Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New face at LCH

By Will Bublitz

Lincoln Community Hospital (LCH) and its clinic in Limon are enhancing their patient care with the addition of Karrie Holmes, a new family nurse practitioner.

Karrie is currently seeing patients at LCH’s Limon Family Practice Clinic and its Gordon Clinic in Hugo.

“I just started in August, but I was already familiar with the local area after doing my clinical rotation at Lincoln Community Hospital last year,” she said. “Right now, I’m floating between the Gordon and Limon clinics as needed, but I should have a more set schedule later in September.”

As a family nurse practitioner, Karrie can perform most of the same medical treatments as a physician.

“A family nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has gotten a Master’s degree in science,” she said. “That enables me to do the same clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment as a physician. Under Colorado law, nurse practitioners can work independently unlike a physician’s assistant who has to work with a doctor.”

At present, the only thing that Karrie cannot do on her own is write prescriptions.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The man behind the counter

By Will Bublitz

Filling your prescription and ensuring you understand how to take those medications correctly is the job of Andrew Quitiquit, the new pharmacist at Hoffman Drug in Limon.

Andrew has been working with local customers since June 1 after graduating from the University of Colorado with a Doctorate of Pharmacy on May 23. He became a fully licensed pharmacist on September 1.

“At Hoffman Drug, I measure out the quantities of medications as prescribed by the doctors and dispense them to the patients,” he said. “I also clarify the doctors’ medication orders.”
Andrew explained his use of the word “clarify” means it is his duty as a pharmacist to help the patient understand how to safely take those medications.

“Some medications you take either with or without food, others once a day or at set times of the day,” he said. “Where it gets complicated is when patients are on multiple medications. They need to be aware of potential side effects and the timing of taking the medications, so a large part of my job is educating them about these drugs.”

Andrew is fully qualified to teach patients about the composition and physical effects of their medications because he holds degrees in both pharmacology and chemistry.

“Occasionally as a pharmacist, we have to mix compounds, so I get to use my chemistry training,” he said. “But usually in pharmacology, you’re just handling prepared medications. As a pharmacist, the most important thing to know is how these medications will impact a patient’s physiology.”
He also explained that another important part of a pharmacist’s job is getting to know the patients as individuals.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Badger Homecoming Football

Homecoming with Badger Style!
Welcome to all returning Alumni as the Badgers take on Peyton for the game of the year!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

Painting the Helipad

HELIPAD PAINTING – AirLife and Lincoln Community Hospital staff members, as well as local adults and children, participated in the Helipad Painting Party at the new AirLife medical helicopter base in Hugo last Thursday, Sept. 3. The helipad was repainted with bright new colors. Several local children got to mark the helipad with their painted handprints to celebrate the occasion. Two-month-old Averi Stum placed her tiny footprint on the helipad with assistance from her mother Amber Stum. The new medical helicopter base is scheduled to become operational on September 21. An AirLife helicopter and its four-member crew will be on standby 24/7 to respond to medical emergencies throughout the central plains of Colorado.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Badgers vs Pirates

Lincoln County Rivalry comes to life right here!  Brought to you by Tim Andersen on the Cube!
We are cheering for both teams, so it might get a little loud!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Saving lives

By Will Bublitz

Saving lives at the scene of a vehicle crash or a serious medical emergency is the job of Doug Freeman, one of the paramedics of the Limon Ambulance Service (LAS).

Paramedics are usually the first health care professionals to arrive at the scene of an emergency. Its their responsibility to make an initial assessment of a patient’s condition and provide medical assistance en route to a hospital. 

“As a paramedic, I’m able to provide Advanced Life Support for my patients,” Freeman said. “Depending on their condition, I can administer treatments and perform procedures that can be life saving. I’m also able to do some advanced procedures including administering some new pain medications.”

As a paramedic, Freeman is one of the most highly qualified members of LAS. However, he believes the public can also be confident in the high level of expertise held by the ambulance service’s Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).

“We have a lot of EMT’s here at Limon Ambulance that I’d feel safe putting my own life in their hands,” he said. “They have the technical savvy to do what needs to be done to help patients. There’s an old saying that paramedics save lives, but EMT’s save paramedics. That’s true here at the Limon Ambulance Service.”

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Leadville Trail draws local ties

Lesley Jones Cortright, 37 year old granddaughter of Don and Della Knutson ran in the  Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run on August 22, 2015 in Leadville, CO. 

She finished with a time of 28 hours and 23 minutes which earned her a prized silver belt buckle.  An honor only given to those whom finish under 30 hours. 
Cortright placed 26th out of 61 women finishers.

The Ultra-marathon is held annually on trails near Leadville, Colorado through the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  Runners climb and descend 22,000 feet, with elevations ranging between 9,200 feet to 12,620 feet. 

624 runners started the race and 319 finished.

The race began at 4:00 a.m. and ended in 30 hours or less in downtown Leadville, elevation 10,152 feet.  They ran on technical trails around Turquoise Lake up towards Hagerman Pass to Sugarloaf Mountain. 

They continue up and down a rugged, steep, and deep creviced power line trail in the dark. 
The run continued on trails and dirt roads in the tree line below Mt. Elbert, which then brought the runners in to the town of Twin Lakes, elevation 9,203 feet.  From Twin Lakes the race continued through a marsh and crossed Lake Creek before they start the climb up and over Hope Pass, elevation 12,620 feet.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Badgers vs Yuma

Chase ends in arrest

By Will Bublitz

Local law enforcement officers finally corralled and arrested an auto theft suspect who initially eluded them after a high speed chase inside Limon last week.

The suspect, 29-year-old Aaron Cannell of Broomfield, surrendered to the officers after they found him hiding inside a house in a residential area of the town. He is currently being held at the Lincoln County Jail in Hugo facing multiple charges.

The incident that led to Cannell’s arrest began about 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 when the Limon Police received a radio message that a 1988 Chevrolet pickup owned by the Town of Hugo had been stolen and was headed toward Limon on Highway 40/287.

“After being notified, I went out on the highway, spotted the pickup and turned to follow it,” Limon Police Chief Lynn Yowell said. “As the vehicle entered the town, it pulled into the parking lot of the Ace Hardware and stopped. I drove into the parking lot and activated my patrol vehicle’s lights. That’s when the pursuit began.”

The stolen Chevy pickup rocketed out of the parking lot and turned west onto Limon’s Main Street at a high-rate of speed.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

LCH Hears progress reports

By Will Bublitz

Presentations on increasing patient numbers and revenue to Lincoln Community Hospital (LCH) and its satellite clinics were a major part of the Board of Directors meeting last Thursdsay, Aug. 27.

The main speaker was Gail Finley, vice president of Rural Health with the Colorado Hospital Association who made a Power Point presentation. She discussed integrated care, the diversity of medical services available to patients, profitability, strengthening community loyalty and the use of new medical technologies.

Another speaker was Alexandra Mannerings who talked about the local patient market and migration to urban medical centers. She displayed charts and graphs that detailed these areas.

Jan Young, a Health Information Management consultant working at LCH for the past few months, also spoke about her efforts to help the hospital make the transition to electronic medical records. 
Prior to the start of Thursday’s meeting, Kevin Stansbury, LCH’s Chief Executive Officer, led the board members outside on a tour of the patio project that is under construction. The patio is located on the northeastern side of the hospital adjacent to the Care Center.