St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs is one of the hospitals that fall under Centura’s umbrella. Centura is reaching out to regional hospitals to create a network of care across the state.

Centura Health and St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville have signed an affiliation and services agreement that establishes an expanded system of care for St. Vincent Hospital.

St. Vincent is the eighth independent affiliate to join the Centura Health network along with San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, Conejos County Hospital in La Jara, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida, Middle Park Medical Center in Kremmling, Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo, Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte and Goodland Regional Medical Center in Goodland, Kan.

“This agreement promises to bring new services to St. Vincent and to support the high quality of care we have provided our community for more than a century,” said Joyce Beck, CEO of St. Vincent Hospital. “Centura Health has shown that it is committed to working with communities to deliver care locally whenever possible.”

St. Vincent General Hospital is known as the highest hospital in North America’s highest city of Leadville. Founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1879 to care for a growing population of miners, St. Vincent is a 25-bed critical access hospital that provides general medical services for a wide variety of acute illnesses, as well as emergency medicine, family medicine, surgery, post-operative care, long term care, home health care, physical therapy, radiology and home oxygen.

Centura is the parent company for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, and is one of the largest hospital providers in the state.