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Health exchange sees healthy interest, but residents call for reform

Southwest Colorado residents and state lawmakers want to see health insurance reform, even as an increased number of Coloradans signed up this year for the state health care exchange. In western...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man protests emergency room bills from Mercy Regional Medical Center

Jeffery Stephens was in excruciating pain when he went to the emergency room at Mercy Regional Medical Center in May to have a speck of what may have been metal taken out of his eye. Now, he...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy Regional Medical Center posts prices online

Mercy Regional Medical Center and all other hospitals across the nation were required to start posting prices for services online this month by a federal rule intended to improve transparency in...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health education center executive director resigns

After establishing a medical apprenticeship program and a health careers camp in the region, Kathleen McInnis, executive director of the Southwestern Colorado Area Health Education Center, is...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Many Connect for Health Colorado customers can expect lower costs

Residents who purchase health insurance through the state health exchange could get a good deal this year, despite increases in premiums. Premiums through Connect for Health Colorado will...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Retina opens research center to conduct clinical trials

A new research center focused on ocular conditions in Durango will offer hope to patients suffering from otherwise incurable disorders. Southwest Retina Consultants added 800 square feet to its...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Trauma changed course of teen’s life

Rachel “Rage” Domingos struggled with trauma, mental illness, addiction and bullying before she died by suicide in 2015. She was 23. Her mom, Ginger Domingos, now sees a clear link between her...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New safe rooms at Mercy will protect patients in crisis

Across the state of Colorado, psychiatric hospitals do not have enough space to care for all the teens who need to be stabilized because they are in crisis. Most teenagers are admitted to an...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pediatric Partners screens for risk, teaches resiliency

Dr. Heidi McMillan wanted to offer integrated behavioral health care at Pediatric Partners of the Southwest about five years ago to help meet the needs of patients and to address the shortage of...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rep. Jared Polis expands on health care ideas

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jared Polis presented a “100-Day Roadmap” on health care Monday, laying out the quick steps he would take when he assumes in office in January, if elected. “This...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Mercy CEO aims to maintain hospital legacy amid uncertainty

For Will McConnell, Mercy Regional Medical Center’s new CEO, uncertainty in health care is a major challenge that he faces while aiming to maintain the hospital’s long trajectory of success....

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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