New Interim CEO Appointed at Southwest Health System

With the recent resignation of Tony Sudduth as CEO from Southwest Health System (SHS) on April 16th, Chief Financial Officer Rick Shrader stepped in as Interim CEO until a longer-term interim could be identified and brought on-site.

Jeanette Filpi, MHA, originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, has been appointed Interim CEO beginning April 26, 2021. Jeanette has 30 years’ experience encompassing multiple healthcare systems and hospitals. Her strengths are in leadership development, physician recruitment, new program development, and collaboration to further process improvement.

Jeanette and her husband Gary live in Stuart, Virginia, a rural town at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains in SW Virginia. They have three grown children, a son-in-law and one grandchild. In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys working in her garden, helping close friends work their vineyard and winery as well as spending time with her family.

The SHS Board of Directors is grateful to CFO Rick Shrader for serving as interim CEO for a short time while also maintaining CFO duties until Jeanette could join the SHS team. The Board is confident in Jeanette’s leadership until a permanent CEO is recruited. SHS is also recruiting a Chief Nursing Officer to replace Karen Labonte who took another position within Community Hospital Consulting (CHC). CHC Consulting is the management company that has been in place since 2018 providing leadership and support within the organization.

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.