In a bid to make the emergency room at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo West part of a full-fledged medical campus, officials on Friday broke ground on a $58 million orthopedic hospital slated to open by April 2022. .
The 30-bed, 60,000-square-foot hospital is being built by JE Dunn of Colorado Springs on the site that currently houses the emergency room at 899 E. Industrial Blvd. in West Pueblo.
“On our main campus, we just don’t have the space, so when we bought 35 acres in Pueblo West, we knew we would be here one day,” said Leslie Barnes, president and CEO of Parkview. “Now is the time to start making it a campus and it’s nice to take advantage of good news for a change.”
Barnes said the state-of-the-art facility will be used for 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.
“On 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,” 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 has served “more than a quarter of a million patients here at this location.”
“I’m extremely proud of this next phase of investment in Pueblo West with the Orthopedic Hospital,” Kelly said.
Pueblo West Chamber Director Amy Gasparetti thanked Parkview for its investment in the community, noting that the new hospital provides “excellent service to all of southern Colorado.”
Department of Orthopedics Chairman Dr. Rickland Likes said the groundbreaking was “an important milestone for Parkview, Pueblo West, Pueblo, Pueblo County and frankly all outlying communities. It’s really exciting to see this come to fruition. »
I like said that in his more than a decade with Parkview, he has seen significant growth. The orthopedic department now has six surgeons, six physician assistants and two nurse practitioners.
The new hospital will not only provide orthopedic surgery services, but also physical therapy and occupational therapy for inpatients and outpatients 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 cares for.
Other hospital amenities will include a laboratory, pharmacy and kitchen/coffee shop. More than 150 workers will be employed to build the hospital.
“It’s very important that Parkview is so dedicated to hiring local contractors,” said Ron Guarienti of Pueblo Electrics.
The hospital is expected to be completed by February 14, 2022, and staff hope to open it April 1 of that year, Barnes said. With the Pueblo West site becoming the headquarters for orthopedic services, the move will free up 20 beds at the main Pueblo campus.
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