SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Based in Denver, Colorado, our $2.4 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our eight hospitals, more than 160 ambulatory practices, home healthcare, hospice, behavioral healthcare, and safety-net clinics in three states – Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our health system includes more than 12,000 full-time associates and a medical staff of more than 5,000.
We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $226 million a year in community benefit.
SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL), who trace their origin as a religious community to the 1600s in France, where Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac established the Daughters of Charity. These women were dedicated to serving the sick and poor through an active ministry.
In 1857, a small congregation of sisters from Nashville, Tenn., led by Mother Xavier Ross, ventured to the edge of an expanding frontier in the then-Indian territory of Kansas. They opened the first private hospital in the state in 1864, with the first trained nurse in the state and surely the first woman in the Western territory to run a hospital. In 1873, the sisters founded what is now Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, the oldest private teaching hospital in Colorado, and one of the four Colorado hospitals of SCL Health.
SCL Health was formed in 1972 to strengthen and unify the healthcare facilities sponsored by SCL. In 2011, the sisters transferred sponsorship of SCL Health to Leaven Ministries. Our organization’s rich heritage and enduring legacy serve as the foundation for our health ministry today, and our mission, vision and values serve as the framework for our success. Learn more about SCL Health.