(1)The general assembly hereby finds and declares that:
(a)The mission of the university of Colorado university hospital is to facilitate and support the education, research, and public service activities of the health sciences schools operated by the regents of the university of Colorado and to provide patient care, including care for the medically indigent, and specialized services not widely available elsewhere in the state and region;
(b)In order to provide for the education and training of health-care professionals, to provide a clinical setting for biomedical research, to ensure the availability of quality patient care including specialized medical services not otherwise widely available, and to provide for the care and treatment of the medically indigent, it is necessary that the university of Colorado university hospital be a facility of the finest possible quality;
(c)The present university of Colorado university hospital is unable to become and remain economically viable due to constraints imposed by being subject to various kinds of government policy and regulation;
(d)Unless the university of Colorado university hospital can become and remain economically viable, it will become ever more dependent upon state subsidies, and the quality of medical service and education will inevitably decline;
(e)The needs of the citizens of the state of Colorado and of the university of Colorado health sciences schools will be best served if the university of Colorado university hospital is operated by a quasi-governmental and corporate entity charged with the mission of operating a teaching hospital for the benefit of the health sciences schools and providing care for the medically indigent;
(f)Subject to the provisions of section 25.5-3-102 (2), C.R.S., the authority to be created pursuant to this part 5 to operate the university of Colorado university hospital by receiving its assets and operating obligations shall continue to subsidize the costs of delivering medically indigent care in excess of the state reimbursement for the medically indigent. Consistent with the university of Colorado university hospital’s past policy and performance, the authority will make every reasonable effort to continue the hospital’s historic commitment to the provision of uncompensated care and shall allocate and invest its resources with a view to maximizing the hospital’s long-term ability to provide uncompensated care.
Section 23-21-501 — Legislative declaration,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-23.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).