So, again I say….if we want this to be legal…lets just make it legal. But if you think this is still about patient care or medicine….you just don’t get it.
Posted in Fitness, Health, Healthcare reform, Medical marijuana, Patient safety, tagged Fort Collins, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins Marijuana, Marijana growers arrested, marijuana on August 20, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Healthcare reform, Patient satisfaction, Physician integration, tagged CO, collaboration, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Frederick, Interstate 25, Longmont Times-Call, Longmont United Hospital, Neil Bertrand, Pam Brock on August 17, 2010 | 1 Comment »
Several area newspapers included stories today about Poudre Valley Health System collaborating with Longmont United Hospital to build a medical campus along Interstate 25 in Frederick.
This is another example of PVHS and, in this case LUH, looking proactively at the future of health care under healthcare reform. That future will include less revenue for medical providers throughout the nation, forcing everyone to operate more efficiently. The PVHS-LUH effort is unique, however, in the sense that healthcare organizations in the same area usually expand on their own instead of teaming with competing organizations. That’s another byproduct of healthcare reform.
As the Fort Collins Coloradoan quoted PVHS VP Pam Brock:
“All indications are that reform legislation states that providers will have to practice a lot more efficiently, providing high quality and lower cost, sharing what they can,” Brock said. “So, the days of people building everything everywhere are out of sync with the current legislation.”
The campus will serve about 60,000 people in Frederick, Firestone, Dacono, Erie and surrounding rural areas, as well as I-25 commuters and visitors to the region. Urgent care is the first service it will offer.
That area has seen tremendous growth over the last decade – Frederick, for example, has 8,000 people but could have a projected 60,000 residents by 2030 — and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change.
The Longmont Times-Call quoted Neil Bertrand, the chief financial officer for Longmont United Hospital, saying collaboration made more sense than duplicating facilities.
“The intersection of 52 and I-25 is going to be a focal point of activity,” he said. “It’ll be nice to have health care where people are actually going to live.”
We’re thrilled to be working with LUH on the project. A driving force in teaming with them was the fact that we’re both high-quality organizations dedicated to the best possible patient care.