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The 2021 year has been active with the COVID-19 pandemic and the variants. Seasonal Flu is already starting across the United States, here are five seasonal planning tips that may help you avoid the flu. Seasonal flu kills 36,000 Americans every year and hospitalizes another 200,000. Health experts are closely monitoring these viruses and others. Seniors, children, and people with chronic illnesses are especially susceptible to seasonal flu. Begin your prepared lifestyle by activating the 5-Step Flu Season Plan Checklist and Tip Sheets in flu season.
1.) Get a Flu Shot. Contact the Southeast Colorado Hospital District Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628 for your 2021-2022 flu shot.
2.) The flu is spread by coughing, sneezing, and touching items that have been in contact with a sick person.
3.) Use great hygiene habits--Use proper hand washing techniques.
4.) Stay home when sick.
5). Make healthy Lifestyle Choices. Get plenty of rest. Eat nutritious foods. Avoid overuse of antibiotics and other infection-fighting remedies. Drink eight glasses of water a day. Regularly exercise, meditate, and make decisions that enhance your physical and mental health. Different types of treatment are available if you do catch the flu. If you contract the flu, you and your medical provider will decide which treatment is right for you. We can screen, or help you adapt and be proactive against the flu or provide your yearly wellness visit. Call the Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628 to schedule an appointment.

















































































































































































Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center

October is "National Healthy Lung Month", a month set aside for lung awareness. The summer of 2021 has been hard on our lungs with the wildfires and their smoke. Your whole body depends on your lungs to keep breathing and your brain and heart are two of the major organs that require more oxygen than any other part. Reactive Airway disease, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), are all possible respiratory health problems. Now that summer is over; here in Southeast Colorado, people are going into the colder months of the year and are most likely to experience trouble breathing. The seasons affect everyone differently. October is the beginning of the tougher time of the year and an appropriate time to think about taking extra care of your health, and your lungs. It's incredibly important to take care of your lungs. Your lungs work distributing oxygen-rich blood throughout your body and get rid of the body's gaseous waste, carbon dioxide. It is a good time to call (719) 523-6628 and do your annual wellness visit. It is important to follow your doctor's advice on your lung health, on medication, and follow-ups. Here are four things you can do to help keep your lungs as healthy as possible- (1) Stop Smoking and Never Start Again (2) Pay Close Attention to Your Breathing (3) Drink Plenty of Water and (4) Avoid Air Pollutants. Sources: American Lung Association. Smoking Facts. https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/American Lung Associations. Nutrition and COPD. https://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd/living-with-copd/nutrition.html

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.



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/Administrator 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.


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.
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At Southeast Colorado Hospital District, we want to champion and thank all the staff and workers in our Rural Health Center and Clinic. Your Southeast Colorado Hospital District Rural / Community Health Center and champion them for the care and value they bring to everyone they serve. August is the month to celebrate "National Health Centers" during the annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's health. We wish to honor our front-line providers, staff, and beloved care givers. Daily our Southeast Colorado Hospital District Rural Health Center finds innovative ways to provide preventative and primary care to Southeast Colorado residents and other patients. Our Rural Health Clinic serves as a beacon of strength, service, and care in our area communities. In moments of pain and loss, they offer support and love. In moments of triumph, they offer hope and a vision for the future. We ask you as Southeast Colorado Residents to come together this month to celebrate the role Southeast Colorado Hospital Districts Rural / Community Health Center plays in both our recent pandemic moments and the past 52 years of triumph. As we commemorate their service and celebrate the future of our Southeast Colorado community health, let's shine a light across the area of the accomplishments of our Rural Health Clinic and their commitment to embody health, compassion, wellness, and the future of primary health care services for all patients. If we may serve you or do your yearly wellness visit, you may wish to call the Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628 to schedule an appointment for your care and wellness.

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.

08/24/2021 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: Emergency Room
One healthy visitor per day per patient. Visitor 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 emergency room for other medical treatment in the hospital, visitor will not be allowed to accompany them. Visitors should remain in the patient's emergency room until leaving for the day.
General Visitation: Outpatient Services (clinic, therapy, lab, and radiology service)
One healthy visitor per patient. Visitor must stay in the room of the patient during the outpatient service.
General Visitation: Inpatient Area
Window/video visits only.
Children under 18 years old are allowed one healthy visitor per day. Visitor must stay in the room of the child. Do not enter other patient's rooms during the visit.
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.

Long Term Care and Memory Units Visits will continue to be set up by KayCee McCallum. Please call 719-523-2159 to arrange a visit.



















































We are preparing 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.

As 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.

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 during 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
Benefits:
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.

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.

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(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.
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.




























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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Sanchez Community Relations Manager
ssanchez@sechosp.org

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 [http://www.sechosp.org/getpage.php?name=Community_Health_Needs_Assessment&sub=About+Us]. 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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Community Hospital Corporation owns, manages and consults with hospitals through three distinct organizations - CHC Hospitals, CHC Consulting and CHC ContinueCARE, which share a common purpose to guide, support and enhance the mission of community hospitals and healthcare providers. Based in Plano, Texas, CHC provides the resources and experience community hospitals need to improve quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and financial performance. For more information about CHC, please visit www.communityhospitalcorp.com.