Fort Collins-based Poudre Valley Health System and the University of Colorado Hospital announced today the details of their new partnership, which include:
- A new name:University of Colorado Health
- New logos
- New executive leadership structure – PVHS’s President & CEO Rulon Stacey is the new Chief Executive Officer of University of Colorado Health and University of Colorado Hospital President & CEO Bruce Schroffell is the President and Chairman of the Board of the new organization.
- New governing board made up of people from PVHS and UCH.
Information on the new arrangement can be found at www.pvhs.org and here’s a Question & Answer document distributed by PVHS officials earlier today.
Such changes are being driven by pressures to do more for less. All doctors groups and hospitals are being impacted by demographic shifts, government policy and the need to balance access, quality and costs.
What does this change mean to the greater Fort Collins area? For the time-being, it doesn’t look like new partnership will impact health care employment in the area. How this impacts the involvement of the health care system in the community is a big unknown, probably even for the new UHC board and its leaders.
I guess the real answer is ‘time will tell,’ but it appears that leaders of the new health care system are working hard to get strategically positioned to meet the increasing challenges of providing quality health care in a rapidly changing environment.