Discover the Middle Park Health difference.
COVID-19 Updates from Middle Park Health
On Sunday March 29 Middle Park Health, MPH, was notified that a healthcare professional had tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first healthcare professional who has tested positive for COVID-19 in Grand County. Middle Park Health in conjunction with Grand County Public Health, GCPH, is investigating this case and is contacting everyone with very close, prolonged contact with the infected person during the specific timeframe of exposure. GCPH officials emphasize that they are following the protocols put in place by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC). A link to the CDC’s risk exposure table that explains the categories of risk considered by GCPH can be found here: CDC Exposure Risk Categories. They also must adhere to strict HIPAA laws protecting patient health information. Our primary focus is the health and safety of our staff and the public. This is a matter we take very seriously.
While it is justifiably unsettling to members of the community we are prepared and have fail-safes in place for this across our system. In adherence with CDC guidelines, the healthcare professional is in isolation and monitoring their symptoms. Middle Park Health has taken all necessary precautions leading up to this positive case and will continue to do so. Precautions include monitoring all employee’s vital signs even if they are asymptomatic, increasing all cleaning and sanitizing measures following guidelines from CDC, limiting visitors, requiring use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for both employees and patients, off-site testing, separating well patient visits from sick visits, etc. All employees are required to use PPE to include masks during all patient contact.
“COVID-19 has quickly changed the world we live in. This is a rapidly evolving situation. I want to assure our community that we have planned and prepared. We are taking action to first and foremost ensure the safety and well-being of our team members and community and prevent the spread of the virus,” stated Jason Cleckler, Middle Park Health CEO.
Up-to-date information can be found at CO.GRAND.CO.US/COVID19. For specific questions regarding the Team’s response please call 970-725-3803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order call the Colorado State Patrol at 1-833-598-5553. Please refrain from calling County dispatch (9-1-1) and use the numbers above.
Today Governor Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus.
This executive order means Coloradans should not be leaving their homes except for critical activities including:
• Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine
• Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
• Seeking medical care
• Caring for dependents or pets
• Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
• Cannabis and liquor stores will remain open
• Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties
Read the Full Executive Order
Read the FAQ
Read the Amended Public Health Order
Grand County Public Health (GCPH) will be reporting the positive and probable cases of COVID-19 consistent with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Today that number remains at two for Grand County. The state is also reporting the number of people tested and hospitalized. As Grand County still has such low numbers, we will not be reporting the number of people tested and hospitalized until it becomes statistically significant.
Just as our state is acting boldly and urgently, Grand County Public Health is taking strong actions guided by science, data, and the real-life, on-the-ground situation, including taking into account local factors like population density and concentration of Coronavirus cases, to best contain the spread of the virus.
GCPH is advising all county residents to stay at home except to perform certain essential activities (food shopping, picking up medicine and outdoor exercise away from crowds) and to work providing essential business and government services. Please stay at home, enjoy some fresh air, and take care of your mind and body during this challenging time. The more we self-quarantine physically, the better we will be able to fend off the virus in our communities. It is important to keep the big picture in mind and continue doing your part so we can “flatten the curve” in our county. Flattening the curve refers to community isolation measures that keep the daily number of disease cases at a manageable level for medical providers.
Grand County is NOT a safe haven from COVID-19 for tourists and visitors. Grand County only has three small emergency departments and only two major grocery providers for the 15,000 permanent residents living here. We do not have enough resources or supplies to feed, house and care for a large number of visitors, especially immunocompromised or high-risk individuals. GCPH officials strongly advise against nonessential travel into or within the county. As members of the Grand County community and the greater community of Colorado at large, it is the responsibility of all of us to follow public health guidance and advisories to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Lodging and Short-Term Rentals
Hotels, motels and lodges in Grand County are open to people in need of rooms to conduct essential business in the county. With the current stay-at-home advisory, we are also advising that tourists restrict their visitation to Grand County during the COVID-19 outbreak. GCPH strongly advises against new reservations through VRBO, Airbnb, and other online short-term rental platforms. Short-term rentals owners must consider the risk of community spread by continuing business as usual.
Outdoor activities, such as hiking, backpacking, uphill skiing, and snowshoeing are sources of exercise, relaxation, and stress relief. However, these activities also come with an elevated risk for rescue. Outdoor recreationists may get lost, sick, or injured and require assistance. During this time of limited resources, backcountry rescue could put additional strain on our already taxed group of emergency responders and Search and Rescue volunteers. Please take this into consideration before heading into the backcountry. GCPH and our partners expect all residents and visitors to practice social distancing while using these lands to safeguard public safety and health.
Please join the Grand County COVID-19 Response Team Virtual Forum on Facebook Live, today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Tune into the Grand County Public Health Facebook Page (@GCPublicHealth) for a live question and answer session with our Incident Commander Brad White, Operations Chiefs Brene Belew-LaDue and Brett Schroetlin, and Drs. Darcy Selenke and Michelle Lupica.
Middle Park Health Awarded a 2019 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award
November 18, 2019- Middle Park Health (MPH) was announced as a 2019 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award winner in Patient Experience in their Emergency Departments. This award honorsorganizations who have reached the 95th percentile for patient experience, engagement or clinical quality performance. Middle Park Health achieved this distinction by reaching the top 5% for each quarter for the award year in Patient Experience in the Emergency Departments. Middle Park Health uses Press Ganey surveys to determine how the organization is performing with patient experience and to assure they are meeting patient’s expectations. Press Ganey survey measures Likelihood to Recommend, Overall Rating and/or Teamwork. The 2019 awards are based on quarterly performance between May 2018 – April 2019. Middle Park Health Board of Directors and Leadership Team would like to congratulate and thank all our employees who have had any association with the ER in the last 12 months. “We have gone above and beyond the 95th percentile in patient experience. We are compared to well over 2000 other hospitals and this award clearly shows that our Unit Secretaries, Critical Care Technicians, Nurses, Laboratory and Radiology Technicians, Physicians and anyone else that comes in contact with our patients are providing the upmost compassionate and high quality patient care. Thank you for all that you do. You all are truly appreciated.”
High quality healthcare, right here in the High Country.
In the decades following this humble beginning, Kremmling Memorial Hospital continued to expand to better serve the surrounding communities. Today, Kremmling Memorial Hospital District operates under the name Middle Park Health and formally Middle Park Medical Center. MPH- Kremmling is designated a Critical Access Hospital, and boasts the first Level IV trauma center in the state. To further address continuing population growth, the medical center’s publicly-elected board of trustees finalized construction of a second facility, Middle Park Medical Center, in Granby in 2013. That same year MPH contracted with the North Park Medical Center in Walden to offer services to this region. Middle Park Health is proud to reflect a growing array of services for our multi-county communities.
Mission: To support and encourage the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our community Vision: We provide high-quality, viable health care locally, ensuring our growing mission to “keep life grand.” Values: PRIDE: Passion, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, Excellence
In 1933 Dr. Archer Sudan established Kremmling Memorial Hospital, and for many years it operated under the name Middle Park Hospital. In 1944, Dr. Sudan and Dr. Ernest Ceriani joined together to establish the Middle Park Medical Association. At the beginning, you could find Dr. Ceriani’s home, clinic, and the entirety of the Kremmling Hospital inside the white clapboard building that today houses rehab services, the wellness center, and administrative offices. In the decades following this humble beginning, Kremmling Memorial Hospital continued to expand to better serve the surrounding communities. Today, Kremmling Memorial Hospital District operates under the name Middle Park Medical Center. MPH- Kremmling is designated a Critical Access Hospital, and boasts the first Level IV trauma center in the state. To further address continuing population growth, the medical center’s publicly-elected board of trustees finalized construction of a second facility, Middle Park Medical Center, in Granby in 2013. That same year MPH contracted with the North Park Medical Center in Walden to offer services to this region. Middle Park Medial Center is proud to reflect a growing array of services for our multi-county communities. We may have grown since Drs. Sudan and Ceriani first started practicing in Kremmling, but we’re proud to say we haven’t lost sight of their vision. We still provide a wide variety of high quality health care locally. We still support and encourage the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of our community; more than anything, we practice medicine with passion, respect, integrity, dedication, and excellence.