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UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital breaks ground

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Officials from University of Colorado Hospital, Shea Properties, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Douglas County gathered at the Highlands Ranch development known as Central Park on May 24 to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 72-bed hospital.

“Every detail of this facility has been designed with patient care as the top priority so that we may provide the very best experience and best care for our patients,” Diane Cookson, president and CEO of UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, said to elected officials and community members in attendance.

The 360,000-square-foot hospital, slated for completion in January 2019, will cover the southeast parcel of the 100-acre development that sits east of Lucent Boulevard, west of Barrons Boulevard and north of Town Center Drive. It will generate 500 to 600 construction jobs and 400 new permanent jobs once built, according to UCHealth.

The hospital will offer a Level III trauma center and a specialized focus on oncology, orthopedic and women's services, including a birthing center and neonatal intensive-care unit. Patients will have access to primary and specialized care and advanced clinical trials, said Will Cook, president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital.

“When you're sick, you don't want to be in traffic for an hour,” Cook said. “While we won't replicate everything we do at the Anschutz Medical Campus, we are going to do some very important things.”

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