01 Feb 2016 08:08:20 MST Written by: Administration


As we reflect on our New Year’s resolutions, take time to remember that good health is the foundation for a happy life and know that we at Montrose Memorial Hospital are dedicated to our community’s wellbeing. We emerge from 2015 with a record of success and are strategically planning for the coming years. A few highlights from 2015 include: 

  • Reducing existing debt through increased cash reserves
  • Proceeding with updates to our facilities
  • Initiating new philanthropy, community partnership, and engagement strategies
  • Successful recruitment of physicians and advanced practitioners for our region

While we have much to feel good about, it’s important to keep an eye on the future so we continue to meet the upcoming challenges as we live in a time of great transition for healthcare. A local, independent nonprofit hospital is a treasure worth preserving and the Board of Directors and executive leadership of Montrose Memorial takes this stewardship responsibility seriously.

The hospital recognizes that community and regional collaboration are essential to keep the healthcare system vibrant for our region in the current healthcare climate. We have actively built, and continue to strengthen and expand a network of professional and organized partnerships. This network bolsters not only Montrose Memorial, but also focuses on strengthening the regional healthcare providers by providing additional resources while allowing us all the independence to better meet the needs of local populations.

We are one of 29 owner members of the Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA), and also a member of WHA’s Community Care Alliance (CCA) for rural and community hospitals. WHA membership benefits Montrose staff with access to an active peer-exchange and to state-of-the-art WHA programs on cost-reduction and quality care. Through our work and leadership role in WHA and CCA, we have recently formed an additional collaboration with neighboring hospitals in Delta, Gunnison and Aspen, and physician clinics in order to increase communication and care in a patient-centered approach. This approach has demonstrated to be very effective in rural communities which have unique challenges based on how and where we live. Our participation with our neighboring healthcare providers represents a commitment to greater communication between providers in the care continuum, especially for our patients with chronic illnesses. By improving how we work together with other hospitals and care providers across the spectrum of care, we hope to improve care, reduce the likelihood of duplicated services, and reduce costs for our patients.

Montrose Memorial is more than just a hospital. We are a community-based integrated health system that is well positioned for 2016 and the years to come. We believe it is important to continue developing mutual-benefit alliances with other quality providers to ensure the future of healthcare for our region.

Steve Hannah, MHA is the CEO of Montrose Memorial Hospital. To learn more, visit

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