BUSINESS BRIEFS | Ouray Practice to Be Consolidated in Montrose
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OURAY – David Olson, MD, and Shirley Olson, FNP, will close their Ouray medical office in December. They will continue to see patients five days a week at Pavilion Family Medicine, in Montrose.

The Olsons, who came to Ouray 10 years ago and established Ouray Family Medicine five years ago, say that Ouray’s patient volume is simply too low to sustain a practice there. “The number of patients we might see in an average week in Ouray could be seen in Montrose in one busy day,” noted Dr. Olson.

Ouray Family Medicine opened early in 2009 at 824 Main Street. The Olsons were initially available six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays, in an effort to jumpstart the business. 

In 2012, the Olsons acquired Pavilion Family Medicine in Montrose at 1804 East Pavilion Place, off Niagara. Patients of Ouray Family Medicine will be welcomed at Pavilion Family Medicine going forward, or they may elect to transfer their care to another provider. 

The Olsons will maintain a part-time staff presence in Ouray through the end of the year, to accommodate the transition. They have initiated discussion with Ouray County about the possibility of holding office hours once a week at the Ouray County Public Health Agency clinic, at 302 Second Avenue in Ouray.

The Ouray County Commissioners held a work session on the matter earlier this month, agreeing to pursue issuing a Request for Proposals to level the playing field, in case other physicians in the community want to use the clinic facilities.

The clinic building is owned by the Idarado Mining Company, which leases it to the county for $10 per year. The county-borne cost of utilities and maintenance runs at over $8,000 per year, said Commissioner Lynn Padgett, noting that a cost-sharing arrangement with Ouray Family Medicine or another practice could save the county money.

The Olsons’ practice was established in the wake of the City of Ouray’s 2020 Economic Development Plan, drafted by the Community Development Committee and adopted by the city in 2008, which emphasized the need to retain a physician in Ouray. 

David Hample Leaves Montrose Hospital

MONTROSE -The Board of Directors of Montrose Memorial Hospital has announced the retirement of David Hample, hospital Chief Executive Officer, effective November 30, 2013. 

Board Chair Debi Harmon expressed gratitude for the five years of service Hample has given the hospital: “Dave’s leadership and vision for our hospital has been critical to the success we have enjoyed during his tenure.  We will miss him and wish him well in his retirement.”

During his time at MMH, the hospital recruited 25 new physicians to its medical staff, improved its patient satisfaction scores to record levels, and gained several regional and national distinctions for patient care and operational performance.  He has been an employee of Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the hospital’s management advisory services firm, for over 20 years and was named QHR’s CEO of the year in 2011.  

While he will be moving away for retirement, Hample has enjoyed living in Montrose and his term at MMH, and has been quoted to say: “I only wish I had discovered this great place and these great people much earlier in my career.”  He and his wife are moving to Alabama (“Roll Tide”) to be closer to their family and enjoy the warm weather.

Mary Snyder, the chief operating officer at MMH, has agreed to serve as interim CEO while QHR conducts a national search for a new CEO.  The hospital board will be closely involved to find the best candidate for MMH and the community.  There is no current timeframe for the search to be completed. 

“QHR’s support to our interim CEO will minimize disruption within the hospital while allowing the board time to choose a CEO that can meet our needs, and fill the significant role Dave has played in the hospital and in the community,” Harmon said.                                                                                       

Julie Osborne Joins Mortgage Team at Alpine Bank

WESTERN SAN JUANS  - A 17-year veteran of the mortgage and banking industry and manager of Alpine Bank’s Electronic Business Banking portfolio for the last five years, Julie Osborne will take on the title as Mortgage Lender for the San Juan Region of Alpine Bank, covering Montrose, Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride. 

Having discovered the Western Slope over 23 years ago, Osborne says that “Western Colorado offers some of the best living around – whether it’s hiking in the Black Canyon, going for a long run by the reservoir or skiing in Telluride.  I consider myself extremely lucky to have found such a gorgeous place to call home.”

Olson can be reached at (970) 369-5036 or at julieosborne@alpinebank.com.

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