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April 1, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Receives $4.2M Gift for Cancer Center Upgrades
Treatments for some patients at the St. Vincent Healthcare Frontier Cancer Center in Billings, Mont. could not only get much easier and less intrusive, but also a lot quicker.
Learn more about the gift to purchase a CyberKnife Radiosurgery System in the story by the Billings Gazette.
March 31, 2014
Butte Cancer Center Gets $3.6M for New Equipment
The St. James Cancer Center landed a $3.59 million gift for new cancer equipment to treat more patients and provide better care.
Read more about the gift in the Billings Gazette.
March 25, 2014
Lutheran Medical Center launches anti-smoking for new mothers program
A new grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is helping Exempla Lutheran Medical Center fight to bring down the number of women who start smoking again after having a baby.
Read more about Lutheran's program in The Wheat Ridge Transcript and The Denver Post.
March 23, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare continues expansion by buying up 2 more private practices
One year after buying Frontier Cancer Center, St. Vincent Healthcare has purchased two more private practices in Billings — the Montana Heart Institute and Big Sky OB/GYN.
Learn more about the growth in the article by The Billings Gazette.
Training leaders of spiritual care takes center stage at St. Vincent Healthcare
A near-death experience put Tracy Tobel on a path to make compassionate visits to others who need care.
Learn more about how St. Vincent Healthcare's chaplain training program is helping him on his journey.
March 6, 2014
Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence: SCL Health a Positive Example
SCL Health System Senior Vice President Dr. Rick Lopes comments on picking the right partner in our home care initiative in our goal of better managing quality, outcomes, and patient experience.
Read more in the story by HealthLeaders Media.
Sisters of Charity on Recognizing 'God's Goodness' In All People
Therese Horvat, communications director for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, discusses on the purpose of National Catholic Sisters Week.
Read her comments to learn more in the story by LeavenworthTimes.com.
March 1, 2014
Marian Clinic Looks to Adapt in New Healthcare Environment
While facing new opportunities as a result of the Affordable Care Act, Marian Clinic continues to serve as a safety net for medical and dental care in Topeka, Kan.
Learn more about their efforts in an article by The Topeka Capital-Journal.
February 28, 2014
Well-wishers say goodbye to Jason Barker, welcome successor Steve Loveless
More than 100 St. Vincent Healthcare staff and friends said goodbye to a beloved president and chief executive officer and welcomed the man who will succeed him.
Learn more in the article by The Billings Gazette.
February 27, 2014
Saint John's Health Center Transitions to Providence Hospital
Providence Health & Services, Southern California, assumed sponsorship of Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica from the SCL Health System.
Read more on this in stories by the Santa Monica Mirror, Modern Healthcare, KHTS AM 1220 & Los Angeles Business Journal.
February 26, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Announces More Than $150,000 in Scholarships
St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation and St. Vincent Healthcare Volunteers are offering more than $150,000 in education scholarships this year.
Learn more about the opportunities in The Billings Gazette's story.
February 25, 2014
St. James Foundation Donates $130,000 to Community
The St. James Healthcare Foundation contributed $130,198.62 to the community in 2013, according to the hospital.
Learn more about the donations in the story by The Montana Standard.
February 7, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare's New Hybrid OR Attracts Doctors from All Over U.S.
St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings is now home to one of the newest and most technologically advanced hybrid operating rooms in the country and doctors want to come and learn about it firsthand.
Read the story by Q2 News to discover more.
January 31, 2014
High-tech Equipment Aiding Good Samaritan Medical Center
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette has made a host of capital investments on new machines and specialized laboratories.
Read more about the improvements in the Boulder County Business Report.
January 23, 2014
SCL Health and Univita Announce Acquisition of Home Health Company
SCL Health, along with its joint venture partner, Univita Health, announced acquisition of Denver-based All Care Home Health LLC.
See more of the coverage of this acquisition in Business Wire, News Medical and the Fort Mill Times.
Attorney General Approves Saint John's Sale
The California deputy attorney general signed off on the proposed sale of Saint John's Medical Center to Providence Health System from SCL Health System.
Learn more about the approval in the Santa Monica Daily Press.
Marian Clinic Program Helps Sleep Apneat Patients Rest Easier
Topeka's Marian Clinic says a new cap can help people with sleep apnea breathe better.
Learn more in WIBW.com's story on sleep apnea.
January 22, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare Honors Joint Replacement Patients
St. Vincent Healthcare held a luncheon to reunite patients who have gone through a total joint replacements.
Read more about the ceremony on KULR8.com and NBC News.com.
St. Vincent Healthcare unveils boutique for breast cancer survivors
St. Vincent Healthcare celebrated a milestone with the opening of Eva’s Boutique, a specialty store for breast cancer survivors.
Read more bout the new store in the Billings Gazette, and on KULR8.com and on NBC News.com.
January 20, 2014
St. Francis Health Takes Steps to Reduce Readmission Rates
St. Francis Health says it is making efforts to keep people who spend the night with them from coming back — if the stay isn’t necessary.
Learn more about decline in readmission rates in The Topeka Capital-Journal.
January 12, 2014
Ministry of healing: Team connects spiritually with St. Vincent Healthcare's patients, family, staff
Led by Sister Catrina Bones, the spritual care team at St. Vincent Healthcare provides emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and hospital staff.
See what the Billings Gazette discovered about the care team when a photographer spent some time with them.
St. Vincent Healthcare's emergency department treats more ice-related falls
The emergency department at St. Vincent Healthcare kept busy helping people with ice-related injuries after heavy snowfall in Billings, Mont.
Learn more about the uptick in those seeking help in the story by the Independent Record.
January 9, 2014
St. Vincent Healthcare completes hybrid operating room
Doctors at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. have a new and safer way to treat patients with complicated heart conditions after the facility built a hybrid operating room.
Learn more about the $4.5 million improvement in the Billings Gazette.
January 8, 2014
St. James Healthcare joines other agencies to address recent suicides
St. James Healthcare in Butte, Mont. joined with other agencies to identify causes and develop interventions after several recent students took their own lives.
Learn more about their efforts in The Montana Standard and on KPAX.com.
December 26, 2013
Lutheran Medical Center doubling down on "senior ER" concept as area ages
When Lutheran Medical Center opened new emergency-room space designed for and dedicated to seniors two years ago, it was the first area hospital to try the concept amid strong crosscurrents of Medicare change.
Read more about the expansion and its success in The Denver Post.
December 19, 2013
Children Look Toward Bright Future After Time At Mount Saint Vincent
Mount Saint Vincent in Denver, Colo. is a safe place for children in need who have endured traumatic experiences or suffer from mental health issues. Trinity is one of those children and his progress continues to thrill his grandmother.
Learn more about Mount Saint Vincent and Trinity's success in CBS4 Denver's story.
December 13, 2013
Spine Surgery Alternatives: Lutheran Medical Center Hopes Center Can Improve Care
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo. recently launched a spine care center in Lakewood that uses a program that offers an alterative to surgery in order to reduce back pain.
Read more about the alternatives in the Denver Business Journal.
Good Samaritan Medical Center Donates $20k to Computer Lab
Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo. donated $20,000 to the Sister Carmen Community Center to fund a computer lab and help with general operating expenses.
Learn more about the donation in Colorado Hometown Weekly.
December 12, 2013
Lutheran Medical Center Expanding Its Senior Emergency Department
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo. recently began a major expansion of its senior emergency department, just two years after it first opened the speciality area.
Read more about the expansion in the Denver Business Journal and on 9NEWS.com.
December 11, 2013
Duchesne Clinic Among Several Agencies Awarded Health Care Grants
Duchesne Clinic earned a $150,000 grant to provide bilingual primary health care, chronic disease management, preventive care, patient education, medication assistance and care coordination for the uninsured in Wyandotte County, Kan.
Learn more about the grants in the Wyandotte Daily News.
December 6, 2013
Operation Walk USA Doing 30 Free Surgeries in Colorado, including at St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center
St. Mary's Hospital & Medical Center is among the three hospitals participating in Operation Walk USA in Colorado, which helps peopel who otherwise could not afford knee and hip-joint replacements.
Read more about the program in The Denver Post.
December 3, 2013
Attorney General Reviewing Saint John's Deal
The California Attorney General's office is reviewing the bid to transfer sponsorship of Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. from SCL Health to Providence Health System.
Read more about the progress of the transfer in the Santa Monica Daily Press.
SCL Health to Build 4 Small Hospitals in Denver Region
The agreement between SCL Health and Emerus to build four community hospitals received more media coverage. The first of these hospitals will open in 2014.
Read Catholic Health World's coverage of SCL Health's growth.
SCL Health's Chief Medical Officer Discusses Safety's Impact on the Value Equation
SCL Health Chief Medical Officer John Byrnes, MD, talks about safety and preventing patient deaths in the wake of a recent study.
Read the full article in HealthCare Financial Management magazine.
November 21, 2013
Health camp: Cadaver, high-tech machines at St. James Healthcare greet high school students
A program hosted by St. James Healthcare allowed high school students in Butte, Mont. to explore various health care jobs in a hospital setting.
Read more about the experience in The Montana Standard.
November 18, 2013
Lutheran Medical center teaches public about the Affordable Care Act
Lutheran Medical Center held a forum to teach members of the public about the new coverage opportunities provided by the Affordable Care Act.
Read more about the event in the Wheat Ridge Transcript.
St. James Healthcare donates $60,000 to Montana Tech
St. James Healthcare donated $60,000 to Montana Tech in Butte, Mont. to update equipment in the Nursing Department and to create a permanent scholarship endowment for nursing students.
Read more about the donation in The Montana Standard and watch video about the donation on KXLF's website.
November 17, 2013
St. Vincent Healthcare associates honored
The Montana chapter of the American Diabetes Associate honored several St. Vincent Healthcare associates.
Read more about their accolades in the story published by the Billings Gazette.
November 13, 2013
SCL Health System announces plans to build four small community hospitals in region
SCL Health System announced plans to partner with Emerus to build four community hospitals in the Denver metro area.
Learn more by reading the story posted by the Boulder County Business Report.
November 12, 2013
SCL Health System President and CEO: Health reform requires revolutionary thinking
SCL Health System President and CEO Mike Slubowski was a keynote speaker at "Pulse: What's Next with Health-Care Reform" in Longmont, Colo. He says revolutionary thinking and behavior is imperative.
Learn more about his remarks in the story posted by the Boulder County Business Report.
Good Samaritan Medical Center president and CEO discusses lowering health care costs
Dave Hamm, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo. discusses the Affordable Care Act and how to lower health care costs.
Review Hamm's comments in the story by the Boulder County Business Report.
November 8, 2013
Good Samaritan Medical Center achieves Level II trauma status
Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo. achieved a Level II trauma center designation - a status that may mean that the hospital treats more emergency patients annually in the future than it has in the past.
Read more about the accomplishment in the Boulder County Business Report.
Tanzania gets dose of care with Lafayette flavor from Good Samaritan Medical Center
A group of 15 folks from Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette recently took a trip to Tanzania, in the city of Arusha, to visit an adopted sister hospitals.
Learn more in the story publisehd by the Boulder County Business Report.
November 7, 2013
St. James Heathcare Foundation honors benefactors and supporters
St. James Healthcare Foundation unveiled a wall honoring those who give to the St. James Foundation and remembering the 130-year history of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth serving the people of Butte, Mont.
Read more about the event on KXLF CBS 4's website.
November 5, 2013
44% Of Coloradans Use ER For Non-Emergencies
A survey of 10,000 Coloradans has found that 44 percent of visits to the emergency room are for ailments that could be treated by a regular doctor. The highest portion of that percentage live in Mesa County, which is serviced by St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction.
Read more about the study in a story by KUNC.
SCL Health System weighs in: 5 HIO practices that put data integrity at risk
SCL Health System's data integrity/MPI manager discusses issues with security and health information exchange organizations.
Learn more in the story by FierceHealthIt.
November 4, 2013
St. Vincent Healthcare Recognized
St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. was recognized on a national level for its quality of care. The Joint Commission recognized St. Vincent for the third year in a row and the hospital earned the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.
Watch and read the story by KULR NBC 8.
Aligning Cultures, Vision and Values: Hitting All The Keys
By aligning and integrating separate cultures it can spur an organization to achieve outstanding results. SCLHS SVP of Mission Integration Terry Weinburger and Sister Jennifer Gordon published an article in Catholic Health World on workplace culture.
Read the story on workplace culture in Catholic Health World.
Spotlight Interview: Saint Joseph Hospital
This interview with Matt Eilts, CCDS, CEPS, RCES, NRP, Lead Electrophysiology Specialist, Cardiovascular Services, Saint Joseph Hospital, discusses the current and future facilities at the hospital.
Read the full interview Eilts did with the EP Lab Digest.
October 31, 2013
Part of Lafayette's Good Samaritan Medical Center building sold
The operators of Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette have sold a portion of the building that houses the newly opened cancer center to a health care real estate investment trust.
Read more about the sale in the Boulder Daily Camera.
October 28, 2013
Faith-based nonprofit, St. Vincent Healthcare, helps Ugandans help themselves
A physician at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont., Dr. Doug Parker, traveled to Afrida for a month to help people at medical clinics in Uganda. The work was part of a mission team from Hope 2 One Life.
Read more about Parker's trip in the Billings Gazette.
SCL Health System President and CEO Michael Slubowski, Allen-Davis to keynote Pulse
Michael Slubowski, president and CEO of SCL Heath System, is one of two keynote spekers at "Pulse: What's Next with Health-Care Reform." During the half-day conference, Slubowski will speak on the revolutionary mindset and the redesign of health care.
Read more about the conference in the story from the Boulder County Business Report.
October 26, 2013
Mullin Plaza Now Open At Saint John’s Health Center In Santa Monica
Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. celebrated the completion of its new entrance, Mullin Plaza and Mullin Gardens, and its benefactors Peter and Merle Mullin with a garden party. To celebrate the support of the Mullins, the event included a parade of classic cars from the collections of Saint John’s trustees and friends.
Learn more about the Plaza in the Santa Monica Mirror's article.
October 18, 2013
St. Vincent Healthcare Creates Pink Glove Dance Video
St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. made a video for a nationwide contest. Associates participated in the Pink Glove Dance Campaign to raise breast cancer awareness.
Read the story and see the Pink Glove Dance video on KULR-TV NBC 8's website.
October 16, 2013
Fitch Rates Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (CO) 2013A Revs 'AA-'; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings assigned an 'AA-' rating to revenue bonds issued on behalf of SCLHS and says the Rating Outlook for the bonds is Stable.
Read more about the ratings from Fitch.
St. Vincent Healthcare Remodel Creates Orthopedic and Spine Center of Excellence
The newly remodeled fifth floor of St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. is now the Orthopedic and Spine Center of Excellence. The $8.4 million project creates a space for family and caregivers in the same room as the patient that is a warm and healing environment during the recovery process.
Read more and watch the video profile about the remodeled Spine Center on KULR-TV NBC 8's website.
October 14, 2013
Saint Joseph Hospital: Latest trends in breast imaging
The director of imaging at the Breast Care Center at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Dr. Jerome Schroeder, discusses about the new trends in the field that are either impacting patients now or could impact potential patients in the future.
Read more and watch the interview with Dr. Schroeder on KUSA-TV's 9NEWS.com.
St. Vincent Healthcare's Affordable Care Act Education
St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. scheduled seminars to answer questions and address concerns about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The seminars walk people through how much people will pay out of pocket.
Read more and watch video about the program on KULR-TV NBC 8's website.
September 26, 2013
New Cancer Center Opens at Good Samaritan Medical Center
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colo., opened on Sept. 3. The new four-story, 87,600-sq-ft building, designed by Denver’s Davis Partnership Architects, complements the existing EGSMC campus and provides a state-of-the-art health care facility where patients and families can receive treatment in a caring environment.
Read ENR Mountain States' full article about the opening of the Cancer Center.
September 25, 2013
New St. Francis Health Center clinic to offer lab tests, physical therapy
St. Francis Health Center’s new clinic near Lake Shawnee has more services than most in an attempt to make care more convenient and affordable.
Read more about the new clinic in the Topeka Capital-Journal's article.
Access to pediatric specialist at St. Vincent Healthcare a 'really big deal' for parents of hemophiliac child
Previously, Montana families with hemophiliac children might have had to seek treatment in places as far away as Denver. But St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings brought on a pediatric hematologist-oncologist about a year ago to provide closer options.
Read more about the importance of a specialist in the region in the Billings Gazette's article.
September 23, 2013
Marillac Clinic Officials Advise Residents to Prepare for Changes in Health Care
The community relations director of our Marillac Clinic in Grand Junction, Colo. spoke to KREX-TV CBS 5 discussing the forthcoming Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marillac Clinic is working with patients to help them understand the changes brought about by the ACA.
Read the KREX story involving the Marillac Clinic.
September 21, 2013
St. Francis Health Center, Stormont-Vail to share pediatric doctors
Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center and St. Francis Health Center announced plans to combine their neonatal and pediatric staffs to improve service to patients. The move does not eliminate any positions. The hospitals will share physicians but keep separate staff members in nursing and other positions.
Learn more about the agreement in the Topeka Capital-Journal's article.
September 20, 2013
Butte Teamsters Union & St. James Healthcare Reach Agreement
The Butte Teamsters Union #2 and St. James Healthcare agreed on a new two year working contract. Both sides met with a federal mediator until a tentative agreement was made. Teamster members then ratified the contract with an unanimous vote of approval.
Learn more about the agreement in an article from KTMF-TV ABC.
September 17, 2013
National Jewish, Saint Joseph Hospital form partnership
National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital announced plans to create a partnership that paves the way for a joint operating agreement. SCL Health System, the parent company of Saint Joseph, and National Jewish expect to finalize the arrangement in the first quarter of 2014.
Read the Denver Business Journal's story on the JOA forming between National Jewish and Saint Joseph.
Read the Denver Post's story on the forthcoming JOA between National Jewish and Saint Joseph.
What does the National Jewish-St. Joseph Hospital JOA mean?
The joint operating agreement between National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital ensures two things.
Read the Denver Business Journal's article on the expected outcomes of the JOA.
Innovative approach at St. Vincent Healthcare to valve surgery yields results, shorter recuperation
A cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Mont. is replacing heart valves with a minimally-invasive technique is helping patients recover more rapidly.
Learn more about the procedure and the results it's producing in the Billings Gazette's article.
2013 Ending The Wait Awards Honor Five Premier Colorado Hospitals, Including Lutheran Medical Center, For Organ And Tissue Donation Achievements
Lutheran Medical Center was one of five Colorado hospitals recognized with Ending the Wait awards for outstanding efforts in promoting organ and tissue donation in Colorado.
Read the PR Newswire's article on how and why the hospitals earned these awards.
September 16, 2013
Flooding forces cancellation of 100-mile Good Samaritan Foundation ‘bike jam;’ organizers donate food to Jamestown evacuees
The seventh annual Good Sam Bike Jam, a 100-mile ride that would have taken cyclists through Lyons and Allenspark was cancelled when raging flood waters wiped out parts of the route. But organizers of this fundraiser hosted by the Good Samaritan Foundation quickly switched gears to make sure the effort that had gone into planning this benefit for the foundation’s Cancer Assistance Fund wasn’t in vain.
Read the Denver Post's story about the donations organizers made to help those evacuated because of the floods.
Providence to Acquire Saint John’s Health Center
Providence Health & Services, Southern California said it had reached a definitive agreement to take over Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Pending regulatory and other approvals, Providence Southern California, a unit Providence Health & Services of Renton, Wash., will assume ownership and day-to-day management of the 234-bed hospital from SCL Health System, which is based in Denver.
Learn more about the acquisition in the Los Angeles Business Journal.
St. Vincent Healthcare Helps with Healthy by Design Educational Classes
Healthy by Design is an initiative created by the alliance of RiverStone Health, St. Vincent Healthcare, and Billings Clinic. The free classes are supposed to help people make day-to-day changes to promote a healthier lifestyle without adding more to their daily routines.
Learn more about the program by watching and reading KULR-TV NBC 8's story.
September 11, 2013
Pink Gloves at St. Vincent Healthcare Encourages Early Screening
St. Vincent Healthcare gathered cancer survivors and law enforcement to make a video to raise breast cancer awareness. The Pink Glove Dance is a nationwide competition that donates money to a breast cancer charity of the winners' choice.
To learn more, read and watch the story from KULR-TV NBC 8.
North Texas Urgent-Care Operators, Investors Prep for 2014 Surge of Patient; SCLHS President and CEO Michael Slubowski Comments
Michael Slubowski, president and CEO for SCLHS, weighs in on where hospital revenue will stem from in the future.
Read more about his views in the Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily.
September 10, 2013
Mammography services will expand at Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City with help of grant
Women in Eastern Montana now have access to the latest high-tech diagnostic imaging and breast cancer detection equipment available. The equipment was purchased with a grant awarded to the Holy Rosary Healthcare Foundation in Miles City.
For more about the state-of-the-art technology, read the story in the Billings Gazette.
September 9, 2013
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center Among 50 of the Greenest Hospitals in America
St. Mary's Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo. became one of the tallest, and greenest, hospitals between Denver and Salt Lake City after a major construction project finished in 2010.
Read more about the greenest hospitals as ranked by Becker's Hospital Review.
September 8, 2013
St. Vincent Healthcare program encourages proactive health care
In less than 10 minutes, you can take a proactive approach to your health by doing little more than moving through several health screening stations without even leaving your office. That's one of the main ideas behind St. Vincent Healthcare's new Living Well Program, designed to provide people with easy, quick and cheap health assessments and screenings at work.
To learn more about the Living Well Program, read the story by the Billings Gazette.
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