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Diagnostic Imaging in Cortez, CO

Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging

The Diagnostic Imaging Department (also known as Radiology) at Southwest Memorial Hospital is proud to offer advanced diagnostic imaging equipment and technology, along with a highly trained and experienced staff of technologists and radiologists.


Our Services

The services available through Southwest Health System include routine x-rays, ultrasounds, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computerized tomography (CT), digital mammography (including 3D mammograms), nuclear medicine, and echocardiography. Diagnostic imaging services provide a selection of diagnostic tools that support the work of our Emergency Department and other areas like Cardiopulmonary Services. An echocardiogram, for instance, can be helpful in evaluating a heart murmur or unexplained chest pain. Physicians in our health system use their medical training in addition to lab testing and imaging to help evaluate treatment options.

A recent addition to our lineup of services will help clinicians better see abnormalities in breast tissue. Ask our diagnostic imaging department about 3D mammography today by calling 970-564-2050.3D Mammograms at SHS

When your doctor directs you to the Radiology Department for services here, you can feel confident that our qualified staff are equipped with technology that is on par with the latest teaching facilities. That means faster imaging times and better patient outcomes.

Our Staff

All technologists in the Diagnostic Imaging Department are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In addition, our Ultrasound Technologists are registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. Our mammography technologists have had additional training in performing mammograms and have passed a special registry examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Several of our technologists have specialized in a certain imaging modality such as Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Nuclear Medicine and passed a registry examination in that modality which is given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The mammography service is Accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Our Radiologists

Many doctors with patients who receive diagnostic imaging services from facilities in Montezuma and La Plata counties work with radiologists in Durango. They include:

  • Patrick Messerli, MD
  • Kurt Rohren, MD
  • Brett Englund, MD
  • Jonathan Delacey, MD
  • Jay Johnson, MD

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is an appointment required?
    Routine x-rays (chest, wrist, arm, ankle, etc.) don’t require an appontment. Other services (like mammogram, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, echocardiogram, fluoroscopy, or nuclear medicine study) do. Call (970) 564-2050 to make an appointment.
  • Where is the imaging department?
    The Diagnostic Imaging Department on the first floor of the north campus.
  • Should I be concerned about exposure to radiation?
    The levels of radiation patients are exposed to during an imaging procedure are very small (similar to being in the sun for 20 minutes) and we take every necessary precaution.

Radiology Billing

Patients are billed separately through MSN by the radiologists affiliated with Radiology Associates, PC. Their billing office number is 800-841-4236.

Hours of Operation and Scheduling

Our department is open for out-patient services Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. If you are having a routine x-ray (chest, wrist, arm, ankle, etc.) you do not need an appointment. If your doctor has ordered a mammogram, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, echocardiogram, fluoroscopy, or nuclear medicine study, please call (970) 564-2050 to make an appointment.

The Diagnostic Imaging department is under the direction of Wendell Heck, RT(R)MR. Learn more about Southwest Health System and our commitment to quality in Cortez and Mancos.

Interim Team Members


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.

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Sam Radke, MBA, FACHE

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Sam Radke, MBA, FACHE serves as the Interim CFO at Southwest Health System. Sam has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado. He has worked with over 35 hospitals in the Rocky Mountain area–8 of which have been “turn around” situations, each with positive outcomes. Sam has taught Healthcare Finance and Healthcare Law at the university level. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Past President of HFMA.

Sam and his wife Sharon reside in Lakewood, Colorado, have two married sons and two wonderful grand-daughters.

Kerri White-Singleton

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.


Michelle “Shelle” Zachary, CPCS, CPMSM

Interim Chief Ambulatory Services Officer

Michelle Zachary, CPCS, CPMSM, “Shelle” is the Director of Medical Staff Services and is serving as Interim Chief Ambulatory Services Officer at Southwest Health System. Shelle has been with Southwest Health for over 6 years as the Director of Medical Staff Services. Shelle is a Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) and also holds certification in Certified Professional Medical Services Management (CPMSM) by the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS).   During Shelle’s 6 plus years with SHS, the Medical Staff Services team has expanded their roles to encompass provider relations, recruitment and retention and payor/facility enrollments.

Prior to moving to Cortez, Shelle served as the credentialing specialist at Portneuf Medical Center, a 187-bed facility in Pocatello, Idaho. During her tenure in Idaho, Shelle served on the Idaho National Association of Medical Staff Services (IAMSS) Board as secretary from 2007 to 2009 and as President Elect from 2009 to 2011.  Shelle also previously worked in a small, rural community private health clinic in California providing administrative support.

Shelle and her husband Rob, an air traffic controller, have 6 children ages 35, 33, 31, 29, 26 and 24, and have 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren.  Her family is the joy of her life.  In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, skiing, quilting and gardening.

Shelle said she immediately felt a connection with Southwest Health and the community when she arrived over 6 years ago. She excels at being a leader in effecting change and continues to help develop the potential within the organization so that it can best serve the community. Shelle said she’s “all-in” and loves being able to work with providers and team members to help find ways to improve health care services, encourage growth and flourish in our community.  With her strength in leadership, her strong relationships with the healthcare providers and as an advocate for positive changes, she will help Southwest Health System in accomplishing these goals.

About NAMSS: Medical services professionals (MSPs) are the gatekeepers of patient safety in healthcare organizations nationwide. Certificants with the CPMSM designation have proven their in-depth knowledge of medical staff bylaws, hospital procedures and standards, management processes and accreditation standards, policies and procedures.


 Tamara McCoy

Interim Materials Management Director

Tamara McCoy is the interim Director of Materials Management. Tamara has been with Southwest Health for 16 years, starting as a ward clerk in surgical services before transitioning into her role as a scrub tech where she gained experience in materials management. Tamara worked in materials management for a year, learning the ins and outs of the department. During her time in surgical services, Tamara managed the supply budget, charges, and learned the value of building relationships with vendors. She understands the importance of building relationships with vendors to create cost savings without compromising patient care. Understanding both the clinical and non-clinical perspective will be valuable in her transition into materials.

Tamara has been married for 19 years and together they have a 16 year old son. In her free time, she is involved in her son’s sports and they love to drive the side by side, hunt, fish and spend time outdoors.

Family Birthing Center

Family Birthing Center

The birth of a child is a special and memorable event.

When it comes to childbirth and caring for women and newborns, Southwest Memorial Hospital takes a family-centered approach. The Family Birth Center provides care from pregnancy through labor, delivery, and discharge of the mother and baby.

Women go through the entire process of labor, delivery and immediate recovery in comfortable, home-like rooms. Surgical suites are available for C-section delivery. The Family Birthing Center is staffed by registered nurses, many of which have received special certification in obstetrics nursing.

Our Level I newborn nursery is staffed by specially trained nurses certified in neonatal resuscitation to ensure the safety and health of babies.

Learn about our team of obstetricians: Meet our Obstetrics Team

Birthing Suites

FamilyBirthingRoomSouthwest Memorial Hospital enjoys a dedicated medical and nursing staff whose experience delivering many of our newest residents (there were 214 deliveries at Southwest Memorial Hospital during 2009) shows in their day-to-day activities. The hospital has two birthing suites featuring special birthing beds, a comfortable home-like atmosphere and furnishings, and special equipment to care for newborns. There’s also a rocking chair for private moments alone with the newborn and for those special “introductions” when children, friends and relatives first meet the newest member of the family. Our new birthing center is scheduled to to open in Spring of 2018. 

Our Team

The family birthing center is staffed by experienced registered nurses who are all certified in neonatal resuscitation. Lactation consultants and childbirth education courses are available. Upon admission to Southwest Memorial Hospital mothers-to-be are assigned an obstetrical nurse trained to handle all phases of the birth process. When the time comes for delivery, the patient has this same nurse at her side. Care is taken so that every woman feels that she has familiar support in comfortable surroundings throughout the birthing process. Patients are not separated from family members unless they need to be alone.


Services provided in the Family Birth Center include labor and delivery, post-partum care, well newborn nursery care. The Center features a state-of-the-art centralized fetal monitoring system and a secure, limited-access nursery.


Sophisticated monitoring equipment keeps the physician and nursing staff apprised of the medical condition of both mom and baby throughout the birth process. Trained labor and delivery nurses concentrate on making the birth experience as comfortable and safe as possible. Nursery and rooming-in-services are provided after the baby’s birth.


Southwest Memorial Hospital Family Birthing  Center is open 24 hours a day.


The birth of a child is an exciting event and one in which family and friends love to share. But it can also be a tiring time for new mothers. Family and friends are welcome to visit at the discretion of mom. New mother’s need for rest following delivery and needs to bond with her newborn during those first critical hours and days. Visiting children must be over twelve years old unless they are siblings. To protect the health of mothers and babies, people with contagious illnesses or children displaying any sickness will not be allowed to visit.

Hearing Screening

Every baby born at Southwest Memorial Hospital receives hearing screening. The test is performed while the baby is asleep, takes about 15 minutes, and is painless. The screening provides early identification and intervention of hearing loss.

Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth education classes (lamaze), lactation consulting, and mother and baby education are offered to help the family prepare for the new baby. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions during and after the hospital stay.


Click here to download “Preparing for Baby.”
The brochure includes information about what to bring to the hospital, our visitor policies, and security standards.

Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. Women request an epidural by name more than any other method of pain relief. More than 50% of women giving birth at hospitals use epidural anesthesia. Understanding the different types of epidurals, how they are administered, and their benefits and risks will help you in your decision-making during the course of labor and delivery.

Epidurals are available as well as 24/7 anesthesia.
Dr. LePique , Dr. Smith, and Dr. Schmitt can perform c-sections.

For more information,

The Family Birthing Center is managed by Nicole Loyd, RN. You can reach the Birthing Center by calling 970-564-2245.