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Leadville to receive upgraded hospital in Centura, St. Vincent agreement

Centura Health and St. Vincent Hospital's board of directors announced Tuesday a plan to develop a new health-care facility to service Lake County and the surrounding area.

The plan will also expand to allow Centura to integrate the care provided at the critical-level, 25-bed St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville into its clinical networks. The move, a joint news release stated, will offer local residents access to Centura's primary- and specialty-care providers.

"The relationship better equips St. Vincent Hospital and our community to navigate changes in health care," Byron Copley, the St. Vincent district board's chairperson, said in a press release. "We're able to continue to respond to the needs of the community and offer high-value, quality care through the vast resources and integrated network that Centura Health brings."

Among the changes under the augmented agreement, the two organizations will collaboratively study the region's health needs, design a new hospital facility and work toward improved provider alignment and care coordination. St. Vincent's board of directors will remain the hospital's governing body, but the hospital's administrator will be employed by Centura and serve as a liaison to the board, as St. Vincent will now be managed by the leadership team at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco.

"In the last year, we have learned a lot about the health-care needs of Leadville and are excited to work with the staff and physicians at St. Vincent Hospital to continue to enhance the quality and access to care in Lake County," Summit Medical Center's CEO and president Paul Chodkowski said in the release. "We understand the unique opportunities and challenges that come from operating in a mountain setting and look forward to our work together."

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