When Vail Health officially opened its Dillon Health Center on November 16, it brought more options for health care services to Summit County and the surrounding area. The facility largely operates similar services to Centura Health, owner of St. Anthony Summit Hospital, and creates around 80 jobs in the community, although not all of these positions are county-based full-time.
One of the biggest differences between the two facilities is that providers at the Dillon Health Center do not purchase Bright Health insurance, the carrier selected by the Peak Health Alliance. Peak Health is a non-profit local health insurance buying alliance that was founded in Summit County and negotiates lower insurance rates for Coloradans in rural areas.
Sally Welsh, director of public relations for Vail Health, said the Dillon Health Center accepts Anthem, Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare. On the other hand, Centura Health accepts Bright Health insurance. Welsh said not accepting Bright Health had nothing to do with the insurance company‘s reimbursement issues with providers.
“It’s more aligned with who Bright Health has chosen to be in the network,” Welsh said. “… They are also linked to Centura. “
The Dillon Health Center offers a range of services, including:
- Family medicine, pediatrics and emergency care
- Orthopedic and outpatient surgery
- Physical therapy
- Cancer care, breast imaging and breast care
- Cardiovascular care, occupational health and pulmonology
Centura Health offers similar services, according to spokesperson Brent Boyer. For starters, it offers family medicine and patient care of all ages at its High Country Healthcare facilities, located in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne.
The Dillon Health Center is also not the first facility to open an emergency department. Boyer confirmed that Centura operates three emergency care centers in the county. These locations offer services such as x-rays, ultrasound, and laboratory services. Its St. Anthony Breckenridge Mountain Clinic, at 555 S. Park Ave., is open year round. The other two clinics – the St. Anthony Keystone Mountain Clinic and the St. Anthony Copper Mountain Clinic – are open daily during the ski season.
Even with these centers available, Craig Cohn, senior vice president of Vail Health, said he was very excited to bring the only year-round emergency care center to the north county. .
“You now have a place you can go without having to travel across the county, and I think that’s maybe as or more important than the emergency care itself,” said Cohn.
Additionally, Centura provides physical therapy to inpatients through St. Anthony Summit Hospital, which is provided by Avalanche Physical Therapy. Outpatient physiotherapy is offered by Bristlecone Home Health.
Centura also has a strong cancer care department which includes an infusion treatment center in its medical office building in Frisco and provides various breast imaging services. Boyer said the organization provides specific health care for women through its High Country Healthcare Women’s Health in Frisco.
Other services provided by Centura that are comparable to those of the Dillon Health Center include its partnership with Panorama Summit Orthopedics, which has Summit County surgeons operating at St. Anthony Summit Hospital. Outpatient surgeries are provided by its Peak One Surgery Center in Frisco, and Centura also offers sports medicine, chiropody, pain management, ophthalmology, gynecology, gastroenterology, general surgery services as well. as auricular, nasal and pharyngeal procedures.
Centura continues to operate the county’s only emergency department at St. Anthony Summit Hospital.
For more information on Dillon Health Center services, visit VailHealth.org. For more information on Centura Health’s services, visit Centura.org.