No matter what you’re doing, the fewer hassles you encounter, the better. Right?
When you’re not feeling that great, or when you’ve got a bum knee and are limping, the last thing you need is more nuisance.
With that understanding, UCHealth has opened Grandview Medical Center in Colorado Springs, a convenient, easy-to-access medical building that’s a stone’s throw from Grandview Hospital, located just off Interstate 25 near Costco on the city’s northwest side.
The new building complements Grandview Hospital, a hub for excellent orthopedic surgery, acute care, and a 24/7 emergency room. Grandview Medical Center brings specialists and primary care doctors to the Grandview campus.
“The addition of the Grandview Medical Center enables our patients to receive a coordinated, patient-centric experience at a single location that includes primary and specialty care, advanced imaging capabilities and therapy services,” said Andrew Ritchie, chief administrative officer for Grandview Hospital.
The features of the Grandview Medical Center
The three-story, 65,000-square-foot building features:
- An orthopedic clinic and a free-standing imaging center with the latest technology on its first floor.
- Diagnostic X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound, and DEXA bone density scanning. A standing CT machine, one of the first in the country, completes images while a patient bears weight on an injured joint.
- Primary care; sports medicine; a multi-disciplinary clinic with specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology, neurology, and allergy and immunology; and laboratory services.
- Enhanced rehabilitation services: 6,000-square-feet of space with spectacular views of Pikes Peak, where patients receive physical, speech and occupational therapy for a myriad of medical needs.
Grandview is a one-stop campus with no-hassle parking and easy access to clinics and services. Grandview Hospital is the only hospital in southern Colorado certified by the Joint Commission for total hip and total knee replacement. Grandview’s orthopedic surgeons specialize in all types of surgeries for hand, shoulder, hip, knee, foot and ankle.
“We have everything that the average weekend warrior needs, and we’re surrounded by all the services needed to provide excellent care,’’ Ritchie said. “We have specialists and advanced imaging services on site. We’re here for athletes of all abilities, we’re here for the community – for the people who have kids like me. They go out and play golf on the weekends and shoot baskets in the driveway.’’
Multi-specialty care available
With primary care, imaging, laboratory and rehabilitation services in one place, patients don’t have to waste time traveling across town for their needs.
“Let’s say you come in and you see your primary care physician and you’re having knee pain and your doctor says, ‘Let’s send you to imaging, which is literally just downstairs.
“And at the time when you are having imaging, you can have your orthopedic surgery consult and if you needed surgery, you could literally go across the street and have surgery and come back for follow-up at the same location and outpatient rehabilitation as well,’’ Ritchie said. “This level of convenience is our goal, because it’s an excellent experience for our patients.”
Advanced imaging is also available at the Grandview Medical Center. The center has DEXA – dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. DEXA sends two x-ray beams at different peak energy frequencies to the target bones. One peak is absorbed by soft tissue and the other by bone. It allows clinicians to measure bone health and bone density, helping to identify osteoporosis, a disorder of fragile bones that are more likely to break.
Also, the center has a standing CT machine – one of three such machines in the United States – that allows patients to stand up and put weight on their extremities, which is important for diagnosing foot and ankle injuries.
A rehabilitation center with a view
On the third floor of the Grandview Medical Center, a new rehabilitation center for patients who need rehabilitation is open, replacing the rehabilitation center that formerly operated in Rockrimmon.
The outpatient rehabilitation program, which benefits those who need to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit disabilities, offers:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
Specialized programs include:
- Ergonomic consultations
- Fitness training
- Hand therapy
- Incontinence treatment
- Lymphedema management
- Manual therapy
- Trigger point dry needling
- Vestibular therapy and fall prevention
- Vital stimulation treatment for dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
Joe Foecking, director of rehabilitation services for UCHealth Memorial Hospital, said the center is focusing on specialty programming to help people restore function and ability.
A stroke patient or brain-injured person, for instance, could go to the outpatient rehabilitation center and receive physical, occupational and speech language therapy.
“We can do it all there,’’ Foecking said.
UCHealth has designated special areas and additional space in the rehab center to help people with hand injuries, lymphedema and pelvic floor issues, among others.
“When people have had surgery on their hand or carpal tunnel injuries, it’s really important that they have access to splinting, and therapy,’’ Foecking said. “The hand is such a finely designed instrument to do such fine motor coordination.’’
Those who need to work on restoring movement or flexibility in their hands will sit down with a therapist who will work with the patient’s hands and then create a splint. The work station for making splints is directly behind the therapist’s seat, so the therapist can create the splint, try it on the patient and make necessary revisions without leaving the patient. This helps to reduce the length of time that a patient spends in rehab.
“We’ve designed the space so that we can meet the needs of our patients more efficiently, in fewer steps,’’ Foecking said.
Patients who have lymphedema or need to strengthen their pelvic floor are seen in larger rooms.
“The rooms are bigger and the beds are bigger. We designed those spaces to be more personable, more comfortable,’’ Foecking said.
Patients who have lymphedema and are dealing with swelling or edema, may come to see a therapist for lymphatic massage.
“The therapist might be doing lymphatic wrapping, or measuring for compression garments,’’ Foecking said. “There are different exercises that they can do. So, essentially, your muscles act like a pump, so every time you contract, and relax a muscle, it forces the blood and the swelling through, so you’re doing rhythmic muscle contractions, essentially acting as a pump to pump the swelling away.’’
Having a large space to do that is helpful.
“There is also ample space to do exercises that engage the core, pelvic floor and muscles that people are not even aware that they have,’’ Foecking said.
Improving access to medical care for patients in the Colorado Springs area is helpful to people, no matter their needs.
“We’re providing access to primary care, specialists, a hospital, an emergency department and outpatient therapy in a very convenient place,’’ said Ritchie. “We know that parking at Grandview is great; there are no parking challenges. It’s a smaller facility, just off of Interstate 25. The bottom line is we’re providing additional access to services for our community, which we know we need.’’