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Looking toward the future, St. Vincent General Hospital District has embraced the concept of a health campus where specialists, primary care, Lake County Public Health Agency, and other health-related offices reside in the old hospital building and synergistically complement services in the adjacent, new hospital facility.

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Lifesaving Intervention from Local Healthcare Team

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “The medical team did exactly what they had to do. Otherwise, Peggy could have died.” That’s Bob Smith (right) talking about the care his sister-in-law Peggy (second from left) recently received at St. Vincent Health. It all started when Bob and Peggy, along with their spouses, Tom (left) and Ginny (second from right), had spent the day at Dinosaur National Park. The next morning, Peggy, who’s a diabetic, woke up with...

Sun Safety

Protect Loved Ones & Yourself from Skin Cancer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With summer just around the corner, and lots of outdoor activity and recreation on the horizon, your friends at St. Vincent Health urge precautions around sun exposure. Sunburn caused by excessive exposure to sunlight is the primary cause of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 65. The good news?...

No Health Fair This Year? You can still take charge of your health!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Like you, your friends at St. Vincent Health have historically looked forward to the annual 9 Health Fair. The event, which routinely occurred in April, will not take place again this year. We enthusiastically anticipate 2022, when hopefully, it will be back. If you were one of hundreds of people in Lake County who got their annual blood profile and other health screenings at the fair, we have some good news....

Lake County a Success Story for Vaccinations of Prioritized Groups

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Under the leadership of Lake County Public Health Agency, Lake County has become an exemplary success story for Colorado, and the nation, with its COVID vaccination roll-out. This unprecedented community vaccination program was a model of coordination, communication and ingenuity from the teams responsible for its creation and implementation. Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger was the first in Lake County, Colorado to proudly get her COVID-19 vaccination and since then many others have...

Care & Compassion in Action

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Al Dawson had been feeling ill for several days. “I was tired and lethargic, just feeling yucky,” says the 81-year-old retired Spanish professor. Al finally went to see Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger, a board-certified family practice physician who’s been Al’s doctor for more than 20 years. “She said right off that I didn’t look well and sent me immediately to St. Vincent Health,” remembers Al. “I was in bad shape.” Dehydration had...

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Meet Nick Tsipis, MD

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Dr. Nick Tsipis is a board-certified emergency room physician at St. Vincent Health, treating acute illness, traumatic injuries and other health crises. He also serves the hospital as vice chief of staff. Dr. Tsipis comes to St. Vincent from CarePoint Health®, a multi-specialty physician group based in Denver. He splits his time between the Leadville ER and Swedish Medical Center in Denver. Dr. Tsipis earned his undergraduate degree in biology and...

St. Vincent Emergency Room Providers: Delivering Peace of Mind & Quality Care

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Promoting health and preventing illness are core work at St. Vincent Health. With that viewpoint, we hope you’ll never need an emergency room visit. But if you do, rest assured you’ll be treated by a highly trained, board-certified emergency medicine provider, available to deliver top-notch care to you or a loved one any minute of any day, all 365 days of the year. What is a board-certified ER doctor? And what...

Expanded COVID-19 Testing Options Available In Leadville

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are new developments and advancements for COVID-19 testing in Lake County, resulting in a shorter turnaround time for test results. These new processes and procedures for faster testing came about with new equipment purchases by St. Vincent Health (SVH) and Rocky Mountain Family Practice (RMFP). In addition, rapid testing kits have been distributed to SVH and RMFP by Colorado Public Health and Department of Environment (CDPHE) via Lake County...

Leadville and Lake County: Stay the Course with COVID Prevention

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A year ago, coronavirus was not a household word. Face masks were for medical professionals. The Broncos played to a packed and cheering stadium full of people. Today, nearly a quarter million Coloradans have tested positive with COVID-19 and more than 3,000 have died. And many people around the world are experiencing what is known as Pandemic Fatigue, a complex set of emotions that may include boredom, loneliness, sadness, frustration, anxiety,...

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Primary Care: Why it’s Primary

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Primary care focuses on big-picture, interrelated components of physical, mental and social health and wellbeing. At St. Vincent Medical Clinic, it involves healthy lifestyle promotion, disease prevention education and medical treatment for patients of all ages. These services are delivered by two highly experienced nurse practitioners. In February 2021, St. Vincent Medical Clinic’s Joette Eyser, NP-C, will be joined by Rick Hammack, NP-C, with clinical hours and patient appointments offered six...

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Instructions for COVID-19 patients

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At St. Vincent Health, we acknowledge that protocols around COVID-19 and preventing its spread are often complex. These instructions clarify a variety of situations, including instructions for people awaiting test results, how to manage a positive result, what to do in the event of a negative test (but are still symptomatic), and how to manage exposure to a positive case. In all cases, continued social distancing, facial coverings and assiduous hand washing...

What is Speech Therapy?

Communication is a critical skill, vital to learning, working, and other daily interactions. When health conditions impact communication, a person called a speech-language pathologist or speech therapist can help....

What is Speech Therapy?

What is Speech Therapy? Communication is a critical skill, vital to learning, working, and other daily interactions. When health conditions impact communication, a person called a speech-language pathologist or speech therapist can help. In this evolving healthcare specialty, speech therapists can teach patients how to manage speech clarity, comprehension—and mechanical aspects that impact communication—as well as chewing and swallowing. Adults may need speech therapy after a stroke, traumatic accident, brain injury, Parkinson’s...

Gratitude and a Different Thanksgiving

Gratitude. For me, it’s often that contented and happy feeling when things go really well. But what if it could mean more than that? With our Thanksgiving holiday approaching, I reflect that gratitude is about awareness and acceptance of our world, how it changes and being grateful for belonging in it. I’m working on making gratitude become a perpetual thing that I feel multiple times per day, and not for just the big...

St. Vincent Health Joins Fight Against Opioid Addiction

St. Vincent Health Joins Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Colorado is unfortunately at the forefront of the nation’s opioid epidemic, with the 12th highest rate of prescription opioid misuse and abuse in all 50 states. Opioids are drugs that are used to relieve acute pain. Their use carries significant risk of long-term abuse and dependence, even when taken exactly as prescribed. In the worst case, opioid use can lead to accidental poisoning or fatal overdose. Colorado hospitals, and particularly the...

Meet Dylan Luyten, MD

Meet Dylan Luyten, MD

Dr. Dylan Luyten brings two decades of emergency medicine and leadership experience to St. Vincent. In addition to being an emergency room physician, Dr. Luyten serves as medical director of St. Vincent’s emergency medical services. Dr. Luyten, who attended medical school at Tufts University in Boston, brings humility, optimism and pragmatism to his practice. “The practice of emergency medicine is a privilege. It affords me the opportunity to make a real...

July is UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month

It’s the Cancer You Can See, So Look for It: July is UV Safety Month If we were to give you a pop quiz right now about how to prevent sun damage, we think you'd score 100 percent! (The answers, of course: apply 30+ SPF sunscreen often and liberally, seek shade, stay out of midday sun and wear a hat and protective clothing.) You likely also know that at 10,000 feet...

Why is your Annual Visit Important?

DAD, Are You Protecting Your Health?

This month we’re celebrating dads and grads and reminding our community about the importance of the annual routine physical examination. Its role is to help men and women of all ages stay in tip-top health. Lots of people will see their physician or provider for acute or episodic medical issues but skip their annual exam. St. Vincent’s Joette Eyser – NP-C, has made it her goal to reinforce its importance. Your provider...

2019 Hospital Audit, Another Strong Year

2019 Hospital Audit, Another Strong Year

As spring transitions to summer, and as June marks the halfway point in 2020, we have much to celebrate. Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented to our community and our organization, St. Vincent Health is steadily moving forward with new hospital construction, newly elected board members are seated, and we took delivery of our new ambulance. Not only that, last week our CPAs delivered their comprehensive annual audit report,...

New ambulance for Lake County

New ambulance for Lake County

St. Vincent Health is grateful to have received our new ambulance in mid-May 2020! The new ambulance was made possible by 50% funding from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment EMTS provider grant. The project included an ambulance, safety equipment, Motorola and Kenwood communications equipment, a new Zoll heart rate monitor/defibrillator, a Stryker Power Load cot and stair chair. The total cost is $213,392.54. The new ambulance is a Ford...

Hospital Board Election

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It is with gratitude to all of our dedicated board members that we announce the 2020 SVGHD election results. The new directors for the SVGHD Board are: Aleta Bezzic -incumbent board chairman (Term, 2023) Jonathan Burk (Term, 2023) Saige Bertolas (Term, 2022) These results may change, we will accept UOCAVA ballots until May 13. Then the canvassing board will determine the official winners before the 22nd of May.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

Coronavirus Testing and Antibody Testing Costs Covered

Coronavirus Testing and Antibody Testing Costs Covered

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Coronavirus Testing and Antibody Testing Costs Covered The Cares Act mandated that nearly all insurance companies cover 100% of testing related to COVID-19. This includes fees from the provider visit, the specimen collection, and laboratory test. Insured patients can expect that we will bill their insurance and that there will be no “out of pocket” expense related to testing. Additionally, St. Vincent Health and Rocky Mountain Family Practice are part of Federal...

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