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A Pathway of Success

A pathway of success, A habit of excellence

When an organization receives an honor for the first time, it’s an accomplishment to be proud of, something worth celebrating. When that same organization receives an honor for the fifth time, it’s a sign that something big is happening, something that is part of a culture, something that is a habit. Recently, Gunnison Valley Health was recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation* for the fifth time. But we’re not resting on our laurels, we’re using them as a foundation to build bigger and better things. We’re working hard to foster our culture of excellence and serve our community with the highest quality healthcare possible.

Our community is diverse and active and vibrant and it deserves a healthcare system with those same qualities. That habit of excellence hasn’t just given us a pathway of success, it has set us well on our way down that path. We are proud of our accomplishments and what they mean for our community.

1. We recently purchased a new 64 slice CT scanner enabling stronger trauma treatment through higher quality imagery for our technicians and doctors as well as a better patient experience.

2. With the help of the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation we have added two new state-of-the-art ambulances to our EMS fleet that provide the highest quality emergency treatment possible to one of the largest service areas in the country. In addition, our talented EMS crew achieved the highest certification for patient care transportation.

3. In coordination with Dr. Stephania Timothy and thanks to the support of Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Gunnison Valley Health now offers stereotactic and sentinel node biopsies further advancing our stellar breast care capabilities.

4. We are only the third hospital in western Colorado to be certified by the STAR® program. The STAR® program is a cancer rehabilitation curriculum that enables us to better serve our oncology patients into their survivorship.

5. With the topic of behavioral health at the national forefront we have taken the lead to provide a new model of care by hiring Lorie Fuller as a behavioral health professional in partnership with the Center for Mental Health. We can now better recognize and treat behavioral health considerations thanks to Lorie’s expertise.

6. In partnership with the Gunnison County Rural Transportation Authority we now offer senior transportation 7 days a week scheduled via a new dispatch center.

7. Home Medical Services now has a wound-care certified nurse, Aline Jatulis, who is
offering wound care not just through HMS but to the entire health system.

8. Once again we have been College of American Pathologists (CAP) certified, a rigorous inspection that is the gold standard for laboratories throughout the country. It’s an impressive distinction we have attained biennally for 22 years.

9. Gunnison Valley Health Assisted Living received a zero-deficiency survey from the Colorado Department of Public Health, something the surveyor had only given out 6 times in her 15 year career.

10. We forged new ground by starting an ongoing partnership with hospitals in Montrose, Delta, and Aspen to create an accountable care organization for Medicare patients.

Despite such an impressive list of accomplishments we don’t plan to slow down. Looking to the future, we have a lot of exciting projects in the works to improve the health of our community.

1. A new neighborhood model Senior Care Center to better serve residents.

2. A Center for Orthopedic Excellence involving a wide range of partnerships within the care community encompassing a variety of services from sports medicine to rehabilitation to training to world-class orthopedic care.

3. Continued partnership with Tough Enough to Wear Pink and other cancer support
organizations in our community to further our diagnostic and treatment services.

4. A coordinated Community Needs Assessment to help us better understand how we can serve our community.

We are excited for what the future holds. And we are proud of what we are doing today. But more than that, we are proud to be able to serve this community. We do it because we love what we do and we love who we’re doing it for. This is an amazing community, and it deserves amazing healthcare. We’re in the habit of offering that. We are committed to success, committed to excellence, and committed to you.

Enjoy your fall

-Rob Santilli, CEO
Gunnison Valley Health System

*we are proud to be an iVantage Health Analytics Top 100 Hospital