About Us

Learn what makes Denver Health “The Heart of Denver” in this video.

Denver Health was founded as City Hospital in 1860 to serve the health care needs of the rapidly developing city of Denver. Since then, we have grown alongside the community to become a complete health care system, proudly providing care for all residents -- at every point in their lives. We believe healthy people are the foundation of a vibrant community, and Denver Health has been treating and healing the people of Denver for more than 160 years.  

Today, Denver Health delivers preventative, primary and acute care services. We are committed to making our community a healthy place to live, work and raise a family. You’ll see that commitment in the programs we offer, through the care we provide and in our determination to achieve continuous improvement so our community always has the best care available.   

As a comprehensive, integrated organization, we provide hospital and emergency care to the public, regardless of ability to pay. This integration promotes continuity of care for each patient and assures health care that is delivered in the most efficient, cost-effective setting.

We care for: 

  • thirty-three percent of Denver's population annually; Denver Health sees nearly 930,000 total patient visits annually.
  • one in three Denver-area children each year. 
  • the needs of special populations such as the poor, uninsured, pregnant teens, persons addicted to alcohol and other substances, victims of violence and the homeless.

As Colorado's primary safety-net institution, Denver Health has provided billions of dollars in uncompensated care and serves as a model for other safety net institutions across the nation.

Denver Health Main Campus

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777 Bannock Street

Denver, CO 80204

Appointments: 303-436-4949

Operator: 303-436-6000

Denver Health and Hospital Authority

Denver Health and Hospital Authority (the “Authority”) was created by the Colorado legislature as a body corporate and political subdivision of the State of Colorado pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes § 25-29-101, et seq. (the “Act”). The Authority began operations on January 1, 1997 after having separated from the City and County of Denver (“the City”). On January 1, 1997, the City transferred substantially all of the healthcare programs, services and facilities of the City’s former Department of Health and Hospitals to the Authority. The Authority is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors that is responsible for the operation of the Authority’s health system, including the Denver Health Medical Center.

Denver Health Mission and Vision

  • Provide access to the highest quality health care, whether for prevention, or acute and chronic diseases, regardless of ability to pay;
  • Provide life-saving emergency medicine and trauma services to Denver and the Rocky Mountain region;
  • Fulfill public health functions as dictated by the Denver Charter and the needs of the citizens of Denver;
  • Provide health education for patients;
  • Participate in the education of the next generation of health care professionals; and
  • Engage in research, which enhances our ability to meet the health care needs of Denver Health system patients
  • To be the healthiest community in the United States.

Denver Health Values

Denver Health strives to change the world by transforming the health of our patients and community. Our values are:

  • Excellence - We are better every day.
  • Compassion - We care for everyone.
  • Relentlessness - We fight for everyone.
  • Stewardship - We use resources responsibly.
  • Learning - We educate the next generation.

Learn more details about each of these values.


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