Upcoming Events

Each year at tax time we look for ways that our giving can benefit our community and not just be paid in general taxes. Donations to the hospital district or the hospital foundation are a good way to put direction to these finances and other funds we have built-up in our lifetime. Giving can be done in such a way that it will benefit our area and leave a legacy that gives us personal satisfaction. Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center is your local non-profit that would like you and the people of the Southeast region to think of us as the benefactor as you set up your yearly tax deductions, giving or developing your final will and testament, 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 do not have family but want to see their life's work, giving, and philanthropy live on in our area. Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center; your local hospital and Long Term Care Center, is a local publicly owned non-profit organization that has served the people of Baca County and the Southeast Region since 1969. Recent legislation includes several provisions to help individuals and businesses who give to charities. The new law generally extends four temporary tax changes through the end of 2021. The IRS overview of the 2021 changes are listed at: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/expanded-tax-benefits-help-individuals-and-businesses-give-to-charity-in-2021 and covers 1.) Deduction for individuals who don't itemize 2.) Cash donations 3.)100% limit on eligible cash contributions made by taxpayers who itemize deductions. 4.) Corporate limit increased to 25% of taxable income.

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. However, this method is not the only form of donation payment mechanism available; please, contact your accountant, legal counsel, or financial advisor for specific questions about your giving. If you have general 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. Non-cash giving can be discussed in a case by case basis.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District and our Foundation have each been approved as an enterprise zone for tax credits when you donate. Information on the state Enterprise Zone program can be found at http://choosecolorado.com/doing-business/incentives-financing/ez/
The Colorado legislature created the Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program to encourage development in economically distressed areas of the state.
In designated enterprise zones:
• businesses are eligible for state income tax credits and sales and use tax exemptions for specific business investments
• economic development projects form by incentivizing taxpayers to contribute through state income tax credits
• taxpayers who contribute to enterprise zone projects may earn income tax credits
Businesses within enhanced rural enterprise zones earn additional tax credits, Southeast Colorado Hospital District is one.

PRESS RELEASE from Southeast Colorado Hospital District,

Subject: LEGAL NOTICE TO MEDICAL PATRONS: The program that has been paying for the Uninsured COVID Claims through the HRSA program for Covid care ends March 22, 2022.

March 22nd at 11:59 PM ET, HRSA will not accept any claims for uninsured COVID19 care. The HRSA program no longer has funds to cover this type of care.

This includes RHC visits and any hospital visits for covid care for the self-pay /uninsured.

Notice is hereby given that self-pay and uninsured patients who come in for COVID19 care will no longer be covered by HRSA and uninsured or self-pay services that HRSA funded ends March 22, 2022, and that each patient is given notice that your costs and visit for COVID19 care will be self-pay. You can talk with Marcia or Sheryl at (719) 523-4501 to see if other financial assistance programs may be available.

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 month of April our country has been experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

We have exciting upcoming events that are anticipated to draw crowds and 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 to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine.

We offer dental care at Southeast Colorado Hospital Clinic. Dentist Dr. Nathan Cejka or Dr. Ken are providing dental services to children and adults; that include, but are not limited to: sleep dentistry, dental surgery, emergencies, dentures, zirconia crowns, bridges, implants, fillings, clear braces, wisdom teeth, extractions, and root canals. Appointments are made through Lindsey Bailey: (720) 666-1162.

We are accepting applications for our next "Free Nurse Aide Class" at Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care in Springfield CO."

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 filled.
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.