Healthcare provider

Colorado hospitals owed millions in unpaid Medicaid claims

DENVER — After Colorado launched a new technology system to handle reimbursements for Medicaid claims, hospitals across the state, including Southwest Memorial Hospital, are still owed millions of...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Schools receive grant to build health clinic

After months of planning, the Dolores school district has received a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to build an on-campus health clinic. Dolores School District Re-4A applied for the...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez doctor to retire after 39 years

When he first drove into town through McElmo Canyon in 1978, Robert Heyl said he felt “called” to practice medicine in Cortez. Thirty-nine years later, he’s preparing to retire. During his career...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New EMS station opens at Southwest Memorial Hospital

Southwest Health System celebrated the completion of the new emergency services station with an open house on Friday. Nunn Construction finished work on the EMS station at the end of July, but it...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stalemate in D.C. leaves health insurance in limbo

By Trudy Lieberman Rural Health News Service What should you expect now that the drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appears dead – at least for the moment? Given how legislation...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

New medical assistant apprenticeship comes to Montezuma County

The Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center has begun offering a new path for area students to become registered medical assistants. On Thursday, the group announced that a medical...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma Hearing in Cortez thanks veteran customers

The Montezuma Hearing Clinic held its first appreciation dinner for veteran clients. The clinic, on Cottonwood Street in Cortez, provides hearing aids for a large number of Montezuma County...

DATE: July 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Elderly may see drastic cuts in Medicaid, Medicare

Older Americans may be in for a rough ride if the changes Washington politicians are considering come to pass. Because good, explanatory journalism is in short supply and TV shouting matches don’t...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado hospitals could lose more than $4 million

DENVER – The financial impact of balancing Colorado’s budget on the backs of healthcare providers just became a little more tangible.The Colorado Hospital Association released a report Monday on...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

SCCC expands nursing programs, partners with CU

Southwest Colorado Community College announced Wednesday that it will expand its nursing programs and offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing through the University of Colorado.“We’re excited for this...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Surgeon announces departure from Southwest Memorial Hospital

Dr. William Rainer Jr., a Cortez surgeon, announced Tuesday that he would no longer offer his services at Southwest Memorial Hospital. In a letter emailed to The Journal, Rainer office stated that...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Dangers of diabetes can be reduced with help, action

In 2014, 29.1 million Americans were estimated to be living with diabetes. Of these, an estimated 8.1 million persons were unaware that they had the disease. The total estimated cost of diagnosed...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Southwest health notes