Longmont Clinic Rings in New Year as Part of UCHealth

Partnership connects local physicians, patients with network of specialists, technology
Jan. 5, 2015

LONGMONT, Colo. – Longmont Clinic officially joined UCHealth at the beginning of the new year.

Longmont Clinic has been a trusted provider of health care for residents throughout northern Colorado since 1906. The clinic, which includes about 275 providers and employees, sees approximately 200,000 patient visits each year and offers care from physicians and advanced practice providers in 19 medical specialties.

Front row from left, UCHealth Medical Group chief medical officer Dr. Michael Randle, vice president of operations Donna Lankford and chief executive officer Dan Robinson share the ribbon-cutting honors with Longmont Clinic’s Dr. David Podlecki and practice administrator Jack Campbell as dozens of Longmont Clinic physicians and staff members huddle in front of the clinic to celebrate the new partnership on Jan. 5.

Patients will continue to receive the same compassionate care from most of the providers they have come to know and trust at Longmont Clinic over the years. Similarly, the clinic’s location, phone number and fax number will remain the same. It also will continue to participate in the same insurance plans. For the most part, the only change most patients will notice is the addition of a new name and logo.

While the providers will continue to maintain the same hospital privileges and refer patients to resources within the Longmont area as they have in the past, patients now have access to UCHealth’s broad network of care, which will be of most use to patients facing serious or complex issues.

Robinson chats with Longmont Clinic’s Tina Laning, a certified medical assistant, during a welcome breakfast at the clinic on Jan. 5.

UCHealth’s reputation, its wide network of specialty services, its electronic medical records system and availability of clinical trials were among influences that resulted in the decision to join the health system, said Jack Campbell, Longmont Clinic chief executive officer.

“Joining UCHealth now gives our patients access to even more health care options from this regional health care leader while ensuring that our providers will be able to continue caring for the patients and the community we love,” he added.

Robinson, left, hands a pair of giant ceremonial scissors to Dr. David Podlecki on Monday, Jan. 5, during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Longmont Clinic, 1925 Mountain View Ave., as Deb Plumb from patient accounting and Joan Curtiss from the electronic medical records department, and dozens of physicians and staff members look on.

UCHealth’s system of five hospitals and scores of clinics offers specialists, sub-specialists, clinical trials and advanced surgeries that might be unavailable elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain Region.

“Longmont Clinic is an ideal partner for us,” said UCHealth President and CEO Elizabeth Concordia. “UCHealth is an integrated health care system that brings the entire spectrum of options to patients, and the high quality providers and staff at Longmont Clinic have a rich history of providing excellent care in their local community. This partnership draws on these strengths to provide the very best care for patients.”

Over the next several months, the clinic and staff will be transitioning its records and billing systems to the same systems other UCHealth organizations use. During this transition period, Longmont Clinic patients still will be able to access their health information through the patient portal feature at longmontclinic.com.

Patients who have questions can call 303.776.1234.

About UCHealth

UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

About Longmont Clinic

Longmont Clinic is one of the oldest and most comprehensive medical centers in the Boulder/Longmont/Northern Colorado region — long known for its great doctors and exceptional care. In 2004, the Clinic opened Carbon Valley Medical Center in Firestone, bringing their tradition of excellence and superior patient care to the growing and thriving Tri-Town communities.

Media contact: Melody Mills 303-682-1194 or [email protected].