Facts & Figures
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Founded on the banks of Cherry Creek in 1860, Denver
Health reflects the historical mission of our nation’s public
safety net hospitals. Denver Health integrates acute hospital and emergency care
with public and community health to deliver preventive, primary
and acute care services. This integration promotes continuity
of care for each patient. Integration also assures health care
that is delivered in the most efficient, cost-effective setting.
Denver Health cares for almost one-third of Denver County’s
population annually, and treats 66,000 children each year.
Denver Health cares for:
- The special health needs of the entire population with
services ranging from trauma care to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center;
- The needs of special populations such as the poor,
uninsured, pregnant teens, persons addicted to alcohol
and other substances, victims of violence, the homeless,
and those with AIDS.
Denver Health Medical Center
Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) is Denver Health’s acute
care hospital. With 525-licensed beds, DHMC is one of the
state’s busiest hospitals with more than 25,000 admissions
Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Center
Denver Health Medical Center is home to the Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Center (RMRTC), the region’s only ACS
verified Adult Level I and Pediatric Level II trauma center. It
is highly regarded as one of the best trauma centers in the
911 Emergency Response
Denver Health operates Denver’s 911 medical emergency response system. In 2015,
Denver Health paramedics responded to more than 100,000 calls for emergency medical
assistance and transported more than 70,000 patients to 12
Community Health Services
Denver Health’s Community Health Services managed
477,271 visits in 2015.
- Family Health Centers: Nine family health centers located
throughout Denver neighborhoods provide convenient primary
- School-Based Health Centers: Seventeen School-Based Health Centers in Denver Public Schools offer on-site medical
care to elementary, middle and high school students.
Denver Public Health (DPH) serves as the center for
communicable disease reporting, surveillance, investigation,
and control for the City and County of Denver.
An integral part of Denver Health, infectious disease physicians
from DPH work with hospital physicians on disease prevention
and treatment throughout the hospital and family health
Through numerous grant-funded programs, DPH conducts
important research on infectious diseases including hepatitis
surveillance, tuberculosis clinical trials, HIV/AIDS prevention,
counseling, testing and treatment, and vaccine trials.
Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center
Denver Health offers many alternatives to expensive
emergency room visits and/or hospitalization. The Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center (RMPDC) handles many
minor poisoning emergencies by telephone. In addition, the
Center’s staff of toxicologists cares for seriously ill patients in
the hospital. RMPDC answered 158,862 calls in 2015.
Through Denver Health’s 24-hour NurseLine, more than
170,000 patients get free and confidential answers to health related
questions, avoiding costly emergency room visits.
Behavioral Health and Addiction Services manages Denver CARES, a 100-bed, non-medical facility, which provided a safe setting for more than 28,000 detoxifying episodes in 2015.
Among 121 leading academic hospitals in the US (University
HealthSystem Consortium), Denver Health has ranked in the
best ten percent for inpatient survival for seven consecutive
years and has received a 4 or 5 star ranking in overall quality
for 10 consecutive years.