About Us

Pioneers has been a proud member of our community for more than 60 years

Pioneers Medical Center is a community-based healthcare facility focused on building life-long partnerships with our patients to empower them to achieve optimal health. Pioneers Medical Center is The Care You Count On

Our Vision

We will be a vital, progressive health care provider, Performing with skill, pride and compassion, Partnering with our growing community and Empowering people to achieve optimal health.

Ownership and Governance

Pioneers Medical Center is operated by the Eastern Rio Blanco County Health Service District and is governed by a publicly elected, seven-member Board of Directors. These Directors represent the diversity of our community and our eastern Rio Blanco County service area. The Directors serve as volunteers, receiving no monetary compensation for their services.

The Board of Directors governs all programs and services of the hospital, Walbridge Wing, Meeker Family Health Center and Pioneers Hospital Home Care.

The Board of Directors creates the Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plans that guide Pioneers Medical Center, as well as approving policies and providing direction and oversight as trustees. The Board is responsible for(1) quality health care services(2) maintenance of professional, quality, and ethical standards of health care, (3) assuring sound financial and operational management, and 4) compliance with legal and regulatory requirements,. The Board of Directors also approves the selection and appointment of all qualified professional providers to the Medical Staff.

Pioneers Medical Center is committed to providing quality care to the entire community. Read the report summarizing Pioneer’s Community Health Needs Assessment by going to http://pioneershospital.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/CommunityNeedsAssessmentEdits.pdf or downloading the PDF:  Community Needs Assessment Part 1 and Community Needs Assessment Part 2 .

Board meetings are held monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm. Directors also serve on hospital-based committees, such as the Quality Council, Finance Committee, Joint Conference Committee, Compliance Committee and Facilities Committee. In addition to internal educational activities, Directors are encouraged to attend regional and national continuing education meetings to keep abreast of issues and trends affecting the delivery of health care.

Our History

Pioneers’ history began in 1947 when Freeman Fairfield, a former resident of this community, approached the Rio Blanco County Commissioners about establishing a hospital. Mr. Fairfield worked with the Commissioners and a group of local citizens to build a hospital for the Meeker community. Opening its doors in 1950, Pioneers Hospital began offering acute health care and surgical services to the community. Today, Pioneers Medical Center is licensed through the Colorado State Department of Health, and is both Medicare and Medicaid certified. We accept commercial insurance, most health plans, and self-pay. Financial arrangements may be set up through the Business Office.

In 1960, the Walbridge Memorial Convalescent Wing opened its doors for long-term care, made possible through the generosity of Lewis and Adelaide Walbridge. Attached to the north side of the hospital, the Walbridge Wing, with its 33 beds, provides long-term skilled nursing services to its residents. Through the Wing’s rehabilitation services, exercise, and activity groups, each resident’s care is individualized to meet his or her physical, emotional, nutritional, and spiritual needs. The Wing is also licensed by the Colorado State Department of Health, and accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans, and private-pay residents.

A wide variety of health care services are delivered through Meeker Family Health Center. The Meeker Family Health Center originated in 1990 as a rural health clinic, and its physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistant, and staff continue to strive to meet our community’s, workers and visitors’ healthcare needs. Visit our Physician Directory to locate a specific provider.

Pioneers Healthcare Foundation supports the hospital with its own mission is to raise philanthropic dollars for healthcare programs, services and equipment that will strengthen our community’s healthcare capacity.  This will allow for the highest quality medical services and programs. It will as provide new programs and improved technologies, and allow for enhanced access to cost-effective health care.

Our Team

ken-updated-for-webKen Harman

Chief Executive Officer
970-878-9260

Twyla Jensen

Human Resources Director
970-878-9264

Karen Iacuone

Chief Nursing Officer
970-878-9290

Jim Worrell

Chief Financial Officer
970-878-9270

Margie Joy

Business Development & Executive Director Pioneers Healthcare Foundation
970-878-9317

Pioneers Medical Center, Meeker Family Health Center, Pioneers Home Care and The Walbridge Memorial Wing admit and care for all persons without regard to race, color, sex, physical disability, national origin, religious creed or ability to pay. All facilities are accredited and accept Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Administration and private insurances. We recognize that medical statements and billing may seem overwhelming or complex, so our Patient Financial Services Team is available to assist patients in understanding bills and navigating payment options, including discussing a financial assistance program.