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Southeast Colorado 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.
Dental hygiene services are also offered by Cindy Packard a Dental Hygiene Graduate of Amarillo College. She will be scheduling Hygienist appointments through Gentle Hygiene Clinic to be performed at Southeast Colorado Rural Health Dental Clinic, 900 Church St., Springfield: (719) 529-9811.




























Wellness Ideas for January 2021

Staying active and getting outside in Southern Colorado can show great benefit as we age and live. It is important to ensure that we are emotionally, mentally, and physically taking care of ourselves. The COVID 19 Pandemic has made it hard to get out in the last two-thirds of the year. When we could get out there were times when the clouds or weather patterns made it hard to get out into the sun. When we spend all day indoors, we may feel our moods and overall outlook decline. Winter can cause us to develop routines that do not allow for much exercise or outdoor activity. The early darkening in the evenings often gives us the urge to stay inside or to avoid traveling to see nature. Here are a few ideas for staying active and involved: explore the outdoors, join clubs, serve on local committees / boards, and explore nature in our area. Baca county is home to five of the fourteen "Colorado Birding" trails. Picture Canyon is a place that is unrivaled in it's uniqueness and petroglyphs. The Carrizzo Canyon is full of winter birds and wildlife. Turk's Pond has 55 surface acres of lake and provides fishing and relaxation. If you have never seen them; I encourage you to go out and explore them all; when it is safe to do so. Many locals get out and walk on the area school district grounds or walk in the area businesses as they shop. These businesses really need our support and patronage this year and their areas provide great areas for maintaining physical fitness in a safe and warm environment. This is a great time of year to begin a wellness plan designed with your healthcare provider during your yearly wellness exam. You can call (719) 523-6628 to set an appointment at the Rural Health Clinic. Sometimes there is a need for rehabilitation or therapy to regain strength and balance and your provider can guide you to better health. Many rehabilitation plans offer balance and fitness training which can prevent future falls or accidents and extend right through winter as well as being specifically aimed at older patients. Enjoy your winter with wellness and fun activities. 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.


2020 Year End Giving
The end of the year for 2020 is upon us and charitable donations to Southeast Colorado Hospital District will need to be received and deposited by 12 30, 2020 for "2020 tax purposes and deductions". The CARES act donations are now 100% itemizable for taxpayers. All gifts are eligible for tax deductions. The CARES Act offers additional incentives in effect only through Dec. 31, 2020. The available deductions on qualified charitable contributions for this year have been increased to: 100% of adjusted gross income for individual taxpayers who itemize their deductions. This is up from 60% of adjusted gross income for individual donors who itemize outside of the CARES Act. For individual taxpayers who take the standard deduction and do not itemize, the CARES Act allows for a $300 above-the-line deduction.

The standard method of making a contribution to Southeast Colorado Hospital District is to hand carry a donation to 373 E. Tenth Street Springfield CO or mail a check to the Southeast Colorado Hospital District offices at 373 E. Tenth Ave Springfield, CO 81073 Attn: Dorothy Burke. A reminder that they will need to be received and deposited by 12 30, 2020 for "2020 tax purposes and deductions". However, this method is not the only form of payment mechanism available; if you have questions call, (719) 523-4501 and ask for Dorothy Burke or Steve Sanchez. All givers will be given an immediate receipt upon donation of any kind.

Donations are a good way to put direction to the finances we have built in our lifetime, and giving in the way to benefit the most others and leave a legacy is satisfying. We would like you and the people of the Southeast region to think of the hospital as you set up your yearly tax deductions and giving or developing your final will and testament to direct your giving and philanthropy to do the most good. Some people in their golden years and retirement are looking for a good place to give their assets and to set up benefactors. Many people do not have family or want to see our life's work, giving, and philanthropy live on in our area. Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center; your local hospital, is a local publicly owned non-profit organization that has served the people of Baca County and the Southeast Region since 1969.

Here are valuable websites to search for verification of your best giving option- https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/most-taxpayers-can-deduct-up-to-300-in-charitable-contributions-without-itemizing-deductions

https://www.irs.gov/about-irs/special-tax-deductions-available-this-year-for-cash-donations-to-charities-irs-works-to-raise-awareness





















































A brief update from SECHD...

Dear fellow Baca County citizens,

Our hospital district has seen a sudden surge of patients needing care for COVID-19 illness and its associated complications. This reflects what is occurring throughout the state of Colorado.

To put it in perspective, our first case of COVID-19 was reported on 3/27/2020. On 10/16/2020, there were 24 reported cases of COVID-19 in our county. As of 11/25/2020, we have 104 reported cases. We have had 80 cases in just under 6 weeks, and every day brings more cases. These are people who reside in Baca County, not those who live elsewhere. These are our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. The illness has also consumed our healthcare staff, and that only leaves us with limited staff to care for seriously ill patients all hours of the day. We don't want to be in a position that we cannot care for your loved ones if we don't have the personnel.

Furthermore, rising cases in our state means that there are fewer hospitals who can accommodate patients here who require more critical care. This means we may not be able to find a bed in an ICU (intensive care unit) if you or your family needs it for a heart attack, stroke or trauma. This is a very real possibility.

We have an aging population in our county, many of whom can become seriously ill with COVID-19 or other infectious diseases. Even though most individuals may have limited symptoms, we have no way of predicting who will have a mild case or who will die from it. This disease has claimed young and old, healthy and chronically ill alike. We as a county should look out for each other, especially for the most vulnerable among us. If you are exposed to a known positive person, don't wait for public health to call you--isolate and quarantine yourself to limit the spread.

Let's come together against a common enemy that does not care about age, race, gender, or politics. Please follow safety precautions that have been universally recommended - wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.

And remember, we are here for you, and we are all in this together.

SECHD Administration and Medical Staff.

Thank you,

Dave Engel - FACHE

With December arriving we need to take a moment to "thank" each and every one of you from Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center. We are proud of our people, community, facilities, and the accomplishments of 2020. Our team of professionals works hard daily to provide the best patient experience and care possible. Food service staff provide hearty meals and healthy living suggestions. Our awesome nursing staff continue to be the perpetuation of the spirit of Florence Nightingale. Our maintenance and cleaning services are second to none completing many projects and learning the needed skills and new services to meet disease prevention requirements this year. We are proud of the quality professionals and world class radiology services. Our providers are top professionals in their field. Our physical therapy department is second to none with state-of-the-art treatment, rehabilitation, and services. Home health continues to meet our communities needs and are a great asset to our team. We have specialty doctors and dental services to help people cut down on the travel that is required. Clinical, front office, customer support, and billing staff are deserving of praise for the extra they have done this year. Our respiratory department continues to provide top-quality service during this very busy time. The ambulance and emergency medical staff have had a busy year and continue to champion with their team. Our Rural Health Clinic has provided quality care as it adapted and provided many extra telehealth services during COVID 19. We have state of the art lab services with new blood diagnosis equipment and a great staff. Support staff have gone above-and-beyond this past year. Call (719) 523-6628 to set up your wellness check. We thank you for your continued business and we have so much to be thankful for here at Southeast Colorado Hospital District. Kudos, to the staff and praises to the Board of Directors and to the community that envisioned this and made it happen in 1969.
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 or needs you may have.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center welcomes in "National Handwashing Awareness Week" our celebration on the first seven days of December. Handwashing has never been a more important skill to gain the win in the battle against the COVID - 19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls hand washing "a do-it-yourself vaccine" and suggests five easy steps: Wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry. Experts recommend washing your hands with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure to get a good lather going and clean the back of the hands, between the fingers, and under the nails. Dry your hands using a clean towel. There is a lot of science behind these recommendations, so be sure to follow them each time you wash your hands. Personal hygiene begins and ends with our hands. It is important to remember that germs don't care what time of day it is. Now is a great time to call, (719) 523-6628 to set up your wellness check and to talk to your provider about your handwashing technique. Four handwashing principles that are endorsed by the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians, are: 1) Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating; 2) Do not cough into your hands; 3) Do not sneeze into your hands; and 4) Don't put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth. Clean hands prevent sickness; so, it is especially important to work to maintain good hand hygiene. We celebrate National Handwashing Awareness Week because it reminds us to take hand cleanliness and hygiene seriously.
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 or needs you may have.

November is "National Diabetes Month", a month set aside for Diabetes awareness. An estimated 84 million Americans are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes--and Southeast Colorado has one of the highest rates diabetes in Colorado. Someone you love could be among them. You can help friends, family members, and you learn about the risks of type 2 diabetes. Call (719) 523-6628 for your annual wellness visit. Knowing your medical realities will help you plan for the long haul, and Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center will be here to support you. Southeast Colorado Hospital District is offering classes for Diabetes Management and understanding your diabetes, to help those diagnosed with diabetes. Many people don't realize that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or even prevented with healthy lifestyle changes. This means that even if your loved ones are at risk for diabetes, there's still time for them to take steps necessary to delay or prevent type II diabetes. You can review resources on diabetes.org or consult with your health professional, to develop a plan to preserve your health. Take things slowly: your health will not change overnight. Consult with a doctor or other health care professional. There are many people on a diabetes care team, from your primary care provider to our diabetes care class professionals, an endocrinologist, and sometimes a mental health counselor. Nearly half; of all American adults, live with diabetes or prediabetes, and chances are someone you love is one of them. Encourage them to explore their diabetes risk this month.
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.

Important Community Health Message - COVID-19
COVID-19, also called coronavirus, is a significant health issue in our country today. Here are some reminders to help contain the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe. We are in this together.


Recent increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country are deeply concerning. In the past 4 - 6 weeks positive cases have quadrupled from 23 to 79. Some areas will experience new peaks in the coming weeks. The second wave is here, even though the first wave never truly subsided.

Please, for our community, stay on guard. Wear a mask, get a flu shot, avoid large gatherings, and practice social distancing. This pandemic is not disappearing on its own. Lives of loved ones are still on the line.

As your local healthcare resource, we are dealing with the toll of this virus and are doing everything possible to care for our community in a safe manner. We need healthy staff to care for you.

Please continue to take precautions, especially as the holidays and our regular flu season approach.

Some facts:
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone should wear masks in public settings, including at events and gatherings, for public or mass transportation - whenever you will be around others.
• In addition to masks, the CDC recommends social distancing and regular handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
• Travel increases the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
• With Thanksgiving and other holidays approaching, consider alternative ways to "gather" and "visit." Limit in-person get-togethers; stay home if you are sick. Outside events are preferable. Also, an event should be kept small, ideally 10 people or fewer.

Thank you,

Dave Engel - FACHE
CEO
Southeast Colorado Hospital District
373 E. 10th Ave.
Springfield, CO 81073
719-523-4501 Ext. 130

For Immediate Release
Monday, November 2, 2020
Conor Cahill |conor.cahill@state.co.us
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AARP Recognizes Colorado as Model for Addressing COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
AARP Recognizes Colorado as
Model for Addressing COVID-19 in Nursing Homes


DENVER - The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recognized Colorado as a model for addressing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. AARP has launched a new Nursing Home Dashboard with state-by-state data showing Colorado's progress mitigating spread in long-term care facilities.

"It's an honor to receive this recognition from one of the nation's most distinguished organizations focused on addressing issues affecting older Americans," said Governor Polis. "We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for seniors living in nursing homes. While we are still fighting this virus, it is heartening to know that our Residential Care Strike Team is now being used as a national model."

In its initial assessment, analyzing data through Sept. 20, Colorado fared significantly better than the U.S. national average in three critical categories:
• Nursing Home Resident Cases (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 1 per 100 residents.
o National state average: 2.6 per 100 residents.
• Nursing Home Resident Deaths (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 0.17 per 100 residents.
o National state average: 0.48 per 100 residents.
• Nursing Home Staff Cases (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 0.9 per 100 residents.
National state average: 2.5 per 100 residents.

"I commend Gov. Jared Polis and CDPHE, and specifically the Residential Care Strike Team, for their leadership as national models for proactively addressing a difficult situation," said Bob Murphy, the State Director of AARP Colorado.

"We have made tremendous progress reducing COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities, thanks in large part to decisive action taken by the Residential Care Strike Team back in May," said Randy Kuykendall, CDPHE director of health facilities. "The Strike Team will continue to meet and make recommendations for as long as the virus remains a threat in group-living settings."

The Residential Care Strike Team was formed in May and immediately set to work addressing five main areas: testing, enforcement and education, increased access to personal protective equipment, isolation plans, and staffing improvements.

In the U.S. more than 84,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19, representing 40 percent of all COVID-19 fatalities in the nation, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's most recent analysis released October 8.

Additional data points providing more information about each category in the AARP Nursing Home Dashboard are available online at aarp.org/NursingHomeDashboard.



























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











































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















































Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic
Acute Care options expanding


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.

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)