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Centura Health, Kremmling hospital district agree to affiliate for Grand County health care

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GRANBY – The Kremmling Memorial Hospital District has brokered a deal with Centura Health to purchase the St. Anthony Granby Medical Center for $2.6 million.

Effective Jan. 1, 2012, Centura Health will transfer operations and assets of the long-standing medical center to the Kremmling district “with no interruption of service,” according to statements released on Wednesday from both Kremmling Memorial Hospital District and Centura.

The date of the transfer coincides with the grand opening of the new Middle Park Medical Center in Granby, presently under construction.

Details about the St. Anthony Granby Medical Center building, following the transfer of ownership in 2012, “are still evolving,” the release states.

“The addition of the St. Anthony Granby Medical Center building and health care services extends Kremmling Memorial Hospital District’s outreach in Grand County by providing high-quality, cost-effective health care to patients,” said Bill Widener, CEO of the district’s Middle Park Medical Center, in Kremmling. “The purchase is a great addition to our existing services and further demonstrates our commitment to measured growth and meeting the needs of patients.”

With the transfer of ownership, about 33 full-time and part-time associates will be affected, the release states. Both organizations “are working together to facilitate employment opportunities at the new Middle Park Medical Center, as well as existing Centura Health entities.”

Centura is not completely out of the picture. The pending transaction is viewed as a “collaboration” between the two parties. “Because Centura Health collaborates with its affiliates,” the release states, “and neither organization is interested in reducing health care value or further fragmenting the care delivery process, the consolidation of health care efforts in Granby is necessary.”

The organizations also have signed an affiliation and services agreement to continue collaboration where needed to “expand the scope of health care services and enhance the health care status of the residents in Grand County,” the release states.

In effect, Centura will be affiliating with Middle Park Medical Center in Kremmling and Granby to support its offerings of cardiac, stroke, spine, oncology and trauma care at both facilities, and to promote the sharing of best practices amongst clinical professionals through education, development and overall talent management. The Middle Park Medical Center facilities – operated by KMHD – will become members of Centura’s Colorado Health Neighborhoods.

“We diligently undertook a comprehensive and thorough evaluation of the opportunities available to enhance the value of health services for the residents of Grand County,” said Gary Campbell, president and CEO of Centura Health. “By taking advantage of our organizations’ shared strengths and opportunities while enhancing the quality and scope of services available to residents across the region, we think this is a ‘win-win-win’ for the community, Kremmling Memorial Hospital District and Centura Health.”

With various details still in the works, the last six months have resulted in the “epitome of decision-making that will guide health care in Grand County” for years to come, said Eric Murray, spokesperson for the Kremmling district.

Centura Health’s integrated statewide network includes 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight for Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services.

The Kremmling Memorial Hospital District has been serving the patients of Grand and Summit counties for the last 78 years, with its 25-bed critical access hospital and clinics.

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