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Parkview Medical Center to participate in network with UCHealth and CU Medicine

August 4, 2017 | UCHealth

Dozens of facilities and thousands of providers have come together to advance the health of people throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and improve the quality and value of medical care.

Pueblo, CO (May 18, 2017)–Parkview Medical Center proudly announces a new partnership that supports the hospital’s mission to provide the highest quality health care to Southern Colorado. Parkview will be participating as an independent hospital within UCHealth Integrated Network, an affiliation for Colorado’s high-performing health care providers to collaborate, innovate and deliver patient care.

Parkview joins over 2,000 providers, including many independent clinics and physician groups across the state who are already partnering with UCHealth and University of Colorado Medicine to combine talents and build on strengths. The organization of providers and health care facilities, which launched in March, aims to improve care coordination among its partners to manage costs and improve the quality of care for patients.

“Joining UCHealth Integrated Network will help better position Parkview to respond to some of the new and emerging challenges in health care today, while continuing our work as a leading health care provider in Southern Colorado,” said Parkview Medical Center President and CEO Mike Baxter, underscoring that Parkview will remain under current ownership and is not being sold. “This new alignment will support our effort to remain a locally governed medical facility, committed to providing exceptional care to our patients.”

Parkview’s financial investment into UCHealth Integrated Network allows the hospital to have an ownership stake and a voice in the network’s design and structure, while remaining the proud community hospital it is today.

This new partnership also provides opportunities for tremendous synergies that will make Pueblo and Southern Colorado a big winner. Parkview Medical Center will be able to better connect Southern Coloradans to advanced lines of care not currently available in the region, including severe burns and organ transplants.

“We welcome Parkview Medical Center as a strong partner within UCHealth Integrated Network,” said Jean Haynes, UCHealth chief population officer. “We focus on developing models of delivering care that better the health of the entire patient population while improving health outcomes, patient experience, provider/staff satisfaction and the affordability of health care. This allows our participating providers to focus on putting their patients first.”

The network also will help Parkview develop new tools and strategies to prepare for a federal mandate to manage population health.

Parkview will maintain its support of the highly skilled physicians on the medical staff, continuing to provide the great services it does today. Pueblo Health Care will remain in place and will continue to support physicians in managing their practices and their relationships with insurance payers in the region.

While Parkview’s involvement in this effort will not start until 2018, efforts are already underway to put all the pieces together.

Founded in 1923, Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute health care and behavioral health specialty services. As a private, nonprofit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of health care services, including the region’s only certified and verified Level II Trauma Center as well as the region’s first certified Stroke Center. Parkview Medical Center is the leader in cardiac, women’s, emergency, and neurological services as well as behavioral health programs. As a vital health care source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives. Parkview Medical Center is the largest nongovernment, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with more than 2,800 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community, as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $134 million to the economy.

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About UCHealth Integrated Network

UCHealth Integrated Network is a partnership among UCHealth, CU Medicine, Parkview Medical Center and community providers to advance population health. By leveraging the expertise and scale of these health care industry leaders, UCHealth Integrated Network aims to put patients first and enhance health care through education, innovation and collaboration. The end result: a new model of care that delivers better health outcomes, improves the patient experience, increases professional satisfaction and reduces costs.

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