Parkview Health System is now part of UCHealth

Dec. 1, 2023
UCHealth Parkview Medical Center, which is now part of UCHealth.
UCHealth Parkview Medical Center

On Friday, December 1, 2023, Parkview Medical Center and Parkview Pueblo West Hospital join UCHealth’s statewide network of hospitals and clinics. For 100 years, Parkview has provided excellent care for people throughout Pueblo and southern Colorado. This care will continue now as part of UCHealth, a Colorado-based nonprofit health system.

“We are excited to welcome Parkview and its talented providers and staff to the UCHealth family,” said Elizabeth B. Concordia, UCHealth president and CEO. “Both organizations have similar values and work every day to meet the health care needs of our patients by delivering care close to home. Our partnership will ensure the residents of southern Colorado continue to receive the high-quality health care they deserve.”

“Today marks the beginning of the next chapter for Parkview. We couldn’t be more thrilled to now be part of UCHealth,” said Darrin Smith, president and CEO of Parkview Health System. “With a team of almost 3,000 staff and providers, we reaffirm our commitment to our patients, our community, and our region to deliver patient-centered care.”

Leaders from both health systems will mark the historic partnership on Friday, December 1, 2023, along with the presentation of a $5 million donation from UCHealth to the Parkview Foundation.

Parkview Health System’s Board of Directors, made up of community members who oversee the hospital, negotiated the agreement with UCHealth to ensure a strong future for the hospital so Pueblo residents have access to the care and services they need.

“We know this was not only the right decision for Parkview, but more importantly, for the patients and communities Parkview serves,” said Judy Fonda, president of the Parkview Board of Directors. “We look forward to continuing our support through local oversight of Parkview’s services and quality.”

Parkview’s staff, providers and leaders will retain their positions, ensuring a smooth transition for patients, and Parkview will continue to be the largest employer in Pueblo.

UCHealth will invest nearly $200 million over the next 10 years into Parkview and the Pueblo community, including a $5 million donation to the Parkview Foundation. This donation will establish a long-term fund to support patients, the community and the hospital; and capital investments to upgrade Parkview’s facilities, equipment and technology. The funds will also stabilize Parkview’s finances to continue the services offered today.

Additionally, UCHealth will provide assistance with recruiting excellent staff and physicians, support for nursing and clinical education programs, and continued partnerships with universities and community colleges to develop Colorado’s health care workforce.

“The future of Parkview is bright, and I’m eager to see all the things on the horizon become reality,” said Smith. “Expanded access to advanced treatments and clinical trials, increased collaboration with new colleagues and subject matter experts, new technology and innovative tools – it all helps us care for our patients.”

With the addition of the Pueblo hospitals – to be known as UCHealth Parkview Medical Center and UCHealth Parkview Pueblo West Hospital ­­–  UCHealth will have 14 acute-care hospitals in the state.

About Parkview Health System

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, provides expert health care for 14 surrounding counties and 370,000 total lives. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview offers two acute-care hospitals and multiple clinic locations to deliver a broad range of health care services including a verified Level III Trauma Center and exceptional, comprehensive cardiac, cancer and orthopedic care.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with almost 3,000 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 $232 million to the economy.

About UCHealth

UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 33,000 employees, 14 acute-care hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor 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 extensive community benefits and pushes the boundaries of medicine through advanced treatments and clinical trials, improving health through innovation.