In a bid to make the emergency room at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo West part of a full-fledged medical campus, authorities on Friday inaugurated a $ 58 million orthopedic hospital that is expected to open from here. April 2022.
The 30-bed, 60,000-square-foot hospital is built by JE Dunn of Colorado Springs on the site that currently houses the emergency room at 899 E. Industrial Blvd. in Pueblo West.
âOn our main campus, we just don’t have space. So when we bought 35 acres in Pueblo West, we knew we would be here someday, âsaid Leslie Barnes, President and CEO of Parkview. âNow is the time to start turning it into a campus and it is nice to take advantage of the good news for a change. “
Barnes said the state-of-the-art facility will be used by the orthopedic services team of surgeons who perform “a significant number of surgeries.”
Pueblo West Metro board chairman Doug Proal said Parkview purchased the land in 2007 before building the emergency room.
âOn behalf of the citizens of Pueblo West, the metro team, staff and my board of directors, we would like to thank Parkview for the commitment it has made to our community and beyond,â said declared Proal.
Parkview Board Chair Laura Kelly said Parkview is the largest private employer in southern Colorado with more than 3,000 employees and 120 physicians. She said the Pueblo West emergency room had served “over a quarter of a million patients here at this location.”
âI am extremely proud of this next phase of investment in Pueblo West with the Orthopedic Hospital,â said Kelly.
Pueblo West Room Manager Amy Gasparetti thanked Parkview for the investment in the community, noting that the new hospital provided “excellent service to all of southern Colorado.”
Department of Orthopedics Chairman Dr Rickland Likes said the grand opening was âa milestone for Parkview, Pueblo West, Pueblo, Pueblo County and frankly all of the outlying communities. It’s really exciting to see this come to fruition. “
Likes said that in his more than a decade with Parkview, he has seen significant growth. The orthopedic service now has six surgeons, six physician assistants and two nurse practitioners.
The new hospital will offer not only orthopedic surgery, but also inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy and occupational therapy in what will be “the most technologically advanced orthopedic facility in all of southern Colorado.” I would like to thank the tens of thousands of patients our group takes care of. “
Other hospital amenities will include a laboratory, pharmacy, and kitchen / cafe. More than 150 workers will be employed to build the hospital.
âIt is very important that Parkview is dedicated to hiring local contractors,â said Ron Guarienti of Pueblo Electrics.
The hospital is expected to be finished by February 14, 2022, and staff hope to open it on April 1 of the same year, Barnes said. With the Pueblo West site becoming the headquarters of orthopedic services, the move will free up 20 beds on the main Pueblo campus.
Tracy Harmon, reporter at Chieftain and Pueblo West View, can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter at twitter.com/tracywumps.