The Colorado Health Foundation: Our Story
years, our structure, mission, name, and most recently in 2014 –
the way we fund grantees and the goals and strategies within our three outcome
areas – has changed to best serve Colorado’s health needs. In 1995, the
Foundation joined a joint venture partnership with the for-profit HCA Inc.
Though our initial emphasis was in medical research and acute care, our vision
has evolved to making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation.
timeline illustrates where we’re going and where we’ve been.
In March 2014, the Colorado Health Foundation
announced refined goals and strategies within the three community outcomes
areas, along with a tailored funding approach and new evaluation model. The
Foundation will transition to the refined work over the course of the year and
throughout 2015, on a course to meet goals set for 2023.
The Colorado Health Foundation created and
seed funded an independent 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, Advocacy for a
The Colorado Health Foundation awarded nearly
$86 million in grants and contributions to improve health and health care in
June 15, the Colorado Health Foundation's Board of Directors approved a
non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to sell the Foundation's 40 percent
stake in HCA-HealthONE to HCA for $1.45 billion. Colorado Attorney General
John Suthers approved the divestiture on Oct. 13 and the sale was finalized on
The Colorado Health Foundation more than doubles its community investment from
2008 to $94 million.
Embracing its growing grantmaking role, the Colorado Health Foundation invests
more than $45 million in nonprofit organizations and graduate medical
education. The Foundation also transfers operation of the Johnson Adult Day
Program to Total Community Options – one of several programs the Foundation
spun off or discontinued as its grantmaking activities grew.
Colorado Health Foundation awards $29.6 million in grants, while continuing to
operate five GME residency programs and three community programs.
Alliance changes its name to the Colorado Health Foundation to reflect its work
across the state and adopts the goal of making Colorado the healthiest state in
to operating five graduate medical education (GME) residency programs and
three community programs, the Colorado Health Foundation awards $20.4 million
Family Medicine Residency joins the HealthONE Alliance.
nonprofit partner in the joint venture, HealthONE, begins doing business as
HealthONE Alliance – an organization committed to improving the health of
Coloradans through graduate medical education, medical research, philanthropy
and community programs.
The for-profit company, Columbia (now HCA, or Hospital Corporation of
America, based in Nashville, Tenn.), enters into a joint venture with
the nonprofit HealthONE hospital system. Columbia contributes three
Denver-area hospitals to the joint venture: North Suburban, Aurora
Regional, and Rose Medical Center. HealthONE contributes
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Aurora
Presbyterian Hospital and various other medical facilities to the joint
As a result of the joint venture, HCA-HealthONE becomes the largest health care provider in the Denver area.