By Jesse Hensle
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) will host a community open house Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at PSMC.
The open house will offer community members the chance to experience advances in health care at PSMC, meet local physicians and care team providers, and take a tour and see inside of the operating room.
At 6 p.m., CEO Dr. Rhonda Webb will share her vision of the future of PSMC and will introduce medical oncologist Dr. Bill Jordan, FACOI, and the team of caregivers that will help launch The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at PSMC.
Jordan, who has worked at MD Anderson, joins PSMC full time from the Fort Worth, Texas, area.
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at PSMC will provide access to quality cancer care, a service many rural community members do not have access to. It will also provide a means for a continuance of care for patients who are not full-time residents.
PSMC opened in 2008 as an acute care hospital providing limited diagnostic and emergency medical care. Over the past 10 years, the medical center has continued to add services to meet the needs of its patients.
PSMC provides the following services: 24/7 emergency room care, 11-bed critical access hospital, telemedicine, laboratory, infusion, and diagnostic imaging including an MRI, mammography suite, CT scanner and bone density screening.
Patients also have access to general, orthopedic, gastrointestinal, gynecological and ophthalmology surgery.
In 2010, PSMC opened the rural health clinic for a half day per week. Today, a primary care provider is available to see community members six days a week.
With the new addition to the clinic, PSMC is able to provide behavioral health, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology and gynecology.
If you are unable to make it to the open house and would like hear more about PSMC and The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, please tune in to KWUF 102.5 FM and 1400 AM, or follow along on Facebook live at /psmedicalcenter at 6 p.m.
By Jesse Hensle