UCHealth breaks ground on new Highlands Ranch Hospital

New services for community include Level II NICU, cancer center, advanced cardiac services, intensive care unit.
May 25th, 2017

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (May 24, 2017) – Officials from the Chamber of Commerce of Highlands Ranch, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Douglas County joined UCHealth today in breaking ground on its new hospital near Lucent Boulevard and C-470.

UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital groundbreaking on May 24, 2017. From left, Amy Sherman, president of Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corp., John Kilrow, senior vice president of Colorado Development, Dr. Tom Purcell, chief medical officer for UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, Lori Thomas, Douglas County commissioner, Sean Menogan, vice president UCHealth Facilities Design and Construction, Mike Ross, senior project manager for Mortenson, Will Cook, president and CEO of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Diane Cookson, president and CEO of UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, Robert Golden, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, and The Rev. Julie Swaney, UCHealth senior chaplain and manager of Spiritual Care Services at UCH.

When it opens in early 2019, UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital will bring innovative, leading-edge care and advanced medicine to residents in one of the fastest growing areas of the country. Spanning approximately 360,000 square feet – with an adjacent 85,000-square-foot medical office building housing a two-story cancer center – the full-service hospital will open with approximately 72 inpatient beds with room to expand.

“As construction begins at the site of the future Highlands Ranch Hospital, we look ahead with great anticipation to the unique and advanced health services we will be offering to this community and beyond,” said Diane Cookson, president and CEO of Highlands Ranch Hospital. “Every detail of this facility has been designed with patient care as the top priority so that we may provide the very best experience and best care for our patients.”

The hospital will feature a birth center including C-section operating rooms and Level II NICU, intensive care unit, operating rooms, Level III trauma center and emergency department, advanced cardiac services, and complete imaging. UCHealth will partner with both community physicians and with the CU School of Medicine to provide care at Highlands Ranch Hospital.

“UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital will operate under an ‘open medical staff model,’ which means that the physicians already practicing medicine in the community will be working alongside our University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty to offer patients a comprehensive approach to healing,” said Dr. Tom Purcell, Chief Medical Officer of Highlands Ranch Hospital. “This collaboration along with our connection to the University of Colorado Cancer Center will offer patients access to advanced clinical trials and innovative treatments, right here in their backyard.”

Construction is underway for the new UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital.

The new medical campus will occupy 33 acres of the newest Shea Properties development on the last vacant property in Highlands Ranch. The master plan for Central Park spans nearly 100 acres and is organized around a future public park which will have an urban feel and will include a special art element. UCHealth is building on land owned by the Englewood McLellan Reservoir Foundation (EMRF). Shea Properties and Shea Homes will complete the remaining portion of the development, with Shea Properties introducing a mix of 280 rental townhomes and apartments east of the retail village and Shea Homes introducing a single family home community with 200 houses nearby.

The health campus will generate a significant economic impact for Douglas and Jefferson counties, including 500-600 construction jobs at the site. UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital will provide approximately 400 permanent health care positions when it opens, for an area of Colorado that is projected to increase by more than 25 percent by 2025.

“Douglas County welcomes UCHealth to our community and recognizes the tremendous impact on both our economy and quality of life for our residents that Highlands Ranch Hospital will bring,” said Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas.

The six-story hospital is projected to cost over $310 million and will have room to expand in the future as the needs of the growing community change. Mortenson Construction is the general contractor on the project and is supported by EYP Health, BSA LifeStructures, Datum Engineers, Gallun Snow, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Kimley Horn, The Lund Partnership and BHA Design Incorporated, RK Mechanical and Encore Electric.

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Paula Freund is the public relations manager for UCHealth and can be reached at 720.848.5809 or via email.