St. Mary’s Docs Take Our Mission to Africa

One of the reasons many of our associates choose to work for SCL Health is our organization’s mission and commitment to serving those who are poor and vulnerable. For some associates, this passion for serving others goes above and beyond the daily work of serving our patients. Most recently, four of our physicians at St. Mary’s Medical Center traveled to Cameroon, in central Africa, to provide medical care for the underserved population there — Dr. Amy Davis, Dr. Nathan Harms, Dr. Heather Harms, and Dr. Jessica Allen. Nicknamed “Team Grand Junction,” they spent three weeks in Kumbo (also known as Banso), at Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH). BBH is one of six hospitals sponsored by Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) which is a nonprofit, faith-based healthcare organization, which started more than 60 years ago.

The team set out with the goals to:

  • Provide medical care to the underserved population
  • Enhance their knowledge of the developing world and global public health concerns
  • Increase their sensitization to cultural and economic practice-based issues
  • Enhance the existing medical infrastructure through education and information sharing
  • Achieve proficiency in their practice of tropical medicine.





Lutheran Named One of Healthgrades 2016 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ Recipients

Lutheran Medical Center has achieved Healthgrades 2016 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The distinction places Lutheran within the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for the exceptional care provided to mothers during labor and delivery.

“As the only hospital in the west metro Denver area that delivers babies, Lutheran is committed to the best possible quality care for moms and babies,” said Grant Wicklund, Lutheran’s President and CEO. “We are fortunate to partner with several well-known physician practices, such as Westside Women’s Care, Associates in Women’s Health, Red Rocks OB-Gyn, Dr. McArthur Hill, and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center for high-risk pregnancies. Together, we deliver skilled, compassionate maternal care.”

In addition to the excellence award, Healthgrades recognized the Women and Family Center at Lutheran for achieving a five-star rating in vaginal deliveries.

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in labor and delivery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the 17 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2012 through 2014. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes:

  • From 2012-2014, if all hospitals in the 17 states included in this analysis, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, on average, 116,703 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.*
  • Further, from 2012-2014, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, had, on average, a 36.3 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award.*

“Selecting a hospital for the birth of one’s child is the first healthcare decision made as parents,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “By choosing a hospital recognized as a Healthgrades 2016 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award recipient, parents can take comfort knowing that they have access to the highest quality care for their loved ones.”

For additional details on the methodology for selecting the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award recipients, please see the complete Healthgrades 2016 Report on Women’s Health, at

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of all-payer data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent three-year estimates for patients in 17 states for which all-payer data was made available.