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Springfield Hospital District and Long Term Care Center has received a Delta Dental "Access to Care" grant. Each year, Delta Dental Community Care Foundation awards several million dollars in "Access to Care" grants across the country. Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center was a three year recipient of this "Access to Care" grant and is so in-our-heart thankful for this giving and is working to benefit the people in the southeast corner of Colorado.  Our overall grant intent is to find a dentist who will move to this area and develop a full-time dental program. The dental office boasts new, state-of-the-art equipment. We seek a combination of dental providers that will provide weekly service for the people served by Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center. The "Access to Care" grant can even provide scholarships to dental candidates who are interested in serving the southeast region. If you or someone you know is a dentist who would like to work in Southeast Colorado; or a student currently working to be a dentist in Southeast Colorado, please call (719) 523-2082.
Southeast Colorado Hospital District has already begun limited (Dental Services) offered by Dentist Dr. Nathan Cejka and Kelly McCall Dental Hygienist at the Southeast Colorado Rural Health Dental Clinic at 900 Church St,
Springfield, CO 81073.
Dentist Dr. Cejka's appointments can be made through Lindsey Bailey at (720)-666-1162. His services will be at the Southeast
Colorado Rural Health Dental Clinic, 900 Church St., Springfield.
Hygienist, Kelly McCall's appointments can be made through Walsh Dental LLC at (719) 324-5251.  Her services may be at the Southeast Colorado Rural Health Dental Clinic or Walsh Dental Office.

Here is a message from is Rebecca Pope, a Medicare Advocate at the Medicare Plans Patient Resource Center (MedicarePlans.com) about some recently published resources that could be helpful for aging adults in our community.



These resources were created because our research surfaced some disheartening statistics. We found that over 50% of seniors enrolling in Medicare during Open Enrollment found choosing the right plan confusing; and there were over 35% of seniors who did not feel prepared to choose the right plan. Seeing as this is a vital decision for aging adults as they head into some of their most vulnerable years, having a lack of clarity and understanding of their healthcare coverage options is problematic. So we have made it our mission to help current and future subscribers develop their understanding of Medicare so that they can navigate this complex system with confidence. Our most recent guide was designed to walk seniors and their families through the different Medicare plans to find the best one that meets both their medical and financial needs.

You can learn more about it here:
• https://www.medicareplans.com/what-is-medicare/
• https://www.medicareplans.com/what-is-original-medicare/NOTICE OF BUDGET



Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget has been submitted to Southeast Colorado Hospital District Board of Directors for the ensuring year of 2021 .

That a copy of such proposed budget has been filed in the office of the CEO/Administrator, where same is open for public inspection. That such proposed budget will be considered at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Southeast Colorado Hospital District to be held at 373 E. 10th Ave. Springfield, on November 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Any interested elector of Southeast Colorado Hospital District may inspect the proposed budget on October 15, 2020 or after, and file or register any objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget.

s/Laura Raybon

Laura A. Raybon, Secretary
Southeast Colorado Hospital District


















































































































09 30, 2020
We will not allow visitors in the hospital due to the recent COVID 19 case in BACA COUNTY.



Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our HOME.
Weekly COVID-19 notification 09 29, 2020.

Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 AND we have 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.
Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our HOME. As of 9/29/2020:
• Currently 0 residents and staff have confirmed/active COVID-19. If a resident test positive, we will notify the resident's representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
• 2 staff members have recovered from COVID-19.
• 687 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
• It has been 105 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

SOUTHEAST COLORADO LONG TERM CARE CENTER/ALZHEIMER'S UNIT is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:
• Enhanced infection control precautions
• Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
• Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
• Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
• Postponing communal events
• Limiting communal dining to those neighbors needing assistance or on altered diets
• encouraging residents to wear masks and social distancing when out of room.
• Asking residents to cover their mouth and nose when staff enter.
• All staff wear masks and eye protection whenever in the home.
• Residents are encouraged to wash hands or hand sanitize before and after every meal.
Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.
We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.
We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, on social media, skype, or outdoor visitation. You can schedule video chats and calling by calling the nurses station - LTCC- 719-534-2144 or the ALZ 719-523-2140. For video chats and calling you may also email activitydirector@sechosp.org or call the Life Engagement Department at 719-523-2159. We have a nursing home Facebook page and you can find us under SECH LTCC - we do shout outs throughout the month. If you want to schedule outdoor visitation call 719-523-2141 (outdoor visitation has been cancelled until further notice, sorry for the inconvenience).
We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call for nursing question at Heather Burdick, DON @ 719-523-2144 or Glenice Wade ADON 719-523-2141, email for nursing questions at hburdick@sechosp.org or gwade@sechosp.org.
For administrative questions please contact Dave Engel, CEO @ 719-523-2130 or email at dengel@sechosp.org .


September is Healthy Aging Month

September is "Healthy Aging Month" America's annual health designation to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older.
For over twenty years, during the month of September we focus and get inspiration and practical ideas for adults ages 45-plus to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial well-being. With the numbers of people over 45 growing every year, the attention used to be just directed to baby boomers, but now the Generation X-ers are joining the group. There are over 76 million baby boomers today over 50 years of age and the first of the 82.1 million Generation X-ers reached the "over 45 year old" milestone in 2015. September's observance is designed to encourage people to rejuvenate and get going on positive measures that can impact the areas of physical, social, financial, and mental wellness.

It is not too late to take control of your health and get started towards a better you. Why not be proactive and work on the positive aspects of aging instead of fitting the stereotypes and the negative outcomes of poor health. We can help you adapt and be proactive with age related issues as we serve you or just do your yearly wellness visit if you call the Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628 to schedule an appointment.

If you or someone you know is in the need for long term care or just a happy, nice, place to live and age, we are here to serve you at Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center, Cottage and 10th Street Inn. Our residences are available for a short thirty day stay or as long term homes. We strive to create environments where our resident / neighbors feel connected to their community, experience individualized programs, feel cared about, experience quality life engagement activities, develop relationships, and experience quality care in a home that they can truly call their own. We have openings available now. Contact Heather Burdick Director of Nursing, RN, BSN, (719) 523-2116, Glenice Wade, LPN, Assistant Director of Nursing (719) 523-2141, or Sheri Reed Resident Care Coordinator (719) 523-2016 to discuss any questions you may have or to set up a Southeast Colorado Hospital District Long Term Care Center Tour.



September is pain awareness month. September has been declared Pain Awareness Month, a time when we work to raise public awareness of outcomes about pain and pain management. While medicine has made remarkable advances to eradicate some diseases, cure others and extend life, chronic pain is still one that science and medicine are struggling to understand and improve. The good news is there have been advances in helping people to manage their pain. For many people, living with pain is a way of life. Living a full and active life however may seem impossible. It is "actually possible" to increase your level of functioning and quality life while reducing your sense of suffering. The key; like anything in life, is to have the right skills, support, and direction. Pain treatment is never focused on just the pain, but it takes a holistic approach meaning who you are and how you feel is as much a part of shaping your treatment as your physical self. It is not too late to take control of your pain and pain management and get started towards a better you. Why not be proactive and work on your personal pain management and the negative outcomes of poor health. We can help you adapt and be proactive in pain management strategies as we serve you or just do your yearly wellness visit if you call the Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628 to schedule an appointment. Almost everyone who lives with pain has been to the emergency room at some time. You may have gone because your pain was out of control and you could not reach your own health care team. You may have gone because you feared that your pain was a sign of a new medical problem. You may have gone because you have no insurance. Or your own doctor may have sent you there. When you are prepared, you are likely to have a more positive experience.


CLINIC POLICY COVID-19 08 17 2020
Given the increase in cases in the counties surrounding Baca, the Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic will be tightening up the patient and companion policy.
• Patients are asked to bring only ONE companion/person/parent with them if absolutely necessary.
• We will be restricting the number of persons allowed in the waiting area. Patients may be asked to wait in the exam room while being registered for any labs or imaging needing done-then sent directly to the laboratory or Xray department(s).
• If your provider does not have a room readily available for you, you may be asked to wait in your vehicle until your provider has a room available. This includes specialty doctors and dental patients.
• PLEASE report to the front office staff when scheduling appointment if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. You will be screened for symptoms EVERY scheduling call AND when arriving at the clinic. Please be patient with our staff, they are doing everything they can to protect the most vulnerable of our population and follow government mandated guidelines.
• MASKS/nose-mouth coverings are not optional. Every person in the building must wear a mask! This is a state rule. Please put on your mask prior to approaching the front door and please keep on your mask until you exit the building. While in the exam room, you may be asked to remove your mask for the exam.
• Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building, please feel free to use this frequently.
• We now have TELEHEALTH options if you do not wish to come into the clinic. You can have a scheduled visit with your provider from the comfort of your own home-or wherever you are! A smart phone or tablet is all you need to do this. Please ask any clinic staff member about this option.


Visitor Policy - COVID 19
August 14, 2020

No children under age 14 will be allowed to visit anyone in the facility

1 visitor will be allowed per patient-adults and children (acute or swing bed) during a
24-hour period

Emergency Room patients may have 1 person with them in the ER

Visitors/families may not "change places" with each other-only one person in a 24-hour period

Those patients deemed "actively dying" by the provider may have 2 visitors in a 24-hour period












































































Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic
Acute Care options expanding
JULY 6th, 2020


As the world is opening back up after the stay at home order for COVID-19, Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic would like to expand options for our patients. Historically, patients have enjoyed the option of our "late clinic" for after hours, walk in acute services. While we are not able to go back to the way it was at this time, we are ready to slowly roll out expansion for patients needing same day services. We must still follow STATE guidelines in our waiting room and clinic. Please read below for the new flow to obtain same day acute care appointments.
 There will be APPOINTMENT SLOTS available daily from 3:30-5:00pm for same day, acute problems. We will have one provider every day to cover the acute care clinic; providers will be rotated. Calls must be made the same day.
 We will accommodate everyone who calls by 5pm. We will expand to 6pm if demand warrants.
 The slots will be for 10 minutes.
 You MUST call ahead to determine the time you need to come to the clinic. When you arrive, PLEASE call the clinic number (523-6628) and let them know you have arrived. You will wait in your vehicle until a room is available for you. The staff will call you to come inside, you will be screened and required to wear a mask inside the building. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (NEW cough, NEW shortness of breath, fever >100.4*) please notify staff when you call. Often, the provider will prefer to do a curbside visit to limit potential exposure.
 Visits will be for minor acute (new=5 days or less) problems that will not require extensive labs/imaging. If you have questions as to whether your issue can be seen in an acute/same day slot, please feel free to discuss with a staff member prior to scheduling the appointment.
 If your problem is deemed to be complex and/or more urgent, then you may be directed to the emergency room or asked to schedule a regular appointment.
 Telehealth visits MAY be available however they should be scheduled early in the day so that the patient has a chance to sign up prior to appointment time. This does require a smart phone or tablet and cellular data or wifi.

As our patient load expands and as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we hope to resume the normal "walk in" and "first come first serve" option in the clinic. Thank you all for your patience and working with us to keep everyone healthy.



























































Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic
SPORTS PHYSICALS

We at Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic, like many of you, are awaiting decisions at the state level regarding the resumption of school and school based activities. CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) has not ruled on whether fall sports will go forward in any capacity yet and winter sports are too far off to even consider at this point.
Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic is committed to making sure all student athletes have their pre-participation sports physicals. In these uncertain times, our sports physicals may have to look a bit different than they have in years past, given social distancing recommendations. At this time, we are holding off on scheduling the sports physicals until we know more from the state regarding restarting activities.
Parents always have the option to schedule a regular yearly well child check up via the clinic. These exams are more thorough than the routine sports physicals and are normally covered by your insurance. Please call us at 719-523-6628 if you would like to schedule a well child check up!


Southeast Colorado Hospital District Springfield, CO
June Specialty Clinics

Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Crowley Wednesday Pending
Cardiologist Dr. Gustafson Monday June 1, 8, and 22
Dentist Dr. Nathan Friday June 5
General Surgeon Dr. Frankum Thursday June 11
Neurologist Dr. Khoi Pham Wednesday Pending
Orthopedist Dr. Robert L. Thomas Friday Pending
Podiatrist Dr. Grimes Wednesday Pending
MRI Tuesday June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Stress Tests June 1, 8, 22
Ultrasounds Monday-Friday

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JUDGES' CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION RETURNS and STATEMENT OF BALLOTS POLLING PLACE ELECTION
§1-13.5-613, C.R.S. JUDGES' CERTIFICATE OF RETURNS: IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED by the undersigned, who conducted the election held in the Southeast Colorado Hospital District, in Baca County, Colorado, on the 5 th day of May, 2020, that after qualifying by swearing and subscribing to their Oaths of Office, they opened the polls at 7:00 a.m., and that they kept the polls open continuously until the hour of 7:00 p.m. on said date, after which they counted the ballots cast for Directors of said District and for any ballot issues and ballot questions duly submitted, That the votes cast for Director of the District for a 3-year term were as follows (numeric and spelled out): Candidate for Director
Votes Cast

Carla Dickey_34
Pamela Crane_48
Pamella K. Masterson _133
Kristine "Kristy" Kay Turner _91
Chambrey Johnson_ 63
Ruth Marie Porter_ 40
Anthony LeBlanc_ 17
Darrell Mackey_ 77
Ralph Bamber _188
Total: ______691_________
Congratulations, to Ralph Bamber and Pamella K. Masterson - Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center Board members.






















Your providers at Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic want to remind you that your health is essential. We want to reach out to make sure everyone is staying safe and healthy. We understand staying home to protect yourselves from COVID-19, but do not put your other health conditions on hold. We do not want a medical problem getting worse by waiting too long.
Our clinic is safe and ready to see you. Please do not think that you are burdening our medical staff by making an appointment. We work in healthcare because we care about your health, that will never change. We have put into place recommended new precautions to keep our patients safe. Every patient and staff member is screened according to guidelines daily and masks are being worn at all times.
We have also implemented Telehealth visits. These are visits you can do from the comfort of your home using a safe video conferencing software with your smartphone, tablet or computer. You and your provider will be able to see each other face-to-face. Our providers are very accommodating and will make sure you are taken care of safely, even if that means they need to see you inside your vehicle.

We have many options available for appointments. To schedule an appointment with your primary provider, please call (719) 523-6628 and we will find the best and safest choice for you.


Southeast Colorado Hospital would like to announce the start of telehealth services. We expect to go live the week of April 20th. We will be able to serve your medical needs in the comfort of your own home via your computer, tablet, or cell phone. This will be a new process for all of us, and we look forward to working through the challenges of new technology.

Telehealth visit information:
 Providers will have blocks of time they are available for telehealth sessions to ensure that support is available during your telehealth session. This ensures that the provider will be available and ready to handle your telehealth appointment as scheduled. We will start with a limited time and adjust as need arises.

 We ask that you have a valid cell phone number and/or email address on file with us. Your telehealth visit will be set up with a texted and/or emailed a link. Initially, telehealth sessions will require a payment method of credit or debit card for your co-pay/deductible. We are exploring additional payment options and will notify you if and when other payment options become available.

 Acute visits are available with rotating providers from 3-5pm daily. This will help fill the gap until we can re-start late clinic scheduling. These acute visits will need to be scheduled as opposed to walk in.

 We ask that you review your insurance information when you are going through the check-in process. In some cases, you may be billed for the full visit amount if this information is incorrect.

 There may be times that the provider needs to do a physical exam. In these instances, you will be asked to schedule a regular office visit so they can see you.

 Prescriptions and labs can be ordered right from your telehealth visit, just like a regular clinic visit.

 The providers will need to ask your permission; at least at the first visit, to utilize telehealth services.



Hello Southeast Colorado - Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center would like to thank each and every one of you for your efforts in containing COVID 19. So many times; you have gone out of your way, to support our hospital district and each other in these times of hardship and isolation. Our team wants to thank you; for everything you do, as you make masks and gowns for healthcare staff and each other. There are so many ways that you are helping to reduce and battle COVID 19. We hope you will join us in supporting the words written by Jessami Graham our Baca County Health Department Director: It is essential for everyone to continue to follow strict social distancing and the stay at home requirement to fight the spread of the Coronavirus. To prevent community-wide transmission in Baca County, it is important to vigilantly follow state and public health orders.

Please stay home as much as possible.
• You can leave your home to do a limited number of specific things.
• When you go out, you must follow Social Distancing Requirements and wear a mask at our governor's request.
• People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence at all times, except when they need to get necessary medical care. Necessary medical care does not include most "elective" procedures, which currently are prohibited.
• Only essential travel is allowed.
• Sick people must not go to work.

What are necessary activities?
Activities, tasks and errands you must do to keep yourself, your family, and your household members safe and healthy. Necessary activities include:
• Getting essential medical care, medical supplies, and equipment, and medicine.
• Getting food and supplies for yourself, your animals, your family, and your household members. That means the supplies you need to live a healthy life, keep a safe and healthy home, and get supplies you need to work or learn at home.
• Caring for a family member, vulnerable person, or animals that are in a different location than your home.
• Walking your dog or feeding animals.
• Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, cross-county skiing, running, etc. Group sports or activities that would break Social Distancing Requirements are prohibited.
• Going to work or providing essential products and services for a critical business or critical government function. It can be hard to figure out what is considered essential or critical. People are encouraged to understand what is in the order and follow it closely.
What are Social Distancing Requirements?
• Keeping 6 feet of physical distance between all people at all times. The 6-foot rule does not apply to people who live in the same house as you. In other words, your roommate and family. But if you, your family, or your roommates get sick, you or they must self-isolate.
• Washing hands as often as you can. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue away. Use your sleeve or inner elbow if a tissue is not available.
Again, Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center would like to thank each and every one of you for your efforts in containing COVID 19. Together we can get through the COVID 19 outbreak.


NOTICE OF ELECTION
§1-13.5-502, C.R.S.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, and, particularly, to the electors of the SOUTHEAST COLORADO HOSPITAL District of BACA County, Colorado:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an election will be held on the 5th day of May, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Board of Directors of the District have designated the following polling places:
POLLING PLACES
Springfield - Resource Center; 1260 Main Street, Springfield, CO
Pritchett - Community Building, 300 Randolph Street, Pritchett, CO
Campo - Town of Campo Fire Department Building, 413 Oak Street, Campo, CO

At said election, the electors of the District shall vote for not more than 2 Directors to serve the following terms of office on the Board of Directors of the District:
The names of persons nominated as Director for a THREE-Year Term:
Carla Dickey
Pamela Crane
Pamella K. Masterson
Kristine "Kristy" Kay Turner
Chambrey Johnson
Ruth Marie Porter
Anthony LeBlanc
Darrell Mackey
Ralph Bamber



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04/02/2020 THIS IS A RAPIDLY EVOLVING AND FLUID SITUATION. INFORMATION AND ACTION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME. BE PREPARED TO BE FLEXIBLE AND PATIENT

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS WIDELY

4/02/20 Baca County Update: 4th Positive County Case. Please, take the time to read and understand this entire message.

Hello to all. The Baca County Public Health Agency (BCPHA) has received a lab report on another resident from Baca County that has tested positive to COVID-19. This will be the 4th positive case in Baca County.

Out of respect for patient privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):
• The person
o was placed into quarantine while awaiting test results.
o was tested because they had symptoms and been in contact with a known positive COVID 19 person in another area.
o was placed into isolation after receiving test results and will remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset AND 72 hours of being fever free AND patient has improvement of symptoms.
o is recovering
o is a resident of Baca County.

A thorough epidemiological investigation is currently underway, with absolute priority given to contact investigations, risk assessments, and isolation/quarantine information (disease control and containment measures) based upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Here is what you can do right now:
• COMPLY WITH ALL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS CURRENTLY IN PLACE, INCLUDING THE NEW "STAY AT HOME" ORDER. THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders-explained
• If you are in a high risk group, take extra precautions.
• Cover your cough and/or sneeze.
• Keep your fingers and hands away from your face.
• Wash your hands a lot.
• Remember not everyone with COVID-19 symptoms needs a test or will be able to be tested, please go to https://covid19.colorado.gov/testing for more information about testing.
• Stay informed by trusted and reliable sources.
• Be careful about believing what you read on social media sites.
• If you are sick, please call your healthcare provider and they will provide you with instructions on what to do next. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call Southeast Colorado Hospital District at (719) 523-6628. ALWAYS call your healthcare provider FIRST before you go to the office, so they can give you instructions.
• Only go to the Emergency Room (ER) if it is an emergency. Only you can decide if it is truly an emergency or not, but emergencies typically are life threatening and time sensitive.

My community updates and other information can be found at the following website: https://www.bacacountyco.gov


Southeast Colorado Hospital District will comply with the current recommendations and government orders regarding COVID-19. We ask our patients understanding in these difficult times.
Please know, that social isolation is working! The COVID -19 cases in Colorado continue to rise; but, certainly not at a rate that has been seen in other places that did not enact early social isolation. When everyone does their part, it helps!!
Please note the following:
All non-urgent/emergent procedures and visits should be postponed until the restrictions are lifted. We are currently working diligently to use telehealth for those patients who need to check in; but, should not be out in the public.
Independent adults should come to visits alone if possible. We understand an elderly parent may need to have a companion and that is fine, please limit this to ONE person.
Children; where possible, should only be accompanied by ONE parent. While we understand there are single parents who have no choice and will certainly accommodate them. It is important we limit the numbers of people in the clinic at one time.
We will be suspending routine labs for the interim. Your provider will consult on routine labs and determine if they are still needed at this particular point in time or if they can be postponed for a period of time.


Southeast Colorado Hospital and Medical Clinic cares about our patients and their health. We have been closely following the developments of COVID-19 in the state. Social distancing is being recommended to prevent the spread of this virus. This is especially important in rural areas like ours where resources are in short supply.
The medical providers at the clinic would request that any individual with non-urgent appointments over the next 2 weeks, please consider postponement of those appointments. Please call your provider and discuss with the staff whether a phone check in might be more appropriate.
Routine check ups for high blood pressure, diabetes, medication changes could likely be handled via telephone without having to expose yourself and others to potential infection. Rest assured, we will remain open to meet all of your urgent medical needs. The staff of the clinic will be contacting patients with non-emergent visits scheduled to offer postponement of visits. WE will continue with late clinic as usual 4pm-6pm Monday through Thursday.

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS of fever (100.4*+), shortness of breath, cough and have been in any of the high-risk areas, PLEASE call the clinic or hospital first rather than just walking in. We have many elderly and at risk people in our facility and want to do all we can to minimize the risk of exposure. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO DON A MASK! While we understand these can be uncomfortable, they are necessary to protect everyone.

Even in cases of suspected COVID19, not every patient is appropriate for testing nor hospitalization. There are limited number of tests available in the United States at this time and we are tasked with being judicious with them. You may be triaged on the phone and asked to self-quarantine.

Advise from public health officials and the science community are rapidly changing-sometimes daily. We are committed to providing our community with the latest information as it becomes available as well as protecting those whom we serve.

The Medical Staff at Southeast Colorado Hospital.
Ryan McComb, MD Chief of Staff Andrea Wismann, MD
Janette Javier, MD Antonio Manalo, MD
Melvin Viney, FNP Staci Bishop PA-C













PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Date: March 12, 2020
Contact: Dave Engel; dengel@sechosp.org

COVID-19 Local Information from Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center

Springfield. CO- Like other healthcare facilities in the US, Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center (SECHD) has been working on their COVID-19 response plan since January. This is a rapidly changing situation, and it's hard to predict exactly how COVID-19 may affect our communities. What we're seeing in other areas tells us that once spread is detected in a community, numbers can increase quickly. We continue to work with our local and state health departments as well follow as the CDC recommendations to update our plans and strategies. We will be updating our coordinated communications on our Facebook page and on our sechosp.org website regularly.

"This is a rapidly evolving situation. We want people to be aware that, as always, SECHD continues to work to provide the care our community needs in the event we start seeing cases in our area. Many areas are testing for COVID-19, but there are no confirmed cases in Baca County at this time. We're updating this daily should it change." - Karma Wilson SECHD Infection Control.
Currently, SECHD is asking that if you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call ahead to your provider whenever you are accessing care so they can be prepared for your arrival.
There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but there are many actions you can take to protect yourself from getting COVID-19. These are the same actions that can protect you from getting any respiratory illness. (https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus)