Join Our Team- Start your Career!

Join Our Team- Start your Career!

Why start your career at Southwest Health System?

Read about physician recruitment here…

Whether you are looking for a position providing patient care, working in the lab, clerical work, or something more, chances are SHS has an opportunity waiting for you.

Southwest Health System is always looking for qualified individuals focused on customer service and quality, personalized patient care. We offer a variety of settings in which to work and build a career. Southwest Health System is comprised by Southwest Medical Group, which operates 10 clinics in Montezuma County, and Southwest Memorial Hospital.

Contact the HR Department

Search JobsFor more information on current job postings, details about how to submit an application, or with any other questions you have please contact Travis Parker in Human Resources.

Phone: 970-564-2163

An EEO Employer: Southwest Health System supports the hiring and advancement of everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, national origin, marital status or disability.


We strive to create an environment where patients, physicians, staff, and community all feel welcome. Providing high quality, individualized, accessible healthcare is our number one priority. Respect for individuals and their cultures is stressed throughout our organization, both toward the people we serve and those we work with. A positive atmosphere is important as staff, physicians, and volunteers work as a team to provide each patient with care tailored to their specific needs. The culture of the organization is formed around the cores value laid out in our mission, vision and values statements. Our goal is to provide more than just a job for you- see how you can start your career with us!


Our employees enjoy competitive wages along with a generous benefits package. Full and part-time employees are offered medical, dental, prescription drug, and vision insurance. Supplemental insurance is also available to employees and may be paid for through an automatic payroll deduction. A 403-B pension plan and pre-tax flexible spending accounts are available. We also offers long term disability and life insurance at no cost to the employee. Employees accrue paid time off [PTO], as well as time off for extended illness through an extended illness bank [EIB]. An employee assistance program offers employees free counseling, legal advice, and financial consultations.

About the Area

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Cortez, Colorado is located in the Four Corners area and offers a small town atmosphere. Montezuma County is surrounded by three mountain ranges, including Mesa Verde National Park and red rock canyons. Southwest Colorado offers a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, downhill and cross country skiing, biking, and golf. The weather here allows us to enjoy all four seasons with plenty of sunshine

Southwest Colorado is home to many historic tourist attractions including Mesa Verde National Park, Canyons of the Ancients, Anasazi Heritage Center, and the Four Corners National Monument. Our location offers many amenities such as a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, city league sporting events, beautiful parks throughout the area, an 18-hole golf course, a recreation center, and more.

Montezuma County offers a true taste of all four seasons. Our high desert climate is ideal for those who enjoy the outdoors. Nearby mountains offer winter skiing as well as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and hunting. The valley boasts reservoirs and rivers great for summer recreation. Swimming, fishing, boating, water sports, camping, horseback riding, climbing, and off-road vehicle expeditions are just a few of the many attractions that the Four Corners area a unique and exciting place to visit and live.

Southwest Colorado borders Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. Southwest Memorial Hospital serves Montezuma County and its surrounding areas including the native Ute and Navajo people.

For more information on Cortez and surrounding area click here.

Find out more about the Four Corners in Mesa Verde Country.



Student & Medical Education

Southwest Health System continuously offers programs that encourage and expose young people to a career in healthcare. To provide exposure and insight into the clinical and administrative opportunities the field of healthcare has to offer we have partnered with educational institutions. These programs allow students to gain valuable patient care experience to appreciate the true essence of working in a hospital setting.

Education Partners:

  • 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
  • Montezuma School to Farm


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
  • Surgery/Operating Room
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Diagnostic Sleep Center
  • Radiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Southwest Medical Group Clinics


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


One of our most valuable resources is the Southwest Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. This group of dedicated volunteers has contributed over 100,000 hours of their time since they originated in 1958 to the service and support of the hospital, its patients, and the community.

Learn more about volunteers at Southwest Health System.

Medical Staff Services

The Medical Staff Services Department of Southwest Memorial Hospital is responsible for administrative functions of the medical staff, as well as support for the medical and allied health staff. The department provides physicians with a wide variety of services that you can read more about here.