The Medical Center of Aurora Featured in Denver Business Journal

The Medical Center of Aurora, along with other Denver metro area hospitals, was featured in the Denver Business Journal's Health Care Quarterly (Cardiac Care).

From the Denver Business Journal:

"Hospitals Compete for Heart Patients"

Bob Mook

Coloradans have a lower incidence of heart disease compared to the rest of the country.

Still, hospitals in metro Denver are competing fiercely for cardiovascular patients by investing millions of dollars in technology, expanding facilities and buying cardiology practices to boost referrals.

...Of all the Denver-area hospitals, the Medical Center of Aurora has made the most visible investment into its cardiovascular department in recent years.

The center, managed by HCA-HealthOne, last June opened a $90 million, 144,000-square-foot cardiovascular tower that includes all private rooms for heart patients. John Hill, president and CEO of the Medical Center of Aurora, said the hospital is angling to become a regional cardiovascular center.

...Hill said the hospital has drawn patients from as far away as Durango and Nebraska. The hospital’s strategy is to build up its reputation by obtaining credentials. It’s certified as both a chest-pain center (by the Society of Chest Pain Centers) and a heart arrhythmia center. Hill said doctors are more likely to refer cardiac patients to the center because of its reputation.

“We offer an advanced level of care that most hospitals don’t,” he said.

Dr. Nelson Prager, managing partner of Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates and head cardiology partner at HCA-HealthONE, is also featured in this article. To read the full article, please visit Hospitals Compete for Heart Patients on the Denver Business Journal's website.