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You have a passion for wellness.

We have a place in the Colorado Rockies for your passion to thrive.

St. Vincent General Hospital District


To deliver excellent healthcare to our community with dedication, honesty, and compassion.


To create an adaptive, collaborative, accessible and sustainable healthcare system.

Established in 1879 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, St. Vincent Health (SVH) first cared for the hardscrabble miners who were drawn here to Leadville, Colorado. It has continuously served Lake County and the towns of Leadville and Twin Lakes for over 140 years.

St. Vincent Health Today

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Today, St. Vincent General Hospital District is expanding and building a new, state-of-the-art hospital to meet the needs of our community.

2020 New Construction FAQ. We are committed to reopening surgical services in Lake County with our leading-edge surgical suite that is currently under construction. The new hospital facility will offer outpatient and inpatient procedures and services, including but not limited to:

  • Endoscopy,
  • Colonoscopy,
  • General surgery,
  • Pain management,
  • And other specialties, such as orthopedic surgeries.

Inpatient care and surgical services are two of the main drivers for financial stability for hospitals. A few years ago, SVH’s continued existence was imperiled due to a vast decline in inpatient stays. The daily inpatient census has been on a continuous uptick since then: from just three patients in 2016 to 392 in 2018. As of the third quarter of 2019, the year-to-date inpatient census has reached 361, instilling confidence that growth inpatient days will continue into 2020 and beyond.

The next opportunity toward long-term sustainability is the reopening of surgical services.

As positive financial trends and new construction continue, new opportunities are opening up as well. St. Vincent Health seeks new physicians to join our small and committed team of providers, who make a big difference in the lives of the people they care for and the community they live in. If you value working in an environment where individual contributions make a measurable impact, we hope you will strongly consider St. Vincent Health.

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Structure, Philosophy & Healthcare Services

St. Vincent General Hospital District is a quasi-municipality of Lake County, Colorado, and a special taxing district of Colorado. The district is 400 square miles and covers the entire county.

As a provider at SVH, you will enjoy direct access to hospital leadership plus the autonomy and opportunity to build lasting relationships with patients who live and work in this small, unique mountain town. Numbers and patient volumes are important benchmarks of success, but never at the expense of excellent patient care. Foundationally, we believe that the patient’s needs always come first, and we empower our team members to deliver on this principle.

A hospital that was once challenged to sustain operations now greets each new day of a very promising future. St. Vincent Health was renamed St. Vincent Health in 2019, to coincide with the successful financial turnaround and construction of our new 26,500-square-foot hospital. Its completion is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The new St. Vincent Health will support and promote the delivery of modern healthcare now and decades into the future, with these service offerings:

  • 24/7 Emergency room
  • 24/7 Ambulance services
  • New helipad
  • Laboratory
  • Imaging/radiology
  • Eight inpatient rooms, with beds for acute care, swing bed, respite care, and
  • Surgical services including endoscopy and general surgery

The adjacent current hospital building (that will be vacated when most operations move to the new facility)  will be home to:

  • Vincent Medical Clinic
  • Outpatient physical therapy
  • Visiting specialist offices
  • Administrative offices
  • Lake County Public Health Agency
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Neighboring Healthcare Options

Leadville Clinics: 

St. Vincent Medical Clinic

Rocky Mountain Family Practice

L.C.S.D. School-Based Health Clinic

Nearby Hospitals:

Vail Health (Vail , Colo.)

St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center (Frisco, Colo.)

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (Salida and Buena Vista, Colo.)

A Snapshot of Lake County, CO

  • City of Leadville population is 2,600, and Lake County is 7,700
  • In 2016, the largest population segment was ages 35-59 and this represents 34 percent of the population
  • 37 percent of Lake County residents are of Hispanic origin
  • The 2016 median household income in Lake County was approximately $47,000
  • Health insurance payer mix: Medicare/Medicaid: 25 percent, Commercial: 55 percent,  Self-Insurance and other: 20 percent
  • Lake County is approximately 70 percent public land
  • 75 percent of Lake County residents commute to neighboring communities for work

A Rocky Mountain Playground

Leadville, Colorado was founded in 1860, and is renowned for being one of the biggest, wildest, richest and longest-lived mining camps on the American frontier. That proud and rugged pioneering heritage lives on today, apparent in the creative, resilient and individualistic residents who choose to make their home in this extraordinary community. The neighboring community of Twin Lakes, Colorado boasts rustic charm and two large glacial lakes with views that will take your breath away.

A charming Victorian town of 2,600 people, Leadville is the main settlement in Lake County, population 7,700. Its altitude, at 10,152 feet above sea level, is a distinguishing factor, as well as its location in the geographic center of Colorado at the foot of the highest 14ers in the state (14ers are peaks in excess of 14,000 feet—there are 52 in Colorado). Leadville is 100 miles west of Denver and 128 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

The state tourism office includes Lake County in what they term the Rocky Mountain Playground, an area comprised of notable neighboring year-round resort communities (and ski areas) of Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen.

Unlike its resort counterparts, however, Leadville and Twin Lakes maintain relative affordability in the face of increasing demand for primary and secondary homes in the Colorado mountains. Residents count the genuine nature of the community, the lack of crowds and traffic, the abundance of outdoor recreation, and the phenomenal scenic beauty as its attributes.

Quality of life is paramount for those who value Leadville’s unique character and amenities, with recently expanded Ski Cooper alpine ski area, Mt. Massive Golf Course, Twin Lakes, Turquoise Lake and hundreds of miles of summer and winter trails. The Leadville Race Series attracts endurance athletes from around the world for its epic biking and running events. Leadville has the highest airport in North America and is home to the Timberline Campus of Colorado Mountain College.

The primary industry in Leadville and Lake County is tourism, with mining a close second; the Climax Mine is 13 miles from Leadville and extracts molybdenum.

Man's best friend at Twin Lakes
Mt. Massive Golf
Boom Days Burro race
Leadville Race Series