1835 Franklin Street, Denver, CO 80218      303-837-7111
Saint Joseph Hospital
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Our Hospital

Owned and operated by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, since 1883, Saint Joseph Hospital is one of the largest non-profit hospitals in the region. Licensed for 577 beds, Saint Joseph is the major admitting hospital for Colorado Kaiser Permanente and maintains contacts with most of the major health plans in the Denver metropolitan area. Its occupancy rate is among the highest in Denver. The Hospital receives referrals throughout the Rocky Mountain West for maternity/newborn, cardiovascular, orthopedic, oncological, neurosurgical, gastrointestinal, urological, and other medical/surgical subspecialties. It has received national recognition for its quality of care and three times has been ranked nationally among the Top 100 Teaching Hospitals by Mercer Management Consulting, Inc., and HICA, Inc( the last time being 1998).

In March 1997 the Russell Pavilion opened at Saint Joseph Hospital. This 100,000 square-foot addition houses two of the Hospital's busiest ambulatory services - Radiation Oncology and the Emergency Department - and the Medical Education Center. The education center, which was built with funds donated by supporters of Saint Joseph Hospital, includes the Kaiser Permanente Conference Center (with eight conference rooms), the 150 seat W. Gerald and Lois S. Rainer Auditorium, the Medical Library and the William V. Gervasini Memorial Library for Patients and Families. Also in 1997 St. Joseph Hospital merged with Lutheran Hospital, on the west side of town, and the primary care physician network Primera to form Exempla Healthcare. The benefits of this relationship continue to be discovered.

Other hospital highlights include

Critical and Cardiac Care

Of 17 hospitals in the metro area, Saint Joseph consistently reports the highest number of critical care days among private hospitals. The Hospital's cardiac cath labs are state-of-the-art and have contributed to national benchmark recognition for care of certain heart patients.


Approximately one in every ten births in Colorado occurs at Saint Joseph Hospital, and the Hospital is recognized throughout the Rocky Mountain Region as a referral center for high-risk mothers. Critically ill newborns are cared for in the Level III NICU.


Nearly one in ten Denver area residents hospitalized with cancer receives care at Saint Joseph. The Hospital's radiation therapy program is the region's busiest, treating more than 85 patients each day.


Two adjacent units with a total of 48 beds comprise the Orthopedic Unit, which is the busiest in Denver. A fully equipped physical therapy room is also located on the unit.

Diagnostic Imaging

In addition to standard x-ray imaging, the Diagnostic Imaging Department provides special imaging services which include MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, special procedures, and mammography. The department is one of the fastest growing in interventional radiology in Denver.

Tertiary Care

We provide all tertiary services excepting major organ transplant and chronic renal dialysis.

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