UCHealth will build new hospital in Greeley

Campus also will house new health center to provide one-stop convenience for patients
June 10, 2016

GREELEY, Colo.  – UCHealth is excited to bring a new hospital and health center to Greeley to provide convenient and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to residents in this growing area.

The UCHealth Greeley Hospital will provide 53 inpatient beds with room to grow and will include an intensive care unit, an emergency department, operating rooms, advanced cardiology services and a birth center.

The new hospital will be the anchor of a $185 million health campus project that will be built on approximately 22 acres southeast of U.S. 34 and 71st Avenue.

“UCHealth already serves tens of thousands of patients in the greater Greeley area including thousands who travel to our other hospitals for care,” said UCHealth President and CEO Elizabeth Concordia. “Our goal is to provide the very best, advanced care, close to home, and we’re proud to bring a new hospital and health center to Greeley to better serve our patients and the community.”

Artist rendering of new Greeley hospital and health center

Last year, UCHealth provided care for more than 65,000 patients who live in the greater Greeley area, and more throughout Weld County. Over the past two years, more than 6,000 patients from the Greeley area left the city and were admitted at a UCHealth hospital, according to Kevin Unger, the president and CEO of Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland.

“We want these patients to have access to the very best medical care without leaving Greeley,” said Unger. “Being able to get medical care close to home, family and friends is convenient, but even more importantly, this improves responses to treatments and promotes recovery for the patients we serve.”

The campus project is expected to boost the Greeley economy by providing approximately 500 construction jobs. Once completed, the hospital alone will provide more than 300 new health care positions.

A separate outpatient health center is also planned for the campus. This medical office facility will consolidate many of the services UCHealth currently provides in the community, making care more convenient for patients. The services offered at the new health center will include primary care, oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatric care and many more specialties in addition to offering the most advanced lab, imaging and pharmacy services.

“As a primary care physician, I refer my patients to specialists when they need an extra level of care,” said Dr. Daniel Zenk, a UCHealth internal medicine physician who has been caring for patients in Greeley for more than 21 years. “But right now, that means I often have to send a patient across town to be cared for by a specialist, and sometimes to another location for additional services, like physical therapy. This new, advanced facility will offer all these services under one roof for UCHealth patients.”

While most of UCHealth’s services at current buildings in Greeley will move to the new health center  to ensure convenient care for patients, UCHealth will continue to provide a walk-in clinic, primary care services and occupational health services at the Greeley Medical Clinic, 1900 16th St., for patients who need this care in central Greeley. A separate $1 million renovation project in this facility will include approximately 15 exam rooms, improved imaging and lab capabilities by the end of 2017.

The hospital and health center will be staffed by UCHealth’s physician group, Colorado Health Medical Group, and through partnerships with community physicians. Construction on the health center is expected to begin this fall with an anticipated opening in late 2017. Construction on the hospital is expected to begin in early 2017 with an anticipated opening in late 2018.

A downloadable rendering of the new hospital and the UCHealth logo are available at: UCHealth Greeley Hospital.

About UCHealth

UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.