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What's up? News for Western Healthcare Alliance. September 2018

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WHA News
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New Faces at WHA

Member News
Aspen Valley Hospital, OrthoAspen Partner with US News #1 Hospital for Special Surgery

San Juan Cancer Center Breaks Ground for Linear Accelerator

Vail Health Celebrates Opening of New Howard Head Exhibit 

Heart of the Rockies to Host a "Teddy Bear Tour" on September 9th

Animas Surgical Announces Expansion to Add Outpatient Department

Heart of the Rockies Now Offering Reduced Cash-based Pricing for Rehab Services

St. Mary's President, Dr. Davidson, Addresses Virtual and Telemedicine Healthcare

Mind Springs Counselors Partner with Police Officers for Crisis Management

Rocky Mountain Orthopaedics Associates Joins SLC Medical Group

Rare Radiation Therapy Offered at St. Mary's

St. Vincent's Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger Addresses Aspects of Wellness

Southwest Memorial Hospital Aces Mammography Inspection

Delta-Montrose Home Health Expands Services to Improve Patient Care

CEO James Kiser Addresses Future Plans for Montrose Memorial Hospital

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center Announces Five-Year Commitment to Support Mental and Behavioral Health in Schools

Member Recognition
Moab Regional Hospital Receives Community Benefit Award

St. Mary's Foundation Executive Director Selected to AHP's 40 Under 40 List

St. Vincent Hospital Receives District of the Year Status

Mountain Family Added to Antibiotic Stewardship Champion Honor Roll

St. Mary's Hospital One of U.S. News and World Report's Top Ten Hospitals in Colorado

Pioneers Medical Center Commended for Outstanding Medical Emergency Support

Member CEOs, Dave Ressler and Rob Santilli, Nationally Recognized

New Faces
Moab Regional Hospital Selects New CMO

Peer Connection
Stay on Top of What Your Peer Networks are Up To

Community Care Alliance News
Capitol Comments

 Industry News

Mesa County has seen 15 cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, since September 1, 2018. During the 2017-2018 school year, 46 cases were reported, a large increase over the six cases reported during the 2016-2017 school year.

It's important to note that babies younger than one year are at higher risk for pertussis, which can be fatal. Vaccination is key to preventing pertussis in Mesa County.

The Emerging Issues also details information on how cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) are investigated in Mesa County. No cases of AFM have been reported in Mesa County, although 15 cases have been reported elsewhere in Colorado, this year. Read the full Emerging Issues to learn more about pertussis prevention—including vaccination schedules—and AFM.

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