Lutheran Replacement Hospital Update
On time and on budget! We’re pleased to share that construction of the Lutheran Medical Center replacement hospital is moving quickly toward completion. Although it is still more than two years away, we are looking forward to the exciting day when we can move all of our caregivers and our patients into the beautiful new space at Clear Creek Crossing.
You read that right - all of our patients will be moved, by ambulance, in ONE DAY, sometime in the summer of 2024 - it’s still a bit early to predict the exact day. That is some months earlier than the original timeline, thanks to our construction partners and contractors, who have navigated supply chain disruptions and taken advantage of innovations in construction such as prefabricated restrooms, as one example.
In a few weeks, hospital officials will hold a ceremonial event to place the topmost steel beam on the building. The approximately 400-member construction team (and growing!) on site have already begun to enclose the building and soon most of the work to be done will be on the interior spaces. Crews are installing mechanical, electrical and plumbing, in addition to the exterior glass and parking garage foundations and coordinating medical equipment.
Once completed, the new Lutheran Medical Center will offer updated state-of-the-art medical facilities for Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County residents to meet their healthcare needs for decades to come. The replacement hospital will be approximately the same size as the current facility but will be designed to be more flexible, efficient, and easier to access. Key services will include:
• Emergency Care & Level II Trauma Services
• Neurosurgery & a Comprehensive Stroke Center
• Multidisciplinary Heart & Vascular Care
• Women's Services & Birthing Suites
• Comprehensive Cancer Care
In addition, the new hospital will:
- Elevate health care in the region with a facility designed with the patient and staff top of mind. Most rooms will have the ability to be converted to ICU standards if needed.
- Maximize workplace efficiencies, including cutting down on the number of steps needed to get to a patient room, and decentralization of nursing pods so nurses are closer to the bedside.
- Provide more comfort for patients and families, with all rooms being more comfortable and brighter with floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing for more natural light in rooms.
- Provide new and dedicated areas in the hospital to find respite - including a beautiful new atrium for patients and caregivers.
- Be one of the most energy-efficient facilities in the region.
- Help drive economic growth in Jefferson County and west Denver, employing 2,000 people in well-paying jobs and contributing more than $1.1 billion in annual local economic impact. Lutheran remains the largest employer in Wheat Ridge.
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