General Surgery

General surgeon Dr. Kevin Matteson performs surgery at Southwest Health System and offers unique insights into the diagnosis, treatment, and care of a variety of diseases and ailments. Our staff is locally based. We hold the health and well-being of residents and visitors as a top priority. Surgery is performed at Southwest Memorial Hospital.

We collaborate with an extensive offering of insurance providers. Our financial assistance team is also available to help you understand your bill and determine the best payment plan that allows you to receive the care you require without great sacrifice. Financial assistance may also be available to many in need of health care who find themselves without the means necessary for treatment.

Surgeries Performed

Our skilled general surgeons are adept at performing surgeries for patients with ailments or injuries of the skin, breast, and other soft tissues, as well as the esophagus and thyroid gland. They also perform surgery on abdominal cavity including the stomach, bowels, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts. Therefore, our specialists work closely with the trauma staff in the emergency department as well as a variety of specialists in related fields.

heartburn GERD BarxxWe offer a new, effective treatment  for those who suffer from Barrett’s Esophagus called Barrx™ Radio Frequency Ablation, and Southwest Health System is the only facility within 7 hours of Cortez, Colorado who can perform the procedure. Heartburn, GERD, or acid reflux can all be precursors to more serious problems. Learn more now!

 

Surgeons


Barxx™ Radio Frequency Ablation for Barrett's Esophagus

Treatment for Heartburn, GERD, Acid Reflux with Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)

GERD Heartburn RFA InfographicWe are the the only facility within 7 hours of Cortez, Colorado that provides Barrx™ Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus, which can lead to esophageal cancer. Dr. Kevin Matteson is trained in RFA procedures at Southwest Memorial Hospital.

Talk to your doctor about treatments for acid reflux, GERD, and Barrett’s Esophagus now.

Dr. Lauri T. MedinaLauri Medina, MD, FACS

Southwest Medical Group Specialty Care:
Orthopedics, General Surgery, Podiatry

1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite A • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-564-2681 • fax: 970-564-2682

Dr. Lauri Medina is a Board Certified general surgeon at Southwest Medical Goup in Cortez, Colorado. Dr. Medina graduated from medical school at the University of New Mexico, completed her residency at St. Joe’s and her undergrad at Duke University. She performs general surgery and upper and lower scopes. She has a special interest in breast and women’s health. Dr. Medina is currently working to complete a Fellowship in integrative medicine at University of Oregon Health Sciences through the Academy of Integrated Health.

Dr. Medina loves to help her patients pre and post op with  stress management, nurition and pain control in order to help them get the best possible outcome and get back to doing the things they love. She enjoys working with Dr. Kevin Matteson because he is an excellent surgeon and they collaborate well together.

Dr. Medina was drawn to Cortez because of the wonderful opportunities to play outdoors and the native population. She loves to bike, hike, ski and wakeboard. She has three sons who also love the outdoors.

Learn more about general surgery: https://www.facs.org/education/resources/residency-search/specialties/general

Kevin Matteson, MD General SurgeryKevin M. Matteson, MD

Southwest Medical Group Specialty Care:
Orthopedics, General Surgery, Podiatry

1311-A N. Mildred Road, Suite A • Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970-564-2681 • fax: 970-564-2682

Board Certified, General Surgery. Learn more about Dr. Matteson and read reviews at Healthgrades.com
Medical School: Southern Illinois University, 1990
Residency: Southern Illinois University, 1995

Learn more about general surgery: https://www.facs.org/education/resources/residency-search/specialties/general

 

Visit our patient portal to stay connected with your health care. View lab results, your health records, prescriptions and more.


What is the patient portal?

The Patient Portal is a free, secure online tool that gives you the ability to take charge of your health!

Manage your health care or the care of a loved one

Ability to view and print your medical records from hospital and/or clinic visits to review with your primary care provider to discuss best treatment options

List of medications, including those received during hospital treatment and dosages

List of procedures performed at Southwest Memorial Hospital or Southwest Medical Group

Educational information on your condition and home care instructions

Lab results after 24 hours of your visit (Hospital Portal) or after your provider has reviewed them (Clinic Portal)

These services are available 24/7 online for your convenience

What do I need to use the Portals?

You must be an established patient of either Southwest Memorial Hospital or Southwest Medical Group. You will need an email address, an internet connection, and password.

What if I don’t have an email address?

An email address is required to create an account for either patient portal.  For the hospital portal, multiple family members can use the same email address, however the clinic portal requires a separate email address for each user.

If you do not have one, you may create an email account free of charge from various sources online.  We have listed some email providers below:

Gmail – http://mail.google.com
Yahoo – http://login.yahoo.com
Microsoft – http://www.outlook.com
How Do I Sign Up?

For the hospital portal:

At the time of registration, you will be asked if you would like an invite to the patient portal.  At that time, you will provide the registrar with your email address and an invitation will be sent to your email.  Follow the instructions within the email to register for the portal.

For the clinic portal:

Please visit your Southwest Medical Group office and a staff member will enroll you in the portal.  At that time, you will receive a letter with a unique one-time password.  Once you have this letter, please visit myhealth.swhealth.org and select login using your email address and one-time password.  Upon successful sign-in, you will be prompted to create your own secure password and setup security questions.  Once you have completed this process, you can bookmark the myhealth.swhealth.org website and being using the Patient Portal to review your health records.

Please note, the information you enter when verifying your identity must match EXACTLY what we have in your record.

For both portals:

If you did not provide an email address during a past visit, you can contact us a portal@swhealth.org and request to be registered for the portal(s).  Please be sure to specify in your email whether you want access to the Hospital Portal, Clinic Portal, or both.

FAQS:

Is there an age requirement to use the portal?

Yes, for the Clinic Portal.  Individuals must be at least 18 years old to participate in the Southwest Medical Group Portal.

No, for the Hospital Portal.  A portal can be established for any age, however, for patients between the ages of 12-18, a proxy agreement letter must be signed, and a proxy assigned if a parent/guardian would like access to the portal.  Please email portal@swhealth.org for more information.

What if I need more information that is available through the portal?

If you need a more complete record, please contact our Health Information Management Department at (970) 564-2311 to request a hard copy of your Medical Records.

What if I can’t remember my password?

On the portal homepage, there is an ‘I forgot my password’ link in the Login box.  Select that link and the system will prompt you for your email address.  Type your address and select ‘Reset Password’; the system will then ask you to answer the two security questions that were chosen by you when you setup your account.  Type your answers and submit.  As long as your answers are correct, you will be asked to create a new password.  If you need further assistance, please email portal@swhealth.org.

Can I use an app on my phone to connect to the portal?

Yes, for the Hospital Portal.  Unfortunately, the Clinic Portal is not configured at this time to be used with an app.

The Hospital Portal can be connected to either with iHealth or Coral Health.  Please click below to download an instruction sheet on how to connect to either one of these apps.