Platte Valley Medical Center Responds to Changing Healthcare Landscape

Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) has started a process to identify a possible affiliation with another healthcare system. With the dramatic changes occurring in healthcare, the hospital’s Board of Directors has approved a process that will assess Platte Valley’s position as an independent community hospital. The options considered could include alignment with another healthcare system that would complement PVMC’s healthcare service lines. The ultimate goal of this process is to continue to provide the community with the best quality healthcare at the lowest cost possible.

“We are proud to say that Platte Valley Medical Center is both financially sound and nationally recognized for its patient centered care,” said board chair Faye Hummel Ph.D. “Platte Valley is moving ahead with this assessment with a focus on providing our community and patients the resources for the best possible care,” added Hummel.

Platte Valley Medical Center currently has alignments with other healthcare systems for trauma care, neonatology, cardiac care and other specialties.

“The process the hospital is undertaking will broaden our view of a possible relationship with an organization that will provide our hospital physicians and staff added resources while continuing our focus on patient care,” said board member and hospital Chief of Staff, Kirk Quackenbush, MD.

The process is being called Project Horizon. PVMC expects the assessment of options will take a year or more to complete.

PVMC recently received the Planetree Designation as one of the world’s most patient-centered hospitals. It is just the third hospital in the state, and one of only 25 hospitals worldwide, to receive this designation. Platte Valley Medical Center is also a national top performing hospital and one of only a few independent community hospitals in the Front Range Area. Since its founding by community members in 1960, the hospital has provided care to the people of Brighton, Adams County and Southern Weld County. The hospital has also benefited from the generous support of the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation for more than 30 years.

To learn more about Project Horizon, visit www.pvmc.org/projecthorizon.

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