Community invited to tour new hospital

Open house at UCHealth facility in Ranch is set for April 27

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Residents are invited to a sneak peek of the first hospital in Highlands Ranch.

UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital, the colossal building on the southern edge of Central Park, is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27. Staff will give tours of the hospital and medical facilities, which include a birth center and cancer center.

Perks include refreshments and giveaways, along with a chance to meet Denver Broncos cheerleaders and the Rockies' mascot, Dinger.

Dr. Tom Purcell, chief medical officer, said residents can expect a comprehensive community hospital that brings all health care closer to the patient. He looks forward to helping mold the culture of the hospital.

"Come and see,” he asks of residents. "We have more than 400 new employees that are very passionate about what they are doing.”

The hospital is in the midst of training staff and filling supply rooms, according to a spokeswoman.

“We expect to open to care for patients later this spring — that's been the timeline for a while,” Paula Freund, public relations manager, said in an email.

UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital encompasses a 340,000-square-foot medical campus, with enough room for 87 inpatient beds, and an 85,000-square-foot medical office. Community members will have access to a level III neonatal intensive care unit, an intensive care unit with 18 beds and six operating rooms, an emergency department, advanced cardiac services and more.

The $375 million project has generated 675 construction jobs and will provide 400 permanent jobs at completion, according to UCHealth. Job opportunities are listed at careers.uchealth.org.

Owned by Shea Properties, the bordering Central Park development is a hub of retail shops, restaurants and boutique workout studios. A few new additions are Deka Lash, an eyelash extension studio, and 47 Ronin Sushi & Spirits, a Japanese restaurant and bar.

Northeast of the hospital are single-family homes, a regional park slated to open this spring and a communications tower for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

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