Centura Health Trauma System Named Medical Services Provider of Inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The Centura Health Trauma System is the best in Colorado," said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. We are committed to running a safe as well as exciting race while also providing the best medical services, large and small, in the cycling and sporting world."

The Centura Health Trauma System encompasses 17 Centura Health facilities - including 14 trauma centers, Flight For Life Colorado, the states largest EMS support system and essential partnerships - and complements the states existing trauma system, to expedite access to life-saving treatment for trauma patients in more communities throughout Colorado than any other health care organization.

The tremendous outcomes and achievements of the Centura Health Trauma System demonstrate our ability to save more lives based on our broad network of care," said Charles W. Mains, MD, FACS, trauma surgeon and chief of trauma services for Centura Health. Were proud to partner our world-class trauma care with what promises to be a world-class event."

Centura Health and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will also partner to offer three community events at three Centura Health hospitals in Lakewood, Frisco and Colorado Springs, Colorado, in July and August.

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About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the worlds top athletes will race across more than 500 miles through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than theyve ever had to endure, more than two miles in elevation. Its the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of Americas most beautiful scenery.

Spectators of this race will see Olympians, World Champions and Tour de France competitors. Fans worldwide will have access to the competition and riders like never before with the most advanced, interactive online, Smartphone and broadcast television experience presented to date in professional cycling. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be one of the biggest and best races worldwide... Americas answer to the Tour de France.

The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 22-28, 2011, starting in Colorado Springs and traveling to Salida, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Vail, Avon, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge and Golden, with the final finish in Denver. With more than one million spectators expected at the event, as well as national television exposure on NBC and the cable network VERSUS, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be the race to celebrate in America. Visit www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com for all the details on who is competing and how you can watch, or catch us on Facebook or Twitter @USAProChallenge.

About Centura Health

Centura Health, Colorados health care leader, is focused on connecting Coloradans to affordable, world-class care in every corner of the state. Centura Healths integrated statewide network includes 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Approximately 14,500 of the best hearts and minds in medicine, along with 6,000 physician partners, have access to the most technologically advanced tools available. For Coloradans, this means the top expertise and technology is right where you need it - close to where you are. We reach beyond hospital walls to connect with people at every stage of life to bring them life-enriching compassion and life-affirming hope. Connections that only Centura Health can make. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.