Being Hospitable: Health Abounds in Pueblo, CO

Good health care options are available for all Pueblo residents.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 18:44
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As in every city across America, available health care is a primary consideration for residents and those looking to relocate. In Puehttps://livability.com/greater-pueblo-chamber-of-commerce/blo, people are lucky to have access to a number of top health care facilities that offer state-of-the-art services, from cardiac care and cancer treatment to behavioral health care.

Three of the convenient facilities serving this community are Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC), Parkview Medical Center (PMC) and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Plus, to ensure residents are met with only the best care, these facilities continually work to improve their establishments.

Pueblo Community Health Center

Established in 1983, officials with Pueblo Community Health Center say they pride themselves in attracting and retaining employees who function at the top of their professions and have a heart for serving others and the community. 

"We employ more than 50 people and pay our staff competitive wages and solid benefits and, today, more than 27,000 Puebloans trust us to be their regular and reliable source of quality health care," says Donald Moore, Pueblo Community Health Center CEO.

In October 2020, PCHC broke ground on a three-story, 64,000-square-foot clinic being constructed at the intersection of East Eighth and La Crosse streets, and the new eastside clinic is slated to open in October 2021.

The $24 million building is the largest investment in Pueblo's East Side neighborhood in decades and will include primary medical services along with behavioral health care, a pharmacy, lab and dental practice. The facility will also be a net-zero energy building, meaning it will produce more energy than it consumes. 

Parkview Medical Center

Another major contributor to health care and the area's economy is Parkview Medical Center, with more than 3,000 employees and an annual payroll topping $230 million. Parkview is a certified Level II trauma center and the region's first certified stroke center, and its orthopedic physicians also serve as the exclusive sports medicine providers for Colorado State University-Pueblo athletics.

In December 2020, PMC became the first hospital in Colorado to begin using the newest version of an innovative WATCHMAN device called the FLX that is used to treat cardiac patients. The device is designed to improve implant safety and allows more heart patients to be eligible for implant surgery.

Parkview Medical also has a new helipad that opened in 2020 and an expanded emergency department. The expansion was vital, as PMC handles more than 75,000 emergency room visits each year.

In addition, a new orthopedic hospital is under construction in Pueblo West, which will allow for additional services, and is scheduled to open in early 2022. PMC is constructing a new cancer center on its main campus, with an opening date in early 2022.

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center

Since 1882, St. Mary-Corwin has served Pueblo and surrounding communities in southern Colorado, and its healing religious ministry plays a major part in all methods of care. 

As St. Mary-Corwin continues its high level of patient care in 2021, officials point out that the hospital is a nationally recognized cancer center, a designated Breast Center of Excellence, an accredited Joint Replacement Center, and it uses robotic-assisted surgical technology via the renowned da Vinci system and the Mako robotic-arm system. In addition, St. Mary-Corwin recently opened new operating rooms.

Hospital officials add that even though the medical center is best known for its cancer and orthopedic treatments, St. Mary-Corwin also specializes in respiratory therapy, gastroenterology, primary care and imaging. Also prominent on the Pueblo campus is a wound and hyperbaric center as well as a Flight for Life Colorado helicopter service.

St. Mary-Corwin schedules several free Zoom webinars throughout the year for patients to learn practical tips to help cope with a variety of health challenges. Past Zoom sessions in 2020 featured subjects such as dealing with cancer, staying safe and fit during the pandemic, coping with holidays after a traumatic experience, how to prevent slips/falls and the best foods for fighting cancer.

If you'd like to learn more about the Pueblo, CO area, check out the latest edition of Livability Pueblo, CO

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.