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Cornerstone for Health Care Services

Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Cañon City, St. Thomas More Hospital is the area's cornerstone for health care 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. We proudly celebrated our 75h anniversary in November 2013. We are proud to continue the legacy set forth by the Benedictine Sisters.

St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colorado

Learn all about St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colorado. This 55-bed acute care facility provides health care services for Fremont County and surrounding communities including emergency services, rehabilitation, joint replacement, surgical services, critical care, the Birth Center and digital mammography.

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St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colorado

Learn all about St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colorado. This 55-bed acute care facility provides health care services for Fremont County and surrounding communities including emergency services, rehabilitation, joint replacement, surgical services, critical care, the Birth Center and digital mammography.

  • Our History

    The Rule of Benedict directs: "Let care be given the sick, that they may be served as Christ."

    This was the call the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, South Dakota heeded when they came Cañon City, Colorado more than 60 years ago. The Sisters responded to a plea from Abbot Leonard Schwinn of Holy Cross Abbey in 1938. Abbot Schwinn was searching for nuns to take over the Fremont County Doctors' Hospital founded in Cañon City in 1917 and located at 432 Greenwood. This began a mission of healing and ministry that would continue until 1994.

    A total of six Sisters had arrived by November of 1938. Working all day, seven days a week,  these women dedicated their lives to the health and well being of the citizens of Fremont County. Sister Maurita, quoted in the Pueblo Chieftain in May 1988 said, "There were no days off. We had no such things in those days. There wasn't much time for anything but work."

    And work they did. Together they laid the groundwork for the future of nonprofit religious-based health care in Fremont County.

    They first purchased a larger building to house the hospital (the former Y.M.C.A. building at 431 Macon Avenue) and extensively remodeled it.

    It was named Thomas More Hospital in honor of the English martyr who lived according to the teachings of his faith.

    In 1942, it was renamed Saint Thomas More Hospital.

    In 1968, with the donation of 10 acres of land and the fund-raising efforts of the community, our current hospital was built at 1338 Phay Avenue. The move allowed St. Thomas More to diversify into such areas as home health care, long term health care and rehabilitation services, services not usually available in rural hospitals at that time.

    Like its predecessors, our current facility has been remodeled several times in the last thirty years to better serve the needs of our patients. Extensive remodeling in 1996 occurred in the ER and outpatient surgery areas and provided for a new main lobby. In the summer and fall of 2000, a new, "updated" look was given to the patient rooms and nursing station in the medical/surgical wing.

    In 1994, the Benedictine Sisters turned the reins of St. Thomas More Hospital over to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio, while still maintaining great interest in the hospital's success. Two years later, the Sisters of Charity Health Services of Colorado and PorterCare Adventist Health System formed a new, nonprofit, statewide-integrated health care delivery system known as Centura Health. St. Thomas More Hospital is now an affiliate of Centura Health.

    In 2005, St. Thomas More Hospital underwent an exciting expansion to meet the growing needs of the communities we serve.  The project included new, private patient rooms, expanded radiology and Emergency Room departments, a new surgery suite, lab and Intensive Care Unit, and an innovative Health & Fitness Center featuring a warm water therapy pool.

    Today, the Benedictine heritage lives on as we strive to carry on their mission and good works.

  • Fact Sheet

    The Cornerstone of Health Care Services in Fremont County
    Our non-profit, faith-based hospital is the cornerstone of health care services for Fremont County and surrounding communities with 24-hour emergency and acute care services.

    Through health care 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 75 years, a legacy we continue today. Caring for our community is a responsibility we take very seriously. The people who work in our hospital, long-term care facility, rehabilitation center, urgent care 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 part of Centura Health, the region’s leading health care network. Our connection to Centura Health provides our patients with a single electronic medical record that allows health care professionals from our statewide network to have immediate 24/7 access to your health history – because you never know when or where you may need us.

    Awards Honors

    • Healthgrades Awards for St. Thomas More Hospital:
      • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement 2012-2017
      • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment 2017
      • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis 2017
    • Progressive Care Center:
      • Recognized as a Leader in Dementia Care by the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association Chapter
    • Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Pneumonia, Surgical Care, VTE and Perinatal Care - 2014 

    Distinctive Services
    Here are just some of the things the St. Thomas More campus has to offer:

    • Level IV trauma center; critical care transport through Flight for Life Colorado; Emergency Department physicians are board certified in Emergency Medicine
    • Centura Health Urgent Care Cañon City, located at 3245 E. Hwy 50, treats injuries/conditions that require attention but do not suggest an immediate threat to your health or life
    • Progressive Care Center provides long term care; skilled nursing care including rehabilitation services for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy; respite care; and Alzheimer’s care
    • Inpatient acute care and Intensive Care Unit
    • State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging
    • Award-winning surgical services
    • Outpatient Infusion Center
    • The Birth Center provides a beautiful environment for childbirth education, labor and delivery, and compassionate postpartum care, close to home
    • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services
    • Gastrointestinal Lab for endoscopy procedures
    • St. Thomas More Physician Group features Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Pediatric Health Services
    • Outpatient rehabilitation services: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and warm water aquatic therapy
    • Sleep Disorders Center, EEG Lab, AWAKE support group
    • Anticoagulation Therapy Clinic
    • Wound and Ostomy Care Center
    • Specialty clinics: Vascular, Coumadin, Pacemaker, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Nephrology, and Radiation Oncology

    Patient & Community Services:

    • Community outreach, education, health screenings
    • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program
    • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
    • Care Transitions, a hospital-to-home program
    • Support groups/classes for diabetes, tobacco cessation, weight loss, and sleep health
    • Inspire Running Club
    • Speakers Bureau 

    *By the numbers:

    • 522 Associates
    • 145 Employed/Affiliated physicians
    • 38,615 Patient visits, STM Physician Group
    • 22,440 Resident Days, Progressive Care Center
    • 5,892 Inpatient Days
    • 232 Births
    • 1,733 Surgeries
    • 18,870 Annual emergency department visits
    • 11,241 Patient visits, Centura Health Urgent Cañon City
    • 25,408 Outpatient visits (excluding ER)
    • $12.4 Million - Benefit to the community
    • $151.8 Million - Economic drive into the community through direct and indirect impact

      *Data reflects July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016