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SCL Health Celebrates Anniversary of First Micro-hospital Serving Westminster Community

DENVER – Sept. 21, 2016 – To commemorate one year of operation in Westminster, SCL Health Community Hospital will host an anniversary celebration to thank the community and local first responders for their support. The event is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31.

The fully licensed micro-hospital was built to accommodate the growing demand for health care services in Colorado, delivering quicker access to emergency services in a smaller campus setting as an alternative to larger hospital facilities offering extensive specialty care.

“We were the first health system in Colorado to build a hospital of this kind, recognizing that people expect choice, convenience and value when health care needs arise,” said SCL Health president and CEO Mike Slubowski. “This hospital serves Westminster and the surrounding communities right in the neighborhood, delivering care where people live, work and play.”

The family friendly celebratory event – open to the public at no cost – will include live music, bounce houses, face painters, food trucks, giveaways and a photo booth. For additional details, visit

SCL Health’s Westminster location is one of two micro-hospitals operating in the Denver area, each built in partnership with Texas-based Emerus, the nation’s first and largest operator of micro-hospitals with a national footprint. SCL’s Health’s Littleton location opened its doors to the public earlier this year.

“Through our partnership with SCL Health, patients know they will receive premier medical care from doctors and staff they can trust, each time they walk through our doors,” said Dr. Toby Hamilton, CEO of Emerus. “It has been a great year being part of this community.”

Sean Stricker, regional CEO of SCL Health Community Hospital, says providing empathetic patient care of the highest quality is a shared commitment of the partnership that is reflected in each organization’s mission, vision and values.

“This journey began with a vision of bringing more access points to quality health care closer to where patients live, work and play. We look forward to building on our progress to reach new heights in our second year and beyond.”

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our $2.5 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our ten hospitals, more than 160 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, mental health care, and safety-net services in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $222 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit

Emerus is the nation’s first and largest operator of micro-hospitals. Emerus partners with leading health systems to provide excellence, empathy and innovation in health care delivery through a network of efficient, value-based micro-hospitals. The Emerus network brings high-quality, patient-centric acute episodic and ambulatory clinical services to communities across a given market. This helps patients by positioning best-in-class provider services in the communities where they work, live and play. Emerus’ distinctive level of care earned the Guardian of Excellence Award for Superior Patient Experience in 2013, 2014 and 2015. More information is available at

Brian Newsome, SCL Health
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Melissa Bias, Emerus
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