Health is Our Mission

Estes Park Health logo features stylized mountain peaks in yellow, green, and blue above the text
Estes Park Health

Estes Park Health provides compassionate care, by local healthcare professionals, in an era of impersonal managed care.

 Estes Park Health offers healthcare services from the start of life to the end of like, and everything between. “Providing excellent, compassionate health care to the Estes Park Valley is our privilege,” states Larry Leaming, Chief Executive Officer of Estes Park Health. “Our mission states that ‘We exist to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of all we serve.’ Since 1975, when we began to serve this vibrant community as the Elizabeth Knutsson Memorial Hospital, we’ve evolved so that we can continue to provide the services our community needs in the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Therefore, we strategically moved to the name Estes Park Health to show a cohesive healthcare organization with a united message of creating a healthy community.”

Moving to include “Health” in our name reflects our mission to help our community remain healthy and active, provide health resources when needed and share in the Estes Valley’s goal to achieve total health and well-being. Defining the right health services for our community sets us up for the future, and helps us compete and maintain our independence. It is our goal to remain Strong, Independent and Community Owned.

In the last year Estes Park Health has:

  • Moved forward to convert our health information systems to Epic (Go Live November 2019) and Lawson (Go Live October 2019) to better connect health resources for our community and the visiting public
  • Responded to our employee survey, started a new Merit Pay Performance Evaluation System and introduced other strategies to recruit new employees and retain our current ones to serve our community’s healthcare needs
  • Completed a Strategic Planning process and are moving forward with execution of those strategies
  • Enhanced our Quality Management and Accreditation Preparation
  • Experienced back-to-back surveys from the State of Colorado and DNV-GL with great success on both
  • Passed our Level IV Trauma Center Survey
  • Grown our Inpatient days by 21% with the Hospitalist program
  • Implemented a new Surgicalist program to keep community members requiring surgery close to home and close to their primary care physician
  • Launched a website ( with enhanced educational health information and revamped our advertising strategy to include a far-reaching digital presence to create awareness of the services we provide to our community and to our visiting public
  • Contracted with Good Samaritan Society for the management of the Living Center
  • Recruited a part-time Pediatrician (Dr. Patricia Aldridge) and three Internal Medicine Physicians (Dr. Joseph Lee, Dr. Juli Schneider and Dr. Nicholaus Mize) to the Physician Clinic. Call 970-586-2200 to schedule an appointment
  • Helped Alarado Business Park developer gain approval for a building to house our new Urgent Care Center anticipated to open in February 2020
  • Completed numerous facility projects and life safety improvements

“Serving this community’s diverse population of residents and visitors, while demonstrating an unwavering work ethic that meets every standard of excellence, will always be Estes Park Health’s central goal,” states Leaming. “We recognize a critical value in our local medical center, a need for quality care close to home and a convenient, one-stop facility that provides integrated healthcare.”