About Us

Rio Grande Hospital is part of Valley Citizens’ Foundation for Healthcare, Inc., a community non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide health care to the Western San Luis Valley.

The tradition of hospital care at Del Norte started when St. Joseph’s Hospital opened in 1907. St. Joseph’s closed its doors in 1993. In 1996, Rio Grande Hospital at Del Norte re-opened at the old St. Joseph Hospital Building. The Rio Grande Hospital moved to its present location on August 11, 2004. The originally ten million dollar facility has grown since it’s opening.

A Message from the CEO:

As a patient or visitor at Rio Grande Hospital and Clinics, we want you to have a warm, friendly and safe stay. We know you have a choice where you receive medical care and we welcome you and thank you for choosing us. Each member of our staff is committed to providing the highest quality of care with respect and compassion. When you visit us, we hope you notice what makes us different; the warmth and attentiveness of our staff, the cleanliness of our facilities and the way we make patients and their families feel that they are truly being cared for like a member of our family.

Thank you for allowing us to make a difference in lives of you and your family. We are dedicated to creating a healthy community, one person at a time, and to providing you superior healthcare close to home.


Arlene Harms

Chief Executive Officer

Our Purpose Statement
We will treat our community and employees like family by creating life-long relationships through
compassionate patient care and employee satisfaction.
We will strive to provide unique and specialized services without compromising our mission for money.


Arlene Harms
Chief Executive Officer

Greg Porter
Chief Financial Officer

Ellen Lane
Chief Nursing Officer / Chief Operating Officer

Yael Defaye
Chief Information Officer

Ted Andersen
Clinic Manager

DeeAnn Sierra, RN
Chief Quality Officer

Mission: With a smile and a helping hand, we provide quality care and service to our communities.

Vision: We will distinguish ourselves as the trusted healthcare destination.
We will provide compassionate healthcare and advocate wellness through innovative access, preventive medicine,
and collaborative partnerships within our diverse community.


Rio Grande Hospital

310 County Road 14
Del Norte, CO 81132
Tel: 719-657-2510
Open: 24/7

Creede Family Practice

802 Rio Grande
Creede, CO 81130
Tel: 719-658-0929

Rio Grande
Hospital Clinic

310C County Road 14
Del Norte, CO 81132
Tel: 719-657-2418

Monte Vista Medical Clinic & Pharmacy

1033 2nd Avenue
Monte Vista, CO 81144
Tel: 719-852-8827
Pharmacy Tel: 719-628-0533

Rio Grande Hospital Clinic at South Fork

52 Jackson Street
South Fork, CO 81154
Tel: 719-873-5494