Tuberculosis was a leading cause of death in the U.S. in the 1800s. Thanks to the perception that our fresh air, abundant sunshine, and high altitude could help the afflicted, TB patients flowed into Colorado—as did physicians. Colorado Springs became a refuge, a research center and a home to many wealthy patients, such as publisher Joseph Pulitzer’s daughter Constance and future banker H. Chase Stone, who after finding recovery and solace, also found a home here and invested their finances into growing the city. Over the years, collaborative approaches to healthcare continued in the region. Whether it was addressing the international influenza epidemic in 1918, fighting to ensure all milk sold in the city was pasteurized in the ’20s, or recommending waste sewage treatment plants in 1934, the physicians of El Paso County Medical Society worked with local government and others to address community health concerns. Though the types of needs have changed, the forward-thinking, collaborative components have not. From award-winning healthcare providers to the likes of University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ HealthCircle and community funding by the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, the Pikes Peak region continues to make strides in addressing positive health outcomes for all residents. Here is an overview of the healthcare landscape in Colorado Springs:
Primary HealthCare Systems
Major FacilitiesMemorial Hospital Central, Memorial Hospital North, Grandview Hospital, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (Woodland Park), 18 outpatient locations Total Number of Beds: 536
Awards & Accreditations
- Rehab Patient Care Unit (RPCU) Awarded “Top Performer”: Uniform Data Systems provides national benchmarking information for Inpatient Rehab Facilities. This distinction indicates that the RPCU is performing in the top 10 percent of more than 800 subscribers to their service in the areas of clinical outcomes and clinical efficiency.
- Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG): Memorial’s Cancer Medicine and Oncology Clinical Trials team has been recognized as being in the top 1 percent for accruing to SWOG oncology research trials.
SpecialtiesThe only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Southern Colorado: Memorial Central is the only hospital in the region with multiple teams of neurosurgeons and neuro-interventional physicians on call 24/7. Level I Trauma Center: Memorial Hospital Central is one of only four hospitals in the state with the highest classification for trauma care. Advanced Cancer Care: Both Memorial Hospitals provide advanced treatments, specialists and clinical trials in affiliation with the University of Colorado Cancer Center, which holds the state’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center designation by the American Cancer Institute.
Latest AdditionsIn early 2019, Memorial North will complete a $128 million expansion that includes four operating rooms, eight emergency treatment bays and 40 beds for women’s services, including labor and delivery.
Did You Know?Memorial Hospital is the official hospital of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, working with Team USA athletes. uchealth.org
UCHealth Numbers at a Glance1,225 physicians, nursepractitioners, P.A.s 4,360 employees 4,640 babies delivered annually 35,907 inpatient admissions and observation visits 167,627 annual ER visits 610,273 outpatient visits
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services (part of Centura Health)
Major FacilitiesPenrose Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Four urgent care centers Total Number of Beds: 522
Awards & Accreditations
- Rated in “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” 10 years in a row (2008-2017) by Healthgrades
- Magnet-recognized organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet-recognized organizations consistently demonstrate higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information; lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue; and lower rates of falls.
- Received “A” scores from The Leapfrog Group this spring, first time for both facilities in Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.
SpecialtiesSt. Francis specializes in maternal-child health with a state-of-the-art birthing center, a Level IIIA neonatal intensive care unit and a dedicated pediatric unit and pediatric ER. St. Francis is the home to the Total Joint and Spine Center, a 33-bed, state-of-the-art unit that caters to patients who have undergone joint or spine surgery.
Latest AdditionsIn early 2019, St. Francis will complete a $102 million expansion that includes 25 beds in ER, 21 beds in NICU, three operating rooms and unfinished space that could be expanded for any of those areas.
Did You Know?St. Francis is the home base for the Flight for Life Colorado air ambulance helicopter service. centura.org
Penrose-St. Francis Numbers at a Glance975 affiliated physicians 3,172 associates 104,012 annual ER visits 24,343 annual admissions 88,000 annual hospital outpatient visits (approximate) 3,000 babies delivered annually (approximate) $49 million annual uncompensated and charity care
Awards & AccreditationsRated Nation’s Top 10 children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report. The honor applies to the entire Children’s Hospital Colorado system, including Colorado Springs.
SpecialtiesThe new Children’s Hospital will offer services including a neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric operating rooms, pediatric emergency department, a pediatric sleep study lab, and an inpatient and outpatient Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD). The new hospital will bring brand-new services to the region, including:
- Pediatric-only operating rooms, which will contain specialized equipment designed for children and teens.
- Pediatric-only emergency department.
- Pediatric sleep study lab.
- Inpatient/outpatient CCBD.