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There’s a new nonprofit hospital system in Colorado. Here’s how the CEO says it will keep down prices.

In his time as president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, the Utah-based hospital system that just merged with Colorado-based SCL Health, Dr. Marc Harrison has earned a reputation as being something of a visionary. Forbes last year named him one of the top 10 CEOs transforming health care in America. The publication Modern Healthcare regularly […]

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Colorado OKs SCL Health megamerger, creating one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the West

Colorado-based SCL Health, which operates eight hospitals and dozens of clinics across three states, cleared the last hurdle on Thursday in its plan to merge with Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare to create one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the Western U.S. After a review, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion allowing the […]

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SCL Health to merge with Intermountain Health, creating not-for-profit hospital giant in West

SCL Health, the Colorado-based operator of eight not-for-profit hospitals with 16,000 employees, will merge into much larger and secular Intermountain Healthcare of Utah, officials announced Thursday, creating a chain of 33 hospitals with 58,000 employees across six Western states.  SCL Health, a Catholic system begun by nuns in Kansas and now based in Broomfield, will […]

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More Colorado health leaders are urging mask, coronavirus vaccine mandates

Some of the state’s largest and most influential health care organizations Thursday issued a joint statement supporting mandates for health care workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Colorado Hospital Association, the Colorado Nurses Association and the Colorado Medical Society, which represents doctors, signed onto the statement, along with 16 other organizations. The statement […]

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Lutheran Medical Center making a $650 million move just a few miles west in Wheat Ridge, opening up prime land for redevelopment

SCL Health will build a $650 million replacement hospital 3.5 miles west of the current Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge and move the entire campus there by 2024, according to a Tuesday announcement from the nonprofit health care group.  The new campus at the Clear Creek Crossing development will still be in Wheat Ridge, […]

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New Centennial Hospital fills southeast Denver gap, while other areas wait for specialty care

The opening of a new southeastern metro hospital, Centennial, by the for-profit HCA chain this month underscores where medical centers get built in the area — and where they don’t.  HCA subsidiary HealthONE’s launch of 20-bed Centennial in a fast-growth area near Arapahoe and South Parker roads echoes the pattern set by other recent hospital […]

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Colorado hospitals’ profit margins are nation’s highest as state lawmakers move to cap health care costs

Colorado hospitals charge more, have higher costs and still report higher profit margins than any other state, according to a financial analysis of federal data presented Wednesday to the Colorado Business Group on Health.  Both for-profit and nonprofit hospitals in Colorado have made “strategic decisions to maximize revenue and profit,” in large part by consolidating […]

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Convalescent plasma isn’t quite the coronavirus miracle treatment it was supposed to be. What happened?

Back in the spring, the pleas for donated plasma from coronavirus survivors were desperate. Doctors hoped then that the antibodies from survivors’ blood could save the sickest patients from succumbing to the virus.  Now, 10 months into the pandemic, there is no evidence that convalescent plasma — the liquid part of blood collected from patients […]

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An increasing number of Colorado coronavirus patients are surviving, and fewer need ventilators

Back in March, one of the most pressing problems surrounding coronavirus was the fear that hospitals could run out of ventilators.   Doctors were quickly intubating patients, believing it was the best chance to save their lives from a contagious and deadly disease they had never seen before. But a lot has changed in three months […]

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Colorado doctors now have plenty of experience battling coronavirus — and they’re getting better at it

When Dr. Joel Strohecker returned to treating coronavirus after his own three-week battle with the disease, the outlook at the hospital was grim. It was early April and people were dying every day, said the physician, who works at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge. Testing was scarce. The intensive care unit was filling up. […]