Full Service Medical Center
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is proud to provide personalized
medical care close to home. First established in 1885 as the Denver &
Rio Grande Railroad Hospital, HRRMC initially catered to railroad employees
and their families during the great western expansion. The railroad company
sold the hospital in 1962 to a group of local community leaders. For 14
years, the Salida Hospital, as it was then known, was run as a private entity.
In 1976, the local investors were repaid when the Salida Hospital District
was formed, making it a publicly owned institution. In 1989, the Salida
Hospital was officially renamed Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical
Center to better reflect the offered services. Our facility now serves
the visitors to and residents of the Salida Hospital District, which includes
Chaffee, western Fremont, and northern Saguache counties.
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center was named a
Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the U.S. in 2017, according to The National Rural Health Association's Rural Health
Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for
The hospitals that are named to this list are top performers in managing
risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient
satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers. HRRMC was
one of only three Critical Access Hospitals in Colorado named to the list.
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