I feel like last week’s announcement about our letter of intent to create a partnership between Poudre Valley Health System and the University of Colorado Hospital partnership went extremely well.
We informally monitored the reactions of staff members, physicians and volunteers through internal town hall meetings and questions they submitted through our intranet.
We also gathered feedback as members of our senior management group and marketing staff chatted with employees, volunteers and physicians to gain their thoughts.
All in all, I was impressed by the positive reactions. In their true spirit of professionalism, most employees chiefly wondered about the impact on our patients.
Here are answers to some of the patient-related questions:
Question: Will our patients have to drive to Denver for care?
Answer: PVHS patients would remain in northern Colorado, unless, of course, there are treatments at UCH or healthcare facilities elsewhere that would better benefit a patient. This is also how patient care matters are currently handled.
Question: How would this new arrangement impact health insurance for our patients?
Answer: The level and extent of a patient’s healthcare coverage will continue to be determined between the patient and his or her health insurance company.
Question: What will happen to PVHS projects that are now underway?
Answer: Projects now underway will continue. This includes renovation on the third floor of Poudre Valley Hospital. Projects proposed for the future will be analyzed for their need and availability of funding–the same process that we always go through with any proposed project.
Question: Will the research and clinical trials conducted at PVHS continue?
Answer: Yes, and these efforts would likely be expanded. In collaboration with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a plan would be established to conduct more research programs and clinical trials at PVHS.
Question: Will this new arrangement drive up the cost of health care?
Answer: No. Please remember that the expense of health care is typically driven by equipment costs and other factors that often are out of the control of a healthcare organization.
Our next step is to meet with the public in three community meetings that begin June 28. I encourage you to attend a meeting. Here’s the schedule:
Community meeting times and locations
June 28: 6-7 p.m. Medical Center of the Rockies Longs Peak Room, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland map
June 29: 6-7 p.m. Poudre Valley Hospital Cafe F, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins map
June 30: 6-7 p.m. Greeley Medical Clinic Lower Level Conference Room, 1900 16th St., Greeley map