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November 30, 2016
St. Mary's Medical Center Earns Baby Friendly Designation

To help increase the bond between new mothers and their babies and promote breast-feeding, St. Mary’s Medical Center has earned the Baby-Friendly designation. This designation requires hospitals to complete 10 steps and a four-year education program created by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

November 29, 2016
Platte Valley Medical Center to Open Wound Center

The new Advanced Wound Center and Hyperbarics at Platte Valley Medical Center will open on December 5 and is expected to give patients more comprehensive wound care. The clinic is planned to treat patients with chronic wounds stemming from diabetes or wounds and circulation problems stemming from cardiovascular disease, according to Ilka Nowak, medical director of the wound center.

November 28, 2016
SCL Health Community Hospital to Open in Northglenn

SCL Health will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of SCL Health Community Hospital – Northglenn. The new 60,000-square-foot hospital features a state-of-the-art emergency department with surgical capabilities, an eight-bed inpatient wing, imaging center, and ambulatory services. The campus will also house three new specialty services: The Heart Institute of Colorado, Community Foot & Ankle Clinics, and Gastroenterology of the Rockies.

November 26, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Helps Treat Diabetes After Foot Injury

A man from outside Billings stepped on a nail while at work, but due to numbness from diabetes, he didn’t notice. He went to St. Vincent for wound care in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which helped heal the wound on his foot. While there, he was connected with diabetes experts and they have helped him make lifestyle changes. He has lost 30 pounds and has changed his diet.

November 25, 2016
Readmission Pilot Shows Promise at Lutheran Medical Center

Lutheran Medical Center was featured among other Denver providers who are implementing programs to reduce readmission rates. Lutheran piloted a transitional-care program in which it focused on patients admitted for oncology and telemetry treatment, typically seniors, who went back to independent living situations without a guardian or home health nurse. So far, the readmission rate for this group has fallen from in the teens to one percent.

November 24, 2016
Longtime St. Vincent Healthcare Volunteers Recognized
With nearly 50 years of combined experience at the job, Bonnie Herminghaus and Kay Latta's weekly volunteer sessions at St. Vincent Healthcare have become much more than a hobby for the duo, each 95. "It's been like a second home," Latta said. The two have become good friends and have spent the last 15 years volunteering in the chapel.

November 15, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Performs First Microwave Ablation

Kenny Nagel was in surgery for only an hour to blast a potentially cancerous lump on his kidney. Nagel underwent a renal microwave ablation, a minimally invasive procedure in which doctors use electromagnetic waves to heat a small area to the point that it kills tissue and prevents cell growth. It was the first time microwave ablation was used on a renal tumor at St. Vincent, but it's something they expect to see more of soon.

November 13, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Earns "A" in Patient Safety
St. Vincent Healthcare has earned an “A” in the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The grade was assigned by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. St. Vincent is the only hospital in Billings and one of three hospitals in Montana to receive this honor.

November 12, 2016
Spiritual Care Highlighted at St. Francis Health

St. Francis Health was one of two hospitals featured in Topeka for spiritual care. The story discussed the hospital’s two full-time chaplains and their openness to support a wide variety of beliefs. “We believe if we’re not touching both the emotional, the spiritual, the psychosocial, all of these dimensions, we’re not actually healing the person or restoring the health to the place it should be,” said Jenna Herron, St. Francis’ vice president of mission integration.

November 9, 2016
St. Francis Health Donates Marian Building to Library

The former Marian Clinic building owned by St. Francis Health will be razed to expand parking for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, but even more importantly, the space will offer opportunities for future growth. The area will serve as parking in the near future, but could be used for additions to the library later. “In looking at potential uses for the property that would continue to benefit the Topeka community, this was a perfect fit,” said David Setchel, St. Francis president.

November 3, 2016
Platte Valley Surgeon Gives Back to High School Community

Kyle Haffner, a foot and ankle surgeon at Platte Valley Medical Center, has been staying busy at work and in his home community of Keenesburg, northeast of Brighton. In addition to caring for patients, he is the defensive coordinator for Weld Central High School’s football team and the town’s youth football program.

October 26, 2016
St. Mary's Medical Center Gets National Attention for Mental Health Donation
In August, St. Mary's Medical Center announced it was making a $2.5 million donation to West Springs Hospital, which provides mental health services in Grand Junction. St. Mary's sees too many patients in its emergency department who should be in a mental health facility, so they're helping West Springs expand its services. "I think it's a wonderful collaboration. It's really forward thinking to say, 'How can we provide the best care for our patients?'" said Dr. Leslie Zun, president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry.

October 25, 2016
Holy Rosary and St. Vincent Partner for Breast Cancer Treatment
A woman from Miles City went to Holy Rosary Healthcare for a checkup. Thanks to associates there and at St. Vincent, and some new technology, they detected breast cancer and have been treating her for the last seven months. A 3-D mammography technique and quick work from providers got treatment started and she now believes she is on her way to a full recovery.

October 19, 2016
"Baby Makes Three" Helps Couples at Good Samaritan Medical Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center offers a class specifically to help new parents with the relationship issues that come with a baby. Gail Anderson, a family health counselor at Good Samaritan, says the class is good for any couple having a baby. "I don't think anybody is really prepared," she says. "There is so much marketing and social media it really does distort people's expectations about what it's like to have a baby."

October 13, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Associate Finds Support for Child Born with Dwarfism
Heather Path, a surgical nurse at St. Vincent, has a one-year-old daughter, Olivia, born with dwarfism. She and her husband are average height, but a random gene mutation led to their daughter's dwarfism. Olivia is in physical therapy at St. Vincent and has received a lot of support from the team there.
Additional Coverage:
Independent Record

October 11, 2016
New Company Takes Over St. Vincent Daycares
Over the summer, St. Vincent announced it would have to close its two childcare centers in October. But they have found a new company, America’s Future LLC, which will operate the centers. The centers will maintain the same names and many of the same employees.
Additional Coverage:
Billings Gazette

October 6, 2016
St. Mary's Medical Center Rolls Out New Breast Cancer Technology
St. Mary’s Medical Center is now offering cancer patients cardiac-sparing radiation therapy. The therapy significantly decreases the risk of heart disease that can be caused by radiation from breast cancer treatment.“As I tell my patients,” said Dr. Julie Carlson, “I don't want to cause another problem down the road because we effectively treated your breast cancer."
Additional Coverage:
The Business Times

October 5, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Sets Fundraising Record for PICU
At its 38th annual SAINTS Ball fundraiser, the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation raised a record $1.15 million, which will go toward a $2.3 million renovation of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. A local couple also donated $1 million toward the renovation and the pediatric wing, which will bear their name.
Additional Coverage:
Billings Gazette

October 4, 2016
Platte Valley Medical Center Partners with Bank to Fight Breast Cancer
Platte Valley Medical Center is partnering with Centennial Bank and Trust to raise money to fight breast cancer. The bank is rolling out a Pink Ribbon Debit Card at all of its 17 locations and each time someone uses the card the bank will make a donation to Platte Valley. The money will go to the Women’s Imaging Center, which provides breast cancer awareness and convenient access to preventive screening, while supporting all aspects of coordination for patients with cancer.
Additional Coverage:
Daily Camera

October 4, 2016
Paralyzed St. Mary's Nurse Now on the Other Side of Care
Former St. Mary’s Medical Center nurse Kelli Marx has lesions on her ribs that have paralyzed her from the waist down. She is now receiving physical therapy at St. Mary’s and seeking support from the community for medical bills.
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October 3, 2016
Saint Joseph Hospital Volunteer Names an Everyday Hero
Polly Coleman was featured on local TV last month and is getting more air time this month, as well. She has been volunteering at Saint Joseph Hospital for more than 25 years and has more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service. She was named a “7Everyday Hero” by a local TV station.

October 2, 2016
St. James Healthcare Doctor Names Laureate by American College of Physicians
Dr. Brett Kronenberger was named Laureate of the Montana Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The award honors Fellows and Masters of ACP who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research and in service to their community and to the ACP. She has been affiliated with St. James Healthcare since 1995.

September 29, 2016
Longtime Saint Joseph Volunteer Recognized
Polly Coleman has been volunteering at Saint Joseph Hospital for 26 years. She is most comfortable in the gift shop, but has also raised more than $1 million for the care site’s endowment fund. She is also president of a Colorado volunteer organization.

September 29, 2016
St. Vincent Pediatric Patient Makes Miraculous Recovery
David Bennett, 12, spent three weeks in a coma after a terrible skiing wreck. He was in surgery for three hours and spent several weeks in the PICU and pediatric unit. Nine months later, considering his many broken bones and traumatic brain injury, his level of functioning is considered a miracle.

September 28, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Recognized for Treating Babies Born with Opioid Withdrawal
St. Vincent is one of 45 centers in the country to be recognized as a center for excellence for Neonatal Abstinence Care, which is provided to babies born with opioid withdrawal. Opioid abuse by pregnant women has increased in recent years and some St. Vincent associates are now trained specifically to care for their babies.

September 28, 2016
SAINTS Ball Raising Money for Pediatric Unit
St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation’s largest fundraiser aims to raise at least $1 million to renovate the pediatric unit for patients like Kate “Princess Kate” Jordan, who has been a patient at St. Vincent since she was a baby. She suffers from cyclic vomiting and was featured in a story about the fundraiser.

September 28, 2016
Lutheran Medical Center Introduces New VP and CNO
Andrea Burch served as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer this year and was recently named Lutheran’s VP and CNO. She introduced herself to the community and outlined some of her responsibilities. “As the chief nursing officer I oversee nursing services with a special focus on excellence in patient care, professional development in nursing, quality and safety goals.”

September 28, 2016
Saint Joseph Hospital Highlights Car Seat Safety
September is Baby Safety Awareness Month, so Saint Joseph is highlighting car seat safety for kids. “Children should stay rear-facing as absolutely long as they can, minimum age 2 or maximum height and weight restrictions of the car seat manufacturer,” said Dr. Heather Honey.

September 25, 2016
Billings Teen Helps St. Vincent Patients After Being Hit by Car
One year ago, Reece Gunshows was on a ventilator at St. Vincent fighting for his life after he was struck by a car. Fast forward 365 days and he is paying it forward. The 14-year-old visited St. Vincent Healthcare to help patients and families in the pediatric unit. He raised more than $1,500 in gift cards and money to give to families in need throughout the year.

September 20, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Helps Pilot Patient Information Sharing Program
The biggest players in Billings' health care system are working with the state's largest insurance provider on a health information sharing pilot program that could pave the way for a similar statewide system. St. Vincent is working with Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield to create a system that safely and securely shares patient’s medical records.

September 16, 2016
ZooMontana Helps Announce New Animal Channel for Kids
To help children and their families during their hospital stay, St. Vincent is now offering the San Diego Zoo Kids Channel. They unveiled the new channel by bringing a snake, owl, hissing cockroach and other creatures by the care site.
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September 13, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Modernizes Critical Care for Kids
St. Vincent Healthcare’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is the only such unit in Montana that is staffed 24/7 with intensivists who care for children. The care site is now looking to complete a $2.3 million renovation to improve patient privacy and comfort, as well as workflow. The PICU has greatly reduced the pediatric patients who need to be transferred out of state.

September 7, 2016
Good Samaritan Medical Center Highlights Improved Hospital Food
Hospital food is not the punchline it used to be, and Good Samaritan was one hospital featured as an example of improved hospital food. The care site made a push in the past ten years to improve the nutrition and taste of its food by using fresh herbs and ethnic ingredients.

September 2, 2016
Front Range Telemedicine Efforts Featured
Telemedicine is no longer just for serving rural communities, and SCL Health is proving that. Peter Kung, SCL Health’s Vice President of Virtual Health, talked about Doctor on Demand and robots at Platte Valley Medical Center that connect patients with specialists at National Jewish Health of Saint Joseph Hospital.

September 1, 2016
Rare "Mono, Mono" Twins Born at St. Mary's
Last month, several outlets covered the rare 'mono, mono' twins that were expected at St. Mary's Medical Center. That coverage continued into early September, and the twins were born late this month. The twins share the same placenta and amniotic sac. This kind of twins only occurs in one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

August 2, 2016
Community Hospital Coverage Continues
SCL Health Community Hospitals were again featured in an examination of the “microhospital” trend. Microhospitals are most prevalent in the southwest and Texas. Industry experts continue to ask if they could be a solution for rural areas.

August 2, 2016
Lutheran Hosts PaintFest for Cancer Survivors
Lutheran recently hosted PaintFest, which is a nationwide tour, sponsored by the Foundation for Hospital Art, making stops in all 50 states. The tour focuses on cancer communities and channels the healing power of art. Cancer patients painted a unique state-specific panel, which will be added to the 50-state mural “Stars of Hope” to be assembled in New York on the final day of the tour.

August 8, 2016
Lutheran Gets Cupping Coverage Thanks to Michael Phelps
People watching the Olympics noticed circular marks on Michael Phelps that came from cupping, which is a centuries-old Chinese therapy, and wondered what they were. Lutheran’s Bridges Health and Wellness Center offers the service and licensed acupuncturist Dawn Powell-Londono explained the treatment. "It's nice to get some recognition that cupping is good for sports injuries and helping people move better," she said.

August 8, 2016
Saint Joseph Hosts NICU Reunion
Saint Joseph NICU babies and families were part of a reunion in coordination with partners at Kaiser Permanente. The care site had games, food and other festivities for NICU babies and families to bond with each other and reunite with caregivers.

August 15, 2016
First-time Dads Get Prepared at Saint Joe's
Parenting classes for dads, such as “Boot Camp for New Dads,” have been a hit at Saint Joe’s for more than 20 years. The history of the program, several classes and the benefit they provide for dads got coverage in this national publication.

August 16, 2016
St. Mary's Makes $2.5 Million Donation to Mental Health Hospital
St. Mary’s Medical Center President Dr. Brian Davidson announced that the care site will donate $2.5 million to West Springs Hospital, a facility in Grand Junction that exclusively treats mental illness. Dr. Davidson notes that St. Mary’s often serves as a holding area for patients who would be better served at West Springs.

August 16, 2016
St. Vincent Nurse Gives Breastfeeding Advice to Working Moms
Chris Bartlett, an RN and certified lactation consultant at St. Vincent offered breast-feeding advice for moms who have to return to work. From birth through time off to returning to work, Bartlett offered advice so working moms can continue to breastfeed, which is recommended for moms and babies.

August 18, 2016
CareFlight Expands Reach Outside Grand Junction
Patients in western Garfield County and elsewhere who sustain serious injuries or need pressing specialized treatment beyond the scope of local hospitals will soon have a quicker option for being transported to a larger medical center. CareFlight, a nonprofit air transport service run by St. Mary’s, is establishing fixed-based services at the Rifle Garfield County Airport. The move is part of a greater effort by CareFlight to optimize efficiency by basing operations in areas with the greatest need.

August 18, 2016
St. Francis Raises $47K for Children's Miracle Network
The St. Francis Health Foundation held a Children’s Miracle Hope-A-Thon with help from local radio stations to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. All the money raised during the two day event will go to the local Children's Miracle Network at St. Francis Health. The assistance helps shoulder the financial burden many families face in Topeka and northeast Kansas.

August 18, 2016
Saint Joe's Patient Meets Donors Who Saved Her Life
While giving birth, Cassidy Smith suffered an amniotic fluid embolism and needed 30 gallons of blood to survive. That blood came from more than 300 people and at a recent event Smith, along with her husband and daughter, who is now four, got to meet many of those donors.
Additional Coverage:
CBS Denver

August 20, 2016
Community Helps Bid Up Price of St. Vincent Patient's Sheep
Kamrey Leiser was caught in a rock slide and spent a lot of time recovering at St. Vincent. To help cover some of the costs she sold her sheep at a local Livestock Sale. The community rallied around her and bid the price up to more than $14,000, which is more than 20 times a normal auction price.

August 24, 2016
St. Vincent Doctor Weighs In on Rising Insulin Cost
Insulin costs have been steadily rising and have reached the point that many patients can’t afford it. Dr. Justen Randolph, Director of the Diabetes Center at St. Vincent discussed the cost and recommended seeking out medication assistance programs.
Additional Coverage:
Montana Standard

August 30, 2016
Extremely Rare Twins Expected at St. Mary's
A couple from outside Grand Junction is expecting a very rare pair of twins. The two girls are what is called “mono-mono” twins, meaning they share the same placenta and amniotic sac. This kind of twins only occurs in one of every 10,000 pregnancies. The mom has been on bed rest since June and will have a C-section birth on September 22.
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August 30, 2016
St. Vincent Workplace Safety Earns National Coverage
St. Vincent established the Associate Safety Shared Learning Program in 2012. Since then the care site’s incident rate has been cut in half, recordable injuries have been reduced by two-thirds and the average cost per claim has plummeted by over $1,400. Principles from this system are being implemented systemwide.July 28, 2016

St. James Completes Cancer Center Expansion
St. James recently completed expansion of its cancer center, which was planned in part with suggestions from patients. The expansion provides new communal and private treatment areas, a small library with computer access and more. The expansion was made possible thanks to 815 local donors.

July 27, 2016
St. Vincent Featured in Editorial on Healthcare Costs
An editorial discussed the expansion of healthcare coverage and the efforts to slow the growth of healthcare costs. It was noted that St. Vincent is one of many major hospitals participating in transparent pricing.

July 27, 2016
Lutheran Hosts PaintFest for Cancer Survivors
Lutheran hosted PaintFest, an event created by the Foundation for Hospital Art. Cancer survivors were paired with current patients to create a new mural that will be donated to the hospital and displayed in the infusion center.

July 27, 2016
UnitedHealthcare Acquires Rocky Mountain Health Plans
UnitedHealthcare, the largest insurer in the country, has acquired Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP), a long-independent provider of health insurance in Mesa County and Western Colorado. RMHP offers individual insurance plans through its Monument Health affiliate, which is a partnership between St. Mary’s and Primary Care Partners in Mesa County.
Additional Coverage:
The Daily Sentinel

July 27, 2016
St. Vincent Receives $325,000 for Telemedicine
A regional telehealth center based out of St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation has received $325,000 in federal funding to help provide medical services to rural communities. The money, an annual grant award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program, will go to the foundation for its Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center.
Additional Coverage:

Political News

July 25, 2016
Peter Kung Speaks at Digital Health Conference
Peter Kung, VP of Virtual Health, spoke at a global conference about reimagining the patient experience through the lens of technology. He spoke about helping seniors utilize technology they are already using for health. “Rather than approach it from a health technology standpoint, how about we train our 80-plus folks on Facetime or sending pictures of their grandchildren, then address the health piece?” Kung said.

July 25, 2016
St. Vincent Reaches Operating Agreement for Cancer Center
St. Vincent has operated the Big Horn Basin Regional Cancer Center in Cody, Wyoming for nearly a decade. It has now reached a new operating agreement with its partner, West Park Hospital, to jointly operate the center. The center allows patients in this rural region to receive care closer to home, and West Park Hospital is looking to expand the center in coming years.

July 25, 2016
St. Mary's Discusses Rehab Services in Mesa County
Two new rehabilitation facilities are opening in Grand Junction and St. Mary’s President Dr. Brian Davidson discussed. These services are not widely available in Mesa County. “Moving people onto the next level of care is sometimes a problem for us because we don’t have as many choices as people on the Front Range,” said Dr. Davidson. “People might stay here longer than they actually should because we don’t have anywhere to move them along to.”

July 20, 2016
St. Mary's Completes Century Tower Project
After more than 10 years of planning and construction, St. Mary's Hospital has completed its Century Tower Project. The building, originally built in 2006, now has two new floors. Patients in the Neuro, Trauma and Stroke units will be moved to the ninth floor. The floor has improved epilepsy monitoring systems and rehabilitation facilities. General patients will be moved to the tenth floor.
Additional Coverage:
The Daily Sentinel
The Business Times

July 19, 2016
Community Hospitals Fill ER and Other Needs
SCL Health was featured as the health system in Colorado, along with others in other states, that in innovating with smaller, more accessible hospitals. Some suggest they should be developed in rural locations where health care access is an issue.
Healthcare IT News
Becker's Hospital Review

July 5, 2016
St. Vincent Unveils Infrared Vein Technology
St. Vincent recently purchased infrared vein detection technology that helps make veins and potentially troublesome valves more visible. This technology will make intravenous treatments and blood draws easier and more comfortable for patients.

June 29, 2016
St. Vincent Helps Rescue Man after Two Days in the Woods
Bill Renney broke his leg deep in the woods and after a tumultuous and windy two days St. Vincent’s HELP Flight lifted him to the care site. Renney was also first found by a couple walking by who saw the word “HELP” on the outside of his tent. Renney wrote the word in big letters with tape he received at a St. Vincent promotional event.

June 28, 2016
Mike Slubowski Discusses Community Hospitals
Mike discusses the Front Range’s community hospitals and why we chose this setting. “We’re excited about them and we’re very optimistic about the opportunity with these centers,” says Slubowski. “It definitely is a trend, among many trends occurring in health care, to create more accessible, cost-effective access points and alternative delivery models.”
Additional Coverage:
Fierce Healthcare
Health Facilities Management

June 25, 2016
St. Vincent Physician Enjoys Coming Home to Practice
Like a lot of small-town girls, Dr. Kirsten Morissette couldn't wait to finish high school and get out of town. A few years later, she couldn't wait to get back. A longing for home and the Montana Family Medicine Residency program brought her back to Montana from Southern California. "It was the best decision I ever made," she said.

June 24, 2016
St. James Hosts Defensive Driving Course for Teens
St. James trauma program staff ran local teens through a course for defensive driving to show the risks of texting or drinking while driving. The course was set up in a parking lot and teens were given a phone or drunk goggles. Many drivers hit cones or stuffed animals that were thrown in their way.

June 18, 2016
Local Doctor Discusses Positives of St. Francis Announcement
When SCL Health announced it is seeking proposals for an organization to assume responsibility for St. Francis, a local radiologist, Dr. James Owen, found relief from uncertainty and said many in the medical community felt the same. Dr. Owen isn’t a St. Francis associate, but works at both hospitals in Topeka and is well ingrained in the medical community.
Additional Coverage:
Catholic Health World

June 7, 2016
Superheroes Wash the Windows at St. Mary's
As a treat to the smallest patients at St. Mary’s, Spiderman and Captain America were recently seen washing the windows of the St. Mary’s tower. "I get to see Spiderman today… I like super heroes," a young patient said.

June 5, 2016
St. Vincent Provides New Shoes for Local Kids
St. Vincent is in its sixth year of a partnership with Kohl’s to help give new shoes to elementary-school-age kids around Billings. This year, the program sent 250 pairs of new shoes to kids in need.

June 4, 2016
Emotional Reunion in St. Mary's NICU
Rosalio Manuel de Jesus Garcia was born when his mother died after a heart attack during an operation for breast cancer. He weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces and spent two months in the NICU. Now that he is 18, he met with some of the nurses who cared for him after his birth—14 of the 30 who took care of him still work in the St. Mary’s NICU.

June 3, 2016
St. Vincent Featured in Report on Montana Healthcare
The lengthy feature highlighted the rapid change in Montana's healthcare has undergone in the past decade. St. Vincent was highlighted for stunning advances in technology, patient-centered treatment, collaboration with healthcare partners, and much more.

June 2, 2016
Prescription for Health in the Grand Valley
St. Mary's new President, Dr. Brian Davidson, participated in a panel on the state of healthcare in the Grand Valley. Competition, collaboration and cost were the key themes and most important topics for this unique and isolated area. "I love competition, good, healthy competition," Davidson said.

Saint Joseph Featured in Story on Hospital Campuses

The new Saint Joe’s hospital is held up as an example of how campuses are changing to better address the full continuum of care and feature retail services. “Campuses start to evolve to be continuum driven, where there are more outpatient surgery services. New campuses of the day are not inpatient oriented,” said Jaime Smith, Saint Joes President.

May 26, 2016
Dr. Brian Davidson the New St. Mary's President

Dr. Brian Davidson, who had been serving as interim president since October, was officially named president. Davidson said his first goals as president are reducing costs, improving care and increasing access for the community.
Additional Coverage:

Becker's Hospital Review

The Business Times


May 23, 2016
St. Mary's Celebrates its 120th Birthday

With cake and a party, St. Mary’s associates celebrated 120 years of the hospital serving the Grand Valley. The care site opened with 10 beds and when the final two floors of the century tower open this summer it will be licensed for 350 beds.
Additional Coverage:
The Business Times

May 23, 2016
Second Community Hospital Opens Near Denver
The second community hospital opened in Littleton, which is just southwest of Denver. SCL Health and Texas-based Emerus are opening four community hospitals to better serve specific communities and extend our continuum of care.
Additional Coverage:
Healthcare Design
Becker's Hospital Review

May 21, 2016
St. Vincent Helps Keep Kids Safe with Kids Fun Day
To celebrate the pediatric partnership with the University of Utah St. Vincent held a Kids Fun Day with a number activities to entertain the kids while also educating them and their parents about how to keep them safe.

May 19, 2016
St. Francis and SCL Health Featured on Cyber Security
As healthcare becomes more and more digital the emphasis on cyber security rises. Howard Haile, VP and Chief Information Security Officer, spoke about training associates on cyber security issues.

May 19, 2016
St. Vincent Seeks Associate Input on ICU Overhaul
St. Vincent's ICU will receive its first remodel in 40 years, and the care site has set up a model so associates can take a look and provide input. The $18 million renovation will feature the latest technology and larger, more open rooms, along with other suggestions that come from this model period.
Additional Coverage:

May 17, 2016
St. Mary's Family Medicine Program Fuels Grand Valley
When Grand Valley residents visit their family physician, they may not think much about where that physician was educated or what compelled that doctor to ultimately practice locally. But chances are the St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program is the answer to both questions.According to Dr. Sherm Straw, director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, more than half of the 100-plus family physicians practicing in the area are graduates of the Family Medicine Residency Program and a half-dozen more visited the area while in medical school then returned after residencies elsewhere.

May 16, 2016
St. Francis Health's Doctor On Demand Partnership Featured
St. Francis officially launched Dr. on Demand in May and associates have already been taking advantage of the service while traveling. Local media covered the service and how an associated used it for her daughter.

May 14, 2016
St. Vincent Foster Grandparents Honored
On the 45 anniversary of the Foster Grandparent Program at St. Vincent, nearly 20 volunteers were honored for their work in the community. Foster Grandparents spend time in classrooms and learning centers helping kids, serve as mentors, and work one-on-one with at-risk youth.

May 10, 2016

St. Vincent's Pediatric partnership Helps Child Without Thumbs
Davette, a child born without thumbs and a number of other complications, had reconstructive surgery to position her pointer fingers as thumbs at Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital in Utah. She is one of many who will benefit from the new partnership between St. Vincent and the University of Utah.

May 9, 2016
Saint Joe's Quintuplets Reunite with Staff in the NICU
Quintuplets born at Saint Joe’s 15 years ago, along with their mother, reunited in the NICU with the doctors and nurses that helped deliver them. Eva DeLorea gave birth to three girls and two boys on Mother’s Day in 2001, and they are all healthy.
Additional Coverage:
CBS Denver

May 6, 2016
Fallen Mesa County Deputy's Heart Saves a Life
Deputy Derek Geer was recently shot while on duty in Grand Junction. He was taken to St. Mary's, but staff could not save him. He donated his heart, which helped save a man named Alan Bronson.

May 5, 2016
St. James Opens Wound Healing Center
St. James unveiled its new wound center, which features two hyperbaric chambers that help heal patients with chronic wounds. St. James is the only hospital in southwest Montana to offer this service, and is similar to technology at St. Vincent.

St. Vincent HealthcareApril 26, 2016
St. Vincent Wound Care Responds to Growing Demand
Chronic wounds have become increasingly common and cost billions of dollars each year. St. Vincent's Wound healing Center has grown with this demand, which is partially fueled by the rising rates of obesity and diabetes. The Wound Healing center offers a number of treatments from hyperbaric oxygen therapy to vascular work to skin substitutes and grafts. When the Wound Healing Center first opened in 2012, it had 2,500 patient visits in its first year. In 2015, it saw 8,100 visits.

April 26, 2016
Student Chaplains at St. Vincent Learn to Minister to Patients St. Vincent Healthcare
St. Vincent runs a graduate-level Clinical Pastoral Education program, and has several students at different stages right now. Two students speak about their experiences, as one is seeking to become a certified chaplain and the other is open to where the program will take  him.

St. James HealthcareApril 21, 2016
St. James Gives Hands-On Experience to Students
Through the REACH program, St. James gives hands-on experience to students from Butte High School. In an effort to get more students interested in careers in healthcare, the care site hosted multiple workshops on defibrillator, respiratory, mock CPR drills and many other aspects of healthcare.
Additional Coverage:
FOX Montana

April 15, 2016
Community Hospitals Extend Our Reach SCL Health Community Hospitals
SCL Health is one of three health systems featured for partnering with Emerus to create small community hospitals. Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican are the other two systems profiled. Emerus' small hospitals range from 36,000 to 60,000 square feed. each has an emergency department, six to eight inpatient beds, imaging and lab equipment.

Platte Valley Medical CenterApril 14, 2016
Platte Valley Medical Center Opening Expanded Medical Offices
The Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton will be opening new and expanded medical offices all year inside a recently constructed, 60,000-square-foot medical building that broke ground last spring and is wrapping up construction at the end of this year. Platte Valley has developed new or expanded medical care facilities in Brighton, Commerce City and Fort Lupton since 2014, investing more than $38.5 million in those communities to date.

April 13, 2016
Four-Year-Old St. Vincent Patient Gives Back to Pediatric Patients St. Vincent Healthcare
A young girl named Brooklyn diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer received a lot of support from her community. When a dozen teddy bears from St. Jude showed up at her house she knew she wanted to give them to other kids in St. Vincent's pediatric unit.

St. Vincent HealthcareApril 12, 2016
Free St. Vincent Screening Detects Man's Cancer
Joe Alaers had a lump in his neck for eight months before he happened upon a newspaper article for a free screening at St. Vincent. That screening detected thyroid cancer for which he’s currently being treated. He has since become an advocate for screenings.

April 7, 2016
St. Vincent Names to Truven's Top 100 Hospitals St. Vincent Healthcare
For the first time, St. Vincent was named to the Top 100 Hospitals list by Truven Health, which identifies hospitals and leadership teams who provide the highest level of value to their community. "It really speaks well of our medical staff, our bedside nurses, everybody who is part of the care team here at St. Vincent Healthcare," St. Vincent's CMO Dr. Michael Bush said.

St. Francis HealthMarch 30, 2016
St. Francis Associates Raise Nearly $290,000
St. Francis’ annual associate giving campaign, which had a baseball “Saints Series” theme, raised 23 percent more than last year’s campaign. Sixty-four percent of St. Francis associates gave in the campaign. Funds raised will benefit associate assistance, professional education opportunities, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and charity care/prescription assistance.

March 13, 2016
Lutheran Canine Volunteers Give and Get Love Lutheran Medical Center
Therapy dogs provide comfort for patients and associates. Lutheran’s therapy dog program has been going for more than 20 years and has 58 teams who volunteer. Marge Melle has been volunteering for eight years, and yellow lab Charlee is her third dog in the program.“Our biggest customers are actually the staff,” Melle said. “They go through so much, and it really helps when we visit.”

March 28, 2016
St. Vincent CMO Participates in Forum to Address Challenges for Those Who are Poor and Vulnerable
St. Vincent Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Bush, was part of a panel to address the lack of legal resources for many of Montana’s most struggling populations. He spoke about the rise in ER visits among victims of domestic abuse and the mentally ill, and the need to provide them with more services.

SCL HealthMarch 24, 2016
SCL Health HR Director Writes about Learning & Development
Those working in Learning & Development (who are engrossed daily in the study of innovation, teamwork, communication, and foundational skill development) can develop tunnel vision and need to find new ways to build synergy with the organization’s mission, co-workers, and communities they serve. Andy Lawrence wrote about SCL Health’s experience with this issue. He discussed moving silos of learning teams into a single synergistic enterprise-wide learning and development team.

March 23, 2016
SCL Health Chief Information Security Officer Talks Data Security SCL Health
U.S. hospitals and clinics are increasingly facing cyber-attacks, often aimed at obtaining valuable patient information. Medical providers said they're busier than ever trying to ward off hackers. Howard Haile, SCL Health’s head of information security, weighs in on the ever-changing world of healthcare data security and this growing threat in healthcare. 

March 18, 2016
St. Vincent Air Service Highlighted as Good Example for Others
St. Vincent Healthcare is running a profitable air medical service while keeping costs lower than its competitors. That’s why St. Vincent is being evaluated by a working group meant to look at the burden high medical bills for this important emergency service is placing on an increasing number of Montanans.

Holy Rosary HealthcareMarch 15, 2016
Holy Rosary Associate and His Service Dog Featured
A patient intake specialist at the hospital, Sam Schultz, is a U.S. Army veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and Maggie is an affable and energetic, if a bit scruffy, terrier-schnauzer mix who serves as Schultz's constant companion. "She's an extension of me," he said. "She goes just about everywhere I go and with her being so social, it forces me to talk to people more."
Additional Coverage:
Miles City Star

March 15, 2016
St. Francis Health Honored for Eye Donation St. Francis Health

Topeka's St. Francis Health earned honors for its efforts facilitating the gift of sight. The group Saving Sight presented the hospital with its Excellence in Eye Donation award. The honor recognizes the efforts of hospital staff for their support of eye, organ and tissue donation. Last year, St. Francis staff helped facilitate 31 eye donation cases, restoring eyesight to 19 people through cornea transplants. Overall, St. Francis achieved a 67 percent consent rate for eye donation.

St. Vincent HealthcareMarch 15, 2016
St. Vincent Healthcare Sleep Doctor Quoted on Sleep Study
Of the more than 444,000 Americans polled from across the country, 65.2 percent reported that they got seven hours or more of sleep each night. Of the 7,306 Montanans polled, 69.3 percent reported getting at least seven hours of sleep each night, better than all but four states. Dr. Roy Kohler, with St. Vincent Healthcare's Sleep Center, helps people with sleep-related issues and noted that adults should be getting between seven and nine hours of rest each night.

March 14, 2016
St. Vincent PEAKS Program Benefits Cancer PatientsSt. Vincent Healthcare
Melanie and Victor Proton travel 250 miles to Billings each month for Melanie’s cancer treatment. PEAKS, an auxiliary of St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation, has been helping the couple with financial help to ease the sting of months of treatment, including gas and grocery cards. The Protons are among the dozens of families helped so far during 2016.

March 13, 2016
Editorial: St. James Healthcare Board Directors Talk Patient Safety
Patients expect and deserve to get safe, quality care without fear of mistakes. Delivering on this expectation is a national focus, and St. James Healthcare is no exception. Safety is one of our organization’s core values, and our staff is working diligently to ensure our skills, processes and procedures protect our patients from potential errors. The Quality and Safety Committee of the St. James Healthcare Board of Directors applauded the staff for these efforts and shared this information with its community.

Saint Joseph HospitalMarch 11, 2016
Saint Joseph President Jamie Smith Gives His Vision
Jamie Smith, who came to the Denver hospital in November, said it's working with joint-venture partner National Jewish Health to launch a range of new initiatives related to acute care. Having served for less than four months as the new president of Saint Joseph Hospital, Smith is still learning the nuts and bolts of how the facility works.

March 2, 2016
St. Vincent Named to Truven's Top 100 Hospitals St. Vincent Healthcare
St. Vincent Healthcare was named to the 100 Top Hospitals list, complied annually by Truven Health Analytics, which provides data analytics and consulting services within the health care industry. St. Vincent was awarded as a teaching hospital and Dr. Michael Bush, chief medical officer, cited the competitive health care environment in Billings as a factor in patients in the region receiving strong medical care.

St. Vincent HealthcareFebruary 29, 2016
St. Vincent Sees a Number of Leap Year Babies
St. Vincent saw at least four Leap Year babies with the possibility of two more. St. V patient Rive Ford said her doctor called her to ask if she wanted a Leap Year baby. Her response? It would be the "coolest thing in the world."

February 29, 2016
Mom Has Two Leap Day Babies 12 Years Apart, Both at Lutheran Lutheran Medical Center
It's unusual to have a baby born on Leap Day, but the odds of the same mother having two Leap Day newborns 12 years apart are astronomical.
Additional Coverage:
Fox 31
CBS Denver

St. Mary's Medical CenterFebruary 29, 2016
St. Mary's Research Director Speaks About Curing Cancer
During a recent State of the Union address, President Obama said beating cancer is the nation's latest "moonshot." CPR news invited some top researchers, including Dr. Mary Jacobson, to gauge the search for a cure in Colorado.

February 27, 2016
Research at St. Vincent Seeks Early Detection of Crohn's St. Mary's Medical Center
A microbiologist at Montana State University Billings hopes that recent finding in a research project he conducted with help lead to earlier diagnosis of Crohn's disease by identifying specific bacteria in the intestinal tract. Chiodini recently presented finding from the multi-year study with St. Vincent Healthcare.

February 25, 2016
Southwest Community Hospital Opening Soon
Work on a new community hospital in south Jefferson County is progressing,and the new facility should be open and serving patients by late spring.

SCL HealthFebruary 23, 2016
Front Range Hospitals on Healthgrades Top 100 List
Healthgrades, the online company that posts reviews of doctors and hospitals, has released its list of the nation's best hospitals and several from Colorado made the list. Making the "100 Best Hospitals" list were: Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, and Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.

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February 19, 2016
Baby Delivered on Roadside and Transported to Holy Rosary Holy Rosary Healthcare
On February 17, the family of Bethany and Ryan White welcomed their daughter, Cora Sage, into the world with a twist. Little Cora wasn't born in a hospital, but on the side of the road about 30 miles outside of Miles City. The family left Wesley with a neighbor while Ryan, Bethany and Savanna all packed into the car to make the hour trip to Holy Rosary Healthcare.
Additional Coverage:
Billings Gazette

February 16, 2016
Holy Rosary Patients and Physicians Share Heart Stories
To celebrate Valentine's Day and American Heart Month and to welcome a new cardiologist to Miles City, Holy Rosary Healthcare held an Upbeat Heart Luncheon at the Town & Country Club. The luncheon, which featured a heart-healthy lunch, also gave cardiac patients Sheri Parker and Sal Scrano a chance to tell their personal stories of heart health.

February 16, 2016
 SCL Physician Quoted on Student Athlete EKGs
Sudden cardiac arrests or life-threatening heart issues in student athletes are one of those "medical mysteries." Should all student athletes have heart tests? Dr. Asher Shafton, a cardiologist at SCL Physicians, says no.

SCL HealthFebruary 15, 2016
Montana Featured in State Medicaid Expansion Story
An October approval of an expansion waiver made about 70,000 Montanans newly eligible for Medicaid. "We are excited that Medicaid expansion has passed," said Mike Foster, regional director of advocacy for SCL Health. "We've been working hard to push for this outcome...and it was in line with our efforts to help the poor and vulnerable, to help find coverage for low-income Montanans."

February 1, 2016
St. Vincent Debuts Doctor On Demand St. Vincent Healthcare
Called Doctor On Demand, the service lets patients, from the convenience of home, connect with doctors using an app of the same name on a computer, tablet or smartphone. It's a national service with doctors licensed to now serve patients in 14 states after it partnered with St. Vincent Healthcare parent organization SCL Health to bring it to its facilities in Montana and Colorado.
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January 23, 2016
Sister Marie Damian Glatt Profiled
Like the Sisters of Charity who first arrived during Montana territorial days, Sister Marie Damian Glatt was a pioneer. She helped lead Catholic education in Billings, and later led a multi-state hospital organization. She was always a teacher, even in retirement.

Lutheran Medical CenterJanuary 15, 2016
Grant Wicklund Quoted on Specialized Senior Care
In Wheat Ridge, Colo., Lutheran Medical Center opened a senior behavioral health program in 2013. “We were seeing a great deal of behavioral health patients who had clinical medical comorbidities,” says Grant Wicklund, president and CEO of the medical center, part of the SCL Health system.
Additional Coverage:
Health Facilities Management

January 30, 2016
St. Francis' Palliative Care Partnership with Midland HighlightedSt. Francis Health
Palliative care has long been a part of Midland’s services, according to spokesperson Laura Burton, but until now, the care has been offered through a partnership with St. Francis Health and in patient homes, without a designated space at the not-for-profit’s facilities.

St. Vincent HealthcareJanuary 19, 2016
St. Vincent Prepared for Hazardous Materials
I'm responsible for all of the planning, any disasters we have out there, or anything bad that could impact the hospital. So anything from severe weather to hazardous materials that could affect the community, and everything in between," said Jason Mahoney, St. V's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

January 02, 2016
Mesa County’s First Baby of 2016 Comes a Week LateSt. Francis Health

Aksel Christian Beckham Irion was supposed to be his parents’ perfect Christmas present, but his birth made for an equally joyous New Year’s Day. Aksel was born at 2 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Hospital to Amanda Osborn and Lars Irion of Grand Junction. He was the first baby born in 2016 in Mesa County.


December 20, 2015
Healthcare Major Driver of Billings Economy St. Vincent Healthcare

In 2014 Billings' health care industry employed an estimated 13,000 people — roughly 16 percent of the city's employment — and accounted for more than $1.2 billion in direct and indirect payroll, including $641 million in wages to health care workers, which represents about 20 percent of the total wages in town. "It's quite a footprint when you look at it," said Steve Loveless, St. Vincent CEO. "As we see more health care services and as we grow, it shows that it contributes greatly to the community."
Additional Coverage:
Montana Standard

SCL HealthDecember 9, 2015
Peter Kung: A Leader in Virtual Health
Peter Kung is System Vice President of Virtual Health at SCL Health System, a position that puts him in the forefront of the digital transformation of healthcare. How does one reach such a position, one that can significantly impact the healthcare provided to an 8-hospital system spanning 3 states? Beyond heaps of talent and hard work, Kung has accomplished this through a methodical yet harmonious approach and by obtaining the right training and the right experience.

December 12, 2015
Saint Joseph Celebrates 1st Year in New Facility Saint Joseph Hospital
It was one year ago that St. Joseph Hospital moved into its new facility to improve patient care in the Denver metro area. “It’s been a great year, a lot of exciting things are happening,” said St. Joseph Hospital COO Barb Jahn. “We’re expected to deliver about 4,400 babies, remaining the top baby hospital in Colorado.”

Saint Joseph HospitalDecember 16, 2015
Saint Joseph's Mobile Mammography Van the First to Install VolparaDensity Breast Health Technology
Volpara Solutions, the leading provider of volumetric breast density and quantitative breast imaging tools, has gone mobile with the first-ever installation of VolparaDensity in a mobile mammography unit at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.

December 22, 2015
St. Vincent Bariatric Surgery Center Earns National AccreditationSt. Vincent Healthcare
In early December, St. Vincent announced that its bariatric surgical center had been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a mark that Bentzel says can be used to show patients the quality of the program.

SCL HealthDecember 10, 2015
Doctor On Demand Patient Story
‘Tis the season for sickness. Cold and flu afflict many of us. If you need to see a doctor but don’t want to leave the couch nowadays, you can simply reach for your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer and use a video medicine provider called Doctor On Demand. Just ask Eileen Quist of Northglenn, who used it with her 11-year-old son.

December 26, 2015
Doctor On Demand Now Available in MontanaSCL Health
SCL Health is one of the first health systems in Montana to integrate physician video visits for patients. The new service comes through a partnership between SCL Health and Doctor On Demand, the leading video medicine provider.
Additional Coverage:
NBC Montana
KFBB Montana

St. Francis HealthDecember 16, 2015
Marian Clinic Closes Medical Clinic, Continues with Dentistry
After serving northeast Kansas for more than a quarter-century, Marian Clinic says it’s closing its medical offerings in the Medical Plaza Building at the end of the year, SCL Health, the nonprofit that runs the clinic, said.
Additional Coverage:
Topeka Capital-Journal
Topeka Capital-Journal - Editorial
Follow-Up Stories:
Topeka Capital-Journal: Shawnee County Health Agency Sees Influx with Closure
WIBW: Shawnee Co. Health Opens Doors to Marian Patients, Staff

November 2015Lutheran Medical Center
7 symptoms patients shouldn't ignore
In a digital magazine published by USA Today, Diagnosis: Diabetes, Lutheran’s Dr. Michelle Cassara talks about diabetes management. The article is featured on p. 26.

November 2, 2015
Moody's upgrades SCL Health's outlook
While maintaining SCL Health’s top-tier credit rating, Moody’s Investor Service upgraded our system’s outlook from negative to stable. The credit rating agency changed the outlook because it expects margins will remain high, delivering adequate coverage of high debt service requirements. 

St. Vincent HealthcareNovember 24, 2015
Two St. Vincent nurses advance diabetes care in Billings
Two nurses from the same high school became friends while in a master’s program as they both worked toward becoming Advanced Diabetes Managers. They are the only two to earn this certification in Billings and two out of only 53 in the country.

St. Vincent HealthcareNovember 26, 2015
Billings pastor thankful for care received at St. Vincent
The Rev. Steve Gordon is thankful to be alive this Thanksgiving after landing in the ER at St. Vincent Healthcare with a heart attack. Doctors at St. Vincent Healthcare discovered that Gordon’s circumflex artery, which branches off the left coronary artery, was completely blocked.

St. James HealthcareNovember 11, 2015
St. James Healthcare showcases new imaging technology
St. James Healthcare officials showed off a new Toshiba 3T MRI machine on Wednesday. It is the only 3T MRI in southwest Montana. The machine is used for general imaging and for women's imaging, specifically breast exams. Officials said this machine is quieter and larger than the one they had previously. It also allows for faster scans and more detailed imaging.
Additional Coverage:
ABC - Fox Montana

November 19, 2015
Good Samaritan earns national honors

Good Samaritan was recognized in 2014 as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission. The care site also earned a grade of A from an independent hospital watchdog, The Leapfrog Group, which rates hospitals on errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

November 25, 2015St. Vincent Healthcare
St. Vincent obstetrician retires after 38 years and more than 5,000 babies
Dr. Daniel Molloy has been a staple at St. Vincent for 38 years and is beloved by his patients. They speak of their experiences with him and he speaks of his retirement plans.
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St. Vinvent HealthcareNovember 9, 2015
St. Vincent to partner with Primary Children's Hospital and University of Utah on pediatric care
St. Vincent Healthcare is working on an affiliation with a hospital and university in Utah with the goal of improving pediatric care and research at all three organizations. On Monday, the hospital announced it could have an agreement in place by January 2016 that would partner it with Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital and the University of Utah, both in Salt Lake City, to provide advanced pediatric care. "This is great news for pediatric health care in Montana and Wyoming," said Steve Loveless, CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare.

November 24, 2015SCL Health
SCL Health partners with Doctor On Demand
SCL Health announced it is the first health system in Colorado to integrate physician video visits for its patients. The new service comes through a partnership between SCL Health and Doctor On Demand, the leading video medicine provider. Doctor On Demand offers immediate access to a board-certified physician in the Doctor On Demand network from home on any smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, SCL Health said.
Additional Coverage:

Denver Business Journal

St. Francis HealthOctober 30, 2015
Topeka hospital donates to Haiti
A Haiti orphanage and community will soon have some new medical equipment thanks to a Topeka hospital. The Saint Francis Foundation donated medical supplies and equipment to Haiti Lifeline Ministries. The hospital donated a portable ultrasound machine and equipment to check eyes and ears.October 10, 2015 

Miracle Baby’ born at 26 weeks now thrivingSaint Mary's Medical Center
Landon Witkamp is 4 years old, so he knows a few things. He knows he likes watermelon and pizza. He knows he enjoys swimming and playing tee ball. And the Grand Junction boy knows his favorite thing to do at preschool is paint. What he doesn’t know, at least not yet, is that he was a miracle baby. Landon weighed just 2 pounds, 6 ounces and was about 14 inches long when he was born at 26 weeks. A pregnancy is usually considered full term at 39 to 40 weeks.

Lutheran, Saint JosephOctober 20, 2015
Lutheran, Saint Joseph Receive Top Marks from Healthgrades
Seven metro Denver hospitals received five-star ratings for a number of procedures, according to the annual Healthgrades report, which ranks medical centers across the country for providing the best care. Lutheran Medical Center and Saint Joseph Hospital were among the seven featured.

October 9, 2015
Saint Joseph Hospital Hires New PresidentSaint Joseph Hospital
Jameson "Jamie" Smith, a veteran hospital administrator, has been hired as president of Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Smith previously worked in various leadership roles for Centura Health, as well as healthcare centers in North Carolina and Georgia. "I am privileged and honored to lead such an extraordinary hospital," Smith said. "Saint Joseph Hospital is Denver's first private hospital, yet with a new facility less than one year old, it's also one of the most state-of-the-art." Smith will start work on Nov. 16.
Additional coverage:
The Burlington Record

Saint Mary's Medical CenterOctober 31, 2015
St. Mary’s Medical Center Gets Top Safety Rating
St. Mary’s Hospital received an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit hospital safety rating organization. The rating is based on 28 measures, ranging from issues that could arise in surgeries to infections and adequate staffing.

October 20, 2015
Saint Joseph Hospital featured for innovative constructionSaint Joseph Hospital
Taking advantage of prefab construction techniques in the building of its new hospital, Saint Joseph Hospital saved money and kept the project on schedule. The success of the project was featured in a recent trade article.


 Platte Valley Medical CenterOctober 30, 2015
With new development, Brighton is resurging 
In September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its first-quarter figures for 2015. Adams County was the second-fastest for job growth in the nation, and Brighton is the Adams County seat. Platte Valley Medical Center has taken three important steps in its resurgence as a world-class regional medical and community wellness facility. The first step: announcing a formal partnership with SCL Health this month. The second step is construction of a second medical office building, slated for completion in early 2016. The third step is a multi-million-dollar upgrade to the existing PVMC facilities on the Brighton campus.

February 6, 2015
Task Force Aims To Accelerate Value-Based Payment Model Shift
A group of the nation’s largest healthcare systems and payers, including SCL Health, together with purchaser and patient stakeholders, announced the creation of a new private-sector alliance dedicated to accelerating the shift to value-based business and clinical models in the U.S. healthcare system that are aligned with improving outcomes and lowering costs.
Read more about the initiative in Health IT Outcomes and Becker's Hospital Review.

February 2, 2015
Topeka Zoo Black Bear undergoes stem cell therapy
In an unusual step for the Topeka Zoo, its 20-year old American Black Bear is undergoing stem cell therapy to deal with spinal problems. With the help of St. Francis Health and University Bird and Small Animal Hospital, the bear was tranquilized and then given a CT scan.
Learn what the CT scan found in the coverage by KSNT, The Topeka Capital-Journal and WIBW.

January 30, 2015
Men Go Red For Women
Dr. Kevin Bruen from St. Vincent Healthcare gives a preview of the Men Go Red For Women breakfast and presentation.
Watch the video on KULR 8 to learn more.

January 28, 2015
Emergency Flu Shelter For The Homeless To Open In Mesa County
St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction partnered with the United Way of Mesa County, Hilltop Resource Center, and Karis Inc., to open an emergency flu shelter for the homeless.
KVNF has more on why it was a necessary step to help the sick.

Coincidences lined up in woman's high-tech tumor treatment
Betty Laws is being treated for a benign tumor growing near her brain stem using new high-tech radiosurgery equipment through St. Vincent Healthcare. Following three treatments using the CyberKnife, Laws’ tumor hasn’t grown, and she’s hopeful it will stay that way.
The Billings Gazette has more on the device at the Frontier Cancer Center.

Coincidences lined up in woman's high-tech tumor treatment
Malachi Hosa, 2, plays with his toys and siblings with what amounts to half of his heart. He is scheduled to undergo the final of three surgeries in March to help his body make up for it. Dr. Andrew Lashus, a pediatric cardiologist at St. Vincent Healthcare who recently began working with the Hosas, said the condition is almost always fatal without medical intervention.
Read more about the 2-year-old in the stories by The Billings Gazette, KRTV and KPAX.

January 27, 2015
Lutheran’s nurses recognized
The American Nurses Credentialing Center recognized Lutheran Medical Center’s nursing staff with the Pathway to Excellence designation. The award recognizes organizations that create a positive nursing practice environment, and Lutheran is one of three Colorado hospitals to receive it.
The Wheat Ridge Transcript talks to the chief nursing officer about the achievement.

St. Vincent gets 'super bug-killing robot' to help prevent infection
With bold DANGER and DO NOT ENTER signs sitting in front of a door at St. Vincent Healthcare, Nicole Smart told staff what to say to passer-by who might peek through the window and spot behind it the futuristic-looking, cylinder of lights glowing a pale blue.
Read more about the new robot in The Billings Gazette and KTVQ.

January 26, 2015
HRH's Health Fair screenings
It’s time for the Holy Rosary Healthcare Annual Health Fair. Although there will be no expo this year, the reduced-cost screenings will be offered over nine days.
The Miles City Star has more on the importance of the screenings.

From tragedy to recovery: A Billings man's journey home
Doug Vezey was hit by a 2-ton pickup that left him with many broken bones and widespread injuries. Doctors had to basically rebuild his face. About 10 days after Vezey had reconstructive surgery, he was discharged to St. Vincent's New Hope Rehabilitation Center.
Read about his incredible story in The Missoulian.

January 22, 2015
Local hospital leaders push Medicaid expansion
Stressing the loss of $350 million in federal dollars since 2010, local healthcare leaders spoke in favor of Kansas expanding its Medicaid program during the 2015 legislative session and ready to go for 2016. Robert Erickson, president and chief executive officer of St. Francis Health said even at best, Medicaid doesn’t cover all costs of healthcare and hospitals in larger communities have more resources to navigate the complicated Medicaid reimbursement system.
Read more of what he had to say in The Topeka Capital-Journal.

January 15, 2015
Police learn to de-escalate crises involving the mentally ill
Yellowstone County Deputy Sherriff Matt McCave credits Crisis Intervention Team training at Billings' Community Crisis Center for helping him to empathize with people in crisis — particularly those with mental illnesses — and their loved ones. The center is partially owned by St. Vincent Healthcare.
Learn more of what the center does in the story by Catholic Health World.

Honors handed out at National Western Stock Show dinner
Terrance Carroll, the first African-American to serve as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives who is now assistant general counsel for the SCL Health, received congratulations on his appointment to the National Western Stock Show's board of directors.
The Denver Post has more on the event.

January 14, 2015
Montana doctor says vaccine is key for preventing measles
A recent outbreak of the measles at Disneyland has spread across the country. Dr. Lionel Tapia, a pediatrician at St. Vincent Healthcare said that while the virus is highly contagious, there are ways to protect your kids.
Hear more of what he has to say on KAJ18.com.

January 10, 2015
YelCo 52: St. Vincent Healthcare: 116 years of service and technological advancements
After 116 years in Billings, St. Vincent Healthcare has had its share of notable patients. But one stands out. In 1930, two people discovered a wrecked car about 30 miles west of town. They gave the injured driver, a stranger whose arm was fractured above the elbow, a ride to the then-named St. Vincent Hospital. Nurses saw the man and figured he was a sheepherder or maybe a cowboy. But the doctor who operated on his arm recognized him. It was Ernest Hemingway.
Read the entire story in The Billings Gazette.

January 9, 2015
E-cigs may be effective way to quit smoking
Electronic cigarettes have been taking the market by storm and one business - Underground Vapes - has just moved into town at 326 Main Street. But how affective are these new wave tobacco free alternatives? St. Mary's Cancer Survivorship Coordinator Debra Hesse says they can work.
See what she has to say on KJCT8.com.

January 5, 2015
High-Deductible Health Plans: The Top Revenue Challenge in 2015
Healthcare financial leaders say high-deductible health plans rapidly expand the risk of non-payment. The health insurance exchanges pose a big threat to revenue because many consumers are choosing plans with the smallest upfront cost and largest deductibles, says Bill Pack, vice president, finance and hospital operations at SCL Health.
Read more of what Pack has to say in HealthLeaders Media.

January 2, 2015
Billings teens turn loss into comfort for young cancer patients
A group of six Billings teens who lost a classmate to leukemia turned sadness into action. The teens stood outside a Walmart store with cookies, hot chocolate and a sign that read: “Raising Money for Kids with Cancer.” They took the proceeds to St. Vincent Healthcare where they delivered handmade blankets and cash to the pediatrics unit to benefit children with cancer.
Learn more about their efforts in the story by KTVQ.com, KULR8.com and on KPAX.com.

January 1, 2015
1st Grand Junction baby of 2015 arrives early
An excited couple became first time parents this morning as they rang in the New Year at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Kassian West Hansen was born at 2:03 a.m. this morning weighing a healthy seven pounds and five ounces. It didn't even cross new parents Kisa and Kevin’s mind that their baby might be the first born in Mesa County in 2015.
Read about the bundle of joy in The Daily Sentinel and on KJCT8.com.

Faith Clennon arrives as Topeka's first baby of 2015
Wrapped in a soft white blanket with pink and blue birds and butterflies on it, and wearing the crocheted purple hat that St. Francis Health's New Life Center gave her, Faith Clennon slept soundly in her mother’s arms, the first baby of 2015.
Learn more about the new baby girl in The Topeka Capital-Journal.


December 29, 2014
New Medicare program offers Topeka doctors incentives to improve care
St. Francis Health and the Cotton-O’Neil clinics entered into a partnership to share savings if they can lower costs for Medicare patients while providing quality care.
Read the story in The Topeka Capital-Journal to learn how the program can lower costs.

December 28, 2014
Making a New Year’s resolution more than just another empty promise
In December, about 60 percent of adults in the United States talk about making a New Year’s resolution. By New Year’s Day, though, only about 40 percent actually resolve to make them happen. But their prospects aren’t as gloomy as some might think. Choosing to quit smoking or chewing tobacco is always a good idea, says Dr. Patrick Cobb, an oncologist with St. Vincent Healthcare.
Read more about resolutions and making smart choices in the story by The Billings Gazette, KULR8, KPAX and KTVQ.

December 24, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare recognized in national survey of top cardiovascular care hospitals
St. Vincent Healthcare was named as one of the top hospitals for cardiovascular care, according to a study by Truven Health Analytics. The study cites the hospitals for having higher inpatient survival rates, lower cost per patient case ($750 to $4,000 less), fewer patient complications, shorter hospital stays and lower readmission rates.
The Billings Gazette has more how St. Vincent earned this honor.

December 22, 2014
Hospital workers make best of holiday season
Santa Claus held the infant close, a new white teddy bear next to him as Santa’s thick white beard provided a little extra cushioning. The baby boy was one of 11 babies at, or who has recently graduated from, St. Vincent Healthcare’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) who received a visit and a new teddy bear from Santa.
Learn more about Santa's special visit in The Billings Gazette and on KTVQ.com.

December 19, 2014
SCL Health names new exectives
Denver, Colo.-based SCL Health announced the appointment of Michael L. Taylor as system executive vice president and COO of hospital operations, and David Pringle as senior vice president of mission integration.
Learn more about the new members of our team.

December 18, 2014
Prefab saved $4.3 million on Denver hospital construction
The use of prefabricated elements in the construction of a hospital saved millions of dollars, according to a new study by the University of Colorado. The use of prefabricated materials was extensive in the construction of the 831,000-square-foot Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Among the prefabricated components were exterior wall panels, bathroom pods, headwalls in patient rooms and utilities.
Read the details about how the work saved on costs for big ticket items..

December 15, 2014
SCL's 'good humor' brings giggles and gladness to patients and staff
Every year, the leadership team of the Mount Saint Vincent behavioral health treatment program in Denver dons Santa hats and performs a slapstick rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," living out one of SCL Health's six values: "good humor," which SCL Health defines as creating "joyful and welcoming environments."
Read more about the importance of good humor at SCL Health in Catholic Health World.

December 13, 2014
10:11, 12/13/14: Baby arrives at just the right numerical moment
Newborn Quincy Kessler’s incredible sense of timing made a splash all over the world. Quincy was born at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont., at 10:11 a.m. on 12/13/14. News organizations all over the world picked up the story story after The Billings Gazette originally published it.
Read the original story in The Billings Gazette.

Saint Joseph moves to new location
Saint Joseph Hospital completed its two-block move. Beginning at 7 a.m., hospital staff moved 181 patients from the old building at 1835 Franklin Street to a new building at 1375 E. 19th Avenue. The move was finished by 3:19 p.m. The first baby to be born in the hospital – a boy – was delivered at 2:27 p.m. The new $623 million facility features 365 patient rooms and 42 emergency room beds (with 12 dedicated to seniors).
Watch 9NEWS.com's coverage of the move into the new facility

December 11, 2014
Saint Joseph Hospital moves into new $623 million facility
More than four years of planning and two years of construction culminated on 12/13/14 when Saint Joseph Hospital moved into a new facility.
Read more about the move in the stories by The Denver Business Journal, KDVR Fox 31, 9NEWS.com and The Denver Post.

December 10, 2014
Peerless Boy Helps Others With Book Charity
Eight-year-old Opheim third-grader Aiden Fouhy and his mother, Cindy Fouhy, flew to Billings on Friday so that Aiden could fulfill his dream of helping others through his book charity. He flew to Billings and made a delivery to St. Vincent Healthcare.
Learn more about Aiden's trip to Montana.

December 8, 2014
Dream Granted: A Trip to Disney World
Christine Knowles, her daughter and granddaughter recently learned they will spend time together at Disney World thanks to a gift presented at Lutheran Medical Center.
9NEWS.com has more on the gift from the Dream Foundation.

SCL Health Associate Part of Evolving Program
Montana Tech, based in Butte, Mont. with St. James Healthcare, is looking to offer a new master’s program as the demand heightens to electronically manage medical records.
Hear what an SCL Health associate has to say about the program.

December 5, 2014
St. James Backs Study About Health Issues in Butte Area
A major health report backed by St. James Healthcare labeled mental health and substance abuse as the most pressing issues facing the Butte, Mont. area.
Read what St. James CEO Chuck Wright said about the report in The Montana Standard.

December 2, 2014
No longer tethered to oxygen equipment, Billings woman plans Christmas waltz
Months ago, St. Vincent Healthcare patient Pat Miller relied on four to six liters of oxygen per minute for survival and could barely pad across her one-bedroom apartment due to her aortic stenosis. Now she’s planning to dance at Christmas.
Read about the procedure that helped Miller at St. Vincent.

November 26, 2014
Lutheran Medical Center Among 20 with Great Hygiene Programs
Hospitals and health systems across the country have implemented hand-hygiene programs that serve to prevent the transmission of harmful pathogens and microorganisms to patients. Lutheran Medical Center improved hand hygiene while collaborating with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Project between 2008 and 2010.
Learn about the steps Lutheran took to improve hand hygiene in Becker's Hospital Review.

With cancer treatment in Billings, 12-year-old with lymphoma doesn't miss a beat
Doctors diagnosed Dusty Smart with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at St. Vincent Healthcare on her 12th birthday in August and as Smart underwent chemotherapy, then radiation, she didn’t have much energy for song.
But, as The Billings Gazette reports, you cannot tell now and she now dreams of her own music studio.

Father: 'Nothing could prepare you to lose part of your soul'
Jonathan Karns and his wife, Andrea, had to choose to sacrifice one of their fraternal twins in order to save the other. At 19 weeks, Andrea awoke with a major complication. The couple sped to the St. Vincent Healthcare Emergency Department, where they sought the expertise of Dr. Roger Wallace.
Read more about their difficult decision in The Billings Gazette.

St. Vincent Healthcare Doctor Talks Dementia
Dr. Erica Bruen with St. Vincent Healthcare stopped by Montana this Morning to talk about dementia.
Hear her thoughts on Q2 News.com.

November 24, 2014
Providers Prep for New Payment Models as Population Health Grows
Aligning provider and payer incentives is essential for the long-term success of population health models so that stakeholders on both sides are working toward the same goals, says Dr. Richard T. Lopes, the chief population health officer of SCL Health.
Read more of what Dr. Lopes had to say in the story by HealthLeaders Media.

November 20, 2014
Controlling The Risk In The ACO Proposition
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010 and brought the term accountable care organization (ACO) into the lexicon, healthcare providers nationwide have finally gotten serious about improving the quality and efficiency of the care they deliver. Denver-based SCL Health has been carrying risk-based contracts for far longer than that.
In a Q&A published by Health IT Outcomes, Debbie Welle-Powell, vice president for accountable health and payer strategies at SCL Health, discusses our preparations and adjustments.

Great American Smokeout
St. Vincent Healthcare is doing its part to support people as they quit smoking. St. V's 'Freedom from Smoking' program encourages a long-term behavior change. The course is progressive, and smokers quit four weeks into the program. Registered Nurse, Mandy Frickel, who teaches one of the classes, says it's a lifestyle change that requires more than statistics and health facts.
Learn more about the program in the story by KULR 8.

Health officials, emergency responders prepare in event of Ebola
Authorities identified and are monitoring a person who may have Ebola in the community. Now what? That is one of the scenarios a group of nearly 100 healthcare workers and first responders were presented with during a 2½ hour exercise focused on how best to prepare for — and respond to — Ebola. St. Vincent Healthcare co-hosted the exercise.
Learn more about the steps being taken to limit the risks of Ebola in The Billings Gazette and by Q2 News.

November 17, 2014
NICU cameras provide 24/7 access to infants
Even though they take every chance they can to spend time with their newborn son, Khalen, at St. Vincent Healthcare’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since his birth in late September, Nick and Kyrsten Bronson can’t always be there. But thanks to special cameras installed at the hospital’s NICU beds and a personalized access program, the Bronsons can see their son using a cellphone or computer and an Internet connection.
Read more about the benefits in the NICU in the story by The Billings Gazette and by Q2 News.

November 16, 2014
Harmonica therapy helping respiratory patients blow blues away
Felice Heffenger leads six different therapy groups that use harmonicas to help lung function at Good Samaritan Medical Center, all populated by patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and other chronic lung ailments.
Read more about the new approach to lung therapy in two stories by The Denver Post: Story 1 and Story 2.

November 15, 2014
Purple Crying: Group aims to prevent shaken baby tragedy
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, a nonprofit, wants to prevent people from shaking babies and St. James Healthcare is in discussions with the group about the program.
Discover what a St. James pediatrician says about "purple crying" in the story by The Montana Standard.

November 12, 2014
S&P, Fitch and Moody's affirm SCL Health's bond ratings
Standard & Poor's Ratings, Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service have all affirmed the bond ratings they had assigned to Denver-based SCL Health. Both S&P and Fitch affirmed the "AA-" rating they had assigned to SCL's bonds, and Moody's affirmed the "Aa3" rating it previously assigned.
Read what SCL Health's CFO says about the achievement in Becker's Hospital CFO.

November 7, 2014
Medical doctor adds second career as a cop
Doctor James Barron, an ear, nose and throat specialist, operates at Lutheran Medical Center and knew he'd be a physician from the time he was a child. But with his kids grown, he decided he was interested in another career. Barron got accepted into the reserves for the Golden Police Department, passed the test for SWAT and in June, he got hired for a detective position at GPD. He works on financial and alcohol-related crimes in addition to remaining an ENT.
Read more about why Barron says he's doing both gigs on 9NEWS.com.

October 30, 2014
Intro to health care: Butte teens sample careers
Thirty Butte High School and Butte Central High science students roamed the halls of St. James Healthcare, absorbing all they could about various health care careers that may set them on course in the Research and Explore Awesome Careers Healthcare semi-annual camp. The South Central Montana Area Health Education Center, based in Dillon, partnered with St. James in the REACH camp.
The Montana Standard talks about more about what the students learned during their visit.

Chamber hands out business award to St. James Healthcare
The Butte Chamber of Commerce recognized St. James Healthcare with the award the McGrath Award, saying it's hard to argue that there’s a business that impacts more people in Butte.
Read more about why St. James earned the award in the story by The Montana Standard.

October 29, 2014
Treatment at St. Vincent Healthcare helping to heal Ugandan youth's wounds
Twelve days after Rogers Ssembatya was admitted to St. Vincent Healthcare, the Ugandan youth was sitting in a wheelchair with a smile on his face.
Learn more about Ssembatya's story in articles by The Billings Gazette and KPAX.

October 28, 2014
St. Mary’s NICU Nurse Deflects Spotlight Toward Patient’s Family, Team Members
The NICU Heroes Awards recognized Natalie Sorrentino, a nurse in the NICU at St. Mary’s Medical Center, as an outstanding NICU healthcare professional for her “compassion, courage and perseverance in improving outcomes for medically fragile babies and their entire families.”
Discover what makes Sorrentino's work special in The Daily Sentinel.

October 23, 2014
Fitch Affirms SCL Health Revs at 'AA-'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings affirmed the 'AA-' rating on approximately $1.4 billion in revenue bonds issued by SCL Health. The Rating Outlook is Stable.
Read more on Business Wire.

Butte hospital takes Ebola precautions; flu bigger threat
St. James Healthcare has started screening patients and visitors to see if they have traveled abroad in the last 21 days as a precaution to the Ebola outbreak.
Learn more about the steps being taken in The Montana Standard.

October 22, 2014
Cancer fighters: St. Vincent Heathcare doctors team up against cancer
Every Wednesday morning, a group of doctors focus on patients with a cancer diagnosis. At St. Vincent Healthcare it's a team known as the Breast Tumor Board. Together, they come up with the best care plan for each patient.
Learn about what they do in the story by Q2 News.

Billings hospitals begin regular screening for Ebola
St. Vincent Healthcare implemented new guidelines to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States, asking patients if they have traveled outside the country in the past three weeks.
Read about the protocols in The Billings Gazette.

October 21, 2014
Local hospitals mobilize in case virus comes to valley
St. Mary's Medical Center is implementing federally recommended protocols to deal with Ebola, should it actually arrive in western Colorado.
Learn more about the precautions in place in the story by The Daily Sentinel.

October 20, 2014
St. James Healthcare Improving Cancer Center
A new and improved cancer is underway at St. James Healthcare. The three-phase project aims to enhance the patient experience and oncology technology.
ABC-FOX Montana has more about the different phases for the project.

October 19, 2014
Irion announces retirement from St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation
The man who helped raise more than $100 million to help build new facilities, expand services and improve programs at St. Vincent Healthcare has announced he is leaving as president and CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation. David Irion, 61, will retire in June 2015, saying he wants to give the Foundation’s board of trustees ample time to find his successor.
Learn more about the plans for the future in the stories by The Billings Gazette, The Republic and The Great Falls Tribune.

October 18, 2014
Topeka hospitals look to partnerships to reduce supply costs
St. Francis Health can order most supplies through an online application that also serves the other hospitals owned by SCL Health. The hospital can individually order whatever supplies it needs, he said, but the larger hospital group can negotiate better rates through volume.
Read more about in the article by The Topeka Capital-Journal.

October 8, 2014
Road to recovery: Stroke Camp helps survivors with healing process
St. Vincent Healthcare's Stroke Program hosts a Stroke Camp that gives survivors and caregivers an opportunity for social interaction while providing tools on how to reintegrate into society.
Learn more about the program in the story by The Billngs Gazette.

WyndStone apartments break ground in Billings Heights
About 70 people gathered in Billings Heights to celebrate the construction of a $17 million retirement community years in the making. Officials at St. Vincent Healthcare and St. John’s Lutheran Ministries started the foundation for the WyndStone development, an 83-apartment complex that will provide independent, assisted and memory care housing for elderly residents.
Read more on the groundbreaking in the stories by The Billngs Gazette, KULR 8 and KTVQ.

October 7, 2014
Expansion complete at local health care center
The St. Francis Health Emergency Department just finished a renovation and upgrade. Now the emergency department “features more than 20,000 square feet,” which is a 25 percent increase over the previous amount of space. With more space, the department now has an expanded trauma care area along with more specialty care rooms which include rooms for senior care and “major cardiac/chest pain care.”
Learn more about the expansion in the story by The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Billings hospitals prepared for Ebola
In order to successfully treat an infectious disease like Ebola, it's going to take teamwork and specialized knowledge. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for St.Vincent Healthcare Jason Mahoney said it's possible to treat the disease in Billings. "Our plan is to place patients in isolation rooms that have negative airflow," said Mahoney.
Read more and watch the video in the story by Q2 News.

October 6, 2014
Colorado Hospitals Establish New Protocols for Handling Ebola Patients
The threat of Ebola is changing the way emergency crews, hospitals and clinics do business across the country, and many in Colorado have instituted new protocols for handling a possible Ebola patient. At Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette the patient would not stop in emergency, but go directly to isolation. “We would put them in a room with a mask on them and separate them and everyone who came in with them,” Registered Nurse Jeanne Schuppe said.
Learn more about the precautions in the story by CBS 4 Denver.

October 1, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Workers Honored by FDA
Three members of the St. Vincent Healthcare staff received special recognition from the Food and Drug Administration for catching a problem with suction catheters.
Discover why they deserved the honor in the story by KULR 8.

September 17, 2014
St. Mary’s joins in effort to offer bone marrow transplants
St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center has announced a partnership to bring a bone marrow transplant program to Western Colorado next year. St. Mary’s will work with the University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado Cancer Center to offer bone marrow transplants at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction. A bone marrow transplant program manager has been hired, and efforts are under way to recruit a transplant physician. It’s expected the first transplant will be conducted by the middle of 2015. The program also will offer follow-up care to patients who’ve received transplants elsewhere.
Read more about the announcement in The Business Times.

September 15, 2014
First look at new $623 million National Jewish Health-Saint Joseph Hospital
The new National Jewish Health-Saint Joseph Hospital is coming in slightly under budget and remains scheduled to open on Dec. 13, officials said during a tour of the facility this week. Officials have been working on the facility, located adjacent to the 141-year-old current Saint Joseph Hospital, since May 2011.
See a slideshow of the preview in The Denver Business Journal.

September 8, 2014
SCL Health Moving HQ to Broomfield
SCL Health will move its headquarters to Broomfield in July 2015. "By making this move, we will have the room to grow our workforce to accommodate the demands of our many business operations. We will save money by consolidating our system operations from three to two locations," said Mike Slubowski, president and CEO of SCL Health.
Learn more about the move in the story in The Denver Business Journal, with additional coverage byThe Denver Post, The Broomfield Enterprise and Colorado Managed Care.

September 5, 2014
Good Samaritan Medical Center Changes Signage
Good Samaritan Medical Center installed new signs to reflect its new brand identity. Under the new brand, the medical center no longer has the Exempla name.
Colorado Managed Care has more on the new brand identity at Good Samaritan Medical Center.

September 2, 2014
Specialists at St Mary's taking place of family physicians
At St. Mary’s Medical Center, where a highly trained group of specialists known as hospitalists is taking over 90 percent of a patient’s primary care needs upon admission. Members of the fastest growing medical specialty in the U.S., hospitalists streamline stays for patients, coordinate specialty care and medications and work on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Understand more about the program in the article by The Daily Sentinel.

August 31, 2014
St. Vincent Puts Focus on Cancer Patients with $4.3M Renovation Project
St. Vincent Healthcare is embarking on a $4.3 million renovation to surround families with a better environment as their loved ones receive quality medical treatment.
Read more about the new project in The Billings Gazette.

August 28, 2014
St. Mary’s Adds Safer, Less Costly CareFlight Helicopter
St. Mary’s Medical Center showed off an upgrade to its trio of CareFlight vehicles: A single-blade helicopter officials say carries a single patient more safely and at less cost.
The Daily Sentinel has more on how the new helicopter will save on fuel and maintenance.

August 27, 2014
St. Mary’s Earns Accreditation for Heart Attack Care
St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction has earned recognition for diagnosing and treating patients with symptoms of a heart attack. The hospital received accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as a chest pain center.
Learn more about how St. Mary's earned the designation in The Business Times.

August 19, 2014
Medicaid Expansion Fuels Optimism for SCL Health
SCL Health believes new healthcare reform efforts will help its margin because Medicaid payments will have a big impact on the system.
You can read more in the story by Modern Healthcare and see additional coverage in Becker's Hospital Review.

August 9, 2014
Morphing Healthcare Market Forces Top Execs to Retool Their Skills
SCL Health CEO Mike Slubowski talks about creating a new role of a population health officer to deliver higher-quality care at a lower cost.
Read more about the need for this new position in Modern Healthcare.

July 31, 2014
Big Price Differences for Medical Procedures, New Colorado Database Shows
SCL Health comments on unveiling of prices at Colorado hospitals that show a wide variety in the costs of similar procedures at different locations.
You can read more in the article by The Denver Business Journal, with additional coverage in Health News Colorado.

July 30, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Benefits After Area Farmer Leaves $38M Gift
A retired farmer left his entire estate to be divided equally between St. Vincent Healthcare and another Billings, Mont. hospital.
Read the article by The Billings Gazette to learn more about the gift.

July 29, 2014
St. Francis Health Unveils New Brand
St. Francis Health is sporting a new look, with an updated logo that maintains traditional elements that northeast Kansas residents will recognize.
Learn more about the decision to update our brand in the story by Kansas First News.

July 22, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Unveils New Logo
St. Vincent Healthcare retired its old logo and unveiled a new one with a newly minted look.
See coverage of the unveiling by KTVQ.

July 21, 2014
New CyberKnife Will Decrease Patients' Recovery Time
St. Vincent Healthcare is using a new radiation tool, called the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. The $4.2 million device features a flexible robotic arm that will help treat patients with tumors.
Read more about what the new piece of equipment can do in The Billings Gazette.

July 18, 2014
Denver Hospitals Drop “Exempla” Name as SCL Health Rebrands
Three Denver-area hospitals are shedding the "Exempla" name. The names of Saint Joseph Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center will stand alone.
Read more about the change in stories by The Denver Post and The Denver Business Journal.

Prefab Approach Shaves Time, Money Off Construction of New Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital CEO Bain J. Farris wanted a new, high-tech hospital built and open within three years of breaking ground. It was a tall order for a $623 million, 831,000-square-foot, 360-bed facility that normally would take four years to complete. Careful coordination by Mortenson Construction and the use of prefabricated elements will allow the new hospital at 1375 E. 19th Ave. to officially open Dec. 13 — just shy of three years after work began Dec. 17, 2011.
Learn more about the work on the facility in the article by The Denver Post.

July 8, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Now Offers MyChart Online Services
St. Vincent Healthcare is making it a little easier to access health records. Through the online program, MyChart, patients can look at test results, review diagnostic studies, and double check their medication lists. Patients that are enrolled now have the ability to get answers to simple questions from their doctors and nurses directly through the program.
KULR 8 has more on the new tool that nearly 4,000 patients at St. Vincent Healthcare have begun using.

July 1, 2014
Steve Loveless Appointed President and CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare
Steve Loveless was officially named president and CEO of St. Vincent Healthcare. He began serving as acting president since former president Jason Barker resigned in February after three years at the care site. Loveless had been the hospital’s chief operating officer when he assumed leadership.
Read more about the change in the article published by The Billings Gazette.

Good Samaritan Medical Center Part of Green Colorado 2014: Health Care
Good Samaritan Medical Center gets recognition for its "green" work. In 2011 the care site achieved the Silver leader level in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Environmental Leadership Program, and became a Gold leader in 2013.
Read the specific steps the hospital takes to reduce its waste and increase its recycling in the story by Colorado Biz.

June 26, 2014
St. Francis Establishes Heart Clinic Just for Women
St. Francis Health in Topeka, Kan. has a new clinic designed to specialize in women's heart health. The Women's Heart Clinic is dedicated to screening, preventing and treating heart disease in women.
Read more about the new clinic in WIBW's story.

June 25, 2014
National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital Finalize Partnership
National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital finalized their partnership agreement. The hospitals will remain independent and keep separate many of their operations, but they will be managed by the National Jewish Health St. Joseph Hospital partnership.
Learn more in the article published by The Denver Post and the coverage by CBS 4.

FDA-certified Mammograms Offered by St. James Healthcare
After a local radiology clinic lost accreditation, St. James Healthcare says it is the only location in Butte that currently has FDA certified mammograms.
Read more about the developmetns in the story on KXLF.com.

June 22, 2014
St. Mary's Medical Center Eyes Closer Ties with Primary Care Partners
St. Mary’s Medical Center announced it is negotiating with Primary Care Partners, one of the Grand Valley’s largest medical practices, to form a collaborative venture the hospital claims will reduce healthcare costs through better integration in Grand Junction, Colo.
Learn more in The Daily Sentinel's coverage of the developments.

June 20, 2014
OR Implants and the Case for Supply Chain Automation
SCL Health is one organization working to reduce OR costs and enhance the supply chain. Steve Chyung, Vice President of Supply Chain and Real Estate, says he was shocked to see how manual and paper-based the processes were.
Read more of Mr. Chyung's comments in the article published by Becker's Hospital Review.

June 16, 2014
Students Receive $1K Scholarships from St. James Healthcare Foundation
The St. James Healthcare Foundation has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Korey Krumm and Haley Henderson.
Learn more about the award recipients in The Montana Standard.

June 12, 2014
Deep Brain Stimulation Changes Lives in Grand Junction
Individuals with Parkinson's Disease and those with essential tremors have a new hope thanks to a surgery using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction.
Watch News Channel 5's coverage of this medical technology.

Heart and Sole Inches Closer to Signup Goal of 3,500
The St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation President and CEO talks about the Heart and Sole Run in Billings, Mont.
Learn more about the event in the coverage by The Billings Gazette.

June 10, 2014
Giant Bicycle, Inc. to sponsor Good Sam Bike Jam
Giant Bicycle, Inc. signed on to sponsor Good Samaritan Medical Center’s annual Good Sam Bike Jam fundraiser for the next three years.
Read more about the new partnership in the Colorado Homewtown Weekly.

June 9, 2014
Message of St. Vincent Healthcare Course: Don't Text and Drive
St. Vincent Healthcare has a distracted driving course for teens to show them the dangers of texting and driving.
Discover more about the course in KULR 8's story.

June 4, 2014
Steps Toward Survival at Lutheran Medical Center's Leaves of Hope Run/Walk
Those who attended Lutheran Medical Center’s 2014 Leaves of Hope Run/Walk ran to celebrate life.
Read more about the event in the Wheat Ridge Transcript.

June 3, 2014
Marillac Clinic Plans to Remodel For Efficiency
The Marillac Clinic is set to have a new design after the city approved several community grants for the area. The new look will help operations become more organized and professional.
Learn more about the new project from News Channel 5's story.

May 30, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Doctor Offers Tips to Keep Your Family Safe this Summer
Dr. Barry McKenzie, Trauma Director at St. Vincent's Healthcare, says parents can keep their kids safe during National Trauma Awareness Month.
Read more of Dr. McKenzie's tips in KULR 8's article.

May 30, 2014
Exempla CEO Bob Ladenburger to Retire
Robert W. Ladenburger, president and CEO of Colorado's Exempla Healthcare hospitals as well as executive vice president of hospital operations for SCL Health, retired on June 1, 2014.
Read the Denver Business Journal's coverage of Bob's retirement.

May 28, 2014
SCL Health System sees revenue rise while surplus falls
SCL Health System, which has pruned its portfolio of hospitals during the past year, reported an increase in 2013 revenue but a lower operating surplus because of higher expenses.
Learn more by reading Modern Healthcare's article.

May 27, 2014
One of SCL Health System's Emergency Hospitals to be in South Jefferson County
As part of its partnership with SCL Health System, Emerus is building one of our four new emergency hospitals in south Jefferson County at the northwest corner of Wadsworth Boulevard and Coal Mine Avenue.
Read more about the new location in The Denver Post.

May 26, 2014
Support Group Helps Men Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
The Topeka Capital-Journal profiled men in a prostate cancer support group at St. Francis Comprehensive Cancer Center and talked with Jenny Davis, radiation/oncology and tumor registry manager at St. Francis Health Center.
Read the Topeka Capital-Journal's story to learn more.

May 24, 2014
Stay Safe from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Corby Freitag, an emergency physician at St. Vincent Healthcare, comments on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning after the death of a Billings mother and her 14-year-old daughter.
Read her comments in the story by KPAX.

May 13, 2014
St. Francis Health completes phase II of renovations
St. Francis Health
completed phase II of its $10 million Emergency Department renovation project, the second of three phases which began last April.
Learn more in the stories by The Topeka Capital-Journal, WIBW and Kansas First News.

May 12, 2014
ConocoPhillips Donates to St. Vincent Healthcare
ConocoPhillips made a donation to St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation which will go toward pediatric care for the rural and underserved.
Learn more about the donation in KULR 8's story.

May 8, 2014
Aging Baby Boomers present significant health care challenges
Dr. Michael Bush, Chief Medical Officer at St. Vincent Healthcare, talked to Channel 8 News in Billings about the need for healthcare to adjust to the rising needs of the aging Baby Boomer generation.
Hear more of what Dr. Bush had to say on KPAX.com.

May 7, 2014
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center ranks high in patient safety
St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center
received an “A” for the Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score.
Learn more in the story on KJCT 8.

May 6, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Donates to Non-Profits
St. Vincent Healthcare
presented checks to nine different community nonprofit agencies; the funds came from the Share Our Spirit – Associate Giving Campaign.
Watch the video on KULR 8 and read more in The Billings Gazette.

May 5, 2014
SCL Health Systems selects Allscripts EPSi software to facilitate financial management
SCL Health System chose Allscripts EPSi to unify and rationalize our financial management software systems, standardizing its financial decision support systems onto a single, connected platform.
Learn more about the move in Health IT Outcomes.

May 1, 2014
Marillac Clinic Gives Children a Reason to Smile
The Marillac Clinic
gave 50 children from low-income or uninsured homes free dental exams.
Read more in the story on KJCT8.com.

April 30, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Gets High Safety Score
St. Vincent Healthcare
received an “A” from the Hospital Safety Score, which examines how well a hospital protects patients.
Watch the video on KULR 8's website.

April 29, 2014
St. Francis Health 2nd Most Affordable in State
NerdWallet named St. Francis Health the second most affordable hospital in Kansas based on an analysis of 100 common treatments.
Read more about NerdWallet's survey results and read the story in the Kansas City Business Journal.

April 24, 2014
SCL Health System Chooses Stanson for Decision Support
SCL Health System will implement Los Angeles-based Stanson Health's clinical decision support system which provides clinical decision support alerts, designed to reduce unnecessary care in physician offices, emergency departments, and hospitals.
Learn more in the story by HealthData Management.

St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation Receives $95,500 for Crohn's Research
St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation received $95,500 in grant funding to expand the Crohn’s Disease Collaborative Research Center of the Greater Rocky Mountains through the Montana Department of Commerce Bio-Medical Research Grant Program.
Read more about the partnership between St. Vincent Healthcare and Montana State University Billings in The Billings Gazette.

St. Vincent Healthcare Team Prepare for Hazardous Situations
St. Vincent Healthcare's emergency response team learned what to do in hazardous situations through hazardous environment recognition training.
Learn more and watch the video on KULR 8 TV's website.

April 23, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare’s Laurel Medical Center Donates $3,800 to Nonprofit
The St. Vincent Healthcare Associate Giving Campaign donated more than $3,800 in funds to the U.S. Water Rescue Diving Team.
Read more about the gift in The Laurel Outlook.

April 21, 2014
Parkinson's Treatment Helps Local Woman
KULR 8 TV profiled a local woman who received deep brain stimulation (DBS) at St. Vincent Healthcare, restoring her quality of life as she lives with Parkinson's disease.
Learn more and watch the video on KULR 8's website.

April 19, 2014
Deal Volume Dips While Value Soars in First Quarter
SCL Health System President and CEO Michael Slubowski
talked to Modern Healthcare about higher competition among hospital systems looking to acquire independent facilities.
Read more of what he has to say in the story by Modern Healthcare.

April 18, 2014
St. James Healthcare Lands Grant to Fight Obesity
The St. James Healthcare Foundation received a $50,000 grant to help fund a program that aims to combat childhood obesity.
Discover more about the program in The Montana Standard.

April 15, 2014
New Thinking on Brain-Science Therapies Could Help Foster Kids
The Denver Post highlights the over-prescription of antipsychotic medications to foster children and features the care and therapies used at Mount Saint Vincent to help lower these dosages.
Learn more in the article by the The Denver Post.

April 14, 2014
Screenings Credited for Sharp Drop in Colon Cancer Rates
A story that credits screenings for the drop in colon cancer rates also highlights St. Vincent Healthcare’s public education efforts and screening fairs.
Read more about St. Vincent's efforts in the Billings Gazette.

April 9, 2014
St. Francis Health Employees Break Fundraising Record
St. Francis Health
employees broke records in helping others, with pledges increasing by 41 percent over last year's campaign.
Watch the video and read the story on WIBW.com.

April 1, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Receives $4.2M Gift for Cancer Center Upgrades
Treatments for some patients at the St. Vincent Healthcare Frontier Cancer Center in Billings, Mont. could not only get much easier and less intrusive, but also a lot quicker.
Learn more about the gift to purchase a CyberKnife Radiosurgery System in the story by the Billings Gazette.

March 31, 2014
Butte Cancer Center Gets $3.6M for New Equipment
The St. James Cancer Center landed a $3.59 million gift for new cancer equipment to treat more patients and provide better care.
Read more about the gift in the Billings Gazette.

March 25, 2014
Lutheran Medical Center launches anti-smoking for new mothers program
A new grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is helping Exempla Lutheran Medical Center fight to bring down the number of women who start smoking again after having a baby.
Read more about Lutheran's program in The Wheat Ridge Transcript and The Denver Post.

March 23, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare continues expansion by buying up 2 more private practices
One year after buying Frontier Cancer Center, St. Vincent Healthcare has purchased two more private practices in Billings — the Montana Heart Institute and Big Sky OB/GYN.
Learn more about the growth in the article by The Billings Gazette.

Training leaders of spiritual care takes center stage at St. Vincent Healthcare
A near-death experience put Tracy Tobel on a path to make compassionate visits to others who need care.
Learn more about how St. Vincent Healthcare's chaplain training program is helping him on his journey.

March 6, 2014
Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence: SCL Health a Positive Example
SCL Health System Senior Vice President Dr. Rick Lopes comments on picking the right partner in our home care initiative in our goal of better managing quality, outcomes, and patient experience.
Read more in the story by HealthLeaders Media.

Sisters of Charity on Recognizing 'God's Goodness' In All People
Therese Horvat, communications director for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, discusses on the purpose of National Catholic Sisters Week.
Read her comments to learn more in the story by LeavenworthTimes.com.

March 1, 2014
Marian Clinic Looks to Adapt in New Healthcare Environment
While facing new opportunities as a result of the Affordable Care Act, Marian Clinic continues to serve as a safety net for medical and dental care in Topeka, Kan.
Learn more about their efforts in an article by The Topeka Capital-Journal.

February 28, 2014
Well-wishers say goodbye to Jason Barker, welcome successor Steve Loveless
More than 100 St. Vincent Healthcare staff and friends said goodbye to a beloved president and chief executive officer and welcomed the man who will succeed him.
Learn more in the article by The Billings Gazette.

February 27, 2014
Saint John's Health Center Transitions to Providence Hospital
Providence Health & Services, Southern California, assumed sponsorship of Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica from the SCL Health System.
Read more on this in stories by the Santa Monica Mirror, Modern Healthcare, KHTS AM 1220 & Los Angeles Business Journal.

February 26, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Announces More Than $150,000 in Scholarships
St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation
and St. Vincent Healthcare Volunteers are offering more than $150,000 in education scholarships this year.
Learn more about the opportunities in The Billings Gazette's story.

February 25, 2014
St. James Foundation Donates $130,000 to Community
The St. James Healthcare Foundation contributed $130,198.62 to the community in 2013, according to the hospital.
Learn more about the donations in the story by The Montana Standard.

February 7, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare's New Hybrid OR Attracts Doctors from All Over U.S.
St. Vincent Healthcare
in Billings is now home to one of the newest and most technologically advanced hybrid operating rooms in the country and doctors want to come and learn about it firsthand.
Read the story by Q2 News to discover more.

January 31, 2014
High-tech Equipment Aiding Good Samaritan Medical Center
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center
in Lafayette has made a host of capital investments on new machines and specialized laboratories.
Read more about the improvements in the Boulder County Business Report.

January 23, 2014
SCL Health and Univita Announce Acquisition of Home Health Company
SCL Health, along with its joint venture partner, Univita Health, announced acquisition of Denver-based All Care Home Health LLC.
See more of the coverage of this acquisition in Business Wire, News Medical and the Fort Mill Times.

Attorney General Approves Saint John's Sale
The California deputy attorney general signed off on the proposed sale of Saint John's Medical Center to Providence Health System from SCL Health System.
Learn more about the approval in the Santa Monica Daily Press.

Marian Clinic Program Helps Sleep Apneat Patients Rest Easier
Topeka's Marian Clinic says a new cap can help people with sleep apnea breathe better.
Learn more in WIBW.com's story on sleep apnea.

January 22, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Honors Joint Replacement Patients
St. Vincent Healthcare held a luncheon to reunite patients who have gone through a total joint replacements.
Read more about the ceremony on KULR8.com and NBC News.com.

St. Vincent Healthcare unveils boutique for breast cancer survivors
St. Vincent Healthcare
celebrated a milestone with the opening of Eva’s Boutique, a specialty store for breast cancer survivors.
Read more bout the new store in the Billings Gazette, and on KULR8.com and on NBC News.com.

January 20, 2014
St. Francis Health Takes Steps to Reduce Readmission Rates
St. Francis Health says it is making efforts to keep people who spend the night with them from coming back — if the stay isn’t necessary.
Learn more about decline in readmission rates in The Topeka Capital-Journal.

January 12, 2014
Ministry of healing: Team connects spiritually with St. Vincent Healthcare's patients, family, staff
Led by Sister Catrina Bones, the spritual care team at St. Vincent Healthcare provides emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and hospital staff.
See what the Billings Gazette discovered about the care team when a photographer spent some time with them.

St. Vincent Healthcare's emergency department treats more ice-related falls
The emergency department at St. Vincent Healthcare kept busy helping people with ice-related injuries after heavy snowfall in Billings, Mont.
Learn more about the uptick in those seeking help in the story by the Independent Record.

January 9, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare completes hybrid operating room
Doctors at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. have a new and safer way to treat patients with complicated heart conditions after the facility built a hybrid operating room.
Learn more about the $4.5 million improvement in the Billings Gazette.

January 8, 2014
St. James Healthcare joines other agencies to address recent suicides
St. James Healthcare in Butte, Mont. joined with other agencies to identify causes and develop interventions after several recent students took their own lives.
Learn more about their efforts in The Montana Standard and on KPAX.com.


December 26, 2013
Lutheran Medical Center doubling down on "senior ER" concept as area ages
When Lutheran Medical Center opened new emergency-room space designed for and dedicated to seniors two years ago, it was the first area hospital to try the concept amid strong crosscurrents of Medicare change.
Read more about the expansion and its success in The Denver Post.

December 19, 2013
Children Look Toward Bright Future After Time At Mount Saint Vincent
Mount Saint Vincent in Denver, Colo. is a safe place for children in need who have endured traumatic experiences or suffer from mental health issues. Trinity is one of those children and his progress continues to thrill his grandmother.
Learn more about Mount Saint Vincent and Trinity's success in CBS4 Denver's story.

December 13, 2013
Spine Surgery Alternatives: Lutheran Medical Center Hopes Center Can Improve Care
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center
in Wheat Ridge, Colo. recently launched a spine care center in Lakewood that uses a program that offers an alterative to surgery in order to reduce back pain.
Read more about the alternatives in the Denver Business Journal.

Good Samaritan Medical Center Donates $20k to Computer Lab
Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo. donated $20,000 to the Sister Carmen Community Center to fund a computer lab and help with general operating expenses.
Learn more about the donation in Colorado Hometown Weekly.

December 12, 2013
Lutheran Medical Center Expanding Its Senior Emergency Department
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center
in Wheat Ridge, Colo. recently began a major expansion of its senior emergency department, just two years after it first opened the speciality area.
Read more about the expansion in the Denver Business Journal and on 9NEWS.com.

December 11, 2013
Duchesne Clinic Among Several Agencies Awarded Health Care Grants
Duchesne Clinic earned a $150,000 grant to provide bilingual primary health care, chronic disease management, preventive care, patient education, medication assistance and care coordination for the uninsured in Wyandotte County, Kan.
Learn more about the grants in the Wyandotte Daily News.

December 6, 2013
Operation Walk USA Doing 30 Free Surgeries in Colorado, including at St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center
St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center
is among the three hospitals participating in Operation Walk USA in Colorado, which helps peopel who otherwise could not afford knee and hip-joint replacements.
Read more about the program in The Denver Post.

December 3, 2013
Attorney General Reviewing Saint John's Deal
The California Attorney General's office is reviewing the bid to transfer sponsorship of Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. from SCL Health to Providence Health System.
Read more about the progress of the transfer in the Santa Monica Daily Press.

SCL Health to Build 4 Small Hospitals in Denver Region
The agreement between SCL Health and Emerus to build four community hospitals received more media coverage. The first of these hospitals will open in 2014.
Read Catholic Health World's coverage of SCL Health's growth.

SCL Health's Chief Medical Officer Discusses Safety's Impact on the Value Equation
SCL Health Chief Medical Officer John Byrnes, MD, talks about safety and preventing patient deaths in the wake of a recent study.
Read the full article in HealthCare Financial Management magazine.

November 21, 2013
Health camp: Cadaver, high-tech machines at St. James Healthcare greet high school students
A program hosted by St. James Healthcare allowed high school students in Butte, Mont. to explore various health care jobs in a hospital setting.
Read more about the experience in The Montana Standard.

November 18, 2013
Lutheran Medical center teaches public about the Affordable Care Act
Lutheran Medical Center held a forum to teach members of the public about the new coverage opportunities provided by the Affordable Care Act.
Read more about the event in the Wheat Ridge Transcript.

St. James Healthcare donates $60,000 to Montana Tech
St. James Healthcare
donated $60,000 to Montana Tech in Butte, Mont. to update equipment in the Nursing Department and to create a permanent scholarship endowment for nursing students.
Read more about the donation in The Montana Standard and watch video about the donation on KXLF's website.

November 17, 2013
St. Vincent Healthcare associates honored
The Montana chapter of the American Diabetes Associate honored several St. Vincent Healthcare associates.
Read more about their accolades in the story published by the Billings Gazette.

November 13, 2013
SCL Health System announces plans to build four small community hospitals in region
SCL Health System
announced plans to partner with Emerus to build four community hospitals in the Denver metro area.
Learn more by reading the story posted by the Boulder County Business Report.

November 12, 2013
SCL Health System President and CEO: Health reform requires revolutionary thinking
SCL Health System President and CEO Mike Slubowski was a keynote speaker at "Pulse: What's Next with Health-Care Reform" in Longmont, Colo. He says revolutionary thinking and behavior is imperative.
Learn more about his remarks in the story posted by the Boulder County Business Report.

Good Samaritan Medical Center president and CEO discusses lowering health care costs
Dave Hamm, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo. discusses the Affordable Care Act and how to lower health care costs.
Review Hamm's comments in the story by the Boulder County Business Report.

November 8, 2013
Good Samaritan Medical Center achieves Level II trauma status
Good Samaritan Medical Center
in Lafayette, Colo. achieved a Level II trauma center designation - a status that may mean that the hospital treats more emergency patients annually in the future than it has in the past.
Read more about the accomplishment in the Boulder County Business Report.

Tanzania gets dose of care with Lafayette flavor from Good Samaritan Medical Center
A group of 15 folks from Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette recently took a trip to Tanzania, in the city of Arusha, to visit an adopted sister hospitals.
Learn more in the story publisehd by the Boulder County Business Report.

November 7, 2013
St. James Heathcare Foundation honors benefactors and supporters
St. James Healthcare Foundation
unveiled a wall honoring those who give to the St. James Foundation and remembering the 130-year history of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth serving the people of Butte, Mont.
Read more about the event on KXLF CBS 4's website.

November 5, 2013
44% Of Coloradans Use ER For Non-Emergencies
A survey of 10,000 Coloradans has found that 44 percent of visits to the emergency room are for ailments that could be treated by a regular doctor. The highest portion of that percentage live in Mesa County, which is serviced by St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction.
Read more about the study in a story by KUNC.

SCL Health System weighs in: 5 HIO practices that put data integrity at risk
SCL Health System's data integrity/MPI manager discusses issues with security and health information exchange organizations.
Learn more in the story by FierceHealthIt.

November 4, 2013
St. Vincent Healthcare Recognized
St. Vincent Healthcare
in Billings, Mont. was recognized on a national level for its quality of care. The Joint Commission recognized St. Vincent for the third year in a row and the hospital earned the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.
Watch and read the story by KULR NBC 8.

November-December 2013
Aligning Cultures, Vision and Values: Hitting All The Keys
By aligning and integrating separate cultures it can spur an organization to achieve outstanding results. SCLHS SVP of Mission Integration Terry Weinburger and Sister Jennifer Gordon published an article in Catholic Health World on workplace culture.
Read the story on workplace culture in Catholic Health World.

November 2013
Spotlight Interview: Saint Joseph Hospital
This interview with Matt Eilts, CCDS, CEPS, RCES, NRP, Lead Electrophysiology Specialist, Cardiovascular Services, Saint Joseph Hospital, discusses the current and future facilities at the hospital.
Read the full interview Eilts did with the EP Lab Digest.

October 31, 2013
Part of Lafayette's Good Samaritan Medical Center building sold
The operators of Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette have sold a portion of the building that houses the newly opened cancer center to a health care real estate investment trust.
Read more about the sale in the Boulder Daily Camera.

October 28, 2013
Faith-based nonprofit, St. Vincent Healthcare, helps Ugandans help themselves
A physician at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont., Dr. Doug Parker, traveled to Afrida for a month to help people at medical clinics in Uganda. The work was part of a mission team from Hope 2 One Life.
Read more about Parker's trip in the Billings Gazette.

SCL Health System President and CEO Michael Slubowski, Allen-Davis to keynote Pulse
Michael Slubowski, president and CEO of SCL Heath System
, is one of two keynote spekers at "Pulse: What's Next with Health-Care Reform." During the half-day conference, Slubowski will speak on the revolutionary mindset and the redesign of health care.
Read more about the conference in the story from the Boulder County Business Report.

October 26, 2013
Mullin Plaza Now Open At Saint John’s Health Center In Santa Monica
Saint John’s Health Center
in Santa Monica, Calif. celebrated the completion of its new entrance, Mullin Plaza and Mullin Gardens, and its benefactors Peter and Merle Mullin with a garden party. To celebrate the support of the Mullins, the event included a parade of classic cars from the collections of Saint John’s trustees and friends.
Learn more about the Plaza in the Santa Monica Mirror's article.

October 18, 2013
St. Vincent Healthcare Creates Pink Glove Dance Video
St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. made a video for a nationwide contest. Associates participated in the Pink Glove Dance Campaign to raise breast cancer awareness.
Read the story and see the Pink Glove Dance video on KULR-TV NBC 8's website.

October 16, 2013
Fitch Rates Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (CO) 2013A Revs 'AA-'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings assigned an 'AA-' rating to revenue bonds issued on behalf of SCLHS and says the Rating Outlook for the bonds is Stable.
Read more about the ratings from Fitch.

St. Vincent Healthcare Remodel Creates Orthopedic and Spine Center of Excellence
The newly remodeled fifth floor of St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. is now the Orthopedic and Spine Center of Excellence. The $8.4 million project creates a space for family and caregivers in the same room as the patient that is a warm and healing environment during the recovery process.
Read more and watch the video profile about the remodeled Spine Center on KULR-TV NBC 8's website.

October 14, 2013
Saint Joseph Hospital: Latest trends in breast imaging
The director of imaging at the Breast Care Center at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Dr. Jerome Schroeder, discusses about the new trends in the field that are either impacting patients now or could impact potential patients in the future.
Read more and watch the interview with Dr. Schroeder on KUSA-TV's 9NEWS.com.

St. Vincent Healthcare's Affordable Care Act Education
St. Vincent Healthcare
in Billings, Mont. scheduled seminars to answer questions and address concerns about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The seminars walk people through how much people will pay out of pocket.
Read more and watch video about the program on KULR-TV NBC 8's website.

September 26, 2013
New Cancer Center Opens at Good Samaritan Medical Center
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo., opened on Sept. 3. The new four-story, 87,600-sq-ft building, designed by Denver’s Davis Partnership Architects, complements the existing EGSMC campus and provides a state-of-the-art health care facility where patients and families can receive treatment in a caring environment.
Read ENR Mountain States' full article about the opening of the Cancer Center.

September 25, 2013
New St. Francis Health Center clinic to offer lab tests, physical therapy
St. Francis Health Center
’s new clinic near Lake Shawnee has more services than most in an attempt to make care more convenient and affordable.
Read more about the new clinic in the Topeka Capital-Journal's article.

Access to pediatric specialist at St. Vincent Healthcare a 'really big deal' for parents of hemophiliac child
Previously, Montana families with hemophiliac children might have had to seek treatment in places as far away as Denver. But St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings brought on a pediatric hematologist-oncologist about a year ago to provide closer options.
Read more about the importance of a specialist in the region in the Billings Gazette's article.

September 23, 2013
Marillac Clinic Officials Advise Residents to Prepare for Changes in Health Care
The community relations director of our Marillac Clinic in Grand Junction, Colo. spoke to KREX-TV CBS 5 discussing the forthcoming Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marillac Clinic is working with patients to help them understand the changes brought about by the ACA.
Read the KREX story involving the Marillac Clinic.

September 21, 2013
St. Francis Health Center, Stormont-Vail to share pediatric doctors
Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center and St. Francis Health Center announced plans to combine their neonatal and pediatric staffs to improve service to patients. The move does not eliminate any positions. The hospitals will share physicians but keep separate staff members in nursing and other positions.
Learn more about the agreement in the Topeka Capital-Journal's article.

September 20, 2013
Butte Teamsters Union & St. James Healthcare Reach Agreement
The Butte Teamsters Union #2 and St. James Healthcare agreed on a new two year working contract. Both sides met with a federal mediator until a tentative agreement was made. Teamster members then ratified the contract with an unanimous vote of approval.
Learn more about the agreement in an article from KTMF-TV ABC.

September 17, 2013
National Jewish, Saint Joseph Hospital form partnership
National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital announced plans to create a partnership that paves the way for a joint operating agreement. SCL Health System, the parent company of Saint Joseph, and National Jewish expect to finalize the arrangement in the first quarter of 2014.
Read the Denver Business Journal's story on the JOA forming between National Jewish and Saint Joseph.
Read the Denver Post's story on the forthcoming JOA between National Jewish and Saint Joseph.

What does the National Jewish-St. Joseph Hospital JOA mean?
The joint operating agreement between National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital ensures two things.
Read the Denver Business Journal's article on the expected outcomes of the JOA.

Innovative approach at St. Vincent Healthcare to valve surgery yields results, shorter recuperation
A cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. is replacing heart valves with a minimally-invasive technique is helping patients recover more rapidly.
Learn more about the procedure and the results it's producing in the Billings Gazette's article.

2013 Ending The Wait Awards Honor Five Premier Colorado Hospitals, Including Lutheran Medical Center, For Organ And Tissue Donation Achievements
Lutheran Medical Center
was one of five Colorado hospitals recognized with Ending the Wait awards for outstanding efforts in promoting organ and tissue donation in Colorado.
Read the PR Newswire's article on how and why the hospitals earned these awards.

September 16, 2013
Flooding forces cancellation of 100-mile Good Samaritan Foundation ‘bike jam;’ organizers donate food to Jamestown evacuees
The seventh annual Good Sam Bike Jam, a 100-mile ride that would have taken cyclists through Lyons and Allenspark was cancelled when raging flood waters wiped out parts of the route. But organizers of this fundraiser hosted by the Good Samaritan Foundation quickly switched gears to make sure the effort that had gone into planning this benefit for the foundation’s Cancer Assistance Fund wasn’t in vain.
Read the Denver Post's story about the donations organizers made to help those evacuated because of the floods.

Providence to Acquire Saint John’s Health Center
Providence Health & Services, Southern California said it had reached a definitive agreement to take over Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Pending regulatory and other approvals, Providence Southern California, a unit Providence Health & Services of Renton, Wash., will assume ownership and day-to-day management of the 234-bed hospital from SCL Health System, which is based in Denver.
Learn more about the acquisition in the Los Angeles Business Journal.

St. Vincent Healthcare Helps with Healthy by Design Educational Classes
Healthy by Design is an initiative created by the alliance of RiverStone Health, St. Vincent Healthcare, and Billings Clinic. The free classes are supposed to help people make day-to-day changes to promote a healthier lifestyle without adding more to their daily routines.
Learn more about the program by watching and reading KULR-TV NBC 8's story.

September 11, 2013
Pink Gloves at St. Vincent Healthcare Encourages Early Screening
St. Vincent Healthcare
gathered cancer survivors and law enforcement to make a video to raise breast cancer awareness. The Pink Glove Dance is a nationwide competition that donates money to a breast cancer charity of the winners' choice.
To learn more, read and watch the story from KULR-TV NBC 8.

North Texas Urgent-Care Operators, Investors Prep for 2014 Surge of Patient; SCLHS President and CEO Michael Slubowski Comments
Michael Slubowski, president and CEO for SCLHS, weighs in on where hospital revenue will stem from in the future.
Read more about his views in the Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily.

September 10, 2013
Mammography services will expand at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City with help of grant
Women in Eastern Montana now have access to the latest high-tech diagnostic imaging and breast cancer detection equipment available. The equipment was purchased with a grant awarded to the Holy Rosary Healthcare Foundation in Miles City.
For more about the state-of-the-art technology, read the story in the Billings Gazette.

September 9, 2013
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center Among 50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center
in Grand Junction, Colo. became one of the tallest, and greenest, hospitals between Denver and Salt Lake City after a major construction project finished in 2010.
Read more about the greenest hospitals as ranked by Becker's Hospital Review.

September 8, 2013
St. Vincent Healthcare program encourages proactive health care
In less than 10 minutes, you can take a proactive approach to your health by doing little more than moving through several health screening stations without even leaving your office. That's one of the main ideas behind St. Vincent Healthcare's new Living Well Program, designed to provide people with easy, quick and cheap health assessments and screenings at work.
To learn more about the Living Well Program, read the story by the Billings Gazette.