The Colorado Health Foundation: Our Story 

Over the 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.

This 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 Healthy Colorado.

The Colorado Health Foundation awarded nearly $86 million in grants and contributions to improve health and health care in Colorado.

On 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 Oct. 14.

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.

The Colorado Health Foundation awards $29.6 million in grants, while continuing to operate five GME residency programs and three community programs.

HealthONE 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 the nation.

In addition to operating five graduate medical education (GME) residency programs and three community programs, the Colorado Health Foundation awards $20.4 million in grants.  

Rose Family Medicine Residency joins the HealthONE Alliance.

The 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 venture. As a result of the joint venture, HCA-HealthONE becomes the largest health care provider in the Denver area.


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