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With this unusual spring transitioning to an atypical Fourth of July celebration and summer in Leadville and Lake County, I’ve been considering the concept of independence. It’s particularly relevant for our high-country community of self-sufficient individualists. Independence is a conspicuous strength of St. Vincent Health, too.

As the St. Vincent General Hospital District is a longstanding, self-governing entity, the benefits of that organizational structure have been noticeably clear in the last few years. We are not part of a larger, bureaucratic health care organization. This allows us to be nimble and responsive in the face of change. It’s enabled us to strategize and execute quickly on the financing, plans and construction of our new hospital facility.

Additionally, independence has afforded us the discernment to know when to stand on our own, and when to partner or seek outside expertise. One example of the latter is our decision to contract with CarePoint Health Care to offer round-the-clock board-certified emergency specialists in our emergency room. That program has been underway for several months now and is a success! A second example is our relationship with visiting specialists.

We’re pleased to announce new partnerships and opportunities for our community see specialists in Leadville – or the comfort of their homes:

Dr. Nelson Prager is a board-certified cardiologist with expertise in cardiac electrophysiology, heart rhythm disturbances and coronary artery disease. He comes to us from Vail Health’s Cardiovascular Center, and  will see patients in Leadville the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

The second, Holly Kosanovich, M.S., CCC-SLP, provides telehealth appointments for speech therapy and speech rehabilitation. Holly has vast experience in treatment of a variety of disorders through voice rehabilitation and swallow rehabilitation, including various vocal pathologies, head and neck cancer, and neurological conditions.

Finally, Karli Dimino, MPAS, PA-C, is our visiting orthopedics specialist who comes to us the first Wednesday of each month from the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.

Our community, and our patients, benefit from these strategic alliances. As the construction of our new facility moves forward, and as we continue to prioritize the care and services that our community needs, we gain from our tradition and practice of independence.

Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day.

Gary Campbell, RN, BSN

CEO, St. Vincent Health