Southwest Medical Group added to Telligen’s Antibiotic Stewardship Champion Honor Roll

Southwest Medical Group added to Telligen’s Antibiotic Stewardship Champion Honor Roll

July 12, 2018

CORTEZ, CO- The clinics of Southwest Medical Group were recently recognized as Antibiotic Stewardship Champions. Marc Meyer, R.Ph, BPharm, CIC, FAPIC received word of this honor from Telligen on Friday, July 6th. “On behalf of Telligen QIN-QIO, we would like to highlight the work of our providers who have bachieved the goal of implementing all of the CDC Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship. We would like to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to this incredibly important measure aimed at improving antibiotic related patient safety and slowing the spread of antibiotic resistance.  As such, we have added you to our Antibiotic Stewardship Champion Honor Roll which is displayed on our corporate website” said Andrea J. Campbell, RN, MSN, program specialist for Telligen. The Telligen Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) strives to create better health, better care and better value for people with Medicare in Colorado, Illinois and Iowa. (Telligen, 2018).

Marc J. Meyer R.Ph, BPharm, CIC, FAPIC who was recently recognized as an APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) Hero and has helped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Quality Forum develop ASM guidance documents has led this effort by instituting a collaborative, education-based guideline-development process. According to Telligen (2018), “healthcare providers on the Telligen honor roll have implemented all four Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship, demonstrating commitment to improve the quality of patient care, slow the development of community antibiotic resistance and reduce adverse drug events caused by unnecessary use of antibiotics.”

The CDC states that antibiotic stewardship is the effort to measure and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients. Improving antibiotic prescribing involves implementing effective strategies to modify prescribing practices to align them with evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management. (CDC, 2018).

To learn more about antibiotic stewardship, visit

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About Southwest Health System

Southwest Health System operates Southwest Medical Group in Montezuma County as well as Southwest Memorial Hospital. SHS is a private, not-for-profit corporation operating under all guidelines and regulations for non-profits. For more information, visit


News- Jodi Harris Renews WCC®, Wound Care Certified, Credential

Jodi Harris, PT, WCC, CWS Renews WCC®, Wound Care Certified, Credential

JUNE 5, 2018, CORTEZ, CO- The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®) is pleased to announce that Jodi Harris, PT, WCC, CWS has successfully completed the requirements to recertify her

WCC® Certification.

The WCC credential is a multidisciplinary wound care certification available to licensed wound care professionals from across the healthcare continuum. This certification is the professional recognition that Jodi Harris, PT, WCC, CWS, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Southwest Health System possesses the qualifications to deliver the highest standard in wound care to her patients. Congratulations to Jodi Harris, PT, WCC, CWS.

About Jodi Harris, PT, WCC, CWS.

Jodi is board certified in wound care, both a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) through the American Academy of Wound Management, and Wound Care Certified through the National Alliance for Wound Care.  She currently serves as the Director of Rehabilitation and wound care specialist at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, Colorado. Jodi graduated from Indiana University and has over 35 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. She has extensive experience in home health, long-term care, inpatient and out

patient care.

 “Jodi continually goes above and beyond to provide the best patient care possible. She is patient- centered and is open and willing to share her expertise not only with fellow clinical providers, but with the public and partner agencies. Jodi is committed to providing education about all facets of wound care to ensure quality patient outcomes. She works hard to make sure that Montezuma County and surrounding areas are informed of the latest techniques and evidence-based practices” said Meghan Higman, RN, BSN, and Director of Education at Southwest Health System.

To schedule an appointment or for questions contact rehab services at 970-564-2460.

Media Contact:

Haley Leonard Saunders, Director of Marketing

Phone: 970-564-2040


2018 9Health Fair

Every spring people from around Colorado come together to deliver free and low cost screenings through the 2018 Montezuma & Dolores County 9Health Fair. We are working in collaboration with 9Health Fair, the Montelores Early Childhood Coalition and the Cortez Lion’s Club to organize and identify volunteers interested in participating in this event. Our 2018 theme is our “Super 9Health Fair” because we’ve teamed up to provide health screenings and education for adults and children for the first time! Our fairs cover Montezuma and Dolores County in Cortez, Mancos and Dove Creek. We offer comprehensive blood chemistry screenings. Talk to your doctor to learn about what screening is best for you.

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  • April 14th, 2018 at the Montezuma-Cortez High School *all ages*
  • April 28th, 2018 Mancos High School *adults only*
  • April 7th, 2018 Dove Creek High School *adults only*

Volunteer or have a booth: Click here

9Health Fair Save the Date

9Health Fair Save the Date

Attend the fair:

We would love to have you participate, and there is no cost to you to have a booth in these events. Our ultimate goal is to promote health awareness and encourage individuals to assume greater responsibility for their own health. To do this, we collaborate with health care providers and volunteers to provide health screenings and interactive educational opportunities.

Registration for fair goers is online at or day-of the fair. We now accept credit cards online before the fair. You can select the blood chemistry screenings that you or your doctor would like to see.

We want to offer as many screenings as possible. If you are willing to provide one of these screenings, let us know!

We provide ALL of the following screenings at our 9Health Fairs:

  • Blood chemistry- $35 “This screening provides baseline information on cholesterol, blood glucose, liver, kidneys, thyroid, and more. These screenings can help you and your doctor monitor your health and prevent health issues from becoming emergencies. Information from this screening can also be used to complete your employers’ Health Risk Assessments (HRA). Based on the most current research, fasting is optional for the blood chemistry screening. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER and continue to take your regular medications. Persons with diabetes, should not fast.”
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)- $35: “The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recently recommended against routine screening of persons with a prostate with the PSA test.  Please speak to your healthcare provider if you have questions. PSA is a blood screening that measures a protein that is only produced by the prostate gland. Elevations of PSA may occur in persons with non-cancerous prostate diseases or prostate cancer. A normal PSA level does not entirely exclude the possibility of prostate cancer. A traditional manual screening, performed by a health care provider is strongly encouraged in conjunction with PSA screening.”
  • Hemoglobin A1C Diabetes Screening- $35: “A1C is a blood screening that measures your average blood sugar control for the past 2 to 3 months. The results give you a good idea of whether or not you are at risk for diabetes. For people with diabetes it indicates how well your diabetes treatment plan is working.”
  • Vitamin B12 Screening- $20: “This blood screening provides baseline Vitamin B12 levels, which play a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and the formation of red blood cells. ($20 value)”
  • Blood Count Screening- $25: “This screening gives you a general picture of your overall health by checking your white blood cells, hematocrit, hemoglobin levels, and blood-clotting abilities. Your body’s ability to fight infection, anemia, liver disease and certain cancers can be discovered with this screening.”
  • Vitamin D Screening- $50: “This screening is used to provide you with a baseline level of Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as a worldwide problem. Your body requires Vitamin D to absorb calcium and plays an important role in protecting your bone health. Many studies also suggest an association between low Vitamin D levels and an increased risk of certain types of cancers, nerve disease, immune disease and heart disease.”
  • Colon Cancer Screening Kit- $30: “This take-home/mail-in kit checks for human blood in the stool. Also, learn about preventing colorectal cancer, one of the most preventable cancers, and current recommendations for further screening, including who/when should get a colonoscopy.”
  • Testosterone Screening- $40: “Tests the level of testosterone in your body. This screening is for both men and women.”

Contact us

If you are interested in volunteering or  having an educational booth, please contact Meghan Higman, RN, BSN, director of education, for more details. Email 

Learn about our new partners, the Montelores Early Childhood Council at