Centura Health Announces University of Denver Partnership

(CENTENNIAL, COLO.) Centura Health, the region’s largest health care leader, and the University of Denver (DU) are pleased to announce a new, multi-year sponsorship as the “Exclusive Health Care Partner of DU Athletics”.

Centura and DU have longstanding roles in shaping the communities they serve. This new partnership expands upon the relationship between the two organizations, which began between the University and Centura Health - Porter Adventist Hospital in the early 2000s.

The histories of these two legacy organizations mirror one another – driven by excellence and inspired by their shared ability to make a difference. As the largest health care system in Colorado and western Kansas, Centura Health delivers more than the highest quality services, it combines whole person, compassionate care with individualized treatment that will benefit University of Denver students, alumni, and the community. The University of Denver is a historic staple of the community, the oldest independent, private university in the Rocky Mountain region, and serves as a community hub and resource for the surrounding area.

"The University of Denver is very excited to not only continue our partnership with the regional leader in health care, but to expand our partnership with our friends at Centura Health,” says Karlton Creech, Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations. “We look forward to continuing to align the strategies and values of the two entities over the next 10 years, while growing and improving together."

Centura Health and DU will be transforming the Daniel Ritchie Center commons area, which will furthermore be called “Centura Health Commons”. The ticketing entrance for all main sporting events, this area will highlight University of Denver alumni who now serve in various roles throughout the Centura Health organization.

This exclusive partnership also includes sponsorship of several hockey, basketball, and lacrosse games as well as gymnastics meets. The Centura logo will be present throughout all the stadiums and fields on campus. In the summer, Centura will sponsor the DU Summer P.A.S.S. Camp, a weekly sports and wellness summer camp for children aged 5-11.

“Centura Health is extremely proud to be a supporter of the University of Denver and the Pioneer athletic programs,” said Peter D. Banko, President & CEO of Centura Health. “Our Porter Adventist ministry and DU have been neighbors collectively impacting individuals, the University neighborhood, and well beyond for ninety years. Teaming up with this respected university and its incredible women and men athletes in this more formal, focused and integrated partnership allows us to even further extend our healing ministry with the DU community and Pioneer fans across Colorado.”

Centura Health and its Breast Care Center will once again participate with the University of Denver in their annual “Pink Night” on February 22, in conjunction with the Gymnastics meet against BYU, providing pink giveaways and putting emphasis on keeping breast cancer awareness a priority. Centura Health will also be the presenting sponsor of the March 7 Men’s Hockey game versus Colorado College where the Centura Health Commons will be unveiled.

Although hockey and basketball are nearing the end of their season, the nationally ranked Division 1 Lacrosse team’s season is just ramping up. Visit the University of Denver Athletics page for a complete schedule of events. Then visit Centura Health to locate a health provider for every stage of life and learn about the award-winning health care services provided across Colorado and western Kansas.

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Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible. We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.

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