CENTURA HEALTH ESTABLISHES SEASONAL SCHEDULE FOR THREE OF ITS MOUNTAIN CLINICS IN COLORADO
Breckenridge, Keystone and St. Anthony 7Mile Medical Clinics Begin Transition April/May 2010
Contact: Wendi Dammann, 719.251.6541 (cell)
DENVER (April 9, 2010) - Centura Health today announced a new seasonal schedule for three of its mountain clinics - Breckenridge Medical Clinic, Keystone Medical Clinic and St. Anthony 7 Mile Medical Clinic - effective late April and early May 2010. These three clinics will adopt the new seasonal operating schedule currently in place at Centura Healths Copper Mountain Medical Clinic. According to Randy Buchnowski, chief operating officer for Centura Healths Physician Enterprises, the mountain clinics experience highest volumes in the winter season, between December and March, and have experienced a steady decline in volume over the past five years, consistent with the opening of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. Success of injury prevention programs nationwide regarding helmets and general safety are also contributing factors.
ABOUT SEASONAL HOURS:
On April 22, Breckenridge Medical Clinic will begin major renovations, temporarily relocating patient records and medical equipment to Keystone Medical Clinic during the process.
Breckenridge Medical Clinic primary care patients will be directed to High Country Health Care for medical assistance. In addition, Peak 8 in Breckenridge will be staffed with highly-trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) for first aid care.
Keystone Medical Clinic will commence its new seasonal schedule during the week of April 12, while St. Anthony 7 Mile Medical Clinic will start on April 21, following the last ski day of the 2010 season. First aid care is being established at Keystone while St. Anthony 7 Mile Medical Clinic will open approximately early-June to support Grand Countys robust bike season.
Centura Health confirmed that mountain clinic managers will remain permanent, full-time employees, and will be redeployed within the Centura Health network where they can effectively impact positive changes in health care for the state of Colorado. In addition, eligible associates will be assisted with staffing relocation support to minimize the overall impact.
CARING FOR MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES:
Located 10 miles North of Breckenridge Medical Clinic, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has been Summit Countys primary health care resource. Today, the facility offers the regions highest level of emergency care, 24 hours a day.
St. Anthony Summit Medical Center is a Level III Trauma Center with 35 inpatient rooms; state-of-the-art emergency department and operating suites for inpatient surgical procedures; critical care and ICU; spine and joint orthopedic services; cardiovascular services; labor and delivery unit; imaging services; laboratory and pharmacy services; and a medical office building located next to the hospital for medical staff and patient convenience.
In addition, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center is the mountain base for Flight For Life Colorado with two helicopters adjacent to the emergency room. Flight For Life which transports 3,600 patients each year to facilities across Colorado with the help of 130 medical, aviation and administrative professionals.
Centura Health continues to reinvest in Summit County with a $4.5 million dollar operating room expansion. The project adds two additional operating rooms and in January the hospital added 10 additional patient rooms for acute care and ICU.
As Colorados largest hospital and health care network, with facilities geographically spread across Colorado, Centura Health will continue to partner with the community to provide trauma designation review assistance, and offer educational support, injury prevention programs and research opportunities.
This decision was based on careful analysis of the communitys needs and the fiscal viability of maintaining year round operations," said Robert Harris, president of Physicians Enterprises at Centura Health. Much like our Copper Mountain clinic that has been seasonal for ten years, our other Summit County and Grand County medical clinics have seen a significant decline in visit volume during offseason. We are proudly finding that many area residents are visiting St. Anthony Summit Medical Center for their health care needs, and that our injury prevention programs as well as injury prevention programs nationwide continue to garner success."
We are committed to improving the health and well-being of all Coloradans, and this decision to more effectively deploy our Summit and Grand County resources supports this goal," said Gary Campbell, president and CEO, Centura Health. While our mountain clinics are moving to a seasonal schedule, our primary responsibility remains the same - to care for the communities we serve. We continue to increase the quality and availability of health care in the region with St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, while extending our programs throughout the mountain regions to support safety, health and wellness. In addition, our network of highly skilled trauma specialists, trauma centers and Flight For Life ensures that we deliver the best possible care to Summit and Grand Counties."
About Centura Health
Centura Health is Colorados largest hospital and health care network and we are charting the course for the future of health care. Approximately 13,000 of the health care industrys best and brightest deliver advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 12 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Our strength lies in our ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.