New Hospital Advances Collaboration

National Jewish Health extends care to inpatients.

In December 2014, National Jewish Health, Saint Joseph Hospital and its nonprofit parent, SCL Health, began to see the fruition of their joint operating agreement with the opening of the new Saint Joseph Hospital. The new hospital and the collaborative care delivered there were reflected in the name on the building — National Jewish Health | Saint Joseph Hospital. Staff and doctors at the 365-bed, state-of-the-art hospital carry on a long tradition of both hospitals of caring for all members of the community. The new collaborative relationship extends the ability of National Jewish Health doctors to treat their patients along the full continuum of care, from outpatient clinics to intensive inpatient care.

New Hospital Advances Collaboration

As National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital have begun integrating their operations, National Jewish Health faculty and staff have taken the lead in several important areas.

  • Patients who are seen on the National Jewish Health campus and who need to be admitted as inpatients are now admitted to the jointly managed hospital under the care of National Jewish Health hospitalists and other experts, enabling a more integrated care model.

  • The National Jewish Health Critical Care team is an integral part of the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and provides extended physician coverage 24 hours a day.

  • Thoracic surgeons from the University of Colorado, with whom we have collaborated for decades, now see patients at a specialized clinic on the National Jewish Health campus and perform surgery at the new hospital.

  • Combined National Jewish Health and Saint Joseph Hospital teams provide interventional cardiology services, bringing together experts in treating both the right and left sides of the heart.

  • The Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program based on the National Jewish Health campus now offers a specialized care unit at the new hospital. Patients with cystic fibrosis frequently need inpatient care as they battle a variety of infections that can be life-threatening.