Delta County Memorial Hospital

  • Unemployment claims drop in Colorado for 6th straight week
  • Lawmakers cast votes from home during pandemic
  • Legislature considers bill to extend sick leave benefits
  • Man arrested in Yellowstone on Forrest Fenn treasure hunt
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Matt Heyn discusses hospital's financial situation

Naomi Sikora

KVNF's Kori Stanton talks with Paonia, CO native, Naomi Sikora from her hotel in New York City. Naomi left Colorado in mid March to work at a hospital in Manhattan.

  • Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation fund leads to mask-making effort
  • Two local newspapers reflect downward trend in print industry during pandemic


  • Latest COVID-19 stats
  • New weekly support call for Colorado businesses
  • Cedaredge High School students keep 80 year old newspaper alive

  • State lawmakers talk about when they will return to legislature
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital declares emergency
  • Colorado extends period to apply for health insurance on state exchange
  • Annual migration of sandhill cranes through Eckert goes on


  • April 7 municipal elections -- vote by mail, drop boxes
  • San Miguel County extends "stay at home" order
  • State extends deadline to sign up for health insurance
  • Mountain lion management plan open for public comment

  • Coverage of coronavirus impact on local communities
  • Schools closed in Montrose, Delta counties
  • Aspen has to stop testing for COVID-19 due to lack of resources
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital issues protocol for treatment
  • State legislative session suspended until end of month

KVNF News spoke with Kaitlyn Jones, executive director of Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation to get the details about a new campus extension planned for Technical College of the Rockies.

  • Proposition DD passes with 50.8 percent of the vote, will legalize sports gambling
  • Defeat of Proposition CC just the beginning of a fight over TABOR
  • Delta County Library District reacts after proposed mill levy increase fails
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital names interim CEO, begins search
  • Montrose voters approve sales tax increase for police in closest vote of the election

  • CDOT begins McClure Pass construction project on Monday
  • Highway 133 to have three different road repair projects this summer
  • Farmers have unique water sharing program in Southwest
  • Montrose, Delta Hospitals will add new administrators, board members


The opioid epidemic impacts every level of life in America, from local to state to national. KVNF News spoke with three health care officials about possible solutions for the KVNF listening area.

  • Governors Hickenlooper and Kasich spearhead bipartisan health care plan
  • 8 Governors support health plan to be introduced before Congress next week
  • West Elk Walk In Clinic now open in Paonia
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital opens clinics in Paonia, Hotchkiss
  • Montrose changes garbage collection schedule for Labor Day

  • West Elk Walk In Clinic in Paonia will open August 21st
  • Open House at new Paonia clinic scheduled for August 31st
  • Inside Energy report on solar industry
  • Some Colorado towns requiring homeowners to go solar

The Scripps Agency

KVNF News talks with State Sentor Kerry Donovan, Representative Millie Hamner, Capitol Coverage reporter Bente Birkeland and Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator Jason Cleckler about the Colorado Legislative session. Hospitals and transportation were the hot issues in Denver this year.

  • County hospitals working together
  • Deportation fear drives Colorado families to food pantries, churches
  • CDOT restarts work on Highway 50 project
  • Colorado celebrates Public Lands Day

  • No cause yet determined in Firestone house fire
  • Two oil and gas companies shut down wells, investigate
  • Senator Ray Scott proposes bill, wants to revamp energy committee
  • Delta Hospital administrator talks new North Fork clinics
  • State, national demonstrations planned for May Day

  • Church of Art in Hotchkiss gets new mural
  • Colorado businesses raising minimum wage
  • DCMH to host healthcare town hall in Hotchkiss

  • Update on incoming Hotchkiss, Paonia health clinics
  • Colorado group concerned about President Trump climate change rollbacks
  • Capitol Coverage preview of budget debate in state house
  • Listening area prep basketball players make all state teams

  • New study indicates immigrants don't cause crime increase
  • Delta, Montrose County hospitals recognized
  • Colorado eager to host former Utah outdoors show
  • Colorado seniors to get help filing taxes

  • Delta County Democrats elect new officers
  • Repeal of death penalty in state house fails for fourth time
  • DCMH District to open walk-in clinic in Paonia
  • Implementation of aid in dying bill slow around state
  • Area wrestlers compete for state titles in Denver

Delta County Memorial Hospital
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Over the summer, Delta County Memorial Hospital ended its partnership with the North Fork Clinics. The relationship lasted for a little over a year. DCMH had taken over managing the clinics in Paonia and Hotchkiss. After the hospital announced it was returning management to the two physicians who previously owned the clinics, the facility in Hotchkiss closed and one of the physicians left.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Oct 9, 2015

  • Open records request shows allegations of misconduct for former Delta police chief
  • Health insurance company in jeopardy after federal payment falls through
  • A conversation with Delta hospital’s CEO over clinic closures and openings

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015


  • Delta Hospital Withdraws From North Fork Clinics
  • Grand Junction City Manager Resigns
  • Former Olathe Police Chief Indicted Over Ammunition Purchases
  • Mesa County DA Takes Federal Prosecutor Job
  • Meth Bust In Montrose
  • Seven Republican Presidential Hopefuls To Visit Denver
  • 97­Years­Old (Almost) And Still Spinning Tunes On Public Radio

Delta County Memorial Hospital, Urgent Care
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The federal government has changed the way it pays hospitals through Medicare. It now factors in patient satisfaction. To discuss the affects on a local hospital, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks with Jason Clecker, the CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital. Over 60 percent of DCHM patients are on Medicare.

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Delta Hospital Seeks To Extend Federal Payments

Mar 18, 2015
Delta County Memorial Hospital, Urgent Care
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

For the past three years, Delta County Memorial Hospital has been participating in a pilot program that's allowed it to collect more money from Medicaid and Medicare for its services. 

The program will sunset in 2017, but the hospital doesn't want to that to happen. That's why it's lobbying federal lawmakers to support two bills that would extend it.  

Additionally, the hospital wants to see if it can change its classification in effect making those larger payments permanent, but to do that it also needs federal support. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Weds., March 18, 2015

Mar 18, 2015


  • Delta passed curfew law
  • Bill reducing window to sue over building defects advances in Senate
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital seeks to extend federal payments
  • Warm weather to continue on Western Slope

Health Officials Want You To Give Your Heart Some Love

Feb 20, 2015

It's common to see candy and paper hearts in February, but medical professionals also want you to think about your own heart this month. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Mark Leach the director of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation at Delta County Memorial Hospital. In recognition of National Heart Month, they discuss heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the United States. 

Delta County Memorial Hospital's CEO Looks Ahead

Jan 5, 2015
Delta County Memorial Hospital, Urgent Care
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Delta County Memorial Hospital expanded its health care options for patients in 2014. It took over two clinics in the North Fork Valley and opened an Urgent Care. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to the hospital's CEO Jason Cleckler about the expansion and what's ahead for it in 2015.  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Dec 31, 2014

  • Woman Killed in Sledding Accident
  • Colorado School Districts Switch to Online Testing
  • Legislative Preview - Morgan Carroll
  • Delta County Memorial Expansion

Urgent Care Center Opens In Delta

Dec 18, 2014
Delta County Memorial Hospital, Urgent Care
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Delta County Memorial Hospital is once again expanding its health care options for patients. Earlier this month the hospital opened an Urgent Care center in Delta. 

"We have a lot of the same things that an emergency room would have to care for people," Jane Rosen, a nurse practitioner with DCMH's new Urgent Care, says. 

Rosen explains how it differs from the emergency room.

Western Slope Hospitals Prepare For Ebola

Oct 15, 2014

With Ebola still ravaging West Africa and a cases popping up in Europe and the US, hospitals across the country are having to take a serious look at how they’re prepared.


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