PMC Part of BridgeCare Hospital Health Network

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Mt. San Rafael Hospital, Parkview Medical Center, Prowers Medical Center, Southeast Colorado Hospital District, Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center come together to improve care in the region. 

(Lamar, CO, June 7, 2017) There are more than 20,000 square miles in Southeastern Colorado and a new partnership will help connect the people in those communities to high quality health care.

Mt. San Rafael Hospital in Trinidad, Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, Southeast Colorado Hospital District in Springfield, and Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center in Walsenburg are proud to announce the formation of BridgeCare Health Network.

The partnership is designed to improve the quality of care throughout the region by taking advantage of opportunities to align clinical goals among the health care providers and keep care local.

BridgeCare is an equal partnership among the five health care providers, with three people from each serving on the network’s board of directors. Each hospital also has invested to fund the partnership and Pam Burnelis was named network director.

The partnership creates numerous benefits, from the ability to share data to streamlining the admission process for rural patients who need an advanced tier of care at a larger hospital.

“We have been working with area hospitals for many months to bring the BridgeCare Network into fruition. We are energized about the possibilities that the network brings to all of the hospitals in the Southeastern Colorado region.  In particular, we are excited about all of the services we can bring into each participating community,” said Craig Loveless, CEO of Prowers Medical Center.

The BridgeCare Health Network will prioritize the following:

  • Quality. BridgeCare will be able to identify new quality protocols and processes that will be streamlined through the collaboration of our physicians. The partnership also will lead to improvements to current procedures. All of this will enhance patient care and ensure BridgeCare exercises best practices
  • Patient Retention and Marketing. BridgeCare will use data on patients seeking care outside of the region to develop strategies to retain those patients through community and hospital education. The network also will work to identify opportunities for new hospitals to join while retaining existing members.
  • Data Access. BridgeCare will work towards standardization of data collection and eliminating isolated information systems to promote interoperable systems with a long-term consideration of integrated medical records.

Bridges overcome obstacles and bring people together and BridgeCare Health Network is connecting our communities.

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