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Convenient Care Clinics See Nearly 12,000 Patients Throughout Flu Season

Valley-Wide Health Systems recently recognized staff at our Convenient Care Community Clinic in Alamosa for their continued efforts throughout this past flu season. The work that this team accomplished, along with our La Junta Convenient Care team, truly made an impact on the communities we serve.

The peak of the 2017-18 influenza season in Colorado saw drastic numbers of reported cases per week, as Figure 1 shows. In the San Luis Valley, 74 cases were hospitalized, of which 58% were elderly patients. In Las Animas and Otero Counties, 22 patients were hospitalized. Fremont County saw 34 patients hospitalized.

“Our Convenient Care Clinics in the San Luis Valley and the lower Arkansas Valley were on the front lines during the flu outbreak,” Valley-Wide Chief Medical Officer Emelin Martinez said. “They had 11,891 patients come through their doors during the months of December through April.”

Many of these patients either already had the flu or were exposed to the flu or other viral illnesses. Early access to care through Convenient Care Clinics likely reduced the number of hospitalizations and influenza-related deaths.

Convenient Care Community Clinic Manager Patsi Gomez (right) is presented a certificate from Director of Operations Debi Tringham at a recent celebration of all CCCC employees.

“We want to acknowledge the staff, especially those at CCCC and LJCC for their commitment and hard work to support our communities during the 2017-18 flu season,” Martinez stated. “You are very much appreciated.”