Parkview Health System unveils orthopedic hospital in Pueblo West


Parkview Health System is set to open its $58 million Pueblo West Orthopedic Center — the only one like it in southern Colorado — where the first three surgeries are scheduled for Sept. 6.

The 58,000 square foot building is located adjacent to the Parkview Emergency Services Building in Purcell and Industrial in Pueblo West. Tours and a ribbon cutting celebrated the project’s completion on Tuesday, less than two years after groundbreaking in November 2020.

“This facility is one of the big draws that brought me to this area – it’s the ultimate in orthopedic centers,” said Dr. Shane Rothermel, an orthopedic surgeon new to Pueblo. “It’s a big problem not only for Pueblo, but there are few orthopedic hospitals in the whole country.”

Rothermel, a fellow-trained specialist from Pennsylvania, performs knee and hip replacement surgeries and treats hip and knee fractures. It even offers robot-assisted partial knee replacement surgery.

When it comes to hip replacement, Rothermel is the only local physician who uses an anterior or frontal approach to access the hip. It’s a method that “has grown in popularity over the past 20 years because there’s no need to cut muscles or tendons and the patient can recover faster and move faster,” he said. -he explains.

About half of hip replacement surgeries in the country are done with the frontal approach because it’s a “game-changing method for people because it helps them get back to normal as soon as possible,” he said. said Leslie Barnes, Parkview President and CEO.

No more long treks up north for southern Colorado patients

Barnes said the Parkview Orthopedic Center is “guaranteed as good as anything you’ll find up north” in Colorado Springs or Denver, so patients in Pueblo and surrounding communities won’t have to make those long drives anymore. to the metropolitan area.

Barnes said she was “very proud” of the surgery center, which includes six state-of-the-art operating rooms, 29 spacious patient rooms where most patients won’t stay more than one night, 25 surgical prep bays , a sterile treatment area, a complete laboratory, a pharmacy and a rehabilitation center.

From consultation to surgery to rehabilitation, Pueblo West Hospital will be a one-stop center for orthopedic patients. The center is desperately needed to relieve pressure on the “landlocked” Parkview campus in Pueblo and because the hospital could accommodate between 4,000 and 5,000 orthopedic surgeries a year, Barnes said.

Hospital Administrator Maggie Welte demonstrates some of the technology at the new Parkview Orthopedic Center in Pueblo West on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

“We have a very high volume of demand for orthopedic services,” she said.

“One of the things this new facility will provide is the opportunity to continue to grow our orthopedic services,” said Maggie Welte, Administrator of Parkview Pueblo West. “We have seen the need to increase our services over the past few years, but now we can cater to everyone who needs our orthopedic services in southern Colorado.”

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Family amenities available for those waiting for their loved one

The new surgical center was not built with the patient in mind. It is family friendly for those expecting a loved one.

There’s a cafe with indoor and outdoor patio seating, comfortable waiting areas, a quarter-mile outdoor wellness trail, and artwork created by local scene artists, like l steelworks. The $600,000 wellness trail was funded entirely by private donations to the hospital’s foundation, and its exercise equipment, shaded pergola, and picnic tables are open to the public.

When the patient is ready to go home, there is a pull zone where a loved one can go straight to the back door to be picked up.

The hospital also has a state-of-the-art classroom that can receive live feed from an operating room so “rather than trying to cram 20 people into the operating room” doctors can give instructions from across the building while students watch on the big screen, Rothermel said.

“We’re excited about this technology, and it’s a great way for staff and physicians to interact,” Barnes said.

Among the “firsts” in Parkview is a post-surgery exercise area where unusual equipment waits to help patients with joint replacements prepare to go home, including a mock car.

The new Parkview Orthopedic Center in Pueblo West opened for public viewing on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

“The car is new – we’ve never had this before. When you have a joint replacement, you have to rethink getting in and out of the car or the tub or up and down the stairs,” Barnes said, pointing to each station. in the room.

When full surgical loads begin on September 7, the orthopedic hospital will be home to just under 100 staff.

It was completed “reasonably on a budget of $58 million to build and outfit,” Barnes said, despite all of the pandemic-era procurement and price-raising challenges. Since the hospital sits on 35 acres, “we might add other things down the road.”

Before that, Parkview will open its new cancer center in October. It is located across from the main Pueblo campus at 400 W. 16th St.

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