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Facts about Penrose St. Francis Health System

After 60 railroad workers were injured in a train derailment near Leadville in the late 1880s, B.P. Anderson, MD, and four sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration began a door-to-door fundraising campaign to build a hospital in Colorado Springs. Since its inception, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has been infused with vision and dedicated to clinical excellence, whole-person care and serving the unique needs of its communities.

Distinctive Services

While Penrose-St. Francis (PSF) offers a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services, several programs and clinical specialties truly distinguish the system:

  • The Penrose Cancer Center brings leading-edge, compassionate cancer care to the people of southern Colorado.
  • Penrose-St. Francis' acclaimed Heart Institute consistently achieves outcomes that exceed national benchmarks.
  • St. Francis Medical Center specializes in maternal-child health with a state-of-the-art birthing center, a Level IIIA neonatal intensive care unit and a pediatric unit.
  • Penrose's EAP Corporate Health Services helps businesses retain healthy and productive employees.
  • The PSF Health Learning Center is dedicated to healthy aging through an interdisciplinary approach to managing chronic diseases.
  • The PSF Laboratories provide a comprehensive range of tertiary care and anatomic and clinical diagnostic services ranging from bedside point of care chemistries to electron microscopy and molecular testing.

Expanded Services

  • St. Francis Medical Center, a $207-million full-service hospital, opened in August 2008 as the only full-service hospital in northeast Colorado Springs. Services include birth center, emergency service, Level IIIA neonatal intensive care unit, inpatient/outpatient surgery, pediatric unit and Level IV Trauma Center.
  • Five-story E Tower opened January 2005 on the Penrose Hospital campus. This tower boasts a high-tech, 36-bed, critical care unit; 36 private-bed cardiovascular floor; Wellness Center; physician offices; main lobby; pharmacy; gift shop; registration area; boardroom and courtyard.
  • The emergency department at Penrose Hospital was expanded in 2007.

Awards & Honors

  • Named one of "America's 50 Best Hospitals" for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 by HealthGrades, the only recipient in Colorado and the top 1 percent in the nation.
  • Designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR); the only center in southern Colorado to hold this designation.
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Critical Care and Five-Star Rated for 7 years in a row (2005-2011) by HealthGrades
  • Ranked by HealthGrades Among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Joint Replacement Surgery and Five-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Pulmonary Services 3 years in a row and Recipient of the Pulmonary Care Excellence AwardTM for 7 years in a row by HealthGrades
  • The trauma center at Penrose Hospital has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons
  • Ranked by HealthGrades Among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Gastrointestinal Medical Treatment and among the top 10 hospitals in Colorado for Gastrointestinal Treatment - 7 years in a row (2005-2011)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in Colorado for Overall Cardiac Services and Cardiology Services for 2 consecutive years by HealthGrades
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke - 6 years in a row (2006 - 2011) by HealthGrades
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure - 9 years in a row (2003 - 2011) by HealthGrades
  • Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures and #3 in the state
  • Recipient of HealthGrades 2009-2010 Women's Health Excellence Award
  • Named a 2009 Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care
  • Awarded 2008-2009 CIGNA Healthcare Top Quality Designation
  • HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the past six years places PSF among the top 5 percent of all acute-care hospitals in the country.
  • Winner of Premier Healthcare Alliance 2009 Premier Award for Quality, one of 23 winners from 3,796 eligible.
  • Named to Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® list for 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, including one of Thomson Reuters 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals® in the United States. The annual Thomson Reuters award for cardiovascular services objectively measures performance on key criteria at the nation's top-performing, acute-care hospitals.
  • Named a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® performance improvement leader, recognizing U.S. hospitals that achieve the fastest rate of consistent, annual, clinical and organizational improvement during a five-year period (1999-2003).
  • Selected to U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospital's" list in 2006, 2007 and 2008. 
  • Penrose Hospital is the only facility in southern Colorado designated as a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.
  • Recipient of the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2009 and 2010 - one of only 121 hospitals nationwide 
  • Received a 2007 UnitedHealth Premium® Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center designation, reflecting national recognition of the quality of care provided.
  • Only organization in southern Colorado to receive the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 American Heart Association's "Fit Friendly Employer" Award.
  • 2004 J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Award for service excellence.
  • Penrose Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and is the only facility in Colorado accredited for radiation therapy by the American College of Radiology.
  • Penrose Cancer Center is the only facility in Colorado named to participate in a multi-million dollar National Cancer Institute (NCI) pilot project that is bringing state-of-the-art treatment to local community hospitals.
  • PSF's inpatient rehabilitation unit has the highest level of accreditation from the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
  • The pulmonary rehabilitation program at PSF is accredited as a program of excellence by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • PSF's Diabetes and Renal Care Center is fully accredited by the American Diabetes Association.
  • National Research Corporation awarded Penrose-St. Francis the 2005/2006 Consumer Choice Award, recognizing the system as having highest quality and image in its market and serving the needs of the community in an exemplary fashion.

By the Numbers

  • 2,520 associates
  • 781 affiliated physicians
  • 522 licensed beds
  • 22,343 annual admissions*
  • 78,450 annual emergency department visits*
  • $49.9 million in uncompensated and charity care provided annually*

*For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010


St. Francis Medical Center
6001 E. Woodmen Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80923

Penrose Hospital
2222 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Includes Penrose Mountain Urgent Care, Penrose Community Urgent Care, Penrose-St. Francis Health Learning Center, Colorado Sports and Spine Centers and EAP Corporate Health Services.

Patient & Community Resources

  • Penrose-St. Francis Ask-A-Nurse® offers free, health information and physician referrals: 719-776-5555.
  • The Penrose Cancer Center has a variety of patient resources, including outreach programs for women of color, free cancer screenings, on-campus housing and dental oncology services.
  • The Birth Center at St. Francis Medical Center offers an array of classes for moms-to-be, dads, grandparents, siblings and even the family dog!
  • The Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation supports Penrose-St. Francis in its work to provide important services to the community. To give a gift, contact the foundation at 719-776-7060.

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