Letter of Intent to Create Hospice Inpatient Unit at Penrose Hospital

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care (PPHPC) and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services (PSF) are pleased to announce they have entered into a Letter of Intent. Both parties desire to move PPHPC inpatient hospice services currently located in St. Francis Health Center (SFHC) to dedicated space within Penrose Hospital on 2222 N. Nevada Ave.

Representatives from both organizations recently began exploring an expanded partnership to optimize end-of-life care in our community. The discussion was prompted, in part, by the strategic decision to close St. Francis Health Center on 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave. because of significant operational costs that make the building cost-prohibitive to keep open.

The Pikes Peak Hospice Unit at Penrose Hospital will be located on the 10th floor of the West bed tower. PPHPC and PSF are currently evaluating potential tenant improvements to the space, which will be funded by PPHPC. We anticipate the move will occur during the first quarter of 2011.

This move is the first step toward relocating all PPHPC programs and operations that are currently housed at SFHC. PPHPC is analyzing future work site options, including potential inpatient units in other settings. Specialized end-of-life services for patients and families in our community, wherever they reside, will continue during this transition.

As values-driven, community-based, not-for-profit organizations, both PSF and PPHPC have a long history of service in southern Colorado. Each organization is sought out by patients, families, physicians, payors and other healthcare providers to assure the health and comfort of residents in El Paso County and southern Colorado.

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Contact: Penrose-St. Francis Health Services - (719) 776-5250
Chris Valentine, Public Information Officer, christophervalentine@centura.org

Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care - (719) 633-3400
Robin Whitten, Director of Communication, rwhitten@pikespeakhospice.org