Grand River Hospital contracts with the Roaring Fork Valley Community Health Plan |

Grand River Hospital contracts with the Roaring Fork Valley Community Health Plan

The Roaring Fork Valley Community Health Plan has added Grand River Hospital to its network. Now, all the hospital facilities in Pitkin and Garfield counties are participating in this unique collaboration to provide health insurance for residents.

The Grand River Hospital District has served the health care needs of western Garfield County since 1962, first through Clagett Memorial Hospital and now as Grand River Medical Center. The hospital’s CEO, Patrick Howery, will sit on the health plan board.

“This is a very exciting addition to our health plan, as we now have another highly respected group of medical professionals and a state-of -the-art medical facility for the residents of the valley,” said Bill Hanisch, executive director of the health plan.

Currently, the health plan has over 4,000 members.

The addition of Grand River Hospital will give residents of Rifle, Silt and New Castle access to the PacifiCare provider network and offer an affordable solution to the escalating cost of health care.

Because much of the valley-wide workforce commutes from Rifle, Silt and New Castle to work in Glenwood Springs or Aspen, this partnership is especially meaningful, Hanisch said.

The health plan serves the cities of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, El Jebel, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.

Local medical providers and the business community formed the nonprofit health plan corporation to address the needs of their rural communities. Coverage is provided by a leading insurance company and distributed by local brokers.

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