In 1879, a group of nuns from Kansas arrived in Leadville to provide medical services to the booming mining town. Now, after 135 years of providing care to the town and surrounding rural areas, St. Vincent Hospital is closing its doors.
The 25-bed hospital at 10,152 feet announced on its Facebook page Saturday, Nov. 15, that it will phase out its services over the next few months and no longer serve the roughly 7,300 people who live in Lake County.
Because of a broken heating system that didn’t meet code, the long-term care unit shut down Monday, Nov. 17. About a dozen elderly patients living at the hospital were forced to move out, and the hospital has helped place them in other nursing home facilities. The closest ones to Leadville are in Salida, Kremmling, Grand Junction and the Front Range.
“It’s a very sad thing,” said Sarah Vaine, CEO of the Summit Community Care Clinic. “The community really needs those resources.”
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