Published on June 07, 2017

Five Southeastern Colorado hospitals announce BridgeCare Health Network

Mt. San Rafael Hospital, Parkview Medical Center, Prowers Medical Center, Southeast Colorado Hospital District, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center come together to improve care in the region 

(Pueblo, CO) There are more than 20,000 square miles in Southeastern Colorado and a new partnership will help connect the people in those communities to high quality health care.

Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, Southeast Colorado Hospital District in Springfield, and Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center in Walsenburg are proud to announce the formation of BridgeCare Health Network.

The partnership is designed to improve the quality of care throughout the region by taking advantage of opportunities to align clinical goals among the health care providers and keep care local.

BridgeCare is an equal partnership among the five health care providers, with three people from each serving on the network’s board of directors. Each hospital also has invested to fund the partnership and Pam Burnelis was named network director.

The partnership creates numerous benefits, from the ability to share data to streamlining the admission process for rural patients who need an advanced tier of care at a larger hospital.

“Parkview Medical Center is excited to be able to partner with the facilities in BridgeCare network. Working together, we can enhance and improve the high-quality care provided at each of these hospitals and strengthen the connections among the patients and communities of Southeastern Colorado,” said Parkview Medical Center CEO Mike Baxter.

The BridgeCare Health Network will prioritize the following:

  • Quality. BridgeCare will be able to identify new quality protocols and processes that will be streamlined through the collaboration of our physicians. The partnership also will lead to improvements to current procedures. All of this will  enhance patient care and ensure BridgeCare exercises best practices
  • Patient Retention and Marketing. BridgeCare will use data on patients seeking care outside of the region to develop strategies to retain those patients though community and hospital education. The network also will work to identify opportunities for new hospitals to join while retaining existing members.
  • Data Access. BridgeCare will work to standardize of data collection, eliminate isolated information systems to promote interoperable systems with a long-term consideration of integrated medical records.

Bridges overcome obstacles and bring people together and BridgeCare Health Network is connecting our communities.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 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.