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Community Commitment

San Luis Valley Health and our staff care deeply about our community. Whether investing in education, athletics, or supporting local artists, we are proud to be this community's trusted partner in health.

Through surveys and meeting with community partners, SLV Health is committed to gathering input and feedback to guide our strategic decisions. Below are the most recent community assessment reports.

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Make Care Affordable

We believe that no one should be kept from receiving the health care they need.

Read this article about managed Medicare Advantage plans and be careful in choosing the correct plans.

Here are the letters sent to our patients in November of 2023. English and Spanish.

Here's how we help:

  • Our employees give over $25,000 per year to the San Luis Valley Health Foundation to support new technology, facilities, services, and more.
  • We participate in the the government Medicare and Medicaid insurance plans.
  • We help cover the cost of care for the economically disadvantaged in the Valley. Bad debt can account for over $5,000,000 in services for which we are not compensated for. With the amount of charity care and discounts we provide, this represents over 20% of our budgeted expenses.

Read our Charity Care Policy.

SLV Health's 990 report.

Promote Community Health

Below are just a few of our community-focused activities:

  • Lunch-n-Learn or In-Person Free Presentations. San Luis Valley Health offers free, educational presentations to community members on a variety of topics, including Women's Health, Nutrition, Fall Prevention & Dementia.
  • SBIRT Program. Our Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Program is a comprehensive and integrated approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders. Risky substance use contributes to more than 70 medical conditions and leads to expensive, long-term health problems.
  • Diabetes Support. The Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) is the only nationally accredited program in the San Luis Valley to educate and empower people to successfully manage their diabetes. In addition to DEEP we offer three other programs to help people live with diabetes, including regular classes and support groups throughout the Valley.
  • Community Events. Our professional Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff provides stand-by services at many community events, including high school and college athletics, rodeos, and other events with large crowds. Our EMS staff also visit schools to provide health-related education. Our Trauma Coordinator and Therapy Department developed this tool for helping to educate the public on Fall Risks and Prevention.
  • Service-Learning. Our team has worked with local schools using a successful model for student engagement on important health issues. Learn more about our Service-Learning programs.
  • Community Health Assessment. The Lutheran Hospital Association of the SLV and San Luis Valley Health, performed our first community health assessment in the 2012/2013 fiscal year. We are currently implementing our plan to improve community health. View the executive summary.

Support Local Prosperity

San Luis Valley Health is one of the largest employers in the Valley. Collectively annual salary and benefits packages for organization employees reach over $38 million per year.

Because our employees live and work in the Valley, millions of dollars go right back into the economic growth and development of our community.

We also enrich our community in other ways:

  • Education. San Luis Valley Health makes contributions each year to Adams State University (ASU), the Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) Emergency Medical Services and Nursing programs and the ASU/TSJC simulation lab. Over the last six years, we have contributed over $500,000 to these two organizations.
  • Art. We have covered the walls of our main hospital in Alamosa with original artwork by local and regional artists. The “ARTrium” enables the hospital to embrace the art community, which is so vital to the culture and life of the San Luis Valley. Our art program encourages contemplation and inspiration in an environment often associated with stress and anxiety. Call (719) 587-5707 or email to learn how to exhibit your artwork in the ARTrium.
  • Athletics. San Luis Valley Health provides both in-kind support and corporate sponsorship for Adams State University athletics. Our Orthopedics and Therapy team also provides many in-kind services to maintain the health and well-being of ASU athletes. Our EMS department also provides on-field emergency support during games.