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Exempla is a joint Venture between the Sisters of Charity and Lutheran Hosptial. They own Saint Josephs, Lutheran and Good Samaritan (west and central Denver - Good Sam is in the northern suburbs.
No! Good Sam's is in the city of Lafayette, CO, Boulder County. Definitely not a suburb of Denver. (cringe)
Jules, get your map out. We'll do a quick down and dirty geography lesson. As Core0 pointed out, where do you want to live?
Everything on the east side of the Rockies are the Front Range, anything on the west side of the Rockies are the Western Slope. Look at I-25, north and south, from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, now, look at I-70, east and west, from the eastern part with small towns to the foot of the Rockies.
Anything south of I-70 (east or west side) are pretty expensive for buying or renting, Englewood, Littleton, Highland Ranch, Centennial, Greenwood Village, Cherry Creek, Parker, etc. However, if you're into the Night Club life, this is where it happens. Lots of young professional people live here.
East of I-25, Northglenn, Thornton, parts of Westminster, parts of Denver and Federal Heights is more working class. It's cheaper to live there, and multi-ethnic.
West of I-25, Arvada, parts of Westminster, Wheat Ridge, more expensive, closer to the mountains, more money. Everything is by the view of the mountains, and you pay for the view. This is standard for anything on the Front Range.
Boulder County is expensive. The city of Boulder is outrageous, flat out insane. It's illegal to nuclear bomb Boulder. It's a law! University town!
Lafayette, Louisville, Longmont, and Berthoud---small towns expanding way too fast, but cheaper than Boulder, except for Superior. Superior has a housing development, where there are 2800 square foot houses behind the 4800 square foot house. The smaller houses are for the servants.
The City and County of Broomfield used to be part of Boulder County. They broke away, and became their own county. Not as expensive as Boulder, and quick access to I-25, and US-36. US-36 is the main highway to get to Denver,other towns south of Boulder, and I-25.
Fort Collins, expensive to live there. It's a university town, like Boulder. However, I've heard Poudre Valley Hospital is real Graduate Nurse friendly.
Directly east of Fort Collins is Greeley. Greeley's nickname is Cowtown among native Coloradoans. Ummm, need I say more??? :icon_roll
The commute isn't as bad as LA or Atlanta. It still sucks! Add snow or ice to that, and it's very unfunny.
Mass transit is OK, but not as good as major cities.
Invest in thermal underwear for your first winter. Trust me, you'll need and use them.
Hope this helps.
P.S. I completely forgot Aurora. Another multi-ethnic city, several hospitals here. Not as expensive, remember, everything is by the view of the mountains here. Aurora is east of I-25.