More Than 125 Years of Quality Healthcare
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is a nonprofit, Critical Access
Hospital in Salida, Colorado. The hospital serves visitors to and the
residents of the Upper Arkansas Valley and San Luis Valley, which include
Salida, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs, Villa Grove, Saguache, Granite, Howard,
and surrounding communities.
HRRMC was established in 1885 as the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Hospital
for railroad employees. In 1962, the railroad sold the hospital to a group
of local community leaders. The hospital ran as a private corporation
until 1976, when the Salida Hospital District was formed, and the community
members who had provided money in 1962 were reimbursed. In 1989, the hospital's
name changed to Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, to better
reflect the services and area served.
The old hospital on First Street underwent many changes, including two
additions. After a fire in 1899, the hospital was rebuilt. During 1924-25,
a large, two-story patient wing was added. Another addition and further
renovations were made in the early 1980s and again in 1994.
On April 1, 2008, the hospital moved into a new state-of-the-art facility
on Hwy. 291, one mile west of the old facility. This medical campus will
serve the medical needs of the Upper Arkansas Valley for decades to come.
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center is proud to offer exceptional
care and a wide range of services to the community and its visitors. Our
locally based physicians and visiting specialists provide everything from
complete family care to general and specialty surgery.