As the grand opening of phase one of the Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus approaches, the management team prepares for a changing of the guard.
The Castle Rock health campus, a department of Littleton Adventist Hospital and part of the Centura Health group, will host a community open house Sept. 1 to showcase its emergency room and imaging center days before it opens for business, said Brian Moore, administrator for the Castle Rock campus.
The Sept. 7 grand opening will mark a transition for the project, as the design and construction team hands over the keys to the emergency, imaging center and lab staff that will be the first to welcome patients at the campus, Moore said.
“There is always that small group that says ‘we’ve been planning and building this facility,’” Moore said. “And now we hand it over to the community and say ‘here is your health care resource.’”
The health care resource in Castle Rock begins with an emergency room complete with three safe rooms for high-risk patients, resuscitation and triage area, live video feed to security, and an emergency system to allow security to lock down the facility with the swipe of a card.
“There are only two emergency rooms in the metropolitan area equipped with this security option,” said Fera Butts, Emergency Room manager.
Butts had a hand in designing the emergency room, which also has two large, private rooms for patients who require more long-term observation that doesn’t call for a hospital referral and a private reception area for emergency responders.
Butts is preparing for opening day with Roy Smither II, manager of the imaging center that is outfitted with state-of-the art, all-digital equipment for high-quality images and instant results, two ultrasound rooms, and a $500,000, three-ton MRI that was set in place with a crane.
The MRI machine is a point of pride, built with enough room to fit patients of every size, Smither said.
“It has more space to take away their anxiety from being closed in,” he said.
The grand opening of the first phase of the project comes within weeks of the announcement that Centura accelerated plans to build the campus hospital, slated for completion by 2013. The decision to move the project ahead of schedule is partly attributable to the Castle Rock community, Moore said.
“As we were able to get to know Castle Rock over the last couple of years and spent more time with the community during construction there has just been tremendous, tremendous support,” Moore said. “When we announced our plans for Castle Rock the number-one question was ‘when is the hospital coming ... can we get it sooner?’”
The questions came from residents and the economic development community in Castle Rock, including the town, economic development council and chamber of commerce, Moore said. The collaboration and support from Castle Rock’s economic development community, paired with the area’s expected growth and economic conditions, played a pivotal role in the decision to make an early investment of $128 million in the project, he said.
The hospital will help meet the needs of residents who seek local health care to include diagnostic testing, a birthing center, in-patient surgery and orthopedic care, Moore said.
The Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus community open house is from 4–7 p.m., Sept. 1, with facility tours, free food and drinks, giveaways, kids’ activities and a visit from the Flight for Life Colorado helicopter. The campus is at 2350 Meadows Blvd. and shuttle parking is available at New Hope Presbyterian Church at 3737 New Hope Way.