St. Thomas More Hospital is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at the entrance of the Royal Gorge in scenic Cañon City, Colorado. Our non-profit, faith-based hospital is the cornerstone of healthcare services for Fremont County and surrounding communities with 24-hour emergency and acute care services. Through healthcare services and community outreach, we are proud to have extended the healing ministry of Christ to the sick and injured in Fremont County for more than 80 years, a legacy we continue today.
About Our Hospital
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Cañon City, St. Thomas More Hospital is the area's cornerstone for healthcare services. Its rich history of providing comfort and healing began in 1938 when a half-dozen Benedictine nuns opened its doors. Today, the hospital plays a pivotal role in this rural community by providing 24-hour emergency and acute care to Fremont County residents, neighboring communities, and the many visitors who flock to the area.
St. Thomas More by the numbers:
- FY22 admissions: 1,595
- FY22 ED visits: 18,430
- Caregivers: 339
- Licensed beds: 25
- FY22 Uncompensated/Charity care: $12.5 million
St. Thomas More Hospital Leadership
Joel Dickerman, DO, serves as the Chief Medical Officer of St. Thomas More Hospital.
On a mission to provide others the support and resources to extend optimal care to all patients, Dr. Dickerman has served the Southern Colorado region for 30 years as a physician, educator, medical director, and physician advisor.
He is board certified in Family Medicine and he has a certificate of added qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Care.
Dr. Dickerman earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Additionally, he earned his Doctor of Osteopathy from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
Jennifer Gabel-Adney is the Chief Nursing Officer at St. Thomas More Hospital. She is on a mission to support a thriving work environment.
Jenn started her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant before earning her RN. She then went on to become the director of Acute Care Services, and director of Nursing Services to encompass clinical and non-clinical areas.
Jenn earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. She is Board Certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).
She is dedicated to being involved in teams that provide excellent patient care, as well as a flourishing work environment for members of the care team. She has more than 30 years of health care experience growing through the roles as she progressed in school.
Andrew Burbidge serves as the Chief Financial Officer for St. Thomas More Hospital. On a mission to make other people’s job easier, Andrew has served in numerous finance roles at Centura Health since 2014, first as a Net Revenue Analyst.
Throughout his tenure with Centura, Andrew has gained financial expertise both at the Enterprise level and within St. Anthony North Hospital and Avista Adventist Hospital.
Most recently, Andrew served as Finance Director for St. Anthony North Hospital and Avista Adventist Hospital. While there, he collaborated with executive, clinical, and non-clinical leadership on financial and operational tasks including departmental productivity, staffing, service line analysis, operational efficiency, budget creation, financial systems, and capital processes.
Volunteers are the heart of any organization and St. Thomas More Hospital is no exception. Our volunteer program places volunteers in a variety of positions throughout the hospital. Just some of the areas they serve in are information resource desk, admissions, patient dismissals, radiology and medical records.
Volunteers also staff and operate the St. Thomas More Hospital Gift Shop, where all proceeds are donated to the St. Thomas More Health Foundation to support programs and services.
For more information about volunteering, contact us:
- Phone: 719- 285-2104
Junior VolunTEEN Program
Youths 14 years of age and older are invited to participate in our VolunTEEN Program. No longer called "candy stripers" nor reserved just for girls, our VolunTEENers are learning life skills through volunteer work. While experiencing meaningful interactions with those in need, they may even discover new career possibilities.
St. Thomas More Hospital is the cornerstone representing Centura Health Services in Fremont County and surrounding areas. We are a vital link to local services and the network of service available within our system.
The people who work in our hospital, rehabilitation center, urgent care, laboratory and physician group clinics are what makes us special. They are our family, friends, neighbors who lend their expertise, hearts and talents to providing compassionate care when you need us most.
We are here for your health.
Creating an experience around your baby’s birth
Delivering a baby is a special moment in every family’s life. It’s just as special for us and you will feel that when you choose to give birth at St. Thomas More. Our private rooms are warm and welcoming, while our expert physicians, round-the-clock nursing care, dedicated c-section operating room, and connection to Centura Health’s high-risk pregnancy program ensures you and your baby have access to the highest levels of care.
You can count on us to be there for you. We understand that times of illness and injury affect not only our patients, but also their loved ones. The information below will help you before, during, and after you come to our hospital. Our goal is to provide the level of patient experience that enhances your peace of mind and earns your full confidence.
Please read Centura Health's current COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Contact the hospital directly for additional individual visitor policies that may apply.
All visitors of patients at our hospital enjoy equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences and subject to the facility’s clinical restrictions. Visitor policy may be subject to change. Please adhere to any adjustments to permitted visitors, as posted in our facility.
- Visitors under the age of 14 must be escorted by a responsible adult.
- At 5 pm, seven days a week, the main lobby entrance will be locked. After 5 pm, enter the hospital through the emergency department walk-in entrance.
- There may be times when visitors are asked to leave to better meet the needs of our patients.
Patients and visitors may park in the parking lot in front of the main entrance and adjacent lots around the hospital. Free parking is available 24 hours a day.
Café De Cristo
Location: On the first floor
- Breakfast: 6:30 am - 10 am
- Lunch: 11 am - 2 pm
Weekend and holiday hours
- Breakfast: 6:30 am - 10 am
- Lunch: 11 am - 1:30 pm
Letters and packages are delivered to patients Monday - Friday. If you have letters to be mailed, you may give them to your nurse. Flowers addressed to you will be delivered to your room unless you are in the intensive care unit. Only Mylar® balloons are permitted in the hospital. Latex balloons can cause allergic responses and interfere with hospital safety systems.
Programs and Community
St. Thomas More Health Foundation donors come from all walks of life, contributing gifts of every size for a wide variety of projects. Together, we share a commitment to the common good and a willingness to put our resources to work advancing the healing ministry of Christ upon which the St. Thomas More Hospital mission is built.
The foundation supports the hospital's mission to enhance the health of the individuals and communities it serves through promotion and distribution of philanthropic gifts. The monies are managed and distributed by the Foundation Board. St. Thomas More Health Foundation provides funding for equipment needs, programs, services and charity care for patients. Helping neighbors and friends through donations to the foundation touches lives and leaves a legacy for the future.
For St. Thomas More Hospital, community benefit is a planned, organized and measured approach to meeting identified community health needs or increasing access to health care. Community benefit may serve a specific group of persons who are economically poor, or may serve a broad cross-section of the community.
It is no wonder that one of the biggest health care crisis facing the nation today is the availability of blood and blood products when they are needed.
St. Thomas More partners with the Vitalant to ensure there is a safe and adequate blood supply for Canon City and Fremont County. The need for blood donations is on-going. Blood cannot be manufactured, duplicated or produced outside of the human body. It can only be obtained through the volunteer efforts of healthy donors willing to give of themselves for the benefit of others.
If you are interested in becoming a blood donor, would like more information about blood donation, or would like to schedule an appointment to donate blood, pleas contact Vitalant.
Community Health Screenings
The mission of St. Thomas More Hospital calls for us to "nurture the health of the people in our communities." We do this through active participation in community events, local organizations and school programs. You will see St. Thomas More Hospital staff taking blood pressures and offering health education at events such as Florence Pioneer Day, Penrose Apple Day, the Pueblo Community College-Fremont County Senior Mini-Fair, and the annual 9Health Fair in Canon City. We are also available to speak on a variety of health topics for school or social programs.
For more information, contact us:
Community Engagement Request
As we fully integrate with CommonSpirit Health, we are pausing community engagement commitments until June 1, 2024. However, you are welcome to submit an application using the guidelines below. We will notify you directly if your organization is selected for funding. We appreciate your patience and look forward to working with you in the future.
How to submit an engagement request
CommonSpirit hospitals receive many requests each year asking us to engage in community events and programs. Supporting the communities in this way is a reflection of our mission to improve the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.
Before submitting a request, please consider the following:
- Sponsorships and events should align with our mission and values; community health improvement or prevention; and one of the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment priorities.
- 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 regarding the status of your request when we reopen community engagement giving June 1, 2024.