A Team, A Community and an Unceasing Focus on Rural Healthcare
St. Vincent Hospital serves the rural area of Lake County and North America’s highest city of Leadville, Colorado. In 1879 the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas opened Leadville’s hospital to care for the hardscrabble miners that were drawn to the community. Now celebrating 139 years, St. Vincent Hospital continues the tradition of caring for the residents and visitors of Lake County and surrounding areas.
The mission of St. Vincent General Hospital District (SVGHD) is: “Delivering excellent healthcare to our community with dedication, honesty, and compassion,” and the district is living its mission. Though St. Vincent General Hospital District has struggled over the years and faced closure in 2014, the hospital and varied ancillary services are thriving today.
We are thankful for taxpayers who voted to increase a district mill levy in 2015 and Lake County Government’s financial support for the district’s embedded ambulance service. This increased funding has bolstered operations. However, at the core of the district’s success is a team that doesn’t know when to say “when.” The consequence of losing rural hospital care in Lake County was the rallying cry when failure was not an option.
Today St. Vincent Hospital offers essential core services which include: 8 inpatient beds, ambulance (county-wide 911 response), emergency room, family medicine clinic, imaging, laboratory, physical therapy and visiting specialists.
Recent successes for SVGHD include:
Building on lessons learned and newfound success, St. Vincent General Hospital District board of directors and leadership turn our eye to sustainable growth in services and a new hospital facility. A U.S.D.A. loan for the construction of a new hospital is committed until 2021 which enables the hospital administration and board of directors time to continue strengthening the hospital’s financial position and planning for the future.
I close this letter with gratitude. It is our mission and calling to care. I am so thankful to carry out that mission for our Lake County friends and neighbors and work side-by-side with our dedicated team.
Gary Campbell, CEO
St. Vincent Hospital is a Colorado Special District a Quasi-Municipal Corporation bound by the Rules and Regulations of The State of Colorado.
The Board of Directors, elected by the voters of the special district, provide oversight, strategic direction and have the fiduciary responsibility for St. Vincent Hospital.
Meetings are regularly scheduled for the fourth Thursday of
the month, at 1:00 pm. The agenda and Board Meeting schedule are
posted for public inspection at the Lake County Courthouse,
The US Post Office on Fourth Street and St. Vincent Hospital.
The public is welcome to attend all meetings and make public comment.
Kim Kegu Member at Large – Board Chair Term through May 2020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Donnelly Member at Large
Shirley Hoffacker Member at Large Term through May 2020 email@example.com
Francine Webber Member at Large
There is currently a vacant seat on the
SVGHD Board of Directors
to learn more contact ChristinLogan@svghd.org
or any of the board members above.