Upcoming Events

Medicare open enrollment begins October 15th and ends December 7th.

As January 1st approaches, Medicare beneficiaries will again be faced with the decision as to which prescription drug plan they wish to use during the upcoming 2022 year. Southeast Colorado Hospital District would like to remind you as you make this decision that all plans are not accepted by all pharmacies. Make certain that the one you choose is accepted by your pharmacist.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District would like to let you know that we will no longer be participating in all Medicare Advantage Plans. These plans combine Medicare Prescription Drug coverage (Part D) with your Medicare Part A and Part B plans, these are called MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, MEDICARE REPLACEMENT PLAN, or Community Plan.

If you choose one of these plans, you will need to find a provider that accepts them. You are subject to the requirements and limitations for treatment that the plan requires (limited choice of providers, pre-authorizations, etc.).

Presently Southeast Colorado Hospital District including the Physicians Clinic in Springfield do not accept any of these combined plans nor are we able to provides services that are covered by Medicare Advantage plans.
However, we still participate in the traditional Medicare Part A and B program.

At this time are no Medicare Advantage Plans that are offered for Baca County. Medicare Advantage plans that are presented to us for services will be considered out of network-patient costs will be higher.

The reason that Southeast Colorado Hospital District does not accept these plans, we have not been assured that we will be paid at least our costs for providing services. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact Dorothy Burke or Aviana Suarez at Southeast Colorado Hospital at 719-523-4501.

If you find that you inadvertently signed up for Medicare Advantage, you have until March 31st to change back to traditional Medicare.
ast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center

Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center wants to remind the public that they're still open for business; even in the wake of restrictions from COVID-19. We are here for your wellness, support, and medical care; especially, we want you here if you are facing an illness or emergency.
Doctors and providers at the Southeast Colorado Hospital District; hospital, clinic, rehabilitation, specialty clinics, laboratory, respiratory therapy, radiology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, cardiac, vascular, pulmonary and wound care departments are reporting that traffic in the patient areas are down because people are concerned they may catch the virus that causes COVID-19 in a waiting room; but we say that, if you are sick or need care, you need to call ahead then come in, as we are "open for business.".
Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center wants to remind you that our Emergency Department is still operating 24/7, along with our regular patient hours at our Medical Clinic.
We have special outside COVID-19 testing areas and COVID 19 protocols that do everything possible to protect our patients. We ask you to always "call ahead" and if you have suspected COVID-19 we can triage and isolate potential COVID-19 cases. People who are seeking treatment out of concern for possible novel coronavirus infection are not in waiting rooms of emergency departments or our clinic without proper isolation and protocols for patient safety.
"We appreciate you; our friends and neighbors for adapting so quickly to our changes to help prepare for patients with COVID-19. It is equally important to us that you know we are still prepared to serve anyone who has a medical issue that requires immediate or ongoing care. Your health is still very important to us; at this time, as well. Unfortunately, we've had instances where individuals have waited at home a little too long before they came to see us. We understand patients don't want to unnecessarily expose themselves to germs in the waiting room, but time matters when it comes to many serious conditions." Says, CEO David Engel, Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center.
At the very least, someone who is experiencing an issue with their health who is uncomfortable coming into our services should contact their primary care physician and follow their advice if they're told to come to our clinic or emergency department.
Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center are 'OPEN FOR BUSINESS, and here to serve the Southeast Region.
Thank you.

The country has been experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases, largely attributed to the delta variant. Baca County has been experiencing a rise in cases as well. Individuals infected with the variant produce higher amounts of the virus and the incubation period for the virus is shorter; for these reasons, it is thought that this variant is more easily transmitted and infectious, more so than the original strain. Unfortunately, a lot of those infected with this strain are unvaccinated.

We have exciting upcoming events that are anticipated to draw crowds, and we providers of Baca County would like to remind you how to stay safe while you enjoy yourself at these activities:
• Wear a mask while you are in crowds. Being vaccinated can help protect you from severe illness due to COVID-19, but it does not guarantee that you will never get sick.
• Maintain social distancing as much as possible.
• Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• If you are experiencing fever, cough, body aches, headaches, shortness of breath, nausea, and/or vomiting, please stay home, quarantine yourself, and follow up with your primary care provider by contacting the clinic at the next available opportunity.
Lastly, if you have not yet been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so, or at least consider getting the vaccine. It can decrease the chances of you becoming gravely ill from COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the clinics, hospital, or at Baca County Public Health.Call Public Health at 719-523-6532 ask for Pat or Cindi to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine.

We are accepting applications for our next "Free Nurse Aide Class" at Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care in Springfield CO."
- Duration: 3 Weeks
- Time: Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is on the front lines of patient / resident care. The nursing assistant position is certainly one of the most vital to daily operations for the nursing care facility, your compassion and skill in patient/resident care will help minimize the stress of those who are sick or unable to care for themselves.

Do you need to start working prior to the CNA class? We offer positions as Support Staff, as you start the transition towards obtaining your Certified Nursing Assistant License.
- You will also be getting paid while you are attending the Nurse Aide class.

Class will begin:
As we fill a class roster.
Requirements for the class:
o you must be 16 or older
o no record of a felony, No Violent or theft crime
o must pass a drug screening
o must pass a reading comprehensive test
o and pass an interview.
How to apply:
o Corey Castle, Human Resources, at 719-523-4501, ext #160 or email ccastle@sechosp.org
o Sheri Reed Resident Care Coordinator (719) 523-2016, ext# 216 or email residentcare@sechosp.org.
o Glenice Wade, ADON, (719) 523-2141 ext #141 or email gwade@sechosp.org
o SECHD offer competitive wages.
o An increase in wage after certification.
o Full Time employees SECHD offers life insurance of $10 K, Medical, Dental and Vision, Aflac, vacation, and sick time, 3% matching for retirement after 1 year, option for 457.
o Part Time employees Dental and Vision, Aflac, vacation, and sick time, 3% matching for retirement after 1 year, option for 457.
o Per Diem employees (that is as needed if you are not interested in full or part time or maybe you're a full time student and work when you can) you are offered sick time, option for 457 and .50 more per hour.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District--Rural Health Clinic offers a 'New Chronic Pain Management'
specialty clinic for patients-"IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR LIFE BACK"!
While some pain can be treated through self-care measures, it's important to understand and treat the underlying causes of pain instead of masking the pain with medications. We understand that no two patients are alike. That is why we are dedicated to find the best treatment options that are individualized just for you. We offer a range of cutting-edge opioid alternatives that can relieve chronic pain. LET US HELP YOU FIND THE BEST TREATMENT OPTION FOR YOU. For a consult or an appointment call (719) 523-6628 or (719) 523-2087.

LATE CLINIC -Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic resumed extended office hours.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: *An appointment must be called and scheduled. Due to social distancing/crowd control rules we cannot offer "walk in" appointments at this time. Please, call 719-523-6628.
TELEHEALTH appointments are available during this time frame. See the provider from the comfort of your own home.
Appointments will be from 4pm-6pm. If no slots are scheduled after 5pm by 5pm, the clinic will close at that time.
Appointment slots are for URGENT, ACUTE illness or injury of a singular nature (ie-ONE complaint). Appointments are scheduled to be very brief. The provider will ask you to make a follow up/regular appointment for any complex, ongoing or numerous issues.
If a complex work up is required in an urgent matter, you may be referred to the emergency department.
If you are not insured, please remember we do have a sliding scale system for discounted visits.

Weekly COVID-19 notification-VISITOR POLICY
Dear Patient and Families,
To ensure excellent patient care, as well as family and visitor safety, the Southeast Colorado Hospital District team are working around the clock to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and may update the guidelines as needed to provide the safest care to everyone.
Visiting Hours and Guidelines:
All visitors are required to wear masks over their nose, mouth, and under their chin AT ALL TIMES. Visitors who do not comply with this rule will be asked to leave.
COVID-19 Screening:
Everyone entering the hospital must check in at the Business Office and complete a daily screening survey. The Business Office will direct all visitors after screening is completed. (From 5pm -7am all visitors must check in at the nurse's station for screening). In order to ensure the safety and health of all patients and our staff, people who show signs and symptoms of a communicable disease will not be permitted to visit.
General Visitation: Inpatient Area (Patients Without COVID-19)
Two healthy visitors per day per patient. Visitors must stay in the room of the patient they are visiting. Do not enter other patients' rooms during the visit. If the patient must leave their room for other medical treatment in the hospital, visitors will not be allowed to accompany them. Visitors should remain in the patient's room until leaving for the day. Once the visitor exits the hospital, they will not be allowed to return until the next day.
General Visitation: Inpatient Area (Patients With COVID-19) Window/video visits only.
Visit to patients who are at end of life: Immediate family: spouse and children.
During this challenging time, we ask that patients and visitors follow the staff's direction and understand that the evolving circumstances will result in variation of visits. Thank you for your patience and for placing your trust in us.
Visiting Hours and Guidelines for Long Term Care Residents:
Visits will continue to be set up by KayCee McCallum. Please call 719-523-2159 to arrange a visit.

All Baca County Residents that wish to get COVID 19 vaccinations should call the SECHD Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628 or sign-up online at https://ptserver.fasthealth.com/web_sech_co/forms/?formID=9315&sub=COVID-19+Vaccine+Signup or on the top header of the face page of the www.sechosp.org website click COVID 19 Vaccine Sign -up and fill in the preregistration form.