AFM, UCHealth Pursue Partnership

Associates in Family Medicine and UCHealth to partner, providing expanded resources to northern Colorado patients

Partnership will provide a more comprehensive and integrated network of care for patients

Press release: October 13, 2016

Fort Collins, Colo. – UCHealth and Associates in Family Medicine (AFM) plan to strengthen their partnership later this year, creating a wider and more integrated network of health care services for patients in northern Colorado.

Founded in 1962, AFM now includes 63 providers and eight full-service office locations in Fort Collins, Windsor and Loveland. AFM and its providers are known for providing compassionate, convenient and high-quality care.

Once the new partnership is finalized, AFM providers will remain independent, but clinic locations and patient care will be more closely linked to UCHealth, ensuring convenient and streamlined care for patients. UCHealth and AFM will also collaborate on administrative functions, enabling an increased focus on high-value care for patients.

“AFM and UCHealth have benefited from a very close partnership for decades,” said Dr. James Sprowell, AFM CEO. “This new relationship will ensure our partnership continues for many years to come while guaranteeing our patients receive the very best primary, specialty and hospital care in the most convenient way possible.”

UCHealth is committed to providing a complete network of care for patients, and this relationship will help drive population health for the entire northern Colorado region by more closely linking primary care providers with hospital and community based specialists. UCHealth and AFM will be able to work together as one team to care for patients both in the community and in the hospital.

“AFM has been an anchor in our community for generations, and its expert providers have helped define how family medicine should take care of patients,” said Deborah Chandler, CEO of UCHealth’s provider group, Colorado Health Medical Group. “We’re excited to strengthen our partnership with the AFM providers because we know it’s what is best for patients. Together, we’ll work to keep patients healthy, not just treat them when they’re sick.”

“We want our patients to have access to the very best care, close to home, no matter what services they need,” Sprowell said. “This partnership is ultimately about improving outcomes and streamlining care for patients. With UCHealth, we will be able to make great strides toward healthcare’s triple aim of improving the health of our community in northern Colorado, managing overall health care costs, and improving the patient experience.”

UCHealth and AFM already partner to offer important health and wellness services for many of the largest employers in northern Colorado and will work together to provide many public services at Colorado State University’s new Health and Medical Center.

UCHealth is not acquiring AFM in this agreement, but the two organizations will have a much closer partnership. Early next year, patients will begin to see both Associates in Family Medicine and UCHealth signage on clinic locations.

About Associates in Family Medicine

Founded in 1962, Associates in Family Medicine is the largest independently owned medical practice in northern Colorado. With nine locations in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor, our physicians and staff are committed to delivering exceptional, compassionate care to every body, at every clinic – to ease every mind.

About UCHealth

UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.


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