- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) - Leadville’s small hospital may be able to remain open through a partnership with Colorado’s largest health network.

The Summit Daily News (http://bit.ly/1z9IHdM ) reports that St. Vincent Hospital officials have been negotiating with Centura Health and an agreement is expected later this week.

The 25-bed hospital, which has been plagued by high turnover and outdated equipment, began shutting down in November after voters rejected a tax increase to support it. Its emergency room and ambulance is still operating but the hospital had been set to completely close by the end of March.

It was founded in 1879 by nuns from Kansas who arrived in Leadville to provide medical services when it was a booming mining town. In good weather, the closest hospital is a 45-minute drive away in Frisco.

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Information from: Summit Daily News, http://www.summitdaily.com/

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