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Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center is Expanding it’s Walls to Meet the Growing Needs of Our Community

On August 3, 2017 Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center along with St. Mary’s Medical Center celebrated the launch of a new collaborative Transitional Care Program that will provide a better solution to the problem of long term, complex medical care in Western Colorado.

The care model, developed in 2013 by Mayo Clinic, works to streamline the transfer of St. Mary’s patients whose serious medical conditions have stabilized, but who are not yet able to return to their home or normal routine.  By collaboratively aligning transitional care, healthcare costs can be reduced by not keeping patients in the ICU unnecessarily and/or transferring to Denver or Utah to receive further care.  With the addition of 9 new beds at Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center along with the expansion of the physical, respiratory and occupational therapy areas, patients can now receive their long-term care locally, which will be less stressful and costly for not only the patients, but their families as well. “People want to see hospitals collaborate to lower costs and improve care,” said Mark Francis, president and CEO of Colorado Canyons.  “This is exactly the kind of partnership that achieves those goals. We are especially grateful to be able to help ease the cost and burden on loved ones who are dealing with the devastating impacts of serious medical conditions.”

Colorado Canyons and St. Mary’s have been training together with Allevant Solutions since 2016, and have already seen remarkable results.  “This is a solution where patients can get to the right place to get the right care at the right time. We’ve had the right care, this is the right time, and Colorado Canyons is the right place.” said St. Mary’s Medical Center President Dr. Brian Davidson.

The $4.5 million dollar project is estimated to be completed in February 2018.

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Family Health West and Arthritis Center of Western Colorado welcome Dr. Richard Cappiello and Eva Cappiello, ARNP-BC

Dr. Richard Cappiello

Dr. Richard Cappiello

Dr. Cappiello, originally from Pennsylvania, began his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware and attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine. He then completed his Rheumatology fellowship at the University of South Florida. His unique achievements include receiving “Florida’s Super-Doc/ Top Doctor” designation several times since 2008.

Prior to moving to the Grand Valley, Dr. Cappiello was in private practice in South Florida. He has particular interests in osteoporosis and inflammatory illnesses.

Dr. Cappiello’s mission is his commitment to provide individualized, comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients. He is eager to serve the Grand Valley community for their musculoskeletal needs.

Dr. Eva Cappiello

Eva Cappiello, ARNP-BC

Eva is a Board Certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She earned her undergraduate RN degree at the University of South Florida and her ARNP degree at Florida Atlantic University.

In addition to Eva’s extensive nursing experience, her knowledge of biologic infusion and administration brings another professional level of patient care to the Grand Valley. Recently relocating to Colorado, she looks forward to expanding the role of infusion therapy to better care for patients of the Arthritis Center of Western Colorado.

Dr. Peter Scheffel and Family Health West open Monument Orthopedics and Sports Trauma in Fruita

PeterT. Scheffel, MD

PeterT. Scheffel, MD

Dr. Peter T. Scheffel is delighted to open his practice, Monument Orthopedics and Sports Trauma, in Fruita – another service provided by Family Health West.  Dr. Scheffel is a shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopy specialist. He provides treatment / surgery for adult and pediatric patients who suffer from fractures, sports injuries, acute and degenerative injuries, or other orthopedic conditions.

A graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Dr. Scheffel is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He completed his internship and residency in the General Surgery and Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Departments of the University of Washington. He also completed an additional fellowship in the subspecialty of sports medicine at the University of Utah Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine.

In addition to his passion of aiding high school students with their sports preventative and injury care, Dr. Scheffel’s life is fulfilled with the love of his wife and their two children. He enjoys living in the Grand Valley with the many athletic activities possible – especially mountain biking Colorado’s biking paradise.

Why Wait?

Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center provides exceptional emergency care when minutes count.



Because time is critical in an emergency situation, our mission is to get you in sooner and take care of you faster. With experienced physicians and trauma-trained nurses available 24/7, we provide the expertise you need when you need it the most. Our on-site radiology department and laboratory services mean fewer delays, and our unique culture of caring offers a personal touch you’ll find nowhere else.

Whether you slip on the ice, fall off your bike, or lose an argument with your horse, the emergency care you need is just moments away at Colorado Canyons Hospital & Medical Center.

We are here—24 hours every day—to take care of all of you.

Film Explores End-of-Life Care Free Screening of “Being Mortal”

Family Health West, Fruita Community Center and Hope West are holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” Saturday, November 19, from 10am-Noon. The screening will be held at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N Coulson St., Fruita, CO. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

For more information please contact Tina Felt at (970) 858-2112.

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