Extended Care Unit to open in late September at SPRHC

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: August 31, 2017) Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center (SPRHC) announced the opening of a new Extended Care Unit, providing long-term care for the public starting September 25.  The announcement was made at the regular meeting of the Huerfano County Hospital District last week.

Eight private rooms have been converted from hospital rooms to create the wing for Extended Care. All rooms have been freshly remodeled with new paint, floors, lighting, and window coverings. CEO Kay Whitley said they received furniture donations from American Furniture Warehouse.

The rooms feature mountain views, Wi-Fi and cable television and include meals, along with receiving health care 24 hours a day. The unit is open to all residents in the region.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Sept. 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Applications are available by contacting Darla Santistevan at 719-738-4510.

April Secor joined the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center as Administrator in mid-August. She comes from a skilled nursing corporation in Florida, where she recently spent four years. Prior to that she worked at Life Care Centers of America in Alamosa, Colo. Secor said, “It’s been a great transition.”  She will focus on marketing the facility and building a “census culture”. Secor said they have 95 residents, up from 89 in June.

In finance, Lionel Montoya, Chief Financial Officer, requested the board approve borrowing $600,000 from reserve funds to cover September payroll. Montoya explained the month of Sept. has three paydays, and they may need the cash flow. “One more request and we’re out of money,” said board member Paul Coe. “It’s a year and a half of tax collection in one month,” he added.  Property tax collections bring in about $400,000 annually from the mill levy. The board approved the motion 4-1 with Karen Wilson opposing.