K-12 educators and child care workers in  licensed child care programs, and continuity of state government: • Child care workers in licensed child care programs, teachers (full-time and substitutes), bus, food, counselors,  administrative, safety and other support services offered inside the school.  

• Select members of the Executive and Judicial branches of state government. *note: members of the legislative  branch have already received access to the vaccine. 

• People ages 65-69. 

People age 60 and older
Frontline essential workers in grocery and agriculture:• The intent of this classification is to prioritize current workers who cannot maintain physical distance from  others at their place of employment, who work in close contact with many people, especially indoors, and  in places with poor ventilation including meatpacking workers; grocery store workers; and agricultural  processing workers. 

People 16-59 with 2 or more high risk conditions:  

• The intent of this classification is to vaccinate Coloradans who have a high risk of severe outcomes from  COVID-19. This includes Coloradans with two or more of the following: Cancer (defined as patients who are  currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer), chronic kidney  disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus (types 1 and 2), Down syndrome, specific heart conditions (heart failure,  cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, and severe valvular/congenital heart disease), obesity (BMI ≥  30kg/m^2), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, solid organ transplant, individuals with disabilities who require  direct care in their home, and people with disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks.

If you are NOT currently eligible but would like the vaccine when it is opened up for your group, please complete our Patient Vaccine Request Form at This ensures that the moment any guidelines or protocols are expanded, we can get in touch with you immediately. The criteria for vaccine distribution and supply is fluid and we are constantly adjusting as new levels of eligibility are updated by CDPHE/Gov. Polis’ office.