Rangely blood drive to commemorate infant’s life

RANGELY I On March 23, 2010, Kathy and Ian Kottenstette met their infant daughter, Makayla Jane. She weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces, and she was perfect. “She was a very mellow little girl,” Kathy Kottenstette recalled. “The few times she would get fussy, Ian or I would say something, and it would calm her down. […]

State awards funds for breast-feeding groups in Rangely; Meeker is later

RANGELY I A breast-feeding support group cosponsored by the Rio Blanco County Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office and Rangely District Hospital (RDH) held its first meeting last week for expectant and nursing mothers in Rangely.

Mental Health First Aid course in Rangely

RANGELY | Rangely District Hospital will offer a “Mental Health First Aid” course Jan. 15-16 in Rangely. The course runs Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for an eight-hour training certification.

Rangely hospital presents nursing awards

Registered nurse Anne Benhart, left, prepares to pin Ruth King’s granddaughter, Jennifer Turner, with the Ruth King Excellence in Nursing Award. King, former nursing director Mary Reese and longtime Rangely District Hospital nurse Sheryl Sheley were the first recipients of the award — King and Reese posthumously. Chief nursing officer Sharma Vaughn said that King, a registered nurse who worked for Rangely Community Hospital and RDH in their fledgling years and for decades afterward, passed on a legacy of professionalism and care to generations of RDH nursing staff.

RANGELY I Rangely District Hospital honored three former and current nurses with the inaugural Ruth King Excellence in Nursing Award at a pinning ceremony Saturday night.

Rangely hospital getting back to a full healthy staff

Dr. Katy Rieves, left, Rangely District Hospital’s newest physician, has begun seeing patients and getting to know hospital and clinic staff last week. Rieves is the friend and former coworker of Dr. Mercedes Cameron, center, who took a leave from RDH last December after being diagnosed with breast cancer. RDH registered nurse Shelby Lindsay, right, will begin seeing patients early next year after completing board and licensing requirements to become a nurse practitioner. Rieves and Lindsay are two of three health care providers filling slots left by Cameron and Dr. Chris Adams in the last year. A third physician, Dr. Casey Aguirre, has signed a contract to begin at RDH in March.

RANGELY I In the coming weeks and months, Rangely District Hospital hopes to offer what it’s been short on for the better part of a year: continuity. In December, Dr. Mercedes Cameron took leave to be treated for breast cancer. Then, after extended absences beginning in February, Dr. Chris Adams resigned from the hospital in […]

Rangely hospital sets nurse pinning, honors

RANGELY I Rangely District Hospital will hold a nurses’ pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the meeting rooms at the hospital.

Rangely Hospital warns of scam

RANGELY I Rangely residents are warned to avoid a local telephone scam. Town residents are receiving phone calls from an 866-218-7985 phone number. The automated call states they are from Rangely District Hospital and ask you to verify your name, date of birth, etc.

Economy taking toll on Rangely District Hospital

Rangely District Hospital is cutting employee hours, leaving positions vacant and increasing marketing efforts for long-term care and assisted living facilities after a four-year recession and an energy industry bust cycle continue to drive admissions, out-patient procedures and clinic visits down, CEO Nick Goshe said. Hospital statistics, which have been steadily declining for more than three years, were projected by feasibility studies to have emerged from recession numbers by the time the hospital’s new building opened. Goshe said the impending move and implementation of an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system made cutting back impossible before now.

RANGELY I Cutting staff hours, leaving vacant positions unfilled and marketing long-term care and assisted living options are among the steps Rangely District Hospital is taking to fight a recession that feasibility studies predicted would be over by now, Chief Executive Officer Nick Goshe said last week.

RDH Demolition…

A John Deere 350D excavator tears down the old Rangely District Hospital and Rangely Family Medicine building at South White Avenue and Eagle Crest Drive.

Blood pre-draw in Rangely …


Amanda Fausett, an emergency medical technician, draws Mara Wagner’s blood at the Rangely Community Health Fair blood pre-draw over the weekend at Rangely District Hospital. Roughly 300 people had their blood drawn in preparation for the health fair on April 20.

Rangely health fair April 20

RANGELY | The Rangely Community Health Fair will be held April 20 at Rangely District Hospital, and the public is invited to take part in the planned events.

Rangely health fair April 20

RANGELY I The Rangely Community Health Fair will be held April 20 at Rangely District Hospital, and the public is invited to take part in the planned events. The fair will run from 7-11 a.m. with a series of screenings and health checks available.