Hospital News

COVID NEWS 8 04 2022
Good morning all,

Please remind everyone that we are still providing vaccine clinics at the public health office. The next clinic will be August 12, 2022 from 8:30 -11:30 am. We offer Moderna and Pfizer for ages 12 and up, both primary series and booster doses.

We have at home testing kits that anyone can pick up for free. The at home testing kits do have an extended shelf life up to 12 months after the expiration date on the box.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) extended the PHO 20-38 to August 15, 2022. I have attached the PHO. The following is a summary of the changes made:
• This order is extended for an additional 30 days.
• Section I.A.4.c is amended by adding a new subparagraph (v) to expressly authorize healthcare providers to allow for mask removal if they deem it necessary for the receipt of a service.
The public health order 20-33 was terminated on July 15, 2022. I have attached the PHO as well.

The following public health orders also still remain in effect and can be found at
• PHO 20-20 Requirements For Colorado Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted
Living Residences, Intermediate Care Facilities, And Group Homes For
COVID-19 Prevention And Response;
• PHO 21-01 Vaccine Access And Data Reporting For COVID-19; and
• PHO 22-01 Access to Testing and Treatment for COVID-19.

CDPHE Spanish language COVID-19 website:

From July 29, 2022 through August 5, 2022 the total COVID-19 case count for Baca County is 11

CDPHE COVID-19 dial dashboard link:
The one week average positivity is 1.6%
We are currently sitting in level blue caution

Please remember that if you are sick, stay home and get tested. Practice social distancing and good hand hygiene to slow the spread.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend! :)

Baca County Public Health Agency
Paige England, RN
Interim Director of Public Health
741 Main Street, Suite #4
Springfield, CO 81073
P: 719.523.6621 Ext. 1104
C: 719.353.2171
F: 719.523.6537
Pronouns: she/her

Pictured above: "left" Dave Engel, CEO-Administrator, Karina Garcia, Rayne Thomas, and Bay Ellis of the Springfield FCCLA. "right".

Springfield High School FCCLA students donate toys for the children that visit the "Emergency Room".
Karina Garcia, Rayne Thomas, and Bay Ellis completed a 'focus on the family' FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) project this year. They held a toy drive for the emergency department (ER) at the Southeast Colorado Hospital District to benefit the pediatric patients. Rayne, Bay, and Karina felt that it was very likely that a young person's anxiety from visiting the hospital has increased since the start of COVID and wanted to try to help ease these feelings by helping replenish the stock of toys that the hospital nursing staff gives out when children visit the ER. Rayne's mother, Bay's mother, and Karina and her sisters are all employees of Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center and the students felt it important to do a project to benefit the community and the Hospital District.

Back to School: Mental Wellness
With new teachers and classmates, bigger classrooms, new routines and more schoolwork, the beginning of a new school year can be an exciting and stressful time for children. This time can be particularly overwhelming for children who are facing major transitions such as moving to a new city, or entering elementary or middle school for the first time. As a parent there are important steps you can take to support your child as he or she heads back to school.
Establish an early routine
• Begin establishing a "back to school" routine at least two weeks prior to school starting to minimize stress and help with the transition.
• Adjust their bedtime schedule. Many kids (including teens) need as many as nine or more hours of sleep. Adjusting their schedule ahead of time will help your child be ready when school starts.
• Promote good eating habits. Plan for ways to ensure your child gets a healthy breakfast to help prepare them for the school day. If you pack your children's lunches, go grocery shopping with them and allow them to pick out healthy foods they'll enjoy. Kids tend to eat what they've picked out themselves.
Get acquainted with the school
• See if your child is interested in visiting the school prior to the first day. Take a walk around the school with your child to locate his or her classrooms, lunchroom, playground and restrooms. If you can't visit, take a virtual tour on the school's website. There may be photos of the classroom, playground, school staff, required school supplies, schedules, etc. This will help keep your child from feeling lost on the first day.
• Engage with school staff. Identify school functions or parent volunteer opportunities to stay involved in your child's education.
Provide emotional support
• Talk to your child about expectations for the upcoming school year. Ask about specific concerns she might have about the new school year.
• If you establish rules, make sure they are simple, age appropriate, clear, and can be consistently enforced. Introduce them before the school year starts, and try not to change rules often.
• Spend time each day talking to your child. Try to use open ended questions. We all have asked, "How was school today?" Our children often respond with, "Fine" or "Good." Try asking, "What was the most exciting thing about today? What was the most stressful?" Remember to share about your life too. Creating an open dialogue is about creating healthy habits and practices.
• Praise and encourage your child to become involved with school activities and to try new things. Encourage your child to try to make new friends and to be a friend. School is a "social hub" that can be a very lonely place without a friend or two. Encourage him to reconnect with a friend before the start of school. Talk about strategies for making new friends.
Identify additional mental health needs
• Know the signs of bullying. Bullying can take the form of direct bullying such as pushing, kicking, teasing, name-calling, destroying belongings as well as indirect action such as leaving someone out of a group, spreading rumors and cyber bullying. If your child is the bully or being bullied, swift action involving school staff is necessary.
• Remember to let your child know that it's normal to feel nervous about the start of school. For parents of younger children, suggest that your child take a family photo or special object (with permission from school) to school to make his or her surroundings more comfortable. Anxiety and stress about starting school is normal for a child and usually passes within the first few days or weeks. If your child continues to seem anxious or stressed, it may be time to seek help.
• Be proactive in learning about how your child is developing physically, socially and emotionally. If you are aware of what's typical behavior and thoughts for your child, you will be able to tell more readily when things change. Recognizing sudden changes in behaviors are useful in early intervention of emotional needs.
• Talk to your child's teacher, other classroom-based staff as well as your pediatrician about what you can do as a parent. If problems persist, consider getting a referral to a trained and qualified mental health professional.
• Know that your child's mental health is just as important as their physical health; your involvement will help him or her develop a healthier life.
©2014-2021 Mental Health America. Used with permission.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center

July of 2022 is International Group B Strep (GBS) Awareness Month!
This year is the 22nd year Group B Strep Awareness Month is being observed. Group B streptococcus (GBS) is one of the many digestive tract bacteria that live in the body. It can come and go many times throughout a person's lifetime without it ever causing any issue or illness, and it is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The bacteria can easily migrate from the digestive system to urogenital tracts. This means that there is a possibility that GBS can be passed to the baby during labor. This happens to 1 or 2 babies out of 100 when the pregnant person is not treated with antibiotics during labor. We consistently hear that parent was not aware of GBS until their baby was harmed. If parents have awareness of GBS from the beginning, better pregnancy outcomes may be possible. To do this we want to encourage GBS testing and awareness of the signs of infection! Awareness is the first step towards prevention!
Fast Facts
• About 1 in 4 pregnant women "carry" or are "colonized" with group B strep.
• GBS is a leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• GBS is a fast-acting type of bacteria so it is imperative that everyone who takes care of your baby knows the symptoms of possible GBS infection in babies and how to respond.
If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant set an appointment with your primary care provider to test for GBS. July is also a great time to set a wellness check or appointment at the Southeast Colorado Hospital District Rural Health Clinic

Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center

July of 2022 is Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month, each year it seems to get a little hotter in the summertime. The "UV Safety Month" goal is to spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone's skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.
How can you avoid exposure to UV radiation and UV rays in sunlight? It is not possible (or healthy) to avoid sunlight completely, but there are ways to help ensure you are not getting too much sun. If you are going to be outside, simply staying in the shade; especially during mid-day hours, is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure from sunlight. Protect your skin with clothing and wear a hat that protects your head, face, and neck. Wear sunglasses that block UV to protect your eyes and the skin around them. Use sunscreen to help protect skin that is not covered with clothing. Source: The American Cancer Society 2021 editorial content. Health issues related to UV radiation: UV radiation can cause cancer, exposure to UV rays can also cause other health problems. UV rays, either from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds, can cause sunburn. In some people, exposure to UV rays can cause a rash or a type of allergic reaction. Exposure to UV rays can also cause premature aging of the skin and signs of sun damage such as liver spots, actinic keratosis, and solar elastosis. UV rays can also cause eye problems as they cause the cornea (on the front of the eye) to become inflamed or burned. They can also lead to the formation of cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye) and pterygium (a cloudy tissue growth on the surface of the eye), both of which can impair vision. Exposure to UV rays can also weaken the immune system, so that the body has a harder time fending off infections. July is a great time to call our Southeast Colorado Hospital District Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628 or set up a telemedicine visit or have your yearly wellness exam and see your risk factors for UV rays.

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: 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
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.

Many of our SECHD employees volunteer to give blood at the area blood drives and we would like to explain the blood donation process to any of you that that might be interested in donating at the next Baca County Blood Drive. Some common reasons people can't donate are: Cold, Flu, and Illness, Medications, Low Iron, and Travel Outside of the United States. You'll be asked for your ID, address, and will read information about donating blood. The blood donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour. The draw itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average. It starts with registration where you will sign in and go over basic eligibility. The next thing you do has to do with your health history, where you'll answer a few questions about your health history on a computer about places you've traveled, prescriptions or over the counter medications, and get a personal check of your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Then you will give your donation in an area of your arm that will be cleansed, and a brand new sterile needle inserted for the blood draw. (This feels like a quick pinch and is over in seconds.) A blood draw takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you'll be seated comfortably or lying down. Take a selfie, or simply share your good deed with friends. It may inspire them to become blood donors. Thank you, for considering giving blood.

Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center will raise awareness for oral and oropharyngeal cancers. This is a time of reminder; that when these cancers are detected and treated early, mortality and treatment related health problems are reduced. Every hour, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, someone dies of oral or oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat). Yet, if oral cancer is detected and treated early, treatment - related health problems are reduced, and survival rates may increase. In 2022, an estimated 54,001 new cases of oral cancer will be diagnosed. Of those individuals, 43 percent will not survive longer than five years, and many who do survive to suffer long-term problems, such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties with eating and speaking. The death rate associated with oral and oropharyngeal cancers remains particularly high because the cancers routinely are discovered late in their development. For more information visit the Oral Cancer Foundation website at Regular oral cancer examinations performed by your dentist or healthcare provider remain the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages. Dentist Dr. Nathan Cejka is providing dental services to children and adults at SECHD. Appointments are made through Lindsey Bailey: (720) 666-1162. You can also call Southeast Colorado Hospital District Rural Health Clinic at (719) 523-6628 and have your yearly wellness exam. We work to find and treat oral cancer early while treatment options are the greatest. When oral cancer is found in the early stages of development the outcomes for treatment and survival are the greatest.
If you or someone you know is in the need of 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 Sheri Reed, Director of Nursing, (719) 523-2116, Glenice Wade, Assistant Director of Nursing (719) 523-2141, or Jolynn Hodges, 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.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community, we will again be instituting a CLOSED waiting room. This will include not only clinic but also specialty clinic and dental appointments.
PLEASE call the front desk at 523-6628 to let the staff know you are in the parking lot and we will call you back to let you know when to come in.
If you have symptoms suggesting you may have a COVID-19 infection, we will ask that you be tested prior to coming into our building in order to protect staff as well as our most vulnerable patients.
We continue to offer telehealth appointments-all you need is a smartphone or a laptop with a camera.
The medical staff at Southeast Colorado Hospital and Clinic again strongly urge everyone who can be vaccinated to consider it. While we are seeing breakthrough cases with the new Omicron variant, being vaccinated is the best way to reduce the risk you will have a serious outcome.
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
Sheri Reed Director of Nursing, (719) 523-2116, Glenice Wade, LPN, Assistant Director of Nursing (719) 523-2141, or our 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, in 2022 will be working for a great year of when we are well, we can accomplish anything. At Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center, we are "Team Wellness" in Southeast Colorado. We continue to navigate the unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic, as we continue to serve the people of Southern Colorado, Northern Oklahoma, Northern New Mexico, and Western Kansas. We champion a productive and well 2022, as we implement great plans for the upcoming year and future. Recruitment and retention of healthcare staff is a 2022 major endeavor with the "great resignation of the US" and will continue to be a top priority. We are also focused on the availability of affordable housing for our employees and our community as it is very difficult to convince talented people to relocate and come work for us if affordable housing remains scarce. Expanding "access to care" for our patients and the Southeastern communities we serve, will continue to be at the top for 2022. Earlier this year, we opened pain management and several other specialty medical offerings to reduce people's need to drive long distances. We are making major capital investments with grants, federal, and district funding in diagnostic and treatment state of the art medical devices and technology; because we are committed to providing the best care available, as close to your home as possible. We are working on funding facility improvements and remodeling that will provide much-needed upgrades, medically efficient inpatient beds, federal guideline aligned / research driven innovations and state of the art patient spaces for our communities. We continue to expand telehealth services with new grant funded devices, tools, and training. We strive for growth for our community, the improvements will help all to gain wellness in our area, to be better, stronger, happier, and healthier as a hospital district, as colleagues, caregivers, and as a community. Thank you, for your support and a great previous year of 2021. Continue to team with us for a great 2022.

Clarification statement on the meaning of "Divert" status for SECHD Emergency Room. As a facility our ER and Hospital is ALWAYS open and will accept anyone that presents to our facility. Due to a shortage of nursing staff and new regulations passed by the State of Colorado on October 15, 2021, SECHD will, at times, be going on a "divert" status for the emergency room. By regulations, state and federal, the hospital is required to have a "care team" on duty for each "care area" every shift. A care team consists of a registered nurse and a C.N.A., or other ancillary personnel if no C.N.A.'s are available such as a Respiratory Therapist. However, if there is not a registered nurse for the care area-that care area cannot remain open-it does not matter at that point whether ancillary personnel are available. If there are not enough registered nurses to cover the care areas, acute and emergency, SECHD will go on "divert" status for the emergency room.

What this means for the general public is that you MAY come to the emergency room as you always have, the provider will do a medical screen to determine if the reason for your visit is a true emergency. If the provider determines that your visit is not an emergency, you will be provided instructions for further care.

True emergency conditions will ALWAYS be triaged, stabilized, and treated to the extent possible at SECHD and the patient will be transferred to another hospital capable of handling the case.

Ambulance services will be notified when SECHD is placed on divert status, and that allows them to transport to another facility. They may receive guidance from the providers at SECHD regarding the stabilization and treatment of the patient during transfer to other facilities. The ambulance may also request air ambulances to come to the scene, especially if there are mass trauma/casualties, and transport from the accident scene to the higher level of care hospital.

At this time, many Emergency Departments in the state are going on and off of Divert based on staffing and other operation restrictions.

As a facility, we exhaust all viable options and make these decisions with serious consideration.

Dave Engel - CEO
Heather Burdick - Dir of Nursing
Dr. J Javier - Chief of Staff

I will be happy to meet w/ departments if you have further questions.

Thank you,

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

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 June 27-July 22nd 2022

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
o Sheri Reed Resident Care Coordinator (719) 523-2016, ext# 216 or email
o Glenice Wade, ADON, (719) 523-2141 ext #141 or email
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.

(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.
About Community Hospital Corporation - HELP WHERE HOSPITALS NEED IT®
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