Saint Joseph Hospital

About Us

At Saint Joseph Hospital, we’re happy to tell you about us: our compassionate caregivers, our clinical excellence, our award-winning care and even our beautiful campus. But it’s really all about you. Our patients and families are the center of every thought, communication and action that takes place in this healing space.

Saint Joseph Hospital was founded in Denver in 1873 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth as the first private teaching hospital in Colorado. Today, it remains the largest private teaching hospital in Denver. The hospital provides a tradition of healthcare that includes compassionate caregivers, stellar clinical expertise and active clinical partnerships with Kaiser Permanente, National Jewish Health and community physicians.

Saint Joseph Hospital is part of SCL Health, a nonprofit faith-based health system with eight hospitals, more than 150 physician clinics, and home health, hospice, mental health and safety-net services primarily in Colorado and Montana. Saint Joseph's new state-of-the-art hospital opened in December 2014.

Services and expertise

Our medical services include:

Clinical partnership with National Jewish Health

In 2014, Saint Joseph Hospital and National Jewish Health formed a joint operating agreement to provide inpatient and outpatient care together in Colorado. This collaborative care model brings together two leading healthcare organizations with complementary cultures, missions and dedication to excellence to focus on providing the best care possible. The strong outpatient approach and specialty expertise of National Jewish Health combines with the focused inpatient expertise of Saint Joseph Hospital to increase our ability to manage patients along the full continuum of care.

They did not merge, and neither company has been purchased by the other. National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital are jointly managing clinical operations. Both National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital value the profound impact research has on the understanding and treatment of human disease. Both have outstanding and complementary teaching programs. Together, we are maximizing the capabilities of both institutions to foster collaboration and excellence in the teaching area.



Jamie Smith, MBA, FACHE, President

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John Tynes, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer 


David Biggerstaff, MHA, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer  


Alwin F. Steinmann, M.D., FACP, Chief of Academic Medicine 

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Pete Schaad, Vice President, Operations

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Caitlin Pride, Vice President, Mission Integration

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Brad Membel, MBA, MHA, FACHE, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

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Jason L. Gaines, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

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Leslie McKay, Executive Director, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

Saint Joseph Hospital is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization. Learn more about our System Leadership Team


In 1873, Mother Xavier Ross of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, sent four Sisters to establish a hospital with only nine dollars and the challenge that the Sisters "look forward for what good there is yet to be." The Sisters opened their hospital in a cottage at the intersection of 14th Avenue and Arapahoe Street, but soon moved to a brick building at 26th Avenue and Holladay Street (later renamed Market Street). Since this was a short distance from Denver's red light district, many Denver residents mentioned that it was a questionable neighborhood for a hospital. "We'll take the question out of the neighborhood," replied one of the Sisters.

During the early years, the hospital was known as Saint Vincent's. This was changed to Saint Joseph in 1876 when the Sisters began construction at 18th Avenue and Humboldt Street on land donated to them by territorial Governor William Gilpin. This site was directly adjacent to the hospital's present location. Construction of the administration building began in 1899. Led by flour baron John K. Mullen, the people of Denver raised $10,000 for this building with a "gigantic city-wide bazaar," and a "monster" euchre (whist) party, planned by none other than Mrs. J. J. "The Unsinkable Molly" Brown.

In 1961, ground was broken for the hospital's iconic twin towers structure. In 2014, Saint Joseph Hospital completed its new, state-of-the-art facility located at 1375 E. 19th Avenue and Downing Street in Denver. Featuring some of the most advanced treatment technologies, environmentally-friendly design and person-centered accommodations for patients and visitors, the new Saint Joseph Hospital continues the 140-year tradition of high-quality, affordable healthcare in Denver.

Patient Family Advisory Council

The Patient Family Advisory Council at Saint Joseph Hospital is made up of patients, family members, community members and hospital staff who work together to share ideas, suggestions and recommendations for improving processes at the hospital.

We are seeking individuals who represent a cross-section of our community and who have chosen Saint Joseph Hospital for their healthcare needs as patients in the hospital, as outpatients using the services within the hospital, or both. If interested, please contact the Resource Service Center at 303-812-3456.

Contact us

We welcome your questions, comments and concerns. We take all inquiries seriously and will work diligently to resolve any problems and answer your questions. Here’s how to reach us:

  • Main phone line: 303-812-2000
  • Patient billing inquiries: 866-665-2636
  • Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation: 303-812-6437
  • Scheduling: 303-812-3344
  • Center for Women and Infants: 303-866-8600
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado, Uptown Denver: 720-777-1360
  • Cancer Centers of Colorado: 303-318-3434
  • Breast Care Center: 303-318-3400


Saint Joseph Hospital has received several national awards for patient care, including being named as one of America's best hospitals by independent ratings organizations, thanks to the dedication and expertise of our team of physicians, nurses and specialists.

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