Hospital Happenings – December 2018

Reflecting on 2018

MMH will mark 2018 as a year of transition and growth as James Kiser took the helm as CEO, we added five new physicians and two physicians with over 30 years in our community retired. It’s fun to look back and see what Montrose Memorial Hospital has accomplished in the past year and to see what great plans we have ahead! The one thing we know for sure is that change is constant in healthcare, and we continually strive to stay one step in front of these changes.

James Kiser came to Montrose from Montana where he had over 25 years of hospital administration experience. He brought a fresh perspective to MMH with enthusiasm and true compassion for patients, staff and providers. With his leadership there is a new energy and work to build and foster relationships, increase our revenue cycle integrity and enhance our electronic medical record so we integrate better with other care providers.

Four physicians joined Montrose Memorial to help meet the needs of our communities. Drs. Wilkins and Weathers were welcomed at MMH Cardiology Services, Drs. Emmons and Bergen are seeing patients at the San Juan Cancer Center. In addition, several other providers joined the medical community; Dr. Thom Miller, Dr. Lindsay Meredith, Dr. Dane Stewart, Cameron Benziger, CRNA, Heather Borsari, FNP-BC, Jeffrey Brand, PA-C, Dr. Stephen Adams, Dr. Liam Lunstrum, Dr. Kristin Chaffee and Rosalind Rafanelli, MD. These providers bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Montrose and we are happy they chose to practice medicine here.

In addition to caring for patients, the hospital staff was busy helping with the Stop the Flu clinic, sponsoring the annual Health Fair, participating in the community wide emergency preparedness drill, and offering community education classes. The expansion of the San Juan Cancer Center to house the new, updated Linear Accelerator will enhance the great care already provided there. We are proud to be named among the 100 Great Community Hospitals in 2018 and to be the healthcare provider of choice for so many people.

We have two physicians who are retiring this year: Dr. Paul Wiesner and Dr. Paula Trautner, who have given over 30 years of care to patients in our region. We wish them all the best on their new adventures. Sadly, we also said goodbye to one of the kindest physicians, Dr. Peter Pritchett who lost his ten-year battle with Multiple Myeloma in November. He was loved by his patients and staff and his shining light will be missed.

As we look forward to 2019 we thank our Friends and Family for your support of Montrose Memorial Hospital and assure you that we will continue to let our mission-to provide healthcare services to our communities with excellent service, compassion and fiscal responsibility–guide us through these changing times.

Leann Tobin, Senior Director of Community Engagement, MMH 240-7344