Denver Center for Performing Arts selects UCHealth as official health care partner

New health care options for performers, staff and cast members
July 28, 2017
A photo of a scene in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts show Something Rotten.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has partnered with UCHealth to provide health care for performers. This photo is from a scene in Something Rotten. The show opens at the Buell Theater in Denver in October. Photo courtesy of The Denver Center for Performing Arts.

As they spend months on the road, traveling from city to city, performers may face health care challenges including injuries, illness and reduced access to preventive medicine. Now, artists visiting Denver and performing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) will have new options all season long, with UCHealth — the official health care partner of the DCPA.

To kick off the partnership, UCHealth is welcoming new cast members by supplying them with their own “welcome to Colorado” health care kits that include tips on adjusting to our high altitude and dry climate.

“The endurance of the performing arts at our altitude requires optimal health,” said Janice Sinden, DCPA President & CEO. “The DCPA’s commitment to providing unforgettable shared experiences includes the visiting artists from Broadway. The cast and crews will benefit from UCHealth’s regular health and wellness assessments, as well as UCHealth’s resources in altitude and sleep medicine. Our partnership with UCHealth is an incredible opportunity not only for us to have one of the region’s leading health care providers offer care for our cast and crew, but to reach our audience in unique ways throughout the season as well.”

The cast of Something Rotten at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has partnered with UCHealth for health care needs. This is the cast of Something Rotten. The shows opens in Denver in October.

UCHealth will offer DCPA staff and all touring productions and performers access to the wide array of health care services at clinics across the Front Range, from checkups and flu shots to massage, chiropractic and acupuncture services. One of UCHealth’s newest locations, Steele Street Medical Center in Cherry Creek, will provide members of visiting DCPA Broadway companies exceptional care, with its convenient location, after-hours urgent care access, and the ability to book appointments online.

“Performing multiple shows each day, while traveling across the nation, is physically demanding,” said Dr. Julia Kavanagh, a physician with UCHealth’s Steele Street Medical Center. “We’re honored that we will be able to help these artists perform at their peak levels by providing excellent, individualized health care.”

The partnership will also include opportunities for UCHealth patients to connect with cast members, visits to hospitals from DCPA Education, discounted ticket opportunities for families of long-term UCHealth patients, a social media video series highlighting health and wellness as it relates to arts and performances and patient experience events provided through UCHealth’s “Moments to Shine” program.

“We are very excited to become more involved with the arts community in Denver and beyond,” said Manny Rodriguez, UCHealth chief marketing and experience officer. “Theater-goers attend concerts, plays, and musicals to escape into a magical world of imagination and adventure. The last thing cast and crew members want to be worried about is their health care. We are thrilled to be able to show support for the DCPA and visiting performers while also engaging with patrons in special events focused on wellness – so they may all live extraordinary lives both inside and outside the theatre.”


About UCHealth

UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience.  UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, UCHealth Medical Group, Broomfield Hospital, Grandview Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. With more than 100 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

About Denver Center For The Performing Arts

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation, presenting Broadway tours and producing theatre, cabaret, musicals, and innovative, multimedia plays. Last season the DCPA engaged with more than 1.2 million visitors, generating a $150 million economic impact in ticket sales alone. Additionally, DCPA Education serves more than 105,000 students of all ages and skill levels through classes, in-school programs, matinees and audience engagement opportunities. Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and through the Denver Center for the Performing Arts News Center.

About the author

Jessica Berry is a spokesperson for UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. She brings a rich mixture of military, political and journalistic experience to the position.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a degree in Communications, she traveled the country working in television news for stations in Texas, Montana, Alabama and Georgia.

Her travels brought her up close and personal with military issues post 9-11, and she found herself inspired to leave the world of television behind to enlist in the Air Force Reserve. She also worked for a state senator in Denver, a retired Air Force Colonel whose district covered a large portion of Colorado Springs, home to a sizeable military community. 

On July 2, 2008, Berry left the Air Force and was sworn-in as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Ms. Berry has been a spokesperson for Nashville Navy Week, Denver Navy Week, L.A. Navy Week, Cincinnati Navy Week, Fargo Navy Week, Albuquerque Navy Week, Fleet Week New York, the USS New Mexico commissioning, and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. In addition, she provided media training for more than 300 foreign and U.S. senior officers for the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.