Health and Wellness
Staying healthy is the key to enjoying life. Living in a moderate climate with plenty of exercise opportunities makes it easy to stay healthy. Living close to excellent health care facilities makes it even easier. More than 24 hospitals and research centers in the Denver metro area serve the western Rocky Mountain region with specialized and primary physician care. Bioscience is one of the top industries in the Denver metro and, as of 2012, employment in health- and wellness-related activities here grew at more than twice the national growth rate of 9.5 percent.

HOSPITALS
Denver’s moderate climate and accessibility to outdoor recreation keeps most residents fit and healthy and out of the hospital. Yet world-class medical and research facilities still call Denver home. Following are some of the full-service and specialty hospitals in the Denver metro area.

Anschutz Medical Campus
Two of metro Denver’s largest hospitals are located in Aurora at the Anschutz Medical Campus, with a third on the way. The University of Colorado Hospital is a teaching hospital that opened in 2007 and offers primary care as well as specialized treatment at clinics throughout the state. The hospital also houses the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute and the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. The University of Colorado Hospital is the only teaching hospital in the region, and all of its physicians are also instructors at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. The University of Colorado Hospital is ranked fourth out of 75 public medical schools. The hospital is currently expanding the campus and building a new health and wellness center as well as expanding the current Cancer Center.

Also located on the 227-acre Anschutz Medical Campus is the 48-acre Children’s Hospital. Founded in 1908, The Children’s Hospital opened its brand-new facility in 2007. It recently underwent an expansion that was completed in 2012. Denverites don’t have to go to Aurora for treatment, however. There are 15 Network of Care locations throughout the Denver metro. The Children’s Hospital operates two emergency facilities in Parker and Downtown Denver and three urgent care locations in Littleton, Broomfield and Wheat Ridge as well as nine specialty care centers and clinics. In 2011, The Children’s Hospital ranked nationally in 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s review of best children’s hospitals.

Coming soon to the Anschutz Medical Campus is the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hospital. The new facility will replace the old VA Denver Medical Center.

Fitzsimons Life Science District
Next door to the Anschutz Medical Campus is the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. The 578-acre facility recently was transformed into a world-class medical research and technology park. It houses research and conference facilities as well as restaurants and even apartments for medical students and researchers.

Denver Health
Denver Health is by far the largest hospital in the Denver metro. Founded in 1860, Denver Health is the “safety net” hospital of Denver, primarily serving the uninsured. One in every three children in Denver is cared for at Denver Health. Denver Health serves the community at large and runs several specialized care and treatment facilities. Denver Health operates the Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Center and the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center as well as Denver’s 911 Emergency Response system. The hospital also operates Community Health Service Centers for outpatient visits that serve more than 355,000 people a year. The health centers are located in eight communities throughout Denver as well as at 13 school-based centers.

Exempla Healthcare
Exempla Healthcare is a nonprofit organization that runs the Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge and the Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, the last two of which are the second and third largest hospitals in the Denver metro area, respectively.

Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center is one of 262 hospitals named this year that stand out above the rest for their overall clinical care across a broad spectrum of care. While many hospitals have specific areas of expertise and high-quality outcomes in certain areas.

Lutheran Medical Center opened its doors in 1905 as the Evangelical Lutheran Sanitarium for tuberculosis patients. The sanitarium turned hospital has no religious affiliation and joined the Exempla Healthcare group in 1998. Exempla Lutheran has one of only two accredited sleep centers in the Denver area.

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital was founded in 1873 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, an organization that still supports the hospital and the Exempla group to this day. The oldest private teaching hospital in Denver, Exempla Saint Joseph performs more open-heart surgeries and delivers more babies than any other Denver hospital.

Centura Health
Centura Health is Colorado’s largest hospital and hospital network. The faith-based nonprofit was formed in 1996 with a partnership between Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health System. Centura Health has seven locations in the Denver metro area.

Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville is a comprehensive medical center that provides a full-range of medical specialties and exceptional health care to its area communities. A 114-bed full service hospital, Avista provides first-rate cardiac and emergency care. Avista Hospital is home to a joint and spine care center specializing in hip and knee replacement and spine surgery as well as the New Life Center, the area’s most innovative birth center.

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