Colorado Business Group on Health

Regional Leader Information

Region: Colorado
Covered Counties: All

Primary Contact: Lisa Slavinski 
Title: Program Manager 
Phone: 303-922-0939 
Secondary Contact: Robert Smith 

The mission of the Colorado Business Group on Health is to advance the purchaser role in order to accelerate cost effective, high quality health care.

Why did your organization apply to become a Leapfrog Regional Leader?
Employers/purchasers of the Colorado Business Group on Health were in the group of the 2nd year of the Leapfrog Region strategy. We were early adopters because the need for a singular survey, administered nationally, and focused on purchaser and patient needs was unmet. Employer/purchasers understand the concept of patient safety, and its link to quality and cost effectiveness.

What kind of impact has Leapfrog had on your market and stakeholders thus far?
We continue to promote the initiatives of Leapfrog in order to promote safe, efficient, and effective healthcare. We adopted the Never Events policy, and have been working locally to increase awareness and operational competence in our hospitals.

How does your organization and members utilize Leapfrog data?
We send letters from our board to hospital CEOs to keep this important initiative in their sights. Additionally, we publish the results in a Colorado specific report each year.


Market Information

Geographic coverage: Colorado

Population: 5.5 million

Number of employer/coalition lives in region: 500,000

List of area’s largest employers (by employee size)
This information was provided by the Denver Business Journal, 1700 Broadway, Suite 515, Denver, Colorado, 80290

Largest Federal Employers

Agency Name Number of employees as of March 2005
U.S. Postal Service -- Colorado/Wyoming District  10,917
Department of Defense 10,290
Department of Interior 6,706
Department of Agriculture 3,465
Department of Veterans Affairs 3,015
Department of Homeland Security 2,306
Department of Justice 1,581
Department of Treasury 1,353
Department of Transportation 1,322
Department of Commerce 1,181

Denver-Area Private-Sector Employers

Business Name Number of Colorado employees
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 23,730
King Soopers Inc./Division of Dillon Co. Inc. 17,134
Centura Health 12,000
Safeway Inc. 11,621
Qwest Communications International Inc. 10,400
HCA-HealthOne LLC 8,800
SCL Health 6,850
Target Stores 6,296
IBM 6,100
University of Denver  5,650


Hospital characteristics

Three hospital systems:

  1. SCL Health – 5 hospitals; Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center
  2. Centura – 12 hospitals
  3. University of Colorado UCHealth: 10 hospitals 
  4. HealthONE – 7 hospitals; The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza;   North Suburban Medical Center; Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center; Rose Medical Center; Sky Ridge Medical Center; Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital; Swedish Medical Center.
  5. Denver Health: 1 hospital 

Total number of Colorado urban hospitals including rehabilitation facilities and the Children’s hospital: 35 hospitals

Largest Facilities By Bed Count
Presbyterian - St. Luke's Medical Center - HealthOne 680
St. Anthony Central Hospital 593
Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital 565
University of Colorado Hospital  450
Exempla Lutheran Medical Center 432
Rose Medical Center - HealthOne 420
Denver Health 398
The Medical Center of Aurora - HealthOne 372
Porter Adventist Hospital 368
Swedish Medical Center - HealthOne 368
Boulder Community Hospital  265
The Children's Hospital 250
St. Anthony North Hospital 196
Longmont United Hospital 183
Littleton Adventist Hospital 175
North Suburban Medical Center - HealthOne 157
Veterans Affairs Medical Center 128
Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital - HealthOne 122
North Valley Rehabilitation Hospital 117
Sky Ridge Medical Center - HealthOne 103
Avista Adventist Hospital 99
Craig Hospital 89
Centennial Peaks Hospital 72
Parker Adventist Hospital 58
Platte Valley Medical Center 58
National Jewish Medical & Research Center  24

Total number of Colorado rural hospitals: 39 hospitals

Rural Facility Name  Licensed Beds
Weisbrod Memorial City Hospital  8
Family Health West Hospital   10
Rio Grande Hospital   14
East Morgan County Hospital  15
Estes Park Medical Center   15
Lincoln Community Hospital   15
Wray Community District Hospital  15
Melissa Memorial Hospital   18
Yuma District Hospital  22
Gunnison Valley Hospital  24
Grand River Hospital   25
Kit Carson County Memorial Hospital  25
Kremmling Memorial Hospital District  25
Rangely District Hospital   25
Sedgwick County Memorial Hospital   25
St. Vincent General Hospital District  25
Memorial Hospital, The   29
Keefe Memorial Hospital  32
Sterling Regional Med Center  36
Prowers Medical Center  40
Pioneers Hospital Of Rio Blanco  48
Aspen Valley Hospital  49
Conejos County Hospital  49
Delta County Memorial Hospital  49
Heart Of The Rockies Regional Medical Center  49
Vail Valley Medical Center  49
Colorado Plains Medical Center 50
Centura Health-St Thomas More Hospital  55
Southwest Memorial Hospital 61
Mount San Rafael Hospital  70
San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center  70
Montrose Memorial Hospital  75
Valley View Hospital   80
Southeast Colorado Hospital   81
Mercy Medical Center Of Durango  83
Yampa Valley Medical Center  88
Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center  90
Haxtun Hospital District   25 CAH 32 NH
Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center   26/120


Insurer characteristics

Health Plan # Colorado Enrollees (PPO) # Colorado Enrollees (HMO) Total # Enrollees % Marketshare
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield 607,551 64,292 671,843 21.00%
UnitedHealthcare 506,000 28,800 534,800 16.71%
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado 420,292   420,292 13.13%
Pacificare of Colorado 42,000 275,000 317,000 9.91%
Cigna HealthCare of Colorado Inc. 73,428 181,003 254,431 7.95%
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