Pueblo hospitals still hurting over surgery suspensions early in pandemic

dr hanson pueblo chieftainBy Alexis Smith – The Pueblo Chieftain

Similar to many businesses throughout the country, health care has endured hardship in the face of the coronavirus pandemic – overcoming obstacles that to this point, were unseen. Questions left health care providers in fear, forcing them to transition seemingly overnight, and compromised the financial stability of both hospitals and private practice surgeons.

The quick shift was surreal and shocking

Dr. Sandeep Vijan, chief quality officer at Parkview Medical Center, compared the experience to preparing for combat.

″(At this time, there were) plenty of unknowns and conflicting guidance from governmental health agencies,” Vijan said. “There was fear among health care providers – trying to find the balance between being available for patients and staying safe simultaneously.”

Dr. Stephen Girard, a general surgeon at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, said his experience could compare to walking into a whole other world.

“I was going out of town over the weekend back in March,” Girard said. “On Friday everyone was talking about the coronavirus, and then by Monday, it was a whole new world.”

Girard does not schedule surgeries too far out. That gave him the opportunity to complete the procedures scheduled prior to the suspension, but within a week the hospital was having meetings about the state regulations and how to implement them.

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Hanson Clinic featured in The Pueblo West View

PW clinic brings ‘orthopedic care now’

by Kristen M. White – The Pueblo West View

After two years in Pueblo West, the Hanson Clinic has become a staple of the community, offering the ability to treat orthopedic needs quickly.

Dr. Charles Hanson, a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, was one of the founders of Southern Colorado Clinic 40 years ago. When the building he now calls home in Pueblo West became available, the location was attractive and he brought his practice and patient-first work ethic to Pueblo West.

The Hanson Clinic offers digital x-ray services, an extremity MRI and ultrasound capabilities. On site there is also physical therapy and even a family practice physician. Of course Hanson and his clinic are best known for orthopedics.

"We have a mantra here – if someone needs to be seen, then they’re going to get in that day or the following, not in three weeks," said Ryan Eslinger, CEO of Hanson Clinic.

Read the rest of the article on The Pueblo West View website

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