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Colorado Plains Medical Center

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Looking for a community “big enough to have it all, and small enough to be a delightful hometown?” That’s Fort Morgan, Colorado. Just 90 miles east of the Rocky Mountains and a little over an hour’s drive from Denver, this friendly town offers convenient access to some of America’s best ski resorts and the rich cultural life and professional sporting events of the Mile High City.

Population: 11,407

Service Area: [21,176/18,723]

The Hospital

Colorado Plains Medical Center is a 50-bed, acute care facility that provides medical services to the people of Morgan County and surrounding areas. A healthcare leader in the community, the hospital offers a host of services including: a Level III Trauma Center, 24-hour emergency department, obstetrics & women services, dietary, home health, a 24-hour laboratory, and a wide spectrum of occupational, physical, cardiac, and sports therapies and rehabilitation. Colorado Plains is one of the few hospitals in Northeast Colorado to have a diagnostic sleep lab and also support a 14-bed inpatient geriatric behavioral health unit, which successfully treats patients from all over Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming.

Colorado Plains is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, and has also earned Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. The hospital is proud to offer patients access to state-of-the-art technology including: MRI, nuclear medicine, 64-slice CT, radiography, ACR certified mammography, ultrasound, and bone densitometry (DXA). 

Colorado Plains’ Paul E. Woodward Birthing Center recently underwent a $4 million renovation that included a new security system, updated patient rooms, and the addition of an on-unit surgical C-section suite. Beginning in 2018, the hospital will be participating in the University of Colorado Family Medicine Rural Track Residency program.

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The Community

Fort Morgan has thrived on the eastern plains of Colorado since it was established in 1884.  The city now serves as the commercial and retail hub of Northeastern Colorado, offering a multitude of cultural and educational resources.  The Fort Morgan School District consists of one early childhood center, four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, as well as a private parochial school that goes from pre-school to eighth grade.  Morgan Community College is a two-year community college, one of 14 community colleges in the Colorado Community College & Occupational Education System, Colorado’s largest system of higher education, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.  In addition to offering a number of Associate degrees and certificate programs, the college has several respected allied health programs including phlebotomy, radiology, EMT certification, physical therapy, and a RN program.  The school system receives support from the 45,000-volume public library and the Fort Morgan Museum, which recently underwent a $2 million expansion and houses a sizable collection of artifacts related to Glenn Miller, the famous Big Band musician who grew up here.  Morgan County is also home to a performing arts school, the Glenn Miller Festival, and the annual BOB Stock summer music festival.


The nearby Rocky Mountains are world-renowned for their gold-medal fly fishing and winter sports.  Prime hunting areas for deer, antelope, pheasant, turkey, grouse, quail, duck, and geese are plentiful around Fort Morgan.  Pawnee Buttes National Grasslands, a 30-minute drive north, is a hiker’s and photographer’s paradise, and Jackson State Park and Reservoir offers boating, water skiing and fishing.  The city of Fort Morgan supports a strong city recreation program, including a challenging 18-hole municipal golf course.  The 77-acre Riverside Park has playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a skateboard park, swimming pool, fitness trails, duck ponds, and facilities for volleyball, basketball, baseball, and a disc golf course adjacent to a 240 acre natural area with walking trails.


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