University of Colorado Health to Negotiate Management Agreement with Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Wyoming
Management agreement will help share best practices and develop Ivinson into a regional hub for quality care.
Contact: Jacque Montgomery: Jacque.Montgomery@UCDenver.edu, 303-928-9093
Aurora, Colo. (July 16, 2012) – University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) will soon begin negotiating a management agreement with Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyoming. The Ivinson board of directors voted unanimously to move forward with negotiations last Thursday.
This management agreement will allow UCHealth to expand Ivinson’s resources and establish it as a regional hub for quality care.
“Ivinson is a great fit with our new system, as its patient centered philosophy, dedication to quality and values are all very much in line with those of the University of Colorado Hospital and Poudre Valley Health System,” said Rulon Stacey, president of University of Colorado Health. “We are looking forward to connecting with the Laramie-area community and health care workers at Ivinson.”
Ivinson has been looking for a strong partner to help bring innovative and leading-edge care to patients throughout the region. UCHealth’s unique combination of the best academic medicine with nation-leading community-focused medicine is the best fit for Ivinson.
“Patients, doctors and staff at Ivinson should be as excited about this potential management agreement as I am,” said Carol Dozier, CEO of Ivinson Memorial Hospital. “This relationship will bring important opportunities to further elevate healthcare in our community.”
This is the latest expansion news for University of Colorado Health (UCHealth), the new health care system that includes Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland and University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. Voters in Colorado Springs will vote in August on a lease of Memorial Health System to UCHealth.
“Our partnership with Ivinson Memorial Hospital is an example of how health care organizations are recognizing the benefits of being part of University of Colorado Health,” said Stacey. “Working together makes us stronger while also improving the care of patients in both Colorado and Wyoming.”
Ivinson Memorial Hospital has 99 inpatient beds and provides emergency and general medical and surgical care for patients in Southern Wyoming. Negotiations will begin soon to work out details of the agreement which will give management control of Ivinson to UCHealth while Ivinson retains responsibility over its own finances.
“The Ivinson Memorial Board of Trustees and the community of Albany County are looking forward to a potential collaboration with the UC Health system and all that they may have to offer,” said Shelley Towler, Ivinson Board of Trustees chair.
While this management agreement will be new, close collaboration between UCHealth and Ivinson certainly is not. The organizations already work together with cardiovascular, trauma and general surgery, and neurology services. Collaboration also exists with rotations for University of Wyoming PharmD students and elective clinical nursing training.
University of Colorado Health is a new organization that includes Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group (formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group), and University of Colorado Hospital.