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Heart of the Rockies
Regional Medical Center

Address: 1000 Rush Drive, Salida, CO 81201

Phone: 719.530.2200


Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Salida, Colorado.  The hospital serves visitors to, and the residents of, the Upper Arkansas Valley, which includes Salida, Buena Vista, 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.  On April 1, 2008, the hospital moved into a new state-of-the-art facility on Highway 291, one mile west of the old facility.  This 98,688-square-foot, 25-bed hospital will serve the medical needs of the Upper Arkansas Valley for decades to come. In May of 2019, a new Outpatient Pavilion opened directly on the hospital’s campus, adding three additional floors and over 48,000 square feet of space for new and current specialty services, including HRRMC’s Wellness Department, HRRMC’s Rehab Department and several physician practices.

HRRMC was named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the U.S. in 2019, according to The National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

HRRMC is proud to offer exceptional care and a full range of services to the community and its visitors.  Their full-time physicians provide everything from complete family care to general and specialty surgery (including Cataract and Laser; Dermatology; Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT); Foot and Ankle; Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Orthopedics; and Urology).  They also have visiting and part-time specialists in Allergy/Immunology, Cardiology, Gynecology, Neurology, Oncology/Hematology, Plastic Surgery, and Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehab) who provide convenient service to their residents and consultations to their local physicians.


Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s mission is to enhance the health of their community through the delivery of personalized and exceptional care. Their vision is to be the healthcare provider of choice for their region as a world-class rural medical organization.