New Parkview Orthopedic Hospital opens in the fall in Pueblo West

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Parkview Health System’s $58 million orthopedic hospital is expected to open in West Pueblo by late August or early September as builders move forward to overcome some supply chain issues.

The 58,000 square foot building, which is being constructed adjacent to the Parkview Emergency Services Building at the intersection of McCulloch and Industrial, “has been progressing very quickly,” said Parkview President and CEO, Leslie Barnes.

The goal was to open the orthopedic hospital this month, but the coronavirus pandemic and supply chain issues pushed that back a few months.

“We started early enough to overcome the steel dilemma, but we had a lot of challenges. We are expecting a generator and other electrical items like electrical panels and circuit breakers which were all ordered a year and a half ago,” Barnes explained.

Despite these setbacks, the hospital is taking shape and staying on budget.

A high-tech laboratory, pre-op and recovery space, six operating theaters and 29 private patient rooms occupy most of the hospital. The retail pharmacy will make it easier for patients to obtain medication when they return home.

At the front, a huge sign will mark the entrance. Inside, a lobby, cafe, admissions room and waiting room occupy the front of the building.

The hospital also has an outpatient rehabilitation space for physiotherapy and occupational therapy that patients will need during their recovery. Barnes said she expects it to be the most convenient location for patients in Pueblo and southern Colorado to have short-term, outpatient elective orthopedic surgeries.

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“From the initial consultation, to surgery, to overnight stays, if necessary, to return to rehab, everything will take place in one place at the same facility. We want patients to feel comfortable and our goal is to make it welcoming, less scary and to relieve anxiety,” Barnes said.

“These doctors and services will be as good as anything you will find in the north.”

A total of 92 full-time staff, including four orthopedic surgeons and a podiatrist, will work at the hospital, said administrator Maggie Welte, who started working at Parkview in Pueblo 20 years ago.

She saw firsthand the need to expand because Pueblo’s main hospital is landlocked and unable to expand.

“On our main campus, we just don’t have the space, so when we bought 45 acres in Pueblo West years ago, we knew we would be here one day,” Barnes explained.

The new hospital will have all the bells and whistles, such as projection screens that will provide live high definition video feeds from the operating room so that surgery can be observed for educational purposes. Touchscreens in each room will display the names of staff caring for patients instead of old-fashioned whiteboards.

“Everything is designed to make us more efficient and perform each procedure safely and efficiently,” Barnes said.

The new hospital is attached and accessible through the existing emergency room, but trauma surgeries are not yet scheduled at the hospital, Barnes said.

Behind the new hospital, a public track, exercise stations, benches and a shaded pergola will provide a place to exercise and enjoy views of Pikes Peak.

A public track and exercise stations are part of the new campus

The rear of the hospital will have a drive-up patient pick-up area and a publicly accessible quarter-mile track with exercise stations, trees, benches and a shaded pergola. The $500,000 health and wellness oasis was the brainchild of Megan Ware, Director of Surgical Services, and was funded by the Parkview Foundation.

The hospital’s artwork will feature Pueblo artists and their interpretations of familiar southern Colorado sites, like the steel mill.

The Parkview Pueblo West facility is located at 899 Industrial Blvd. and signs will direct traffic to separate entrances to the emergency room and orthopedic hospital.

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Tracy Harmon, Chief Reporter, covers business news. She can be reached by email at tharmon@chieftain.com or via Twitter at twitter.com/tracywumps.

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