Melissa Sims, FNP-BC

Southwest Medical Group Primary Care:
Family Medicine • Immunizations

1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite D • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-565-8556 • Fax: 970-564-1134

Meet Melissa Sims, FNP-BC

Melissa worked as a critical care RN for eight years at Bothwell Regional Hospital, Boone Hospital, and as a travel nurse across mid-central Missouri.  She completed all of her graduate school training here at Southwest before becoming board certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Melissa believes that health should not be defined merely as an absence of disease or illness but a state of equilibrium and congruence between physical, mental, and spiritual elements that constantly change through environmental influences.  Her goal is to build partnerships with her patients to promote and maintain their state of equilibrium and congruence.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking, quilting, and visiting her two adult children.


Master of Science in Nursing, Indiana State University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Texas Arlington

Associates Degree in Nursing, State Fair Community College

Anthony Sudduth, Chief Executive Officer

Anthony G. Sudduth, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA,

Tony Sudduth, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA

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 manages Southwest Health System, Inc.  They provide the CEO and CFO positions and provide oversight and guidance to SHS leadership.

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


Travis B. Parker

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.