The new year is already shaping up to be busy for Parkview Medical Center.
On Monday, hospital officials announced an expansion plan that will bring a full cancer center to the main campus and an orthopedic hospital to Pueblo West.
“Parkview’s commitment to caring for the people of Pueblo and southern Colorado has never been stronger,” said Parkview CEO and President Leslie Barnes. âAs 2020 draws us closer to our 100th year of service to the community, there is no better way to celebrate the next step than by deepening this commitment with new services and convenience for our patients. “
â2020 and Beyondâ is the name of the campaign which will see the two facilities added under the Parkview umbrella.
The orthopedic hospital will be located at the Pueblo West site of Parkview, in the 800 block of East Industrial Boulevard.
âThe expansion of orthopedic services allows additional inpatient and outpatient care and frees much-needed beds at the main Parkview Hospital for more general care services,â said Racheal Morris, Parkview communications specialist.
Dr Lucas King, of the Parkview Department of Orthopedics, said a dedicated orthopedic hospital would improve the top-notch care patients have come to expect.
âWe are delighted to have the opportunity to expand services in Pueblo and surrounding communities with a new orthopedic hospital,â King said. âPatients will receive the highest quality care in a hospital designed exclusively for orthopedic surgery, which has proven to be a key factor in reducing infections, speeding up recovery and getting patients back to their normal activities as quickly as possible. . “
The next Cancer Center, which will be built on the site of the former Scottish Rite Temple in the 1500 block of North Elizabeth Street, “reflects Parkview’s strong partnership with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers,” Morris said. “Patients in need of cancer treatment will be able to receive both radiation therapy and medical oncology services with supportive services, all under one roof.”
âRocky Mountain Cancer Centers is proud of its 27 years of providing community-based cancer care and looks forward to continuing to care for patients in Pueblo,â said Dr. Alonso Pacheco, Medical Director of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.
Dr Travis Archuleta added: âOur patients benefit from the fact that all services will be on one site, providing a multidisciplinary approach in state-of-the-art facilities. This helps to remove the burden of expensive trips to remote destinations or multiple locations.
“It also allows patients to be close to their supportive circle of friends and family during treatment.”
With construction due to start this summer, the Cancer Center is expected to open in the summer of 2021, with the Orthopedic Hospital scheduled to open in early 2022.
The two projects, which represent a commitment of $ 75 million to be funded through tax-exempt bonds, will bring 50 well-paying jobs to the community: increasing the workforce of Parkview – Pueblo’s largest employer – to 3,200.