Classic Air Medical Stationed on Hospital Helipad

We're so excited to have Classic Air join our team! Classic…

Pediatrician Moriah Tarpey, MD Joins SMG

November 19, 2020: Cortez, CO - Southwest Health System, Inc.…

Request for Proposal - Montezuma County Hospital District

Southwest Health System Request for Proposals (RFP) General Contracting…

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Rachel Garrison, MCD, CCC-SLP Joins SHS’s Rehab Team

PRESS RELEASE Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Rachel Garrison,…

SHS and Classic Air Medical Open Medical Air Transport Base in Cortez, CO

Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) a critical access hospital…

Pam Clark, FNP

Pam Clark, FNP Specializing and Board-Certified in Pain Management  Pam…

COVID-19 Antibody Testing (IgG)

We will begin offering COVID-19 antibody (IgG) testing to the…

SHS Takes Delivery of COVID-19 Rapid Testing Equipment

Southwest Health System (SHS) has been at the forefront of providing…

New Primary Care Providers are Welcomed to Southwest Medical Group

Caitlin Mooney is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She…

SHS Talks About Coronavirus

Dr. Peter Lin Breaks Down Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dr. Peter Lin breaks down information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). CBC video of Dr. Lin helps separate fact from fiction on the Coronavirus. Dr. Peter Lin explains how the virus spreads, based on the most-current information, and how to minimize transmission and who’s at risk.

CEO Update 2-24-20

CEO UPDATE:I want to start out this week with a very positive story. Earlier this week, SHS received an award from the Colorado Rural Health Center iCare program. Another example of just how far this organization has come and demonstrates our continued focus on Quality. Below is a summary Karen and Lisa put together to […]

CEO End of Year Review

CEO UPDATE: SOUTHWEST HEALTH SYSTEM 2019, A YEAR IN REVIEW For Southwest Health, 2019 was a year of complete contrast to 2018, from a year of change and chaos, to a year of stabilization. During 2019 we focused on, with considerable success, stabilizing operations, finances and also leadership. I ended the 2018 year in review […]

Thanksgiving Message from CEO Tony Sudduth 2019

Click here to watch a thanksgiving message from CEO Tony Sudduth. Have a wonderful thanksgiving holiday!

SHS announces Rick Shrader as permanent CFO

  Cortez, CO- Southwest Health System (SHS) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Rick Shrader as permanent Chief Financial Officer of Southwest Health System. “Rick’s leadership over the past year as interim CFO has been instrumental in our very successful turn-around. He brings a depth of knowledge and experience that allowed him to […]

August 8th House Rep Scott Tipton Visit to SHS

It was our pleasure to host Representative Scott Tipton at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Thursday, August 8th.  Rep. Tipton toured the facility including the new 20-bed inpatient wing, ICU, and Family Birthing Center, as well as our OR, ER, Rehab Department, 4-suite Medical Office building with primary and specialty care clinics.  Tipton and his staff […]


Stage 1: SURVIVAL Our recent successful turnaround at Southwest Health System continues to receive recognition. Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) recently selected SHS to be the subject of a case study demonstrating the impact of the changes that were necessary to ensure the long-term survival of SHS. As you know the primary (Stage 1) focus was […]

May 24, 2019 CEO Update

CEO UPDATE TO SHS STAFF: On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to again present our Board another month of excellent financial results.  We were very busy during April.  All in all, it was one of the busiest months this organization has ever experienced resulting in record gross charges.  We held our costs down and a […]

Overcoming Challenges in Rural Healthcare Today

In Colorado, the cost of health insurance is a very hot topic right now.  It has been determined that health insurance premiums on the Western Slope of Colorado are some of the highest in the country.  Colorado’s Governor, Jared Polis has pledged to address this issue and work to drive down healthcare cost to the […]

CEO Update – March 15th

CEO UPDATE: The obvious highlight of this week was last night’s donor appreciation/ open house to celebrate the completion of the construction project. It turned out to be an excellent night with great attendance and gave us the opportunity to thank the people who were instrumental in bringing this to a successful completion. This project […]

Tony Sudduth

CEO Update – March 3, 2019

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Board meeting of the Western Health Alliance in Grand Junction.  WHA is an organization that we are actually a founding member of and part owner that advocates for rural healthcare providers on the Western Slope of Colorado.  It was a very interesting meeting in that I […]

Calendar of Board Meetings

Calendar of EventsTo stay up-to-date on our scheduled board meetings, please view our calendar below. If you have questions or concerns regarding these dates, please contact us for further information. 


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