Hospital News

(Visit Information)-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.
For long term care or the memory unit visits call KayCee McCallum at (719) 523-2159.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District--Rural Health Clinic offers a 'New Chronic Pain Management' specialty clinic for patients! Call for a consult or an appointment at (719) 523-6628 or (719) 523-2087.
Chronic Pain Management Procedures-
Epidural injections for back and neck pain
Image-guided joint injections (spine and peripheral) steroids
Radiofrequency ablation for longer term management of neck, back, knees and shoulders
Trigger point injections for muscle pain
Piriformis injections for buttocks pain
Migraine and headache treatments
Lumbar puncture for diagnostic and therapeutic evaluation
Cervical, thoracic, lumbar facets and medial branch injections

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.
LATE CLINIC -Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic resumed extended office hours on April 19th, 2021.
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.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District Completes Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
Resulting Plan Aims to Improve Area Health and Wellness
SPRINGFIELD, CO January 2021

Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center
373 East Tenth Ave.
Springfield, CO 81073

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Sanchez Community Relations Manager

Southeast Colorado Hospital District Completes Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
Resulting Plan Aims to Improve Area Health and Wellness
SPRINGFIELD, CO January 2021 - Southeast Colorado Hospital District (SECHD) is pleased to announce that it has issued its latest Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a report following a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the community's healthcare use, practices and needs.

The CHNA report includes health-related information from myriad local and other sources and identifies the greatest health needs in our community.

"We studied our hospital's service area, which includes Baca County," said Dave Engel, Chief Executive Officer, SECHD, part of the hospital leadership team involved in the study along with consulting partner, Community Hospital Consulting (CHC Consulting) of Plano, Texas. "The analyses include a careful review of the most current health data available, local demographics and input from several representatives of our community. The CHNA process is very thorough, and culminates in a blueprint CHNA report and implementation plan intended to address our area's most significant needs over the next three years."

SECHD has identified the most significant areas of focus over the coming months and years:
1. Access to Dental Care Services and Providers
2. Continued Emphasis on Primary and Specialty Provider Recruitment and Retention to Increase Access to Local Care
3. Prevention, Education and Services to Address High Mortality Rates, Chronic Diseases, Preventable Conditions and Unhealthy Lifestyles
4. Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care Services and Providers
5. Access to Affordable Care and Reducing Health Disparities Among Specific Populations

As part of the Affordable Care Act, tax-exempt hospitals are required to complete a CHNA once every three years.

"COVID-19 is something we [and other hospitals] were not familiar with prior to 2020 and therefore was not addressed in our previous CHNA. Anything unknown like this helps display areas for improvement that we only 'practice' toward. Putting an unknown into action solidifies planning and preparation, and the eventual deployment of these two elements. We learned and developed enhancements to our planning and preparation that would have remained dormant had we not faced the challenge of a pandemic. We are now better prepared for similar future challenges," added Dave Engel, Chief Executive Officer, SECHD. "CHNAs can help identify needs we can incorporate in future strategic planning initiatives. Feedback from those interviewed for the report validated many of the initiatives we have been pursuing. As we engage in our upcoming strategic planning initiatives, the information collected during this process will be valuable."

Along with SECHD leadership, CHC Consulting's experienced Planning Team led the CHNA process and produced the final report. CHC Consulting has conducted more than 100 CHNA reports for hospitals and other health care organizations using proven processes that line up with IRS regulations. CHC Consulting's knowledgeable team produces CHNA reports, facilitates certain CHNA steps (depending on the clients' needs) and/or reviews CHNA and Implementation Plans for accuracy once completed by individual hospitals. "Partnering with CHC has brought great value to SECHD. Their professional staff provided a superior review of systems and services through interviews with community members / leaders and has provided SECHD with a quality CHNA report." Dave Engel, CEO.
Benefits derived from performing a CHNA include:
Improved relationships and communications with local civic organizations and state and local public health organizations
Accurate performance metrics and benchmarks for quantifying future progress
Increased understanding of local health and wellness needs
CHNAs typically identify top health and social concerns, including:
Chronic health issues like diabetes, obesity and heart problems
Mental health issues
Substance abuse with opioids, alcohol and illicit drugs
Attracting and retaining high-quality medical professionals
Attracting younger families to rural communities
Achieving access to healthcare
Providing sufficient access to primary care and elder care
SECHD invites all community members to provide feedback on its CHNA and Implementation Plan report. To view or download the full CHNA report, please visit our website here []. Information on how to provide feedback is included at the end of the report, as well as at the site of the report download.
About Southeast Colorado Hospital District
Southeast Colorado Hospital District is a 23-bed community hospital serving residents of Baca County and surrounding communities. At Southeast Colorado Hospital District, patients benefit from the latest medical technology along with comprehensive healthcare from highly skilled physicians, nurses and professional staff. Our services include inpatient and outpatient care, a 24-hour emergency department, outpatient/elective surgeries and procedures, rehabilitation, home health, hospice, Long Term Care, Emergency Medical, as well as laboratory and imaging services.
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