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SLV Health establishes "Innovation Team"

     The officials at San Luis Valley Health are continuing its vigilance in monitoring information regarding COVID-19 and providing guidance in order to protect the community.  the day after standing up Incident Command on March 9 was when the leadership team realized a nurse phone line would be necessary. Learning from our healthcare partners across the U.S. has been vital to staying ahead of the possible surge in caring for patients with the disease.

     Because the personal protective equipment is becoming in short supply, an “Innovation Team,” led by Michelle Gay, has been established to coordinate any volunteers and ideas.

     A few examples of what the Innovation Team is working on include:

  • A plan to turn additional rooms into hospital rooms for COVID-19 patients.
  • Making sanitizer in-house to the high standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Utilizing community volunteers to make masks and gowns to be used by healthcare staff.

     San Luis Valley Health is anticipating an increase in patients in the future, but the timeline and intensity are still unknown. They are currently in close communications with healthcare organizations around the region and state.

     “We are humbled by the many community partners who have stepped up to assist us,” said Konnie Martin, CEO of SLV Health. “Their generosity and kindness goes miles. I have every confidence in our team and believe that we can will solve the challenges that present.”

     San Luis Valley Health remains committed to taking care of the community and its healthcare needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please email If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call San Luis Valley Health’s nurse line at 719-589-2511, and press 9. Please call this number – or your provider – before entering any healthcare facility.