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:
- FY20 admissions: 1,686
- FY20 ED visits: 16,130
- Caregivers: 429
- Licensed beds: 25
- FY21 Uncompensated/charity care: $2,826,638
St. Thomas More Hospital Leadership
Angie Simonson is CEO of St. Thomas More Hospital. On a mission to support others to reach for the stars, Angie previously served as the Director of Operations for Ambulatory Services at Centura where she also represented the health system at the Combined Hospital Transfer Center (CHTC) of Colorado during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During her nearly 10 years with Centura, Angie has built a reputation for connecting with each person she serves. That includes her time working with key teams across our system, including Orthopedics and Spine, Urgent Care, Integrative Medicine, Transfer Center, Joint Ventures, and system contracts. Angie has a master’s degree in Strategic Healthcare Leadership from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Management and Economics from the University of Denver. She is currently studying to get her doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership.
Dr. Kendall Rockler serves as Chief Medical Officer for St. Thomas More Hospital. In this role, Dr. Rockler provides strategic direction and support for the physicians, clinical programs, and department directors in order to ensure that the highest standards of quality and patient safety are met in our quest to build whole person care and flourishing communities.
Dr. Rockler has a background in Emergency Medicine along with special interests in leadership and advocacy, emergency department and hospital process improvement, international emergency medicine, and disaster preparedness. She has worked in Emergency Departments from South Florida and across Southern Colorado both as a physician and as a Medical Director.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Magna Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University, and her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, followed by completion of her Emergency Medicine residency with the University of South Florida at Tampa General Hospital.
Dr. Rockler enjoys horseback riding, reading, volunteer work, and spending time with her family in the great outdoors.
Jim Hart serves as Director of Finance at St. Thomas More Hospital. On a mission to support St. Thomas More and our care teams in providing outstanding care and service to our patients, Jim provides leadership and oversight of hospital operations, financial performance, and stewardship.
Prior to joining St. Thomas More, Jim had an extensive career with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP) of Colorado. He started with the company as a Senior Accountant, working his way up to General Accounting Manager and then Director of Financial Planning. In 1999, Jim took on the role of Senior Director of Financial Services at KFHP. He remained in this role until he became Director of Financial Planning and Decision Support in 2003. Five years later, Jim received the title of Senior Director of Business Intelligence. His most recent position at KFHP was Strategy and Financial Performance Director, where he designed and implemented Business Performance Management approach for Strategy Execution.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics from the University of Northern Colorado in Greely, Colorado. He also holds a CPA license and pursued professional development through a Management Development Series and Advanced Leadership Series. Jim uses his extensive experience in healthcare finance to further our mission and nurture the health of the people in our communities.
Cecilia Trujillo, MBA, SPHR, IPMA-SCP, serves as Director of Human Resources at St. Thomas More Hospital. In her position, Cecilia lives out her mission to make sure amazing things happen to other people!
Cecilia, who also serves as Director of Human Resources at our sister facility St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, brings nearly a decade of human resources experience in the private sector, utilities, technology, and local government and healthcare to her role.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA., then earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
A skilled, creative leader, Cecilia excels in talent acquisition, strategic planning, change management, benefit administration, employee relations, compliance reporting, risk management, and organizational development.
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: 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.
Whether you are a patient or a family member, we want you to be comfortable. We hope that you find the following information useful.
All Visitor Information
Please read Centura Health's current COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Contact the hospital directly for additional individual visitor policies that may apply.
Please reserve the Emergency Room parking for emergency patients or visitors.
From the Heart Gift Shop
The gift shop is operated by our volunteers. Gifts, specialty items, flowers and greeting cards for all occasions are available. Proceeds go towards projects supported by the St. Thomas More Auxillary. Past donations include nursery beds, digital mammography, and financial support of the Birth Center renovation.
- Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- First Saturday of the Month: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Create a patient journal to keep loved-ones connected
CarePages and CaringBridge both provide free, private, personalized web pages to patients and their families. These sites can help you stay in touch before, during and after a hospital stay, or anytime.
Both service provide an easy way for friends and loved ones to respond with messages of emotional support. You can share information, visiting hours and relay information when the time is right for you. Friends and loved ones can visit your patient web page and be kept up-to-date on your condition.
Create and share your health journey:
Café de Cristo
The Café features a variety of options for breakfast including hot foods, made to order omelets, yogurt and oatmeal bar, and coffee. Hot lunch specials are available everyday along with salad bar, grab and go options, and a variety of snacks. Every Tuesday Café de Cristo features an action station Chef on Display special.
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 am - 1:30 pm
Room Service is available for all patients during their stay. Nutrition services representatives will contact each patient before meal time to get their order. Guest trays are also available at each meal, $5 at breakfast and $6 for lunch and dinner. See the room service menu for item selection guidelines.
- Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
- Breakfast: 7:30 - 9:30 am
- Lunch: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
- Dinner: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Daily Mass is held at 9:00 am in the hospital chapel. Sacramental ministry is also offered. The Chapel is open at all times for quiet prayer and/or meditation.
We believe every health care journey begins with a dedication to healing body, mind and spirit. Our faith-based mission and approach to holistic health is essential to a person’s overall wellness. We respect and abide by the unique spiritual needs of everyone who chooses Centura Health, regardless of faith or belief.
Chaplains are health care professionals who bring all the resources of spiritual and pastoral care to help our patients, their families and friends better cope with the challenges of a hospital visit. Our chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide spiritual guidance through prayer, ritual, sacrament, or help our patients connect to their religious communities.
Patients, their family members or friends can request a visit from a chaplain. They are also available to assist clergy or other pastors coming to visit their congregants. To contact a member of our spiritual care or pastoral care team during your hospital stay, we provide the following convenient options.
- In-person: Ask the attending nurse to page the chaplain on call
- By phone: Call the hospital operator and ask for the chaplain on-call to be paged
Centura Health provides complimentary wireless Internet access for guests and visitors.
What do I have to do to connect?
Simply connect to the guest network using your wireless network settings. When you first connect, you'll notice "Terms and Conditions" for Centura Health's Guest Network. When you click "Accept", you'll be automatically granted access. Guests must have experience in connecting to wireless networks as Centura Health does not provide any assistance in connecting your device to the wireless network.
Where and when can I connect?
The wireless network is available throughout the hospital. The wireless network is available 24/7.
Enjoy your time on our wireless network. As with any public wireless network, we strongly recommend guests take measures to secure their devices and internet communications. We encourage using virtual private networks in conjunction with personal firewalls and virus protections to mitigate risk to personal data. It is the user's responsibility to take precautions and provide security measures suited to their situation and intended use of the service. Our wireless network should not be used for inappropriate or unlawful purposes.
Centura Health is not responsible for any personal information that is compromised.
Centura Health is not responsible for any damage caused to your hardware or software while at any Centura Health facility.
Please Note: Because this is a free service, Centura Health does not provide technical support for your device or assistance in connectivity. Guests and visitors should understand how to configure their computer or device and know what hardware or software is necessary to connect to the wireless network.
We strive to promote a healing environment for our patients, guests, associates, volunteers and the community. The use of any tobacco product is prohibited in all areas of our campus including buildings, leased facilities, offices, grounds, vehicles, parking lots, and ramps. If you are a patient and use tobacco products, please speak with your physician or nurse for options that are available to you during your stay in the hospital. Thank you for your cooperation.
Every Centura Health hospital provides you with a patient representative to help you have a better hospital experience. Our representatives address and investigate your concerns, and then respond to you and your family with findings and recommendations for how your concerns can be resolved. Find patient representative information.
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
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.
- 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.