Local briefs

Southwest Memorial going paperless

On Sept. 1, Southwest Memorial Hospital will implement a, state-of-the-art system designed by Cerner Corp. to will eliminate the need for paper health records. The result will be improved accuracy, improved patient safety, and private and secure medical records.

The system will be more efficient for patients and staff and allow for better communication among departments within the hospital. In addition, physicians in the area whose offices are connected with the system will be able to retrieve lab and radiology results from their computers. This will save time for both health care providers and patients.

Area residents who have not been admitted to Southwest Memorial Hospital or had out-patient testing performed for more than three years will need to re-register on their next visit. Patients will also notice a new format on billing statements after the system is implemented.

Within the next few months, an online portal will allow patients secure, private access to their medical records. Patients also will be able to get copies of their records from the Health Information Management (Medical Records) Department at the hospital.

Questions about the new system may be directed to Robyn Bragg, RN, Director of Health Information Management, at 564-2243.

Leo Kottke appearing in Telluride

The Palm Theatre will host Leo Kottke in concert on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

Telluride is Leo Kottke’s second stop on his 18-city 2014 Tour. Doors open at 8 p.m.; concert starts at 8:30 p.m.

Born in Georgia, and raised in 12 different states, Leo Kottke absorbed a variety of musical influences, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. Since then, he has been entertaining audiences with his acoustic guitar for over 4 decades.

“We are thrilled that Leo Kottke has included Telluride in his 2014 Tour”, states Scott Doser, Artistic Director for the Palm Theatre. “For decades, Leo has been considered a master of the finger picking style of acoustic guitar playing. He has reached a point in his career where he is an established legend. It is a rare opportunity that an audience gets to experience a performer of his caliber in a venue as intimate as the Palm Theatre.”

For ticket information, call the Palm Theatre box office at (970) 369-5660 or go to www.telluridepalm.com.

Learning Center offering orientations

The Unlimited Learning Center is now registering students for Adult Basic Education and GED preparation. Students must be 17 years of age or older. Orientations are taking place now through September. Please call 565-1601 for more information or stop by at 640 East Second Street, Cortez, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday or 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

Lecturer to discuss dendroarchaeology

As part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society is pleased to present Dr. Jeffrey Dean on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 515 Park Street in Cortez, to discuss “New Research on Old Dates: Dendroarchaeology of Pueblo III Kiva Construction on Mesa Verde.” Dean’s presentation will focus on four kivas on Mesa Verde (Kivas F and G at Square Tower House, Kiva I at Long House, and Kiva A at Badger House). These structures exhibit markedly different construction sequences and wood-use practices that illuminate past construction behavior. Contact Kari Schleher at 505-269-4475 with questions.

Statewide mental health crisis hotline

The Colorado Department of Human Services formally launched a statewide mental health crisis hotline earlier this month. The hotline is the result of legislation passed in 2013 that aimed to expand the state’s crisis response system by establishing a hotline, walk-in crisis stabilization facilities and a statewide awareness campaign. The Colorado Crisis and Support Line provides Coloradans with access to mental health professionals 24/7 who can assess and plan for their safety, provide solutions and support, and make referrals to resources. Coloradans seeking help can call 844-493-TALK (8255).

For The Cortez Journal