Centura - St. Elizabeth Hospital
St. Elizabeth Hospital, has served the community of Fort Morgan for more than 70 years. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission every year since 1954, St. Elizabeth Hospital is a 50-bed acute-care hospital with a Level III Trauma Center and a 24-hour Emergency Room. Since our beginning, it’s been our mission to meet the needs of the people we serve in a compassionate, quality-oriented manner and to provide customer-friendly care in partnership with our community, physicians, and staff.
About Our Hospital
Acute care is at the heart of what we do at St. Elizabeth Hospital. We combine patient-centered care with modern technology and medical expertise to treat a wide range of medical conditions. As a nationally recognized Chest Pain Center, we have the ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack, which is the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S.
Other services include:
emergency medicine and trauma care
express Care Clinic
obstetrics and gynecology services
physical, occupational and speech therapy
St. Elizabeth Hospital Leadership
Josh Neff, who’s on a mission to turn our differences into our super-powers, serves at the Chief Executive Officer for St. Elizabeth Hospital. He has a long history in healthcare- working in the industry for 30 years and serving in leadership roles for 15.
Josh joined Centura in 2018 and along with serving as CEO, he also is the System Vice President of Rural Health. In this role, Josh successfully leads a team of critical access hospital CEOs and successfully implement operational and turn-around plans to create long-term sustainability for Centura’s 16 Affiliate Hospitals.
Josh has additionally held leadership roles with Porter Adventist Hospital and Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. He received a Master’s of Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Tarleton State University.
Derick, who is on a mission to inspire and embrace the complete body and spiritual wellbeing of others, began his career with Centura Health in 2019, serving as a regional CFO. In his role, he lead two regional financial teams that encompassed five hospitals and nine clinics with a focus on building up department leaders, patient outcomes, hospital efficiencies and financial sustainability.
Derick has been a valuable member of Centura’s rural team, and his work over the last four years has been instrumental in driving long-term sustainability for our Managed Critical Access Hospitals in some of the most challenging rural markets in Colorado and Kansas.
In addition to his time at Centura, Derick served as the VP of Finance and Operations at Perkins County Health Systems, and as CFO of Decatur Health Systems.
Derick earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He earned his Associate of Arts and Science from Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas.
Rob, who is on a mission to extend the resources of Centura to rural communities, patients, and providers, has spent more than 25 years serving in leadership roles throughout Centura Health, including serving as the Medical Director for the Centura Connect Transfer Center, Telehealth and Outreach departments. Additionally, Rob served as an emergency physician at St. Anthony Hospital for more than two decades.
Rob has experience with both the Centura system and our rural partners and is an invaluable resource to St. Elizabeth Hospital's provider and clinical teams. Rob earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of William and Mary and his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia.
John Swanhorst serves as the Chief Nursing Officer for St. Elizabeth Hospital. John, who is on a mission to always have fun, build relationships, and see the best in everyone around him, joined St. Elizabeth in August 2022.
Prior to joining St. Elizabeth Hospital, John served as Director of Emergency Services of St. Anthony Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center, in Lakewood, CO. John’s knowledge of healthcare, along with his compassionate, forward-thinking leadership style and operational experience has served St. Elizabeth Hospital and its patients well.
John earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Health Care Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration degrees from Clarkson College in Omaha. He also earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice, Executive Leadership degree from the University of St. Augustine and has multiple publications on Nurse Leader Rounding, compliance, and ED process improvement.
Volunteering changes lives — the lives of the people receiving assistance and support, and the life of the person freely giving his or her time and effort to provide that assistance and support. Being a volunteer can increase self-confidence, promote positive health, and provide you with valuable career experience. You can develop new skills, meet like-minded people and make a positive contribution to your community.
At St. Elizabeth Hospital, volunteers help with:
Gift shop operations
Welcoming guests at our facility and assisting visitors and patients with directions
Hosting fundraising events
Visiting with patients and visitors
Filing and paperwork
The benefits of volunteering at St. Elizabeth Hospital include:
Participation in hospital social events
Annual volunteer recognition event
All required medical tests and immunizations provided at no cost
Ready to make a difference? Download an adult application packet or a student application packet today.
Questions? Contact Patti Kuretich at 970-542-4475 or [email protected]
St. Elizabeth Hospital is a 50-bed acute-care hospital located in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, we offer lifesaving services to the community, including a 24-hour Emergency Room, Level III Trauma Center and six-bed intensive care unit. We also offer on-site laboratory services, general surgery, rehabilitation therapy, dietary services and more.
Shortest ER wait times around
At St. Elizabeth Hospital, our highly skilled emergency physicians and nurses stand ready to handle whatever emergency life brings your way. Whether you need treatment for a broken finger or failing heart, we provide quality care fast, with some of the lowest ER wait times in the region. We are dedicated to providing you and your family with efficient, safe and compassionate care.
Learn more about our Emergency Services
Welcome to St. Elizabeth Hospital. We want your experience with us to be as comfortable as possible. Below, you’ll find information on everything from our gift shop hours to tips for visiting a loved one in the ICU. If you don't find what you are looking for here, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
All Visitor Information
Please read Centura Health’s current COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Contact St. Elizabeth Hospital directly for additional individual visitor policies that may apply.
Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
MedSurg and ICU patients will be allowed two visitors at any given time.
OB patients will be allowed two support persons/visitors at any given time.
The ED will allow two support persons at any given time.
Clinics will allow two support persons per patient and no visitors under the age of 16 unless the minor is the patient or accompanying a family member that needs assistance.
Exceptions to the visitor policy:
No visitors for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
The Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit is a case-by-case basis and up to the discretion of the unit director.
Minor children, individuals unable to manage their own decisions and disabled individuals requiring assistance from a regular caregiver will be allowed two individuals to accompany them while in the facility.
End-of-life patients will be allowed two visitors in the morning and two visitors in the afternoon unless unit director makes exception to the rule on a case-by-case basis.
All visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before being allowed to enter. If a visitor shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be allowed to enter the building unless they are seeking care.
We ask all patients and visitors to wear their own personal masks into our health care facility to help protect you, our patients and our staff during your visit. Any type of surgical or cloth mask is fine.
Visiting hours at St. Elizabeth Hospital, including the intensive care unit, are from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
ICU patients may have only two visitors at one time. Children must be at least 16 years old to visit the ICU unless special arrangements are made.
The gift shop, located near the front entrance of the medical office building, is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00am - 2:00pm & Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm
The gift shop’s phone number is 970-867-3391, ext. 3552. Please note that latex balloons are not permitted anywhere inside St. Elizabeth Hospital, and flowers/plants are not permitted in the ICU.
Branches cafeteria, located near the lab waiting room on the lower floor, is open 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Free coffee and tea are available during business hours.
Hot meals are available for purchase from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vending machines are available in the hospital's entrance lobby 24 hours per day.
Programs and Community
The Fort Morgan Community Hospital Association supports the life-changing programs and services of St. Elizabeth Hospital. We believe giving is part of healing, and the value of philanthropy is not just in dollars raised, but also in the emotional investment people make with us when we help connect them to our mission. Your gift will save lives, restore health and nurture struggling families, right here in our community. Thank you for your gracious generosity.
At St. Elizabeth Hospital, it’s a privilege to support the health of our community. We offer birth classes, community events, volunteer opportunities and give back through other community benefit programs. These resources and opportunities are all part of our mission to meet the health care needs of the people we serve.
Community Engagement Request
Centura Health hospitals receive many requests each year asking us to engage in community events and programs. Supporting the communities we serve in this way is a reflection of our mission: to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.
Before submitting a request, please consider the following:
- Sponsorships and events should align with our mission, vision and values. All sponsorships and events should relate to community health improvement or prevention and one of the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment priorities.
- For school-based inquiries, it is the policy of Longmont United Hospital to accept requests from school districts or a school district’s foundation in funding district-wide events or initiatives, rather than partner with individual schools.
- Please make your request at least 60 days prior to your event or sponsorship deadline.
- Completion of this form does not guarantee a donation or sponsorship.
- We are only able to support non-profit organizations.
Completed requests will be considered by an internal committee. We will contact you within 30 days regarding the status of your request.