St. Anthony West Hospital, a state-of-the-art medical facility designed to meet the growing health care needs of the Denver Metro area, was unveiled by St. Anthony Hospital executives.
St. Anthony West Hospital, a nearly $500 million facility, will be located near Alameda Blvd. and Union Blvd. in Lakewood, Colo., on land currently owned by the federal government. Funding for the hospital is provided by Catholic Health Initiatives, who approved the funding in March of this year. Groundbreaking, dependent upon the completion of the land transfer processes and approval by the Lakewood City Council, is expected in the early fall of this year.
"St. Anthony Hospital opened its doors in 1892 and is one of Denver’s oldest and most progressive hospitals,’" said Greg Burfitt, president and CEO, Centura Health, the company that operates and manages St. Anthony Hospitals. "The new hospital will allow us to take health care in the Denver Metro area and the surrounding region to the next level."
St. Anthony West, located on 45 acres, is a replacement hospital for the 16 acre site of St. Anthony Central in Denver. St. Anthony West Hospital is expected to serve its first patients in mid-2009 with total completion of the hospital expected by mid-2011. Both St. Anthony Central and St. Anthony West will operate until St. Anthony West is complete.
"It became clear over the past number of years that to continue to meet our mission of service, St. Anthony Central must have more space than the current campus allows," said George Zara, CEO, St. Anthony Hospitals. "We are fortunate that such a great location in Lakewood became available because it offers the space and location to meet the current and future health care needs of the Denver Metro area and the Rocky Mountain region."
The completed 7-story, 301-bed, approximately 900,000 sq. ft. St. Anthony West will provide cardiology; orthopedics; neurosciences; OB/GYN and women’s services; radiation oncology; inpatient and outpatient surgery; and other ambulatory care and diagnostic services. With the new facility, St. Anthony Hospital will also continue to provide its renowned Level 1 trauma services, emergency services and critical care.
"St. Anthony West Hospital brings together the latest innovations in hospital design to ensure ongoing excellence in patient care," said Bob Wallace, St. Anthony West project manager. "One example is grouping services together to provide integrated care, giving patients access to a variety of related services in one location, during one visit. This offers increased efficiency and enhanced patient care."
In addition, two medical office buildings with a combined 250,000 sq. ft. will be built adjacent to the hospital. This will facilitate greater interaction between physicians, patients, and St. Anthony West Hospital.