DENVER—Kaiser Permanente and SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center today announced a new agreement to provide Kaiser Permanente members access to the hospital’s specialty and emergency care services, including the state’s first senior emergency room which provides specialized care to people over the age of 65.
As part of the new agreement, which starts July 15, 2020, Kaiser Permanente members can receive care at Lutheran for obstetrics and gynecology services, inpatient elective general surgery and orthopedics, as well as emergency room care and continued services if admission is required, including stroke and related services. Additional services will become available to Kaiser Permanente members as the relationship grows.
“We’ve collaborated with SCL Health since we first opened our doors in this state 50 years ago. We’re proud to build upon our long-standing relationship with this well-known, highly respected hospital system that shares our core values,” said Mike Ramseier, president of Kaiser Permanente in Colorado.
Lutheran is a community-based, acute-care hospital in Wheat Ridge near the I-70 corridor. The hospital has been named as one of the best hospitals in the country by Healthgrades and consistently earns top grades for safety by independent hospital ratings organizations. The relationship between SCL Health and Kaiser Permanente has grown over the last half-century to include Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Saint Joseph Hospital in downtown Denver, and Saint Joseph Emergency Department services in Aurora, Littleton, and Northglenn.
“Kaiser Permanente members have been requesting access to Lutheran for many years, and we are eager to provide even better access to quality care and services to their members living in the west metro area and foothills,” said Grant Wicklund, President at Lutheran.
Under the new agreement, treatments, procedures, tests and prescriptions provided at Lutheran will be integrated into Kaiser Permanente members’ electronic health record. This helps Kaiser Permanente physicians, pharmacists, and specialists make better care decisions. For example, a pharmacist looking for a patient’s medication allergies in the EHR database would be able to remind that same patient that it’s time to schedule a cancer screening.
“This new opportunity with Lutheran is another example of our commitment to bringing the highest quality of care to our members in more convenient ways. We’re excited that we can offer Lutheran Medical Center as another choice for our members, especially those living in the west metro area of town,” said Margaret Ferguson, MD, president and executive medical director for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group which provides care for the members of Kaiser Permanente in Colorado.
In addition to in-person visits whether at Lutheran, another contracted hospital, or any of the 29 Kaiser Permanente medical offices across the state, Kaiser Permanente members can schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and email their physicians and care teams using convenient online tools. This includes video visits, the 24/7 nurse advice line, or the Chat with a Doctor app that provides members secure digital access to a Kaiser Permanente physician, pharmacy specialist, or financial counselor.
For more information on SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center, please visit: lutheranmedicalcenter.org.
For more information on Kaiser Permanente commitment to providing high-quality, convenient care, please visit: kp.org.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 605,000 members in Colorado. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.
About Lutheran Medical Center
Lutheran Medical Center is a community-based, acute-care hospital located in Wheat Ridge, CO. Local and national ratings organizations regularly recognize Lutheran for clinical excellence, patient safety and patient experience.
Lutheran’s premier services include a birthing center, Heart and Neurovascular Center, robotic surgery, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Cancer Centers of Colorado, Orthopedics, a Level III Trauma Center and emergency services including the first Senior Emergency Room in Colorado. Senior-focused services also include Senior Behavioral Health and a Senior Surgery Center. Lutheran operations include West Pines, Lutheran Hospice, and the Spine Center at Denver West.
Lutheran received Healthgrades “America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award” in 2018, 2019 and 2020, placing it among the top 1 percent in the nation for overall clinical excellence. To learn more, visit www.lutheranmedicalcenter.org.
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our $2.8 billion health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 150 physician clinics, and home health, hospice, mental health and safety-net services primarily in Colorado and Montana. We relentlessly focus on delivering safe, high-quality, effective care to every patient, every time, everywhere. In 2019, SCL Health invested $255 million in community benefit—9 cents of every dollar we earn—to support health improvement in our communities. To learn more about SCL Health, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/