Health Care and Human Services

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Quality Services, Specialists Available in Steamboat

Families, business owners and employees who move to Steamboat Springs do not have to worry about access to top-quality health care. The town is home to what nonprofit Consumer Reports ranked as the safest hospital in Colorado. Out of 38 hospitals in Colorado that the magazine reviewed in a variety of categories, UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center came out on top in 2012.
The nonprofit, independent hospital offers more services that most newcomers might expect. Specialists in the following areas provide care to the community:

  • cardiology
  • dermatology
  • ear, nose and throat
  • general surgery
  • internal medicine
  • OB/GYN
  • oncology
  • orthopedics
  • pain management
  • podiatry
  • primary care
  • urology

“For a town of this size, there is a remarkable amount of primary care as well as specialty care available, and virtually all of the medical needs one would anticipate can be met locally. We have excellent specialists across the board,” said Dr. Larry Bookman, YVMC chief medical officer. “For those rare times when you need care that is unavailable here, we will help with the navigation component of how to get the best possible care.”
The hospital also has a high-tech lab with certified staff, a chemotherapy unit staffed with certified oncology nurses, an ER with seven board-certified emergency physicians, and an Integrated Health center.
Outside of the hospital, Steamboat Springs also is home to a mental health center, women’s services, numerous dentists, orthodontists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, optometrists, physical therapists and alternative medical practitioners. Click below to learn more about other health care services available.

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Human Services

Referrals to agencies in the local Human Services Coalition are available through the Routt County United Way, which also lists the local human service agencies.
The Yampa Valley Community Foundation, which builds funds for charitable giving for area nonprofits, also can point newcomers to appropriate local nonprofit organizations.
The Routt County Department of Human Services is a full-service office that administers all federal- and state-mandated programs for low-income individuals. The office offers other safety-net programs and services such as child support enforcement and child and adult protective services.
Steamboat Springs is home to a Veteran’s Affairs office, which provides advice on the veteran’s health system including a VA clinic in Craig or the VA hospital in Grand Junction. Contact or 970-879-5489.