New Interim CEO Appointed at Southwest Health System

With the recent resignation of Tony Sudduth as CEO from Southwest…

Carly Temple, FNP Joins SMG Family Medicine and Pulmonology Team

April 5, 2021: Cortez, CO - Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS)…

Kimberly Washburn Joins SHS's Women's Health Team

Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) is proud to announce that…

ADCES Accreditation August 2021

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Current Eligibility

Effective March 5th, 2021, per Governor Polis’ office the groups below are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. If you are eligible, click here to schedule your appointment today. PHASE 1A Highest-risk health care workers and individuals:• People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.  • […]

February 26th CEO Update

The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through. – Sydney J. Harris   February 26, 2021 CEO COMMUNICATION: For the first time in a long-time, I am really optimistic about the direction the COVID statistics are trending.  We are seeing […]

Community Update from CEO 1-22-2021

January 22, 2021   UPDATE From the CEO: It has been a while since I provided a community update but I wanted to get back on track and let you know how things are going with the COVID situation at SHS. We have actually seen a significant decline in the number of inpatient COVID cases […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign for Montezuma County Begins at Southwest Health System Today

Southwest Health System began implementing Phase 1A of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan this morning. Local press were invited to watch SHS Chief of Staff Ben Carelock, DPM receive his first of 2 COVID-19 vaccines. The second to be given in 3 weeks. Dr. Carelock commented, “I’m proud to be taking the Covid-19 vaccine today. […]

CEO Community Update

Hospital Status Update by CEO Tony Sudduth 12-15-2020 I previously committed to providing regular updates to the community on how things were at SHS during this very difficult time. We appreciate the concern that has been shown by the community and your understanding of just how critical the wellbeing of this organization is to the […]

Symptom Checker for COVID-19, Cold and Flu

Here is a simple tool that shows what symptoms are most common in cold, flu and COVID-19. As always, if you’re experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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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Montezuma County Hospital District Special Board Meeting @ EMS Training Center in the Training Room
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Montezuma County Hospital District Special Board Meeting @ EMS Training Center in the Training Room | Cortez | Colorado | United States

The Montezuma County Hospital District was formed in 1975 enabling it to collect tax dollars for facilities and construction and to provide quality health care for our community.

The Montezuma County Hospital District is a political subdivision of the State of Colorado governed by statutes and operating under Constitutional constraints. In 1995 the Hospital Administration and the Montezuma County Hospital District Board of Directors investigated the formation of a non-governmental hospital entity that could operate the hospital in a much less restricted environment and could be both competitive and diverse. The Board of Directors recognized limitations they operated under with regards to then-current hospital industry changes and our actual service area that encompassed much more than just Montezuma County.

MCHD Board decided to establish a not-for-profit corporation completely separate from the Hospital District. They would lease the hospital facility known as Southwest Health System, Inc and are involved in construction and facilities management for the organization.

Learn more about the Montezuma County Hospital District here.

SHS Regular Board Meeting @ Main Hospital Entrance Kiva Room
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Southwest Health System, Inc. was established in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The Board of Directors is appointed in December of each year at the annual meeting. The issues that remain the same and continue to add value to the Hospital through the formation of Southwest Health System, Inc. are, in part, as follows:
-As a non-governmental entity, SHS can operate in other states such as Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona which are in our service area but outside the Hospital District boundaries.
-SHS has the ability to enter into agreements to provide service to private businesses and individuals.
-SHS can act quickly to secure goods and services outside the requirement to obtain competitive bids.
-As a private corporation, it does not operate under the Sunshine Law.
-As a private corporation, it need not be concerned with its activities regarding the Dillon Rule.
-SHS allows a more flexible operating model for health care providers.
-Recruitment of physicians can be accomplished in a private setting since board members can meet with potential candidates without the need to call a special meeting of the board.
-Strategies to increase market share can be discussed privately in order to gain a competitive edge.

To learn more about Southwest Health System Board of Directors, visit here.

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