FRUITA, CO (November 14, 2013) – Family Health West Hospital was recently recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as a HealthStrong™ Award winner for Excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.
“We are proud to accept this award,” said Family Health West CEO and President, Mark J. Francis. “Our dedicated staff is committed to providing the best in healthcare services and this award demonstrates that commitment. However, we must thank our community for entrusting us with their care in the first place. We wouldn’t be here without them and we look forward to further expanding services to not only meet their healthcare needs, but to exceed their expectations in treatments and customer service.”
America’s rural communities are wonderful places to live, work, and visit. They are also communities where healthcare providers have the opportunity to provide innovative, affordable, and holistic primary care – a model for the rest of the country to follow as America transitions to a population wellness-based system of health care.
Unfortunately, these communities also face unique healthcare needs: a lack of healthcare providers, an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un-insured and under-insured citizens. While the Affordable Care Act may make health care more affordable for rural Americans, it won’t necessarily make it more accessible – a lack of public transportation, fragile infrastructures, and geographic barriers also must be overcome in order to ensure that all rural safety net providers can adequately meet the basic healthcare needs of their residents.
These are just a few of the messages being shared by the Colorado Rural Health Center, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), and other local, state, and national rural stakeholders during the third annual National Rural Health Day celebration on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
“Family Health West Hospital receiving this award validates the quality of care that rural providers in Colorado provide to patients and is also a testament to the commitment and dedication of their medical and nursing staff that impact patients every day,” said Michelle Mills, CEO of the Colorado Rural Health Center.
iVantage Health announced the latest HealthStrong Award™ winners at the annual meeting of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health held this October in Asheville, NC. The HealthStrong Awards are based on The Hospital Strength Index™, a national ratings program developed by iVantage to recognize top performing hospitals based on key metrics critical to success in the new healthcare marketplace. The Hospital Strength Index ranks all 4,400+ U.S. general acute care hospitals, including the 1,300+ Critical Access Hospitals. The Index is based on eight performance categories, measuring 56 different performance metrics. The Index offers
hospital executives, trustees, and boards of directors an objective way to measure their relative performance internally and among their peers.
Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective health care that is comparable to larger, urban counterparts. “Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands that can only be managed with better information. The Hospital Strength Index reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain consensus and standardization,” said John Morrow, Executive Vice President of iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.
iVantage Health Analytics® is a privately held company serving more than 500 hospitals across the United States. iVantage Health provides comprehensive and objective information products to help hospitals and health systems improve performance. For more details about iVantage Health Analytics or the Hospital Strength Index or to schedule an interview, please call Amy Weickert, at 207-245-6769 or email at email@example.com. More information about the Hospital Strength Index™ and the HealthStrong™ Awards can be found at www.iVantageHealth.com
The Colorado Rural Health Center was established in 1991 as Colorado's State Office of Rural Health. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, CRHC's serves dual roles as the State Office of Rural Health with the mission of assisting rural communities in addressing health care issues; and as the State Rural Health Association, advocating for policy change to ensure that rural Coloradoans have access to comprehensive, affordable health care services of the highest quality. For more information visit www.coruralhealth.org, call 303-832-7493, or call toll free 800-851-6782 from rural Colorado.
Fruita, CO (October 31, 2013) – Dr. Rebecca Glasser of Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery will host a night of appreciation for the ladies November 7, 2013, beginning at 4:30 pm at the Fruita Community Center. Dr. Glasser, a plastic surgeon, along with other area specialists, will be on hand to provide information and products. “For the first hour, ladies will have the opportunity to visit the various tables to learn more about products and services related to health and beauty while enjoying refreshments provided by Family Health West,” said Dr. Glasser. “Beginning at 5:30, each specialist will provide a brief educational talk covering a variety of topics for women ranging from disease prevention to looking their best.”
“We are excited to bring these knowledgeable experts together for an evening of education and fun,” said Angelina Salazar, Family Health West Director of Communications. “We encourage participants to reserve a space early since seating is limited.” The schedule of speakers and topics is as follows:
Dr. Rebecca Glasser, Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery
“Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction—Which Is the Better Option for You?”
Dr. Amy Paul, Mountain West Dermatology
“What Is a Dermatologist and Her Role in Skin Care?”
Dr. Joyce Sekharan, Advanced Skin Care & Laser Center
“Aging and the Loss of Collagen”
Dr. April Schulte-Barclay, Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions
“Exploring the Benefits of Integrative and Collaborative Healthcare for Looking and Feeling Our Best from the Inside Out”
Fruita, CO (October 16, 2013) – Dr. Rebecca Glasser of Canyon Creek Plastic Surgery will offer a “Night of Appreciation for the Ladies” on November 7th beginning at 4:30pm at the Fruita Community Center. Dr. Glasser, a plastic surgeon at Family Health West along with a host of other area specialists, will be on hand to provide information and products. “The first hour, ladies will have the opportunity to walk around to various tables to learn more about products and services related to health and beauty while enjoying refreshments provided by Family Health West,” said Dr. Glasser, “At 5:30, each specialist will provide a brief talk educating women on a variety of topics ranging from disease prevention to looking their best.”
The other specialists include Dr. Joyce Sekharan of General Surgeons of Western Colorado, Dr. Amy Paul of Mountain West Dermatology, and April Schulte of Healing Horizons. “We are excited to bring these knowledgeable experts together for an evening of education and fun,” said Angelina Salazar, Family Health West Director of Communications, “We encourage people to reserve their space early since space is limited.” To reserve space for this 4:30 – 7:30 pm event, call Neta at 858-2211.
Fruita, CO (October 16, 2013) – Family Health West has recently welcomed Gene Farnsworth as the Plant Operations Manager. Gene was born in El Monte, California, but has lived in Mesa County since 1995. A results-driven leader with many years of experience in project management, safety, occupational health, and operations, Gene is a proponent of process improvement and work process controls. “I’m skilled in planning, budgeting, team building, and management,” said Gene, a former Lieutenant for the US Navy, “I believe I have demonstrated excellence in working effectively with all levels of employees, leaders, and community members.”
Gene has managed many projects during his career in a variety of fields, including energy conservation services, facilities management, and occupational health.
“Gene is an outstanding addition to our healthcare team,” said President and CEO, Mark Francis, “He brings a wealth of experience to the organization and an uncompromising drive to succeed.”
In his free time, Gene enjoys biking, hiking, and playing with his kids.
Fruita, CO (October 15, 2013) – Family Health West invites you to have lunch and learn about their extended care services. During the month of November, Family Health West will provide lunch every Thursday at Noon (excluding the 28th due to the Thanksgiving holiday). “It’s a difficult decision to make when choosing long term care for yourself or a loved one,” said Administrator of The Willows Assisted Living facility, Kayren Goss, “We want to ease the process for people as much as possible.” Jason Davis, Administrator of The Oaks Assisted Living, agrees, “Over a delicious lunch, the extended care team will provide information on how we take care of those who can no longer live independently, as well as share the convenience of having access to our ten other healthcare facilities in Fruita.”
The lunches will take place in the Adult Extended Care building located at 228 N. Cherry Street in Fruita. Long-term care professionals will be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have and provide information on the full continuum of services available for the entire family at Family Health West.
Seating is limited so please reserve your space by calling 970-858-2211.
Fruita, CO (October 9, 2013) – The Arthritis Center of Western Colorado, a service of Family Health West, is proud to welcome Dr. Jessica Baer Mears to the practice. Located at 576 Kokopelli Blvd, Suite D, in Fruita, the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado specializes in complex rheumatologic diseases and conditions. Dr. Baer Mears will join the Center due to an increased community need. “The Arthritis Center of Western Colorado is already booked out months in advance,” said Family Health West CEO and President, Mark Francis, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Baer Mears here to provide her expertise in helping people improve their quality of life and achieve disease control.”
Dr. Baer Mears attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, and then completed her internal medicine residency at Michigan State University, Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. She completed her rheumatology fellowship at Michigan State University/McLaren-Greater Lansing Hospital. She is a member of several associations including the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American Osteopathic Association and a member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.
Dr. Baer Mears looks forward to joining the Family Health West team of health care professionals, “I am very excited to join Dr. Horvath-Dori and to be a part of Family Health West and the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado!" Her interests outside of work include genealogy, playing the piano, spending time with her husband, Dr. Roy Mears and enjoying her Yorkshire Terrier, Snickers.
Dr. Baer Mears is accepting patients, but they must have a physician’s referral. Please call 970-858-2590 for more information.
Fruita, CO (September 9, 2013) - Family Health West is proud to announce Dr. Larry D. Tice as their Director of Medical Affairs. Providing a mission and strategic guidance for all medical programs, Dr. Tice will advance hospital staff to higher standards of health care for the community. He will work with other department leaders to design new programs to better serve patients and residents. He will also be involved with the recruitment of medical staff members and ensure the organization maintains compliance with all laws through the use of audits and trainings. “We are so fortunate to have Dr. Tice fulfill the role of medical affairs director,” said Mark J. Francis, Family Health West CEO and President, “His experience and expertise are exactly what we need as we expand services and continue to provide the best care possible to our community’s individuals and families.”
Dr. Tice received his MD from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1972. After interning in general surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY, he spent a year in general surgery at University of Colorado affiliated hospitals in Denver before returning to Oregon for his neurosurgery training. Before starting practice in Grand Junction in 1979, he spent a year fellowship in micro vascular neurosurgery. Over 30 years in neurosurgery in the Grand Valley allowed him to treat many problems. He now enjoys providing care for spinal and nerve conditions at Family Health West. His expertise enhances the Family Health West Outpatient Procedure Center, which specializes in chronic pain management.
“I’m honored to accept this role at Family Health West,” said Dr. Tice, “It’s an exciting time to be in health care and I look forward to further advancing the organization with the dedication and commitment of the staff who care for our patients and residents.”
Fruita, CO (September 10, 2013) – Family Health West has recently welcomed Dr. Katrina Katen to provide services to Family Health West residents and patients. Dr. Katen is a clinical psychologist and owner of Individual Matters, LLC, a local, private practice providing comprehensive psychological services to the Western Slope. In collaboration with the medical treatment team of Family Health West, Dr. Katen and her team of clinicians will offer complete psychological services tailored to meet the individualized needs of patients and residents of the nursing home, assisted living facility, and hospital.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Katen on board,” said Family Health West Chief Nursing Officer, Lori Henderson, “Services will include consultation and assessment, as well as individual, family, and group therapy.” Family Health West CEO and President, Mark Francis agrees, “We recently conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment that further demonstrated the need for mental health services in our community. We are fortunate to be able to bring to our patients and residents the expertise and experience that Dr. Katen provides.”
Dr. Katrina Katen, Psy.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with several years of experience and advanced training in working with individuals of all ages. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a master's degree with specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. She completed her doctoral internship at a neurobehavioral and specialty hospital, where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations and provided an array of psychological services to individuals with brain injuries, neurobehavioral impairments and severe emotional difficulties. Her post-doctoral residencies included training in the fields of geriatric and pediatric psychology. Currently she offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessment for children, adults, and the elderly. “I am excited by this opportunity to work alongside an amazing group of individuals, families, and professionals,” said Dr. Katen, “I am passionate about my work with the elderly and am so thrilled to be part of the lower valley community!”
In her free time, Dr. Katen says she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places and experiencing all that is offered in our beautiful state.
Fruita, CO (September 4, 2013) – Carly U-Ren of Fruita Monument High School and Girl Scout Troop #136 is pursuing a Girl Scout Gold Award (the equivalent of an Eagle Scout) and has compiled “Memory Books” for Family Health West nursing home residents with themes such as camping, pets, weddings, and fishing.
Pursuing the Girl Scout Gold Award is a multi-step process that starts with an 8-page application in order for her project to be approved. One aspect of the Gold Award is that the project be sustainable – one that can be continued by others.
Carly learned the values of giving back early. She has been volunteering since she was in the Brownies at the ripe old age of eight (8). She learned about the Memory Unit of Family Health West's nursing home during M.A.S.H Camp at Colorado Mesa University, a camp for middle school students interested in healthcare careers. Since December 2012, she has spent most of her Family Health West volunteer time on Main Street, the name of the Alzheimer's floor of the nursing home. While on Main Street, she observed that there were binders with photos of different topics for the residents to enjoy. This gave her the idea to develop "Memory Books."
She has sent out letters and flyers to almost 70 Girl Scout troops in Mesa County and brochures to many schools and academies in the Grand Valley describing her project and providing information for others to continue either at Family Health West or other facilities.
Chief of Nursing, Lori Henderson, is appreciative of Carly's efforts, "Carly is a true delight and the residents really enjoy her. The staff is impressed with her efforts and inspired by her dedication."
Carly has enjoyed volunteering on our Memory Care unit, “I’ve always known that I wanted to work in health care.”
Fruita, CO (August 29, 2013) – Family Health West has recently welcomed Rhonda Miller as the emergency services manager. Rhonda was born in Grand Junction, but was raised in Colorado Springs. She returned to the Western Slope to attend Montrose High School and went on to obtain her nursing degree from Mesa State College and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Rhonda has worked at the major hospitals in Grand Junction and has experience in emergency and surgical services. “I started out in the ER in 1990 and I decided to try surgery four years ago. I enjoyed that, but emergency services fits my personality,” says Rhonda. “I like the variety and constant stimulation that the emergency department brings.” Rhonda says that she looks forward to growing the department at Family Health West and developing a trauma center.
“Rhonda is an outstanding addition to our healthcare team,” said Chief of Nursing, Lori Henderson. “She brings not only her breadth of experience, but a drive to learn and develop herself as well as the organization.”
Rhonda enjoys reading, walking, hiking, being a soccer mom, and seeing her six grandchildren who happen to all be girls. She has three sons. One is a senior at Central High School; one is finishing chiropractic school; and one is an engineer for NASA.