BOULDER - Boulder Community Hospital will rebrand to better reflect the organization's expanded footprint, changing its name to Boulder Community Health.

The hospital's reach is now spread across 18 locations in six communities, according to a statement issued Tuesday.

"Boulder Community Health started 92 years ago as a single small hospital, but we've developed into an integrated health system," said David P. Gehant, president and chief executive of Boulder Community Health in a statement. "Our new name says we're still proudly Boulder and still intensively invested in our community, but we are now much more than a hospital."

In addition, the hospital's foundation will change its name to Boulder Community Health Foundation.

BCH last year added 49,911 emergency room and urgent-care visits and 102,471 patient visits at affiliated primary-care clinics, according to the release.

The hospital is the Boulder-Broomfield area's third-largest private-sector employer, with about 2,300 employees, according to BizWest research.