St. Anthony Hospitals has announced that the Board of Stewardship Trustees of its sponsor, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), has approved funding for the construction of a new medical campus to replace the existing St. Anthony Central Hospital campus.
The CHI Board considered the proposal at its June 15-16, 2005 meeting.
In March 2005, Centura Health and St. Anthony Central Hospital announced intentions to pursue replacement and relocation of the 100-year old St. Anthony Central campus, currently located on 16 acres near west Colfax Ave. and Raleigh St. in Denver.
"The CHI Board’s endorsement of this project signals an ongoing, substantial commitment to the people of this community," said Michael Schrader, Administrator of St. Anthony Central Hospital. "In order to most effectively and efficiently provide the latest in medicine, today’s modern medical campuses need much more room than St. Anthony Central has now. Moving to a more expansive nearby campus will allow us to serve our community well into the future while bringing expanded medical services to more people."
St. Anthony Central Hospital is considering a 30-acre site at the Federal Center near Union and 6th Avenue in Lakewood for possible relocation, along with an adjacent 15-acre site that would allow for additional growth.
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.
Plans for the new campus include a 900,000-square foot hospital with more than 330 beds, an annex building and medical office buildings. Construction on the estimated $440 million campus could commence as early as fall 2006 and be completed sometime in 2009.
St. Anthony Hospitals and Centura Health have engaged ESa as the architectural firm for the replacement hospital, GE Johnson/Kitchell as general contractor and Hammes/Romani as project management consultant.
The decision to relocate came 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.
"We are absolutely committed to making sure that our current campus is redeveloped in a way that adds to the quality of life for our west Colfax neighborhood," said George Zara, St. Anthony Hospitals CEO. "Our mission calls for nothing short of that."
St. Anthony Hospitals officials are working with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Denver City Councilman Rick Garcia to establish a task force of business people and community members to assess possible redevelopment options for the existing St. Anthony Central campus.
As part of this community discussion, St. Anthony will explore retaining some health care programs in the neighborhood.
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 emergency medical helicopter program.
Located in Denver, Colo., St. Anthony Central is part of St. Anthony Hospitals, a nationally recognized full-service health care organization serving Colorado for more than 100 years.
In addition to St. Anthony Central Hospital, St. Anthony Hospitals operates hospitals in Westminster and Frisco, and medical clinics in Granby, Winter Park and Copper Mountain.
Sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Anthony Hospitals is part of the Centura Health system. It operates 12 hospitals, eight senior residences, medical clinics and home care and hospice services across Colorado.