Poudre Valley Hospital

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Poudre Valley Hospital
University of Colorado Health (Northern Region)
Location 1024 South Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Emergency department Level III trauma center
Beds 270
Founded 1925 as Larimer County Hospital, renamed Poudre Valley Memorial Hospital in 1962 when transferred by the county to the hospital district, and then Poudre Valley Hospital in 1980
Website https://www.uchealth.org/Pages/OHAM/OrgUnitDetails.aspx?OrganizationalUnitId=8
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Coordinates: 40°34′15.89″N 105°3′27.26″W / 40.5710806°N 105.0575722°W / 40.5710806; -105.0575722

Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH), located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is part of University of Colorado Health and serves northern Colorado, southern Wyoming, and western Nebraska. The hospital has 270 beds, and is a level III trauma center. It also houses 11 surgical suites, five intensive care unit beds, and a level III neonatal intensive care unit. The Hospital is home to a regional orthopedic program, and many cancer treatment and rehabilitation services as well. The hospital has helped make Fort Collins a regional health center, and continues to do so, despite the opening of its sister hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies.

Residency training[edit]

The hospital has an ACGME-accredited residency program in family medicine. Seven residents are accepted per year. The three-year program emphasizes community-based and rural medicine to provide physicians to northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.


Poudre Valley Hospital opened in 1925 as Larimer County Hospital. It became Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) in 1980.

Poudre Valley Health System, which owns and operates PVH and Medical Center of the Rockies, was named one of three winners of the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.[1] PVHS was the only healthcare provider to win the award in 2008. Vice President Joe Biden presented the Baldrige award to PVHS in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2.

Poudre Valley Hospital received attention in 1998 as the hospital where Matthew Shepard was taken after being attacked outside Laramie, WY. The sudden rush of traffic to the hospital's web site required reconfiguration of the site to support the traffic.[2]


PVH has received many awards, including:

  • Top 100 Hospital
  • U.S. News 50 Best Hospitals (orthopedics)
  • Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence
  • Health Care's Most Wired
  • Malcolm Baldrige Award


  1. ^ "The Role of Health Care Innovation in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: An Interview With Baldrige Judge Patricia Martinez, MD, MPH". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  2. ^ Steve Silberman (1998-10-13). "Killing Mobilizes Netizens". Wired. 


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