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Looking toward the future, St. Vincent General Hospital District has embraced the concept of a health campus where specialists, primary care, Lake County Public Health Agency, and other health-related offices reside in the old hospital building and synergistically complement services in the adjacent, new hospital facility.

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Sinus and Allergy Season is Upon Us!

It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, and so are all of the things that can upset or irritate our sinuses, causing the over 100 million Americans who suffer from allergy and sinus issues to experience mild to severe inflammation, congestion, pain, sore throat, cough, and a multitude of other sinus and allergy-related symptoms. Each year, sinus problems, also known as sinusitis, are the most frequently...

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The Health Benefits of Canine Companionship are Numerous!

Neuroscientists can now confirm what many of us have known all along: dogs really are a man’s best friend. Numerous studies show that owning a dog can improve our health in many ways, including: slowing cognitive decline, increasing brain activity, enabling better team building, and reducing stress. Dogs Impact On Our Brains A study out of the University of Michigan found that people who own dogs tend to have slower cognitive decline in...

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Welcome Dr. Tsambikos!

Richard Tsambikos, DO joined St. Vincent Family Health Center in March 2024 as a full-time primary care physician. His clinic hours are Monday-Thursday. Dr. Tsambikos has a life-long connection to rural communities. He was raised on a family farm in Oklahoma and studied at Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine. His residency was in Colorado Springs at Peak Vista. Most recently from Pueblo, Colorado, Dr. Tsambikos and his wife Whitney have dreamed...

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Love Yourself into Happy and Healthy Longevity

And as it relates to love, it’s hard to give love if you don’t love yourself. Let’s explore how self-love can unlock a life brimming with happiness and good health. Science shows that the art of self-compassion and self-love can be your secret weapons to unlocking emotional and mental well-being. For instance, practicing self-compassion can work wonders in reducing anxiety, depression, anger, and loneliness, while simultaneously building up your self-support and self-encouragement....

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How to Live Heart Healthy

The next four minutes could add years to your life. That’s how long it will take you to read this article and discover four essentials for taking care of your heart. St. Vincent Health can guide you towards healthier living through lifestyle assessment, coaching, and recommending appropriate tests or treatments suitable to your specific needs. We are also happy to help with referrals when necessary....

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The Best Care for Mr. Best

“St. Vincent Health helped me so I could finish healing at home with confidence.” Earl Best, a retired New York State Trooper and Leadville resident, was recently caught off guard by a medical condition which led to infection. After a ride in the ambulance to St. Vincent Health, an E.R. visit and subsequent inpatient stay - Earl and his wife Mary Ann Graham-Best are delighted with Earl’s continued recovery. The option to...

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Unmatched Emergency Care at St. Vincent

The emergency department at St. Vincent Health in Leadville, Colorado offers unmatched trauma care. From board certified emergency medicine providers to skilled nurses, paramedics, EMTs and patient care techs - patients receive extraordinary and immediate lifesaving care. At St. Vincent Health (SVH), we understand the fear and uncertainty brought on by a trip to the emergency room. We also understand that every moment counts. That is why we have invested in...

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Thank You Leadville ELKS!

St. Vincent Health and Lake County boast having the only Pediatric Occupational Therapy service in the central mountain region. This service was opened in 2021. Medical providers from Lake, Chaffee, Eagle, and Summit Counties – and beyond, refer their patients to St. Vincent Health and Occupational Therapist, Rachel Griffin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP....

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Human Trafficking Education

Many law enforcement, medical and human services responders attended Human Trafficking education at St. Vincent on October 25th. The training was presented by BV Hope and Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. The training explored root causes of trafficking and the myriad of intersecting identities, vulnerabilities, and social and systemic inequalities that can lead to trafficking. Understanding root causes and complex trauma is key to recognizing the crime in its many forms. Attendees...

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New Administrator to Join SVH

SVGHD Board Chooses Top Leader Bringing Interim Status to a Close Andrew (Andy) Dreesen, BSW, MPA, CPHQ has accepted the position of the permanent administrator at St. Vincent General Hospital District (SVGHD) and St. Vincent Health (SVH). He will begin his role by September 1, 2023. As an employee of Cypress Healthcare, LLC, the hospital’s management company, Dreesen will take over for Interim CEO John Gardner who came out of retirement to...

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Spotlight on Brent Ford, MT(ASCP)

Quality and safety go hand in hand with customer service in Brent’s book. He has been a lab professional for 37 years and a lab director for 23 years. Brent’s management style involves listening to patients needs to discover how he can be helpful.  “My role at St. Vincent is important to me. I want to help this community continue to receive quality health care from our COLA certified Laboratory,”...

Celebrating Men’s Health Week June 12-18

June 12–18 is Men’s Health Week, which is a time to encourage men to take charge of their health and turn those statistics around. It’s crucial to be aware of your family history as well as the risks for your age, ethnicity, and lifestyle. Here and now there are some simple steps to prioritize your health. After all, if you are not well, who will care for your loved ones?...

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Let’s Talk About Women’s Health

It is common that women ignore their well-being while caring for those around them. When it comes to handing out advice, the cheeky old saying, “do as I say, not as I do,” is hereby retired Let’s talk about Woman’s Healthlike avocado green appliances from the 1970’s. Here and now there are some simple steps to prioritize your health. After all, if you are not well, who will care for your...

SVH 360: Nursing

St. Vincent Health nurses believe in the importance of assisting patients and families as they navigate through the healthcare process. With steadfast dedication, our nurses are committed to providing the compassionate and expert care our patients and their families deserve each and every time they walk through our doors....

January is Thyroid Awareness Month

Did you know that approximately 30 million Americans suffer from a thyroid condition? And it’s estimated that up to half of that population is undiagnosed. While thyroid conditions can happen to anyone, women are five times more likely to be affected. January is National Thyroid Awareness Month, and we are here to break down the basics for you....

What is Speech Therapy?

What is Speech Therapy? Communication is a critical skill, vital to learning, working, and other daily interactions. When health conditions impact communication, a person called a speech-language pathologist or speech therapist can help. In this evolving healthcare specialty, speech therapists can teach patients how to manage speech clarity, comprehension—and mechanical aspects that impact communication—as well as chewing and swallowing. Adults may need speech therapy after a stroke, traumatic accident, brain injury, Parkinson’s...

July is UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month

It’s the Cancer You Can See, So Look for It: July is UV Safety Month If we were to give you a pop quiz right now about how to prevent sun damage, we think you'd score 100 percent! (The answers, of course: apply 30+ SPF sunscreen often and liberally, seek shade, stay out of midday sun and wear a hat and protective clothing.) You likely also know that at 10,000 feet...

Why is your Annual Visit Important?

DAD, Are You Protecting Your Health?

This month we’re celebrating dads and grads and reminding our community about the importance of the annual routine physical examination. Its role is to help men and women of all ages stay in tip-top health. Lots of people will see their physician or provider for acute or episodic medical issues but skip their annual exam. St. Vincent’s Joette Eyser – NP-C, has made it her goal to reinforce its importance. Your provider...

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