Integration into state's largest health care network unites all CHI hospitals in Colorado

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DENVER (March 12, 2010) - The board of stewardship trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), sponsor of both Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Durango, and Centura Health, voted yesterday in favor of Mercy Regional Medical Centers integration into the Centura Health network. The decision follows a unanimous recommendation from Mercy Regional Medical Centers board of directors and the senior leadership team of Catholic Health Initiatives and unites all CHI hospitals in Colorado into a single regional structure.

The integration of MRMC to Centura Health unites all CHI hospitals in Colorado into a single statewide structure that leverages strengths and enhances the ability to better serve Colorado communities through increased access to care.
The union of Centura Health and MRMC facilitates shared best practices, linked systems of care, transparent exchanges of patient health records, and ultimately improved and more consistent clinical quality across the state.
It represents an innovative approach to building systems of care providing seamless access to specialized care throughout the Centura Health network.
Through this relationship, Durango and its surrounding areas will maintain local community access to physician specialty services while improving access to physician specialty care through the statewide Centura Health network.

MRMCs integration into the Centura Health network follows CHIs strategy of building statewide systems of care. Industry trends show that formal and informal regionalization of care delivery models is a defining characteristic of tomorrows health care landscape.
This integration is similar to what has been done with CHI hospitals in other regions where the system operates, including Kentucky, Nebraska, the Pacific Northwest, and the Dakotas.
Centura Health successfully operates Mercy Health Foundation, Centura Health at Home and Hospice of Mercy in the Durango market.

The integration of Centura Health and Mercy Regional Medical Center facilitates shared best practices, linked systems of care, coordinated growth strategies, and other synergies across the Centura Health network," said Gary Campbell, president and CEO of Centura Health. This consolidation is consistent with the mission and vision of Centura Health, and the union expands our statewide presence, positioning Centura Health to be better able to meet the needs of the communities we serve," he added.
We are pleased to become more closely aligned with the other Catholic Health Initiatives facilities in Colorado," said Kirk Dignum, president and CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center. Mercys integration into Centura Health means that area residents who need specialty care or technology not available locally will have seamless access to a broad network of facilities and specialists that provide the same quality, compassionate care that Mercy is known for."
Mercy Regional Medical Center will now be even more closely connected to the specialized services, technology and expertise of Colorados largest health care system," said Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. This will provide even higher-quality care to the communities served by Mercy, linking the hospital to integrated services, innovative clinical care and the regions leading physicians.


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

About Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center is a full-service, acute care hospital. As a not-for-profit hospital and member of Catholic Health Initiatives, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves. See for more information.

About Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)
Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver. The faith-based system includes 74 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; and two community health-services organizations in 19 states. Catholic Health Initiatives ranks as the nation's second-largest Catholic health care system. See for more information.