Accessible health care is often a major factor in relocation decisions made by families and businesses. Pueblo residents have access to two top-rated hospitals that give families a choice and the ability to receive comprehensive and high-quality care close to home.
Parkview Medical Center
The 350-bed Parkview Medical Center provides critical health-care services to the people of Pueblo and is the region’s only certified Level II trauma center. The hospital's orthopedics center is certified by the Joint Center in both hip and knee replacement. Parkview Medical Center also continues to invest in new technology, including the da Vinci XI robotic surgical system and a 3D mammography machine that helps reduce callbacks from false positives and detect more cancers particularly in dense breast tissue.
In fact, Parkview has been selected as a regional training site for the da Vinci surgical system, attracting some of the top surgeons from across the Southwest. Parkview was also recognized by the American Hospital Association with a 2017 Most Wired award for its robust IT infrastructure and wireless access to physicians and staff.
Recently, the hospital broke ground on a 21,000-square-foot outpatient center, which will offer state-of-the-art surgical suites for same-day surgeries and endoscopy just a block away from the main hospital.
"Getting the outpatient center complete will also have the effect of alleviating the pressure and demand on operating rooms for inpatient procedures as well. Patients should be able to schedule their procedures sooner and get on the road to recovery faster," says Jeff Tucker, public relations specialist for Parkview Medical Center.
Tucker says Parkview partnered with Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College to help both institutions expand their nursing programs.
"Helping to grow the university and the community college is an important way to strengthen the core of the community’s economic development while at the same time addressing a critical need at all of the health-care facilities in Pueblo," he says. “Parkview just graduated our third full class of 10 physicians from the internal medicine residency program, which helps train and keep physicians here in Pueblo. So far, more than 60 percent of the doctors who have graduated from this program have chosen to stay in Pueblo at Parkview Medical Center.”
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
For more than 130 years, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has served communities across southern Colorado, including Pueblo. Part of the Centura Health network, St. Mary-Corwin is a full-service hospital specializing in orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, emergency services, innovative cardiovascular treatments, breast care, robotic-assisted surgery and women’s services.
“With a legacy spanning more than a century and a faith-based mission that emphasizes caring for people — body, mind and spirit — St. Mary-Corwin is a place where our core values are demonstrated daily in the way we treat one another and care for patients and their families,” says Jillian Maes, director of Marketing and Communications for St. Thomas More Hospital-Centura Health.
Maes says St. Mary-Corwin prides itself on the high level of care it continues to provide. The hospital has received eight Five-Star Ratings from Healthgrades, for example, for treatment of conditions such as heart failure, hip fracture, pneumonia, sepsis, respiratory failure and diabetes. The St. Mary-Corwin Breast Center carries the triple pillar Breast Center of Excellence designation by the Catholic Health Initiatives and has also been designated as an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. St. Mary-Corwin was the first hospital in the region to offer 3D breast imaging to help improve cancer detection.
The hospital’s Cancer Assessment Resource Education Survivorship program for patients with head and neck cancers received an Innovator Award from the Association of Community Cancer Centers, and the Dorcy Cancer Center's radiation oncology program at St. Mary-Corwin was the first in Colorado to receive dual accreditation by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
“The pace of change in health care is extremely rapid. St. Mary-Corwin continues to make investments in new technology and facilities to provide state-of-the-art care,” Maes says. “Continued investments in these important technologies and facilities will continue as we seek to provide the tools our clinicians need to deliver the best health care experience possible.”