Summit County Emergency Blog

Emergency blog
Activated during disasters and emergencies to provide critical public information. Administered by the Summit County Office of Emergency Management.

View All Posts

Apr 24

Centura-St. Anthony Summit Medical Center launches COVID-19 testing

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 3:04 PM by Julie Sutor

Here's some very exciting news from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center:

(FRISCO, COLO.) Centura – St. Anthony Summit Medical Center is now providing seven-day-a-week community COVID-19 testing to Summit County residents, beginning immediately and continuing for as long as needed. 
“As access to supply improves, we have progressively increased COVID-19 testing. We have now expanded testing to rural communities with limited testing access as Colorado moves towards easing shelter-in-place restrictions,” stated Dr. Shauna Gulley, Chief Clinical Officer for Centura Health. “Social distancing, hand hygiene and masking remain critically important in our fight against this pandemic. Additional testing is one more important resource we can provide to these communities.” 

Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Centura’s Centers for Occupational Medicine clinic on School Road in Frisco. Any community member experiencing known COVID-19 symptoms can call 970-668-5584 to speak to a Centura Health Physicians Group (CHPG) medical professional to receive a testing order. Same-day, walk-in testing will be available with an order from the medical provider. The community COVID-19 testing program is open to all residents. 

“The nationwide shortage of CDC-approved COVID-19 test kits has been well documented,” St. Anthony Summit Medical Center CEO Lee Boyles said. “At St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and across our Centura Health system, the focus in the weeks before COVID-19’s arrival in Colorado and in the weeks since has been to ensure adequate testing supplies, medical resources and surge capacity for our community’s most critically ill patients as well as for the health care providers and first responders providing care on the front lines of the pandemic.”

To date, Centura has followed CDC and CDPHE protocol in prioritizing testing for Tier 1 and Tier 2 patients. The new community COVID-19 testing program will allow us to add Tier 3 patients, meaning anyone with known symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested with a medical provider referral. Most test results should be returned within 24 to 48 hours. 

In addition to the ongoing testing of hospitalized patients and health care providers at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, the hospital has been an instrumental partner in Summit County and Stadium Medical’s mobile at-home testing program, which launched March 30 and has provided no-cost COVID-19 tests to our community’s first responders as well as to residents who meet testing criteria. 

“We are so thrilled that Summit Medical Center is able to provide this substantial expansion of testing capacity in Summit County,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. “Widespread testing is absolutely essential for us to make informed decisions about the gradual easing of our strict social distancing requirements. We’re so grateful for this partnership with our local hospital and all its fabulous staff who helped bring this new capability to fruition – it’s a real game-changer for our community.”

“Our priority, first and foremost, is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our associates and our physicians at all times,” Boyles said. “For it is our caregivers that ensure we provide the compassionate care our community needs, and that our Mission calls us to deliver.”

# # #

Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible. We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.