Specialized Expertise in Diagnosis and Treatment
To protect our patients and staff, all people entering a BCH care facility
will be required to wear a mask (exceptions include children <2 yrs.
old or medical reasons such as trouble breathing, unconsciousness, or
someone unable to remove a mask without assistance). *Bandanas, neck gaiters,
and masks with valves are not acceptable.
Thanks to our community's compliance with public health and safety
recommendations, we are able to reopen many of the services we offer at
BCH. It is safe to come to BCH for your health care needs.
Please click here to see how we are working to keep you safe. We also now offer convenient
virtual visits at our primary and specialty clinics.
For information about COVID-19, please visit our
Coronavirus Updates page.
The Beacon Center for Infectious Diseases offers a comprehensive range
of diagnostic and treatment services for patients with infectious diseases,
including HIV/AIDS. Our four board-certified physicians and one nurse
practitioner provide specialty ID care.
Our goal is to provide the highest level of inpatient infectious disease
services followed by a well-coordinated transition to outpatient care.
During your hospital stay, we communicate directly with you, your primary
care providers and the hospital staff directly providing your care.
We provide outpatient services to individuals over the age of 15 in Boulder
and surrounding communities including Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette,
Westminster, Arvada, Ft. Collins and Loveland.
To learn more about the services offered at the
Beacon Center for Infectious Diseases or to schedule an appointment, please call 303-415-8850. We are open Monday
to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Note: Beacon Center for Infectious Diseases does not manage chronic fatigue
syndrome, toxic mold exposure and Morgellons. We follow CDC guidelines
for management of Lyme Disease.
Bone and Joint Infections: The majority of bone infections are caused by bacteria. A bone or joint
can get infected if there are bacteria in the blood or nearby tissues.
Infections can also be a complication of an injury, surgery or chronic
wounds. Treatment of bone and joint infections typically requires the
removal of infected tissues and bone by the surgical team followed by
Surgical Site Infections: A surgical site infection can involve the skin, organs or implanted material.
The doctors at Beacon Center manage individual cases of infection and
consult with BCH surgeons regularly to improve patient safety by employing
system-wide infection control measures.
HIV/AIDS: The Beacon Center has been providing compassionate care to persons living
with HIV/AIDS and their families since 1995. Since January 2004, we have
received funding from the
Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. We care for more than 300 patients from Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek,
Gilpin, Larimer and Weld counties. Through cutting edge HIV treatment,
comprehensive primary care, case management and referral to specialists
as needed, our providers help improve the lives of people living with
HIV/AIDS. Learn more
Staph/MRSA infection: Staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as "staph," is a
germ frequently found on many peoples’ skin. Sometimes this germ
can cause serious infections, such as skin infections, pneumonia, surgical
infections or bloodstream infections. MRSA is a type of staph that has
more limited antibiotic options and is more common in people recently
hospitalized or treated with antibiotics. The main way to prevent a staph
infection is to wash your hands regularly, keep wounds clean, and avoid
sharing personal items (towels, razors) with other people.
HCV: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an infection that affects liver cells and can
spread person to person through contact with blood. Many are unaware they
have the virus and there are multiple new treatments for HCV that have
high cure rates. We provide complete care for patients interested in HCV
treatment. If you have risk factors such as unprotected sex, intravenous
drug use or were born between 1945 and 1965, you should ask your primary
care doctor to test you for HCV.
Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs that can cause coughing, fever,
chest pain and shortness of breath. Pneumonia can be caused by infections
such as bacteria, viruses and other germs. Vaccination can reduce the
risk of certain forms of pneumonia and is recommended for patients at
age 65 or older, for persons with underlying health problems and for smokers.
Clostridium difficile: Clostridium difficile (C-diff for short) is a bacterium that can be found
in the environment and the human digestive system. The bacteria do not
cause problems until they grow in abnormally large numbers in someone
taking antibiotics or certain other medications. In that situation, C-diff
can cause a severe diarrheal illness which can be potentially life-threatening.
Outpatient Parenteral (IV) Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT): OPAT is a mechanism by which individuals who have stable infections requiring
long-term IV antibiotics can receive therapy outside of the hospital in
an infusion center, at home or in a skilled nursing facility.
Before traveling abroad, you should take special care to protect your health.
The Worldwide Travel Medicine Clinic can provide the resources and accurate
medical information you need to travel safely. When you visit our clinic,
we will provide you with a personalized travel packet including information
from a reputable database. Learn more by visiting our
Travel Medicine service page.
The clinic is staffed by respected and experienced travel health professionals
from the Beacon Center for Infectious Diseases.
If possible, please complete the paperwork listed below prior to your visit
to the Beacon Center for Infectious Diseases. If you are unable to complete
prior, you can complete while you are waiting for your provider.
Please see the below links for important physician-related documents.
Antibiotic Stewardship Guidebook 2019
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