LONGMONT — UCHealth’s new hospital in Longmont has been awarded accreditation from the Joint Commission — an independent, nonprofit organization based in Illinois that evaluates and accredits health-care facilities nationwide — after an unannounced onsite visit.
The 210,000-square-foot UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital at 1750 Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont opened Aug. 31. The adjoining UCHealth Longs Peak Surgery Center opened last week.
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During the visit, surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. They also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
The accreditation qualifies the hospital to participate in the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare programs. It also is a key step to finalize coverage agreements with other insurance providers.
“The Joint Commission accreditation is a key milestone that shows we are meeting or exceeding all of the standards to provide the safest patient-care environment,” Dan Robinson, Longs Peak Hospital’s CEO and president, said in a prepared statement. “Many people have been working hard to get every detail in place to ensure we are offering our community and our patients the very best care.”
Through Sept. 30, 47 babies were born at the hospital, 708 people were cared for in the emergency department, 135 patients were admitted to the hospital for care, and 65 surgeries were performed.
The hospital has approximately 350 employees who are joined by more than 370 providers on the medical staff, which includes independent providers from across the Front Range, as well as partners from Longmont Clinic, Carbon Valley Health Center, UCHealth Medical Group and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
In addition to Longs Peak Hospital, Aurora-based UCHealth operates hospitals in Fort Collins, Loveland, Broomfield, Grandview and Yampa Valley, and is building a hospital in Greeley. It also operates approximately 100 clinics.