Education at SHS

Education and Training Programs

Summer Intern Education Program

The education department at SHS offers programs that encourage and expose students to the field of healthcare. These education programs allow students to gain valuable patient care experience alongside talented medical professionals.

Download an application for the Summer Intern Program!

Affiliations: Pueblo Community College/Southwest Colorado Community College • San Juan College • University of New Mexico • Regis University • Colorado Mesa University • University of Colorado • Montezuma-Cortez High School – High School Job Shadowing Program • Dolores High School – High School Job Shadowing Program • Mancos High School – High School Job Shadowing Program • Southern New Hampshire University

Discounted Tuition Partners: 

  • Southern New Hampshire University offers CCNE-accredited, RN-BSN and MSN programs that were developed by nurses, for nurses.
  • Nurse Educator, Generalist, Patient Safety & Quality and Clinical Nurse Leader focuses.
  • Further options in Healthcare Management, Informatics, Human Resources and more.
  • Discounted tuition rates of $288 per undergraduate credit hour and $565 per graduate credit hour.
  • Let’s go further, together! Learn more about your options with SNHU by visiting today.


Clinical Training

Types of students we see for clinical training: Medical • Nursing • Certified Nursing Assistant • Medical Assistant • Radiology • Physical Therapy • Pharmacy • Phlebotomy • Polysomnographic Technologist • Emergency Medical Technician, Basic • Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate • Paramedic • Surgical Technician

Departments participating in clinical placement and student education: Intensive Care Unit • Medical/Surgical Nursing Unit • Family Birthing Center • Emergency Department • Operating Room • Pharmacy • Sleep Center • Radiology • Therapy • Medical Group, Walk-In Care • Medical Group, Elm Street • Medical Group, Mancos • Southwest Medical Group, Market • Southwest Medical Group, Elm • Southwest Medical Group, Orthopedics

We also partner with the following local agencies for Emergency Medical Technician education: Cortez Fire and Rescue • Dolores Fire and Rescue • Rico Fire and Rescue • Mancos Fire and Rescue • K9 Search and Rescue

Community Education: check our calendar for updated classes.

  • Basic Life Support (CPR) – offered twice a month
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support – offered 6 times per year (every other month)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support – offered 6 time per year (alternates months with ACLS)
  • Prepared Child Birthing Class – offered once a month, each class is once a week for 3 weeks.
  • Diabetic Support Group – offered monthly by the Diabetic Educator
  • Outpatient nutrition and diabetes counseling
  • Cooking Matters (nutrition and cooking classes at Montezuma-Cortez HS, Cortez MS, Southwest Open School)
  • Cooking Matters at the Store (shopping tours at various grocery stores)
  • Southwest Health System Wellness including cooking demos for employees
  • Monthly Lunch and Learns on various nutrition topics at Southwest Memorial Hospital
  • Eat Local Eat Healthy Montezuma
  • Lunch and Learns for the City of Cortez
  • Nutrition talks at the Cortez Recreation Center
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation individual and group nutrition classes

For information regarding any of these programs or classes, call Education Director Meghan Higman at 564-2160.

Use our Health Library Today!

Southwest Health System has an extensive, on-line health library available to you for general information, improved wellness, or to augment the information given by your healthcare provider. To access this information, click on the Health Library tab above.

The health library is also available in Spanish.La biblioteca de la salud también está disponible en español.

Southwest Health System partners with Krames Staywell to provide you an unparalleled range of healthcare information, including a huge amount of multimedia products and interactive tools. Check out the library today and get access to the following services:

  • A library of diseases and conditions
  • A library of clinical lab tests and clinical procedures
  • A database of information about tests and immunizations recommended by age group and gender
  • A drug reference library covering prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  • A database of consumer-oriented health and wellness articles
  • A database on nutritional facts and values of commonly used foods
  • A database of commonly used herbs, vitamins and supplements
  • Daily health news Daily health tips

Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes, Diabetic Support GroupLocal Support for People with Diabetes

Are you or someone you know diabetic? A support group for individuals with diabetes meets nearby! Join us the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Learn how to effectively manage your health concerns. Share ideas with others at these informative, informal meetings. Sessions are free and open to anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Contact Jamie Ritthaler at 970-564-2352 for details.

A diabetic person may feel as if there’s too much to learn. They may feel overwhelmed as a result. You don’t have to do it alone. Join our free support group where you will receive help. Topics include:

  • What diabetes means to you and your loved ones
  • How to remain emotionally healthy
  • Best nutrional practices for your lifestyle
  • Exercise and physical fitness for all ages and body types

Teamwork Works

Connect with others with shared experiences so you can obtain better control of your health. Learn to manage blood sugar, improve your quality of life, and be less prone to depression. Because support from others reduces the burden you feel, your self-care is more likely to improve.

Diabetic Support Groups Help You…

  • Connect with others who face similar circumstances. It can be isolating to be around well-meaning family and friends because they don’t know exactly what it’s like to be living with diabetes.
  • Recognize self-blame. Rather than accuse yourself, you can learn to improve your outlook.

Diabetes Education has more information on how Southwest Health System helps area residents become as healthy as they can be. Additionally, the ADA may provide additional help.