Published on October 04, 2021

Parkview Monitoring Elective Procedures and Staffing Closely  

As Parkview continues to care for the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and with the recent large uptick of positive cases in the county, Parkview has begun to slow down elective procedures that require a hospital bed and monitor them on a case-by-case basis.  Outpatient care, emergency services and women services currently remain fully operational.   

Parkview is also experiencing a staffing shortage, similar to most hospitals across the state and country.  Patient and staff safety along with providing exceptional care remain top priorities at Parkview.  Due to the increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and staff shortage in various departments, the health system must utilize resources where most needed.    

“Our hospital bed capacity is very tight right now. We are being proactive and cautious with elective procedures as we work diligently every day to care for our community.  Along with the increase in COVID-19 patients, we have also experienced a great need for other services.  Our hope is that all service lines remain open and fully-functioning, but we will only do so if patient care can be done safely and is staffed appropriately, stated Leslie Barnes, President and CEO of Parkview Health System.

Parkview’s employee and partner vaccine mandate goes into effect on November 1st, 2021.  To date, Parkview is at approximately 80% compliance. Medical and health care facilities across Colorado are required to submit vaccination numbers to the state health department. 

Parkview encourages all community members, who are eligible to receive their free vaccination.  To find a vaccination site near you, text your zip code to 438829 or visit the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s website.  For COVID-19 testing, please visit the locations at the Pueblo Mall or the State Fair grounds. 

Visiting restrictions at Parkview remain the same. 

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.