St Mary's Medical Center

About Us

At St. Mary’s Medical Center, 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.

St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, the largest medical center between Denver and Salt Lake City, is committed to putting people first. Serving the healthcare needs of western Colorado and eastern Utah for nearly 120 years, St. Mary’s is a faith-based, nonprofit provider and part of SCL Health, a nonprofit faith-based health system with 8 hospitals, more than 150 physician clinics, and home health, hospice, mental health and safety-net services primarily in Colorado and Montana. Founded in 1896 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, St. Mary’s has a rich history of serving the many needs of its community, from advanced medical care to charitable giving.


Our health services include:



Bryan Johnson




Ben Smalley
Vice President
Chief Operating Officer




Karl Zander
Vice President




Michele Arnold, MD
Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer
(Starts 8/31/22)



Gretchen Gore
Vice President
Mission Integration





Terri Chinn
Vice President




Michelle Shiao
Chief Nursing Officer




Dan Prinster
Vice President
Business Development



Carmen Shipley
Executive Director
St. Mary's Hospital Foundation





Lee Syphus,
Vice President
Western CO Medical Group




Elizabeth Buisker, D.O.
Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer
Western CO Medical Group




Executive Board Members


Vance Wagner




Mark Griffin, MD
Vice Chair



Tom Benton




Brian Hill



Bryan Johnson 




Marti Stude




Jeff Teats



Christian Reece



Jeff Khur





Lenna Watson



Joe Carlson





Tadd Ferguson, MD


Logan McDaneld, MD



St. Mary’s Medical Center is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization. Learn more about our System Leadership Team.  


In 1895, Sisters of Charity Balbina Farrell and Louisa Madden left Leavenworth, Kansas, on a mission to establish a hospital in the new western town of Grand Junction, Colorado. They opened a small, 10-bed, wooden-frame hospital on May 22, 1896. In 1912, a new brick wing opened, adding 20 beds to the hospital’s capacity. During the 30s, 40s and 50s, the hospital continued to grow.

In 1985, a 125,000-square-foot addition was built to house radiation oncology, a critical care unit, a telemetry and intermediate care unit, 20 pediatric care beds and a perinatal center. In 1986, St. Mary’s developed a heart program and provided the first open-heart surgery and postoperative care, eliminating the need for open-heart patients to travel 250 miles to Denver.

In 1994, an $8 million, five-story patient tower was completed, and in 2010, the new construction phase and remodel phase of the Century Project, the hospital’s multi-year expansion and renovated project, was completed. St. Mary’s celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1996. Throughout our history, the generosity of western Coloradans has enabled St. Mary’s to grow to meet healthcare needs and keep pace with an expanding population and medical advances.

Virtual tours

Take a virtual tour of St. Mary's Medical Center. With employees as tour guides, learn about our services and facilities by selecting a link below:

Blood Donor Center tour
Cancer Care tour
Emergency and Trauma Services tour
Intensive Care Services tour
Orthopedic Services tour
Pavilion Imaging tour
Pavilion Imaging, Mammography tour
Surgical Services tour
Women's and Children's Services tours

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.

For questions, call the hospital at 970-298-2273 (CARE) or 800-458-3888. For billing inquiries, call 866-665-2636. You may also submit this contact form, and your request will be routed to the appropriate associate who will respond to your message.

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