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March 30, 2015 (Brighton, CO and Denver, CO) – Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) and SCL Health have signed a Letter of Intent to work together to support expanded access to the best quality health care for people in Brighton, Adams County and Southern Weld County in Colorado. The non-binding Letter of Intent initiates formal discussions to develop a potential relationship that will advance health care in the region for years to come. The parties anticipate signing a definitive agreement by the end of the summer.
The announcement follows a thoughtful process in which the PVMC Board of Directors evaluated proposals from a number of leading healthcare systems. The affiliation between SCL Health and PVMC brings together two well-matched healthcare providers, each with a reputation for delivering high-quality, compassionate care. The agreement will be expected to bring considerable resources to Platte Valley Medical Center and the community, and will create opportunities to expand available specialties and services.
“From the beginning of this process, our goal was to provide to our patients and community the resources for the best possible health care. The SCL Health/PVMC relationship is about creating synergy between two excellent organizations to provide expanded access to resources and services, and enhanced quality of care for our community,” said PVMC Board Chair Faye Hummel Ph.D. “Together, we can successfully build the network and services required to fulfill the needs of the community and become the regional medical center serving the community of Brighton and surrounding area. In addition, we anticipate that this relationship will allow PVMC to continue its patient-centered culture, as well as maintain its strong group of physicians and staff,” added Hummel.
Under the proposed arrangement, Platte Valley Medical Center will remain a separate, secular entity with its own administration, medical staff, employees and board of directors. The Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation’s relationship with the hospital will also remain unchanged. Another benefit of this combination is SCL Health’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente in Adams County, which may extend to PVMC the opportunity to serve Kaiser Members. These are among the countless other details yet to be worked through.
“SCL Health is both humbled and excited about partnering with PVMC. We see the opportunity to bring together two nonprofit, mission-driven organizations that are financially sound in a way that strengthens our commitment to our patients, employees, physicians and the community,” said SCL Health President and CEO Mike Slubowski. “In addition to our shared culture of excellence, SCL Health and PVMC both have strong charitable traditions that will continue,” added Slubowski.
The due diligence process to finalize the agreement is now underway. When a definitive agreement is reached, it will be announced and – more important – celebrated. To learn more about the PVMC/SCL Health partnership, visit www.pvmc.org/sclhealth.
About SCL Health
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our $2.4 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our eight hospitals, more than 160 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $226 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealth.org.
About Platte Valley Medical Center
Platte Valley Medical Center opened its doors as Brighton Community Hospital in 1960 with 31 beds following a community fundraising campaign. In 2007, Platte Valley Medical Center moved to a new 50-acre campus at I-76 and 144th Avenue. PVMC recently received the Planetree Designation as one of the world’s most patient-centered hospitals. It is just one of only 26 hospitals worldwide to receive this designation. Platte Valley Medical Center is also a national top performing hospital. The hospital has also benefited from the generous support of the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation for more than 30 years. To learn more, visit www.pvmc.org.