Hospital Happenings: January 2018

Hospital Happenings: January 2018  
Appreciating the Past and Moving into the Future

As we begin 2018 and make plans for the new year, I like to look back and see what Montrose Memorial Hospital has accomplished in the past year. As always, we have experienced a year of change, transition and growth. We are fortunate to have incredible staff members, physicians, volunteers and advanced technology and equipment in a town the size of Montrose. Many of the people who work at MMH could work at any hospital – anywhere, and we are fortunate that they chose to be at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

After another successful Health Fair with over 3,500 participants, we added 3D mammography to our Medical Imaging procedures. The image clarity of 3D mammography leads to more accurate breast cancer detection and women are diagnosed with fewer false positive so they don’t experience the worry of follow-up tests. The 3D mammography system, along with our daVinci robotic surgical systems and other critical equipment upgrades provide you and your family with the most advanced care available.

MMH received several honors in 2017 with the biggest being recognized as one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the NATION by the National Rural Health Association. We were the only Colorado hospital ranked in the top twenty. MMH was also rated as a High Performing Hospital for Knee Replacements by U.S. News & World Report for 2016. The “Best Hospitals procedures and conditions ratings” from US News, show consumers how well their local hospitals stand up– and MMH was rated as one of the best out of the 4,500 hospitals that were evaluated.

We celebrated the 1,000th robotic assisted surgery case, remodeled the Golden Leaf Gift shop and installed “The Box” which allows for fast and safe disposal of expired or unwanted prescription medications. Support groups, weight loss classes and community lectures help us reach out and be a constant support to those in need. MMH participates in the Career Option Seminars through our high schools as well as many career fairs and internship programs.

Lastly and very importantly, the MMHI Board of Directors, the Board of County Commissioners and the MMH Board of Trustees have reached a settlement regarding the legal issues that have been going on since 2010. Hours of negotiations, discussions and diligence have paid off and we can move forward and focus on the most important issue which is the healthcare needs of our communities. Our MMHI Board Chair Ron Courtney had this to say, “The effort invested in resolving this conflict has paid off in a great way for our hospital and community. The agreement between the parties lays to rest all the distrust and many misconceptions that had been so prevalent and it blazes a clear path of cooperation going forward. I’m very glad to have made a new friend in BOT President Mark Rackay and the Board of Trustees. So much good can come from working together as citizens and now we have a framework to do just that. MMH, like all rural hospitals faces tremendous challenges in maintaining and expanding its exceptional care of our Friends and Family. Concentrating on those challenges without legal distractions is a welcome relief. Many thanks go to our current commissioners who looked past the turf war and focused instead on the good of the community. Working together we can achieve so much. The first fruit of this cooperation is the successful refinancing of the hospital’s 2003 Bonds in December 2017 which saves over $500,000 per year in interest payments while removing the mortgage on the hospital’s buildings and property. The future is bright!”

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

For more information on the settlement agreement, click here.