Published on May 16, 2017

Parkview to participate in network with UCHealth and CU Medicine

Dozens of facilities and thousands of providers have come together to advance the health of people throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and improve the quality and value of medical care 

(Pueblo, CO) – Parkview Medical Center proudly announces a new partnership that supports the hospital’s mission to provide the highest quality health care to Southern Colorado. Parkview will be participating as an independent hospital within UCHealth Integrated Network, an affiliation for Colorado’s high-performing health care providers to collaborate, innovate and deliver patient care.

Parkview joins over 2,000 providers, including many independent clinics and physician groups across the state who are already partnering with UCHealth and University of Colorado Medicine to combine talents and build on strengths. The organization of providers and health care facilities, which launched in March, aims to improve care coordination among its partners to manage costs and improve the quality of care for patients.

“Joining UCHealth Integrated Network will help better position Parkview to respond to some of the new and emerging challenges in health care today, while continuing our work as a leading health care provider in Southern Colorado,” said Parkview Medical Center President and CEO Mike Baxter, underscoring that Parkview will remain under current ownership and is not being sold. “This new alignment will support our effort to remain a locally governed medical facility, committed to providing exceptional care to our patients.”

Parkview’s financial investment into UCHealth Integrated Network allows the hospital to have an ownership stake and a voice in the network’s design and structure, while remaining the proud community hospital it is today.

This new partnership also provides opportunities for tremendous synergies that will make Pueblo and Southern Colorado a big winner.  Parkview Medical Center will be able to better connect Southern Coloradoans to advanced lines of care not currently available in the region, including severe burns and organ transplants.

“We welcome Parkview Medical Center as a strong partner within UCHealth Integrated Network,” said Jean Haynes, UCHealth chief population officer. “We focus on developing models of delivering care that better the health of the entire patient population while improving health outcomes, patient experience, provider/staff satisfaction and the affordability of health care. This allows our participating providers to focus on putting their patients first.”

The network also will help Parkview develop new tools and strategies to prepare for a federal mandate to manage population health.

Parkview will maintain its support of the highly skilled physicians on the medical staff, continuing to provide the great services it does today. Pueblo Health Care will remain in place and will continue to support physicians in managing their practices and their relationships with insurance payers in the region.

While Parkview’s involvement in this effort will not start until 2018, efforts are already underway to put all the pieces together.

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.