Southwest Health System: your medical home in Southwest, Colorado
Southwest Health System operates Southwest Medical Group which is comprised of 10 clinics offering primary care and specialty services and Southwest Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital. Originally opened to care for our community in 1914, we offer the latest in medical and surgical technology, emergency care, a vast array of out-patient medical and wellness services.
Serving the Four Corners area, Southwest Health System has over 400 employees including highly trained and skilled physicians, nurses, technicians, administrators, and support team members in a variety of capacities.
The Southwest Health System board convenes on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend the open portion of the meetings. Please contact us for location information while we are under construction.
The CEO of the hospital is appointed by and reports to the board of directors, and is employed directly by Southwest Health System, Inc. The CEO appoints and manages members of the leadership team.
Southwest Health System and its subsidiaries are fully accredited by DNV Healthcare. The most recent certificate was granted in December of 2017.
The Montezuma County Hospital District (MCHD) and the Southwest Health System, Inc. (SHS) board of directors work together to provide healthcare to the community.
Montezuma County Hospital District
The Montezuma County Hospital District was formed in 1975 enabling it to collect tax dollars for facilities and construction, and to provide quality health care for our community.
The Montezuma County Hospital District is a political subdivision of the State of Colorado governed by Statute and operating under Constitutional constraints. In 1995 the Hospital Administration and the Montezuma County Hospital District Board of Directors investigated the formation of a non-governmental hospital entity that could operate the hospital in a much less restricted environment and could be both competitive and diverse. The Board of Directors recognized limitations they operated under with regards to then-current hospital industry changes and our actual service area that encompassed much more that just Montezuma County.
MCHD Board decided to establish a not-for-profit corporation completely separate from the Hospital District. They would lease the hospital facility known as Southwest Health System, Inc and are involved in construction and facilities management for the organization.
Learn more about the Montezuma County Hospital District at the Montezuma County Hospital District Website.
Southwest Health System
Southwest Health System, Inc. was established in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The Board of Directors is appointed in December of each year at the annual meeting. The issues that remain the same and continue to add value to the Hospital through the formation of Southwest Health System, Inc. are, in part, as follows:
- As a non-governmental entity, SHS can operate in other states such as Utah, New Mexico and Arizona which are in our service area but outside the Hospital District boundaries
- SHS has the ability to enter into agreements to provide service with private businesses and individuals
- SHS can act quickly to secure goods and services outside the requirement to obtain competitive bids
- As a private corporation it does not operate under the Sunshine Law
- As a private corporation it need not be concerned with its activities regarding the Dillon Rule
- SHS allows a more flexible operating model for health care providers
- Recruitment of physicians can be accomplished in a private setting since board members can meet with potential candidates without the need to call a special meeting of the board
- Strategies to increase market share can be discussed privately in order to gain a competitive edge
Why have two boards?
The health system and community benefit by having both the Hospital District and Southwest Health System involved in providing quality health care facilities and operational oversight.
Additional benefits are:
- Provide funding for necessary expansion projects at the lowest possible cost
- Operate the hospital as a private enterprise, in a very competitive environment, without the limitations of a Governmental Hospital
- Use taxes collected by MCHD to purchase medical equipment at the hospital which would benefit the community
- SHS can move rapidly to develop strategies to increase market share which might involve agreements to provide health services with a private business or physician group
- MCHD as a Governmental agency and SHS as a not-for-profit corporation have access to various grants and funding not available to both. This increases the chances of finding funds for health care
- Tax revenues collected by MCHD are available to help other medical endeavors
- Shared oversight of quality health care for our community
Contact us for more information about opportunities to become involved with both boards! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about board openings and elections.
Southwest Health System Board of Directors
- Paul Deshayes, Chairman
- Steve Fusco, Vice-Chairperson
- Scott Steeves, Director
- Terry Cook, Director
- Tom Rice, Director
- Kyle Cruzan, Director
Senior Leadership Team
Maria A. Cornelius, MD
Chief of Staff, Southwest Health System
Southwest Medical Group, Mancos Valley
Family Medicine, Pediatrics
Dr. Cornelius provides a family medicine services at our Mancos Clinic. Dr. Cornelius is part of the obstetrics and pediatrics team at Southwest Health System. She also serves as Chief of Staff.
Travis B. Parker
Chief Human Resources Officer
Travis Parker is the Director of Human Resources, responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling corporate human resource programs of SHS. Travis retired from the U.S. Army in 2010, after serving 24 years. During his military career, Travis began in logistics, became a Combat Medic and later a Construction Equipment Repairer, and finally his career culminating as the Operations Sergeant for an Engineer Company. Travis completed his Bachelors degree after retiring, and has worked at Southwest Health System since 2011 as the HR Employment Coordinator and the Director of Materials Management and Environmental Services. Travis, along with his wife and son, also owns and operates a Karate school in Cortez.
Anthony G. Sudduth, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Anthony Sudduth has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare finance including 27 years as a CEO, COO, and CFO for both not-for-profit and for-profit facilities. Through his leadership, organizations have been able to reduce costs, improve revenue and achieve growth targets.
CHC Consulting and its experts across all areas of hospital operations are conducting an Operational Assessment of the hospital to assess current operations and areas for improvement. Once complete, recommendations will be provided to the Southwest Health System Board of Director.
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Kerri White-Singleton, RN, MSN, MEd
Interim Chief Nursing Officer
Kerri White-Singleton, RN, MSN, MEd is the interim Chief Nursing Officer at Southwest Health System. Kerri also serves as the Director of Surgical Services. Kerri moved to Cortez in 2015 from Scottsdale, AZ. Kerri has over 12 years of clinical management experience in an array of roles. Kerri served as CNO and Director of Surgical Services at United Surgical Partners International where she oversaw over 10,000 surgeries per month at four surgery centers and managed a $21 million budget. She has also held various Clinical Management roles at Banner Health, and CNO roles at both North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center and Sonoran Desert Surgery Center.
Kerri and her husband have a blended family of 6 children ages 19, 16, 15, 13, 12 and 9 who attend school in Cortez and Dolores. In her free time she enjoys running marathons, hiking and mountain biking. Kerri said that Southwest is a great organization and she is excited to bring her experience and new ideas to contribute to our future growth.
As the operating entity for Southwest Memorial Hospital, several clinics, and related health care programs, Southwest Health System is an important piece of Montezuma County’s health and economic life.
Learn more about economic development in the latest report from Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado 2017 Region 9 Economic Development Report
SHS provides 450 jobs and $100 million in earnings throughout Montezuma County.
Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
Effective with tax years beginning after March 23, 2012, each 501(c)(3) not-for-profit hospital, like Southwest Memorial Hospital, is required to conduct a Community Health Need Assessment (CHNA) at least once every three taxable years and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community needs identified through the assessment.
In subsequent years, with the annual filing of Form 990 required for all 501(c)(3) organizations, Southwest Memorial will report on its implementation efforts.
Southwest Health System will also continue to post previous versions of a CHNA as they become available in the future.
If you would like a printed copy of any documents, free of charge, please contact Executive Administration at 970-565-6666.