Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
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kevin.downey@cha.com

CHA-led Health Facility Safety Inspection Transfer Bill Signed by Governor

Date May 30, 2012

Denver, Colo. (May 30, 2012) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper yesterday signed into law House Bill
1268, which shifts responsibilities associated with state fire safety standards for state licensure of health care
facilities from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to the Division of Fire
Safety within the Colorado Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Sponsored by Rep. Cindy Acree (R-Aurora) and introduced at the request of the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), the new law was a centerpiece of the Association’s 2012 legislative agenda and promises to simplify the health facility inspection system, enable more timely building plan reviews and inspections and gain an appeal process for decisions.
 
“This new law creates a better coordinated and streamlined building review process for health care facilities,”
said CHA President and CEO Steven J. Summer. “This will result in time and money being saved without
impacting patient safety, and promises to help keep health care costs lower for all Coloradans. We applaud
Rep. Acree’s leadership and collaboration with her colleagues.”
 
“This important legislation increases efficiencies that will allow health facilities to continue to serve their
communities and ensure timely delivery of safe, high-quality care to patients,” said Rep. Acree. “This type of
review process is now within the agency best suited to oversee it, and it eliminates duplicative and conflicting
building code interpretations. This is an ideal example of how to cut red tape and shift to more efficient,
effective and elegant government operations.”
 
Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) served as co-sponsor of House Bill 1268 in the Senate. The passage of
House Bill 1268 follows multiple CHA-led discussions with Gov. Hickenlooper’s administration and
lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The legislation enjoyed strong bipartisan support along its entire journey
through the 2012 General Assembly, with members of all political parties voting in favor during House and
Senate committees and floor votes.

About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.