Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Medical Services

Yampa Valley Medical Center

Yampa Valley Medical Center provides quality healthcare to its residents and visitors. Through ongoing training and education and investments in technology and programs, YVMC is committed to keeping access to excellent healthcare local.

YVMC is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, connecting YVMC providers with Mayo Clinic resources to enhance patient care. AskMayoExpert, an online database of information and care protocols, and e-Consults, an electronic consultation in which a patient’s health information is shared securely with a Mayo physician for care management, are two of its vast resources.

Whether you’re a part-time or year-round resident, or need medical care while visiting, YVMC offers countless specialties to meet your needs. From family medicine and obstetrics/gynecological care to emergency medicine and joint replacement, YVMC is ready to extend its legacy of care.

Info:, (970) 879-1322.

Fast Facts

39-bed acute care regional hospital serving patients in Routt, Moffat , Jackson and Grand counties in Colorado and Carbon County in Wyoming

Non-profit healthcare provider 500+ employees 80+ physicians 30 specialties including emergency care, minimally invasive surgery, cancer care, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology, breast health, orthopaedics and joint replacement, rehabilitation services including physical, occupational and speech therapies and integrative health services including acupuncture and massage as well as occupational medicine.

140 volunteers 8,166 emergency care visits and 288 newborn deliveries in 2014

Provided $1.8 million in charity care in 2014 Awards Patient Safety Excellence Award – Healthgrades (2013, 2014, 2015). Awarded to the top 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.

Five-Star Recipient: Natural Deliveries – Healthgrades (2015). Recognizes YVMC as a top performing hospital in women’s health across the nation. Outstanding Patient Experience Award – Healthgrades (2014). Awarded to hospitals performing well in the areas of nurse communication, pain control, patients receiving discharge information, patients receiving help quickly and how well staff explained medications.

Five-Star Patient Experience Rating – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2014). Awarded based on answers to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey given to more than 3,500 hospitals.

Other services

The Doak Walker Care Center, located in the new Casey’s Pond Senior Living campus, offers skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation stays.

The Haven in Hayden is a 20-bed assisted living facility with state-of-the-art amenities.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides primary care, public health, home health, hospice and palliative care, and wellness and prevention services that address a wide range of health needs, from prenatal through the end of life.

Steamboat Mental Health Center provides outpatient and 24-hour emergency mental health services.

YVMC enters partnership with Mayo Clinic

In a much-heralded affiliation bringing even better medical care to Steamboat Springs, the Yampa Valley Medical Center has entered into a new partnership with the Mayo Clinic giving local physicians the ability to consult with the clinic’s specialists across the country.

YVMC is the second Colorado hospital to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network after Aspen Valley Hospital joined in 2013.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have this relationship,” hospital CEO Frank May says. “This elevates our game and lets us offer another level of care.”

The partnership will help local patients receive better quality care and even eliminate having to travel long distances to see certain specialists. Local physicians in the Mayo Clinic Care Network also will have access to AskMayoExpert, an online medical reference tool.

While the partnership will be another tool for physicians, it still will be up to patients and their doctors to decide the best path of care. The cost of the contract would be absorbed in the hospital’s budget, without resulting in any significant price changes for patients to help cover costs of the new partnership.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network was launched in 2011 and now includes 26 hospitals of varying sizes in 12 states as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico. The hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation in order to qualify for the Mayo Clinic Care Network, with the YVMC affiliation process taking 18 months. Mayo employs more than 4,000 staff physicians and scientists nationwide.

“We’re delighted to be collaborating with the medical center,” Mayo Clinic Vice President Wyatt Decker says. “With all the changes in health care, there’s a fair amount of consolidation of health care organizations, but we decided to take a different path. Our strategy is to share our knowledge to provide higher levels of care to broader groups of people.”

YVMC’s Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center

GloriaGossardCtr-DirectorTereseKaskeYampa Valley Medical Center has launched the new Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center to make it easier and more convenient for women to get screened and receive care.

“We hope it will increase awareness and increase the number of women who choose to get screened,” says the center’s Director Dr. Terese Kaske. “The hope is to find nothing, but screenings can help find cancer earlier and lead to far better outlooks for patients.”

The new breast health center features a comfortable, spa-like atmosphere for patients and comes with such technology enhancements as better breast MRI capabilities, a Giotto Stereotactic mammography machine and a vacuum-assisted biopsy machine.

Hospital officials maintain the new technology will allow more patients to get the care they need here in the Yampa Valley instead of driving to the Front Range. The center also will have a breast health navigation program in which patients will be guided through all aspects of care.

“It’s a way to provide more services,” says Kaske, who brings to YVMC more than 22 years of experience in breast health and radiology.

Made possible by a donation from late Steamboat philanthropist Gloria Gossard, the new breast health center opened in April 2014 in the medical office building adjacent to the hospital. The long-term plan is to establish it in part of what previously was the Doak Walker Care Center.

Casey’s Pond Senior Living Center running strong

If you relocate to Steamboat Springs, you can stay a long, long time.

Casey’s Pond Senior Living Center is a 117,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art community, providing an upscale senior residence to those living independently or needing assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing. Located near the south entrance to the city, the center, developed and managed by Colorado-based Pearl Senior Living, offers four types of senior living, including a collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments, or villas, as well as more assisted living suites.

In all, it can house approximately 150 residents across four levels of care, served by 120 full-time employees for a nearly one-to-one staff to member ratio.

“Our focus is wellness and active longevity in a beautiful environment, with our team providing personalized services, catered living and compassionate care,” says executive director Dan Shields.

As well as lodging, fees include a range of services, meals and activities, including the use of a business center, coffee/tea stations, full-service mailing center, shuttles, housekeeping, utilities, cable TV, wireless Internet, salon and wellness, and fitness and nutrition programs.