History + Mission

Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate healthcare and wellness where we live.

Our vision is to build an organization that has passion for doing the right thing for our patients every day.

Our values are


We value the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of all.


We strive for transparency, consistency, and clarity in our relationships.


We work to deliver the best value for our community’s healthcare dollar.


We are focused on the best performance and outcome in all of our actions.


We honor, in thought and action, the worth of our patients and employees.

The Upper San Juan Health Service District, the body that oversees and stewards Pagosa Springs Medical Center, was formed in 1981 under Colorado’s Special District laws for the purpose of providing healthcare facilities and services for area residents and visitors. The district’s boundaries include virtually all of Archuleta County and the portions of Hinsdale and Mineral counties south of the Continental Divide—approximately 1,800 square miles in southwestern Colorado.

As the community of Pagosa Springs and surrounding areas continued to grow, the need for a hospital became apparent. A mill levy was passed in 2001 and a bond was approved in 2006 to build the hospital and enhance the quality of life, health, and safety of the community. After developing the dream of Pagosa Springs Medical Center into an exciting reality, the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Foundation stepped in to help ensure the success of the facility. The Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, whose sole purpose is to support district operations through fundraising and community relations.  Their active involvement led to over $1M being contributed to sustain the hospital through its startup phase, until a revenue stream could be established.

Up until the opening of Pagosa Springs Medical Center (formerly named Pagosa Mountain Hospital) on January 8, 2008, the nearest hospital serving our area was Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, some 60 miles away. During the accreditation process, Pagosa Springs Medical Center was first licensed as an Acute Care facility, and then immediately applied for Critical Access Hospital status. The medical center can now provide immediate critical services to patients. As well as Level IV Trauma care and other emergency services for the community, the center also offers a wide range of health services under one roof.

The success of Pagosa Springs Medical Center, now the largest employer in the county, could not have been possible without the incredible support of the community.

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