Parkview Health System and UCHealth Finalize Partnership

Parkview Health System and UCHealth in Pueblo, Colorado, have signed an agreement to bring the two health care providers together through mid-2023. Photo: Getty Images.

Parkview Health System and UCHealth have signed an agreement to bring the two health care providers together. The partnership will provide investment to strengthen health care services currently offered in Pueblo and throughout southern Colorado. After signing the letter of intent on October 7, 2022, the organizations signed the definitive agreement on January 24.

UCHealth President and CEO Elizabeth B. “Helping Colorado residents access the care they need closer to home is one of UCHealth’s strategic priorities,” Concordia said. “Together, Parkview and UCHealth will support patients in Pueblo and throughout southern Colorado by expanding access to advanced treatments and clinical trials.”

As Parkview and its employees join UCHealth in mid-2023, UCHealth will begin investing approximately $200 million in the Parkview and Pueblo community, including:

  • Donated $5 million to the Parkview Foundation to establish a long-term fund to support patients, the community and the hospital.
  • Assistance in recruiting excellent staff and physicians.
  • Support for nursing and clinical education programs.
  • Capital investments to upgrade Parkview’s facilities, equipment and technology.
  • Continued partnership with local universities and community colleges to grow Colorado’s health care workforce.
  • Help stabilize Parkview’s finances and continue the services it offers today.

“In recent years, health care services in Pueblo and throughout southern Colorado have been negatively impacted by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Leslie Barnes, President and CEO of Parkview Health System. “We are excited to join UCHealth as this partnership will strengthen the care we provide in our community, ensuring that patients and residents here have access to the best care provided by our dedicated physicians, advanced practice providers and staff members. maintain access to high-quality care.”

Parkview already uses UCHealth’s electronic medical records and other IT systems, and this expanded partnership will build on already successful collaborations.

Parkview and UCHealth will maintain a local board of directors for Parkview composed primarily of Pueblo citizens, who will continue to oversee its services and quality, and Parkview’s local leadership team will ensure that patients receive the best possible care. Parkview will also remain the largest employer in Pueblo. Parkview employees, providers and leaders will retain their positions, and their current benefits will continue into the foreseeable future.

UCHealth and Parkview anticipate completing the partnership in mid-2023 following customary regulatory approvals.

As a nonprofit health care system and the state’s largest provider of Medicaid, UCHealth is dedicated to the communities it serves. In fiscal year 2022, UCHealth will provide more than $1.1 billion in total community benefits, including $388 million in uncompensated care, earning it the nation’s No. 2 ranking for social responsibility by the Lawen Institute.

About Parkview Health System

Established in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, provides general acute health care and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed to have 350 beds and provides a wide range of health care services including a Verified Level III Trauma Center with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is a leader in all service lines in our service area. As an important health care source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, representing a total of 370,000 people.

Parkview Health System is the largest nongovernmental, non-profit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of more than 370 physicians. Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy, making a profound impact on the local community.

About UCHealth

UCHealth is an innovative, non-profit health system that provides the highest quality medical care with an outstanding patient experience. UCHealth includes 29,000 employees, 12 acute care hospitals and hundreds of physicians in Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With the academic anchor of the University of Colorado Hospital at CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth provides broad community benefits and advances the frontiers of medicine through advanced therapies and clinical trials, improving health through innovation.

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