St. Anthony Central Hospital, Centura Health and their sponsor, Catholic Health Initiatives, have announced that they will pursue replacement and relocation of the St. Anthony Central campus.
Funding of the project will be considered and voted on by the Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees at its meeting scheduled for June 15-16, 2005.
The proposal to relocate comes after an 18-month analysis of St. Anthony Central’s anticipated facility and campus needs for the coming decades. In addition to examining the option of relocating within its current service area, the hospital studied the possibility of a major renovation as well as expansion on the existing site. St. Anthony Central currently is located on 16 acres near Colfax Ave. and Raleigh St. in Denver.
"This was a difficult and complex decision," said George Zara, CEO of St. Anthony Hospitals. "While our current facility has served us well for more than 100 years, the campus and facility constraints we face will only become more acute over time and cannot be effectively remedied or mitigated on our existing site. Moving to a more expansive nearby campus is the right choice because it will allow us to serve the same community while bringing expanded medical services to more people."
The proposal includes the construction of a 900,000-square foot 380-bed hospital, annex building and medical office building. If funding is approved by the CHI Board and suitable land is acquired, construction on the $440 million campus could commence as early as summer 2006. The project, which would incorporate redevelopment of the current St. Anthony Central campus, likely would have a 4 to 5 year timeframe.
"Over the past 20 years, we’ve made significant investments in the St. Anthony Central campus," said Jay Picerno, interim CEO of Centura Health. "But, as is the case for so many older hospitals across the country, significant facility constraints remain that are cost-prohibitive to correct at the current site. Our intention is to create an incredible experience for patients by giving St. Anthony the capability to more effectively take advantage of changing technologies, workflow innovations and evolving medical care practices."
St. Anthony Central Hospital is considering a 30-acre site at the Federal Center near Union and 6th Avenue in Lakewood for possible relocation. The Federal Center site is less than 6 miles from the hospital’s current campus and is the nearest piece of developable land of suitable size in the west metro area. In December 2004, St. Anthony Central officials announced an agreement with the City of Lakewood that allows the hospital to evaluate the site and to potentially negotiate its lease or purchase as well as the option to acquire an adjacent 15-acre site.
"While I obviously wish St. Anthony Central could remain within the Denver city limits, I understand the constraints its current campus has on the hospital’s ability to grow in the future," said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. "I am pleased that St. Anthony is considering a site just a few miles away so that they can remain a community partner, continuing to care for thousands of Denver-area residents each year and remaining a vital part of the region’s medical safety net. Over the next several years, we will work with
St. Anthony and the west Denver community to ensure that the site evolves into something of which we can be proud."
Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia, who represents the area surrounding St. Anthony Central, added, "As we plan for the relocation of St. Anthony Central in five years, we can make the redevelopment of the current campus a vital part of the economic transformation of west Denver. I look forward to working with Mayor Hickenlooper and St. Anthony Hospitals to make that a reality."
"We want to thank Mayor Hickenlooper, his staff and Councilman Garcia for exploring all practical options with us," said George Zara. "They continue to demonstrate an unfailing commitment to advancing the health of the community as well as the economic vitality of Denver and the region. An important piece of the project will be making sure that our current campus is redeveloped in a way that adds to the quality of life for the neighborhood. Over the next few years, we will work with the City of Denver, Councilman Garcia and other community leaders to assess options for the property and to put in place a plan for redevelopment that will serve and enrich the community."
Over the next several months, St. Anthony Hospitals, Mayor Hickenlooper and Councilman Garcia will establish a task force of business people and community members to guide possible redevelopment options for the existing St. Anthony Central campus. As part of this ongoing community discussion, St. Anthony will explore retaining some health care programs in the neighborhood.
The announcement to build a new, modern Level I trauma center and medical campus has received bi-partisan political and community support. City of Lakewood Mayor Steve Burkholder stated, "This is a perfect example of collaboration between two cities that recognize that working together brings great things for the entire region and ensures that each of our communities thrives and succeeds." Congressman Bob Beauprez stated, "The proposed St. Anthony Central campus at the Federal Center is an exciting beginning to what I hope will be a national model for the redevelopment of government land."
St. Anthony Central Hospital is Colorado’s largest nonprofit Level I trauma center and home of Flight For Life, the nation’s first hospital-based air ambulance program. Located in Denver, Colo., St. Anthony Central has renowned programs in cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and trauma and is part of
St. Anthony Hospitals, a nationally recognized full-service health care organization. St. Anthony Hospitals has served Colorado for more than 100 years, operating hospitals in Denver, Westminster and Frisco, and medical clinics in Granby, Winter Park and Copper Mountain. St. Anthony Hospitals is owned by Catholic Health Initiatives and operated as part of Centura Health, Colorado’s largest health care system. Not-for-profit Centura Health operates 12 hospitals, eight senior residences, medical clinics and home care and hospice services. For more information on St. Anthony Central Hospital, please visit www.stanthonyhosp.org