SHS Awarded Rebate of $27,565.30 from Empire Electric for New Facilities.

SHS was awarded $27,565.30 by Empire Electric as an energy-efficiency rebate for measures taken in the new construction to reduce utility consumption. In addition to this rebate it is estimated that SHs will save over $40,000 annually on utility costs as a result of these efficiencies!

A big Thank You to Empire Electric for these funds!

2018 Employee of the Year and Tailgate Party

Rob Owens was selected from the 2018 Employee of the Month recipients by the Senior Leadership Team. While all of the submissions exhibited distinct and honorable characteristics and traits that support Southwest Health System, Rob stood out.

2018 has been a challenging year for Southwest Health System, and Rob was able to step up to the challenge and lead a department that was significantly affected. “Semper Fi” is the US Marine Corp motto. Translated, it means “always faithful”. Rob continues to exhibit that same dedication in his service to Southwest Health System.

SHS hosts a “tailgate” party each year in which departments bring their favorite dishes and share with the rest of the team.  This year had a great turnout and we all enjoyed some time together while honoring our employee of the year.

A Word from Our CEO Tony Sudduth, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA

CEO Update 1/10/19

(Tony gives a regular ,usually weekly, update to the SHS staff.  Excerpts of which are below…)

We are still in the process of completing the December statements but it appears we will stay on track with our positive financial performance when looking at normalized results.  The reason I say normalized is we will have to do a bit of year-end clean up to recognize an issue that has recently come to our attention for the years 2014 -2016 and amounts due back to the state Medicaid program. This entry will be made in December and will skew our results for that month and put us in a negative bottom line position.  More to come on that as we finalize December.

I asked Rick Shrader, our CFO,  to give a brief financial update:

Good Morning!

 As many of you are aware, we have been working with our leaders to address our forbearance covenants with our financing as well as working to improve our  efforts with Revenue Cycle Operations.  We have had strong financial progress the last 5 months.  We are reporting October 2018 operating results, as we have not reported our operating results to our SHS Board for November 2018 and we are in the process of closing December 2018 for year end. 

 For October, our Net Revenues were $4.97MM, our Non-operating Revenues were $205K and Operating Expenses were $5.03MM, yielding Revenue over expenses of $143K.  We would have had a stronger month, but Health insurance claims incurred on the hospital were $313k in excess of budget.  As a self-insured entity, this occurs from time to time.  Our IP days totaled 279, our ALOS was 2.92.  We had 3,838 total clinic visits for October 2018 and we performed 194 surgeries.  Our Ed visits totaled 981.  At Southwest, we appreciate everyone’s efforts and I look forward to reporting November 2018 and December 2018 in the next few weeks.  Thanks to all of our Southwest team! 

What I can share about December 2018 is our Days Cash on Hand was 34 days!  We have exceeded our covenant goal by 4.0 days!  Thanks to all for your continued hard work!

TRAUMA TEAM:

I want to give a big thank you to the Trauma Committee and all those involved for all the hard work that they have been doing to prepare for the upcoming Trauma review in February.  This Committee, chaired by Dr. Kamper and coordinated by Vernie Page, have devoted an tremendous amount of time and effort in getting the organization ready for this review.  We anticipate this to be a learning experience and expect to learn we have opportunities but they have put us in a very good position to be successful with this program.  Thanks to all of you for your efforts.

OPEN HOUSE:

Last summer when the new facilities were finished was not the right time to throw a party to celebrate our new facilities as we worked through a challenging time.  2019 is a new year and a fresh start for SHS.  As such, we will be hosting an “Open House” for our community in the new lobby.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

So welcome to 2019, this promises to be a very exciting year for the organization.  I have complete confidence that you/we will continue to move this organization forward and continue the success we have seen in 2018.  

Thanks as always for all you have done and continue to do.

Tony

Just Culture at SHS

JUST CULTURE

After an on-site review and implementation of the Just Culture philosophy and concept with David Marx and John Westphal of Outcome Engenuity in the fall of 2018,  SHS has embraced and is implementing facility-wide a “Just Culture” philosophy including education and training to leadership and staff.

“A just culture balances the need for an open and honest reporting environment with the end of a quality learning environment and culture. While the organization has a duty and responsibility to employees (and ultimately to patients), all employees are held responsible for the quality of their choices. Just culture requires a change in focus from errors and outcomes to system design and management of the behavioral choices of all employees.” – Marx D. Patient Safety and the Just Culture: A Primer for Health Care Executives. New York, NY: Trustees of Columbia University;; 2001.

A fair and just culture improves patient safety by empowering employees to proactively monitor the workplace and participate in safety efforts in the work environment. Improving patient safety reduces risk by its focus on managing human behavior (or helping others to manage their own behavior) and redesigning systems. In a just culture, employees are not only accountable for their actions and choices, but they are also accountable to each other.  A just culture fosters innovation and cross-departmental communication.

In a just culture, both the organization and its people are held accountable while focusing on risk, systems design, human behavior, and patient safety.

What’s New?

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. 

 

Jan
23
Wed
SHS Board Meeting
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

SHS Board Regular meeting usually meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the EMS Training Room on the SHS Main Campus.

Feb
13
Wed
MCHD Board Meeting
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Montezuma County Hospital District – the landlord of the health system facility campus – is a Colorado Special Tax District meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Their meetings are open to the public.

Feb
27
Wed
SHS Board Meeting
Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

SHS Board Regular meeting usually meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the EMS Training Room on the SHS Main Campus.

Mar
13
Wed
MCHD Board Meeting
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Montezuma County Hospital District – the landlord of the health system facility campus – is a Colorado Special Tax District meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Their meetings are open to the public.

Mar
27
Wed
SHS Board Meeting
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

SHS Board Regular meeting usually meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the EMS Training Room on the SHS Main Campus.

Apr
10
Wed
MCHD Board Meeting
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Montezuma County Hospital District – the landlord of the health system facility campus – is a Colorado Special Tax District meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Their meetings are open to the public.

Apr
20
Sat
2019 Region 9 Health Fair @ Cortez Rec Center
Apr 20 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

More information to follow….

Apr
24
Wed
SHS Board Meeting
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

SHS Board Regular meeting usually meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the EMS Training Room on the SHS Main Campus.

May
8
Wed
MCHD Board Meeting
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Montezuma County Hospital District – the landlord of the health system facility campus – is a Colorado Special Tax District meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Their meetings are open to the public.

May
22
Wed
SHS Board Meeting
May 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

SHS Board Regular meeting usually meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month in the EMS Training Room on the SHS Main Campus.