Although Centura Health is in the Centennial State and "centur" is a big part of its name, it hasn't been around for 100 years. The not-for-profit health care system was established in 1996 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health System. Its network serves the Denver metro area and surrounding counties through 13 hospitals (about 1,845 total beds), seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, and home care and hospice services. It also supplies oxygen and home medical equipment. Centura Health partners with local diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers in rural and mountainous regions to provide those communities with better access to services.
Centura is Colorado's largest health care system, with some 6,000 affiliated physicians. In covering the health care needs of communities throughout the state and providing close-to-home care, the organization has developed what it refers to as its 2020 plan based on three core tenets: "creating systems of care, moving upstream to manage health, and strengthening the foundation."
In fiscal 2010 the system had net income nearing $117 million after paying almost $264 million in total community benefit costs, including nearly $115 million in unpaid costs of Medicare and roughly $50 million in unpaid costs of Medicaid.
As part of its integrated health network strategy, Centura develops affiliations to expand health care services to under-served regions. For example, in 2012 it transferred ownership of St. Anthony Granby Medical Center to the 25-bed Kremmling Memorial Hospital District (doing business as Middle Park Medical Center, Kremmling/Granby) for $2.6 million in 2012. The transaction expanded physician and health care services to residents of Grand County.
To enable Centura to develop its resources for its patient-centered health care delivery network, the organization raised capital in 2012 by selling three medical office buildings in Denver and two in Littleton to New York-based Seavest Healthcare Properties and Denver-based real estate owner and property manager Fleisher Smyth Brokaw for more than $41 million.
Centura merged its Centura Health Senior Services division with its Centura Health at Home operation in 2009 to integrate the two and provide a wider network of home care and senior care services to a seven-county region around Denver. The expanded Centura Health at Home provides adult day care, independent living, respite care, and home health care, among other services. It also includes a number of senior living facilities and nursing homes.
Centura's senior living communities administer a wide range of care for elderly residents including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing units, long-term care, and Alzheimer's disease care. Along with medical treatments, the system provides a range of community programs such as screenings, assessments, and support groups.
The health system partnered with laboratory services provider Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) in 2010 to increase the scope of laboratory services the two offer physicians in Colorado. The partnership, called Colorado Laboratory Services, combined the existing testing capabilities at Centura's hospitals with the esoteric testing and lab outreach services provided by PAML.
The system's St. Anthony Hospitals founded Flight For Life® Colorado as the first air medical transport program in the US in 1972. The hospital-based air ambulance program responds to nine states in the Rocky Mountain region.
Centura also sponsors a free call-in nurse service to provide Coloradans with health care resources, specific illness or disease information, and help with symptom assessment. The Ask-A-Nurse program, which acts as a referral source for the state's hospitals regardless of affiliation or ownership, was almost shuttered in 2008 because it had become too expensive for Centura to maintain. The system reversed its decision, however, following a major outcry from the community. – less