Moving Traveling Physicians to Main Campus

We're excited to welcome Dr. Silva, Dr. McLaughlin, Dr. Mannas,…

Overcoming Challenges in Rural Healthcare Today

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2019 9Health Fair

Our 2018 theme is our "Super 9Health Fair" because we've teamed up to provide health screenings and education for adults and children for the first time! Our fairs cover Montezuma and Dolores County in Cortez, Mancos and Dove Creek. We offer comprehensive blood chemistry screenings.

SHS Hosts Pediatric Sleep Apnea Education with Dr. Halbower

Due in large part to the generosity of University of Colorado…

Senior Leadership Team

Jeanette Filpi (CEO) Interim Chief Executive Officer Jeanette…
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Financial Assistance

Our dedicated financial assistance coordinators can help navigate different programs that may be available to you and your family. We want to work with you to find the best program so bills are your last worry. Contact us at 970-564-2131 with questions or to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable financial assistance coordinators.
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School-Based Health Center

The new Montezuma-Cortez High School has an on-site School-Based Health Center. It is located at 418 South Sligo Street in Cortez, Colorado. Here Montezuma - Cortez RE-1 students between 3 and 21 years old have access to comprehensive primary and behavioral healthcare in a convenient, inviting environment.
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Training & Education Resources

Southwest Health System’s education, training, and resource center is open to medical professionals, students and community members. Our classes are based on national EMS educational standards, with more affordable options and a higher first time pass rate for graduates.

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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. 


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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