Crisis Creates Colorado Healthcare Collaboration

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Healthcare facilities across Colorado have been joining forces to collect data on COVID-19 for months.

The parent company of St. Mary’s Medical Center is one of those participants and together, the medical agencies are getting ready to deliver their result, in the hope of better responding to the virus.

A variety of medical centers including SCL Health, Denver Health and UC Health have been meeting for weeks to monitor and share information about the evolving coronavirus situation.

They began collaborating in mid-March and met for an hour each morning over the first seven or eight weeks of the pandemic.

Officials say at one point, our state had the fourth highest number of cases in the US, which made this collaboration crucial for the health of Coloradans.

“This was an opportunity for us to really align, in a period of uncertainty, get to some level of certainty of what we were doing and figure out if one hospital or health system figured out a better way to care for patients with COVID, how did we make sure that got out to everybody across the state as quickly as possible?” said J.P. Valin, MD, the Chief Clinical Officer at SCL Health.

Since the number of coronavirus cases has declined since the initial spike, these agencies have been combining patient data, which will be released sometime next week.

This information will not only help the state move forward with Safer-at-Home guidelines and inform the public on COVID, but also help determine how to best use resources.

“Over 4,900 patients hospitalized across the state, all the hospitals and we’re pulling together the information on those patients and we’re looking forward to early next week being able to share that information with the state and with the public,” said Dr. Valin, “Really so that folks know what the experience was for COVID wave one in the state and I think that’ll be really helpful and helpful to inform our look forward.”

 KREX 5 will continue following this collaboration and the resulting information it produces.

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