Denver Health

Denver Health is a level one trauma center providing integrated primary and acute care to 25% of the residents of Denver County. Denver Health is an integrated, comprehensive health system built around a main hospital, with nearly 500 licensed beds, and 8 community health centers. It is a nationally renowned model for safety-net hospital systems with its unique integration of inpatient, urgent care, and outpatient facilities. In addition to its dedication to patient care, Denver Health has undergone extensive renovation and expansion to provide state-of-the-art facilities to improve the patient experience.

Denver Health's mission is to provide access to the highest quality of health care, whether for preventive care or acute and chronic disease, regardless of ability to pay. Guided by this principle to provide "Level One Care for All", Denver Health serves a diverse patient population that represents the full extent of Denver's socioeconomic and ethnic diversity. Residents and interns in internal medicine are exposed to commonly encountered medical disorders, unusual and rare diagnoses, and advanced presentations of disease.

University of Colorado housestaff provide inpatient care on general medicine services and a combined CCU/MICU rotation during their training. In addition, housestaff may have experiences in the adult urgent care clinic, emergency department, or have their continuity clinic at one of the eight community health clinics that make up the Denver Health system. The general medicine ward service includes eight upper-level residents and eight interns covering six teams with geographic patient assignments. Each team has three weeks of day shifts and one week of night shifts during their rotation. The shift system affords interns substantial autonomy while maintaining 24/7 backup from upper-level residents and in-house hospitalists. The teaching services utilize an interprofessional rounding model with intimate involvement with all disciplines including nursing, social work, therapy, and pharmacy. Denver Health has grown its hospitalist division from 6 to over 40 physicians in the past decade. In addition to serving as teaching attendings, the hospital medicine group also staffs non-teaching teams which off-load patients from the resident-run services protecting their service-to-education ratios.

University of Colorado housestaff also provide care for CCU and ICU patients during their medical intensive care unit rotation. The four house staff teams are staffed by teams of one third-year resident and one intern. These services are supervised by both a cardiologist and an intensivist, with fellows of the respective services also closely involved in teaching and patient care. The ICU teams rotate in a traditional q4 call cycle. The Denver Health MICU cares for the full breadth of critical care diagnoses and also serves as a site of enrollment for a variety of critical care and translational research trials.