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Neighborhood hospital opening in north metro area

Centura Health will open its new $177 million St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster March 3. The 350,000-foot facility, designed and built with an emphasis on wellness, prevention and advanced care was blessed by Archbishop Samuel Aquila Feb. 25.

Photos by Justin LeVett Photography

Under construction for two years, the campus at 144th Ave. and I-25 will provide 92 inpatient rooms, a 20-room intensive care unit, inpatient and outpatient surgery, a 12-room birthing center, diagnostics and imaging, and a 24-hour emergency room. The facility will employ about 1,350 people.

“We designed the health campus directly in response to community feedback,” said Carole Peet, chief executive officer. “When we began planning, the community told us they wanted a beautiful, relaxing environment with services to keep them healthy as well as to treat them when they are sick.”

Use of natural stone, woods, floor-to-ceiling windows and an aspen grove in the lobby atrium give the facility a “Colorado look.” In addition, when entering the main building guests will be greeted by a larger-than-life bronze statue of St. Anthony, the patron saint of healing and lost items, and the patron of the new campus. The statue, created by Washington-based award-winning sculptor Mardie Rees, will be installed next fall.

“All hospitals and churches pick a patron saint, somebody to follow as a role model,” said Sister Pat Hayden, vice president of mission integration. “St. Anthony is a saint of the people. He’s always been out in the community.”

Traditionally, St. Anthony is depicted holding a child in his arms. In Rees’ interpretation, he holds a child’s hand as he explores the world.

Photos courtesy of  Mardie Rees

“Because of its welcoming posture, the saint’s likeness embraces all who walk in the hospital’s doors,” according to a statement from the hospital.

The campus’ new “neighborhood health approach” aligns with a trend of moving care outside of traditional hospital walls, according to the statement, by offering inpatient and outpatient services in the same location, as well as being close to a network of neighborhood health centers.

“St. Anthony North Health Campus is the future of health care,” Peet said.

St. Anthony North Hospital, a 44-year tradition in Westminster, will remain open as the 84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center, and continue operating a 24-hour ER and many outpatient services.

The new facility will host an open house and guided tours—along with music, live art and ice sculpting, cooking demonstrations and giveaways—from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28. St. Anthony North Health Campus is located at 14300 Orchard Parkway in Westminster. For more information, visit www.StAnthonyNorthHC.org or call 720-627-0000.

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