Posts Tagged ‘Medical Center of the Rockies’

Medical Center of the Rockies Will Host Town Hall Gathering

March 26, 2014

Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) is opening its doors to the community for a Town Hall gathering on Thursday, April 3 from 4:30-7:00 pm.  The newly-appointed president and CEO for MCR, Kevin Unger, PhD, FACHE, will speak at the gathering and MCR staff will offer tours, highlighting the hospital’s state-of-the-art cardiac surgery wing.  The Town Hall will also include a short program to meet the dedicated team at MCR, as well as a reception on the hospital’s 5th floor patio, which offers magnificent mountain views.

“I look forward to meeting with members of the community to share our plans for advancing this exceptional hospital,” said Unger.  “I’m very excited about our commitment to improving patient care and quality, as well as how our innovative research programs work to push us forward.”

Unger is President/CEO of Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) and Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR), two hospitals within the University of Colorado Health system.  He has served as president and CEO of PVH since 2005.  In January 2014, he was named as president and CEO of MCR.  He has worked within the Poudre Valley Health System since 2001.

“Since taking on my new role, I have become much more familiar with MCR’s remarkable staff and facility and I am energized by the quality of care in our patient-centered environment,” said Mr. Unger.  “This forum offers a unique opportunity for us to exchange ideas about how the hospital and its neighbors can work together towards creating a healthier and safer community in Loveland and the surrounding areas.”

MCR is a partnership between University of Colorado Health (formerly Poudre Valley Health System) and Regional West Health Services of Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  Since opening its doors in February 2007, MCR has been providing the people of northern Colorado with a full spectrum of medical services, specializing in heart and trauma care.  MCR offers the region’s most advanced cardiac care, including one of the region’s leading robotic-assisted surgery programs. The hospital also serves as a Level II regional trauma center with teams of specialty physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technologists and others standing by 24 hours a day.

More than a hospital, MCR offers health care – with healing gardens, kitchens and lounges for guests and families, spectacular views of Longs Peak, large private patient rooms with warm décor, windows that open and a place for loved ones to sleep.  The hospital prides itself on becoming a leader and innovator in patient satisfaction, nursing excellence and specialized health care, and has received several awards in these areas.

Limited spots are still available to attend the gathering on April 3.  People or parties who are interested in attending and/or learning how they can become a supporter of the hospital, should contact Rebecca Bowen at 970.237.7400 or

Research: Harnessing Innovation for the Future

June 28, 2013


Research gives future generations hope for longer lives, less suffering and more innovations in the way we think about health. The UCHealth Research Institute is working to impact lives on a local scale in northern Colorado, with a global and lasting reach.

The work of the UCHealth Research Institute is not done as a single, isolated lab. The institute works in
collaboration with Colorado State University (CSU) Ventures, NoCo Bio and Rocky Mountain Innosphere, allowing doctors, students and professionals the opportunity to work together, merge ideas, streamline processes and make advancements in patient care.

This local, collaborative research has no boundaries. The outcomes, or advances in technologies, can benefit patient
care around the globe while boosting our local economy.

For example, The UCHealth Research Institute hosted Inviragen, a local biotech company, to test a vaccine for
dengue fever. This study drew the interest of global power house Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.; Takeda purchased
Inviragen on May 7, 2013 for $35 million in cash with potential future payments of $215 million.

In addition to the dengue vaccine, the institute is working diligently to help other local research projects see their hard work come to life. One such study is the ABSORB study. It’s brand new technology where, instead of a metal stent being used to open a coronary artery, a bioresorbable polymer scaffolding is used. This is the first study of its kind in the United States and we enrolled our first patient in May.

A recent grant from the Erion Foundation to the Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation will support advances
in medicine specific to trauma. Current research at MCR includes a study of a specific chemical in the body and how
it contributes to irreversible shock from hemorrhage in trauma patients.

A previous collaboration between Healthy Hearts Club and the Colorado State University Department of Health and
Exercise Science included an analysis of 20 years of data to identify risk factors among children in northern Colorado
school districts. Based on the findings, the next step is to design an intervention program targeted to help children,
and their families, at risk for cardiovascular disease. “Funding for research enables physicians, scientists and
local entrepreneurs to unite their expertise toward better treatment options and outcomes,” said George Hayes, MCR president and CEO.

The studies selected to be funded and executed at the institute depend on donor contributions. Our generous
donors help to fund physicians’ time spent on research, and help to provide needed equipment vital to the outcome
testing. Gifts to the UCHealth Research Institute advance the health and vitality of northern Colorado and
better the lives of distressed patients around the world.

MCR Foundation Inaugural Table Hop & Taste a huge success!

October 24, 2011

For two nights, Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) was transformed into a design and culinary experience for the entire community.

Table Hop & Taste was the inaugural event for Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation. It showcased our community’s talent for design and healthy culinary flavors while supporting research and education at MCR.

It was a true example of our gifted, artistic, and hard working community — one word — Amazing!

Table Hop & Taste could not have been a success without its major sponsors. McWhinney, Poudre Valley Medical Group, and FLEXX Productions. Their generosity and support for this event was unbelievable.

All proceeds from Table Hop & Taste supported cutting-edge research opportunities and educational advancements at MCR. These include cardiovascular clinical research through drug and device trials, trauma and emergency education for all levels of care from ambulance to surgery and community-based research projects focused on prevention, health education, health promotion, wellness and disease management.

And the table winner is…

The winning table design goes to McWhinney! The McWhinney table was designed by FLEXX Productions. Winners were decided by attendees placing money in the respective jars on each room’s table. The second place room was the music-themed room.

Thank you to all of our Table Hop & Taste sponsors and guests for making this new event such a great success!

MCR Foundation teams up with PharmaJet, Inc. to evaluate needle-free injection system

August 30, 2011

The Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation research department is working with PharmaJet, Inc. to clinically test a needle-free injection system.

Over the last week, MCR Foundation has held testing sessions with 38 volunteer nurses and 150 volunteer recipients.

The PharmaJet injector utilizes a single-use, sterile, auto-disable needle-free syringe and a spring-powered energy source that creates an optimal pressure profile which produces a needle free injection.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare how many volunteer nurses considered the current design or the new design of the PharmaJet needle-free injector easy to use.

Another goal of this study was to measure the nurse’s and recipient’s experience with the PharmaJet needle-free injection in a clinical setting.

The Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation research department has been partnering with PharmaJet for over a year as a test site for this needle-free injection device.

PharmaJet’s goal is to improve health care at home and abroad by delivering a safe and effective alternative to needle and syringe.

View slideshow from the trial

For more information go to, or

PVH/MCR Foundation Quarter 1 Grants Announced

April 13, 2011


PVH and MCR Foundations award community grants

The Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies Foundations awarded the following grants through the Community Grants Program in first quarter 2011 –

PVH Foundation

  • Pathways Hospice – $10,000 to help purchase an electronic medical record system
  • Respite Care – $7,000 for general operating support
  • Catholic Charities – $7,000 for the prescription assistance program
  • Thompson School District – $6,635 for infant hearing screen equipment
  • Larimer County Dive Rescue – $4,500 for safety and rescue equipment

MCR Foundation

  • Rocky Mountain Medical Outfitting and Recycling – $7,500 for general operating support
  • A Kid’s Place Child Advocacy Center – $5,000 for general operating support

Through the Community Grants Program, the PVH and MCR Foundations support community-based efforts that enhance the health and well being of people in Northern Colorado. 

Upcoming application deadlines are April 29, 2011 for MCR Foundation and May 13, 2011 for PVH Foundation. Please visit for more information.

All grants are funded by the generosity of our community through gifts to the Health Trust.  Click here to see how a gift to the health trust can impact two of our community’s greatest health needs: food and medication.

generosity heals…our community

A note of thanks…

November 23, 2010

A quick note of generosity this week of Thanksgiving:

On behalf of the MCR Mentorship, Recruitment, and Retention Committee and the MCR Patient and Family Centered Care Committee, we would like to thank all of you for your amazing generosity in response to last week’s holiday drive to raise funds for Employee Emergency Assistance (EEAF) and Helping Hands!

Currently, we have calculated 30 hours of PTO given toward the Helping Hands Fund,  29 hours of PTO toward EEAF, and $33 per pay period given toward EEAF. We also had some one-time cash donations as well! Nice job, everyone!

MCR Helping Hands fund will provide emergency assistance to patients and/or families who find themselves far away from home and without financial resources to pay for gas or transportation to return home, clothing (to return home), food, or lodging.

Employee Emergency Assistance helps PVHS employees through grants and loans in times of financial emergency. Contributions are typically used for mortgage payments, rental payments, car payments, electric bills, and other utility bills.

The winner of the $25 gift certificate to be used on Foundation merchandise at next week’s MCR Craft Fair is Susan Schairer! Congratulations, Susan!

Happy and Healthy Holidays!

The Foundation

Share your stories of generosity, call Andrea Carlstrom @ 495-7408 or e-mail her at

Random act of generosity at MCR

November 18, 2010

A great story delivered to the Foundation from the generosity project.

This past week, I witnessed a nurse at Medical Center of the Rockies display great generosity.  A homeless patient had lost everything she owned when she was brought into the hospital.  One of the nurses came in on her day off to bring the patient pants, socks, hoodies, gloves, hat.  The patient was amazed by her compassion and generosity.  This is just one act that I saw- these happen everyday!

generosity heals…pass it on.

Community Lunch to learn about Trauma Care at PVHS

June 14, 2010

Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation presents our second Community Education Lunch of 2010.

This lunch is free to the public and is a great opportunity to find out more about trauma care at Poudre Valley Health System, specifically Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. Presentation
1:00 p.m. Optional Tour of MCR

Special Presentation by
Dr. Jamie Teumer, Emergency Physicians of the Rockies
Trauma Education and the Emergency Department

RSVP to Shannon by June 25th
237-7406 or

View Full Invitation

Medical Center of the Rockies Receives Colorado Trust Award

August 25, 2009

Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) has received The Colorado Trust Sustainability Award for improving patient safety through the Colorado 5 Million Lives Campaign. MCR is Poudre Valley Health System’s hospital in Loveland, Colorado.

MCR was recognized for effectively using its $50,000 5 Million Lives grant from The Trust to implement and sustain specific interventions to prevent unintended injury resulting from the delivery of medical care.

Outcomes reported by Medical Center of the Rockies as of June 2009 include:

  • The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) has not experienced a case of ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) in 604 days, and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) has not experienced a case of VAP in 547 days.
  • The rate of pressure ulcers decreased from 1.42 per 1,000 patient days in 2008, to 0.55 per 1,000 patient days in 2009.
  • MCR experienced no MRSA transmission in the critical care setting in 2008, and thus far in 2009.
  • The rate of medication reconciliation upon admission has increased from 60% to 95% of patients.
  • The cardiac catheterization lab reports no central line infections have occured during the past 12 months.
  • The CICU and SICU report no blood stream infections have occured during the past 12 months.

Medical Center of the Rockies has also been named a Mentor Hospital by The Colorado Trust and the 5 Million Lives Campaign. In this role, staff will help other organizations in Colorado to improve their patient care processes.

For more information about Medical Center of the Rockies patient safety programs, please contact Steve Eberle at or (970) 624-1343.


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