The Joint Commission awards accreditation to UCHealth Greeley Hospital

New hospital keeps focus on providing excellent care and patient experience.
July 22, 2019
UCHealth Greeley Hospital opened its doors on July 3, 2019. The Joint Commission recently awarded its seal of approval to the hospital. Photos by Kati Blocker, UCHealth.


GREELEY, Colo. (July 22, 2019) – The Joint Commission – an independent organization that evaluates and accredits health care facilities nationwide – has awarded its seal of approval to UCHealth Greeley Hospital following a recent rigorous, unannounced on-site visit.

The four-story hospital at 6767 W. 29th St. officially opened its doors on July 3 and includes 50 inpatient beds with room to grow.

A UCHealth Greeley Hospital emergency room nurse prepares for opening day on July 3, 2019.

“This accreditation is a key milestone that demonstrates we are committed to providing safe and quality patient care,” said Greeley Hospital President Marilyn Schock. “We worked hard to get every detail in place to ensure we are offering our patients the very best care and an excellent experience each and every day.”

During the review by The Joint Commission, surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission’s accreditation qualifies the hospital to participate in the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare programs. It also is a key step to finalize coverage agreements with other insurance providers.

The accreditation survey came just as the hospital was closing in on its first two weeks of caring for patients. In that time – from July 3-17:

  • 20 babies were born at the hospital.
  • 676 people were cared for in the emergency department.
  • 89 patients were admitted to the hospital for care.
  • 20 surgeries were performed.

“There is an incredible energy here at Greeley Hospital,” Schock said. “We are honored to care for our patients from Greeley and Weld County here and grateful for such an outpouring of support from the community.”

Specialty services at the new hospital include a birth center with special care nursery, intensive care unit, acute care unit, operating and endoscopy rooms, a cardiac catheterization lab, a Level III trauma center, an emergency department and 24/7 retail pharmacy, imaging and laboratory services.

Approximately 400 employees are on staff to care for patients, guests and the facility. The staff is joined by hundreds of physicians and advanced practice professionals who are caring for patients at the facility as well.

About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.