UCHealth and Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC) in Steamboat Springs are in the due diligence phase of negotiations with the intent of merging the two organizations. YVMC had announced plans in July, 2016 to seek a front-range hospital partner as part of its long range strategic plan for the hospital. At that time, the intent was to primarily find a patient referral partner.
The new arrangement would be a much more complex partnership including profit sharing among UCHealth hospitals and YVMC hospital staff becoming UCHealth employees. The merger would represent the first time the UCHealth network has included a hospital on the Western Slope.
Read more in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.