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Centura/St. Anthony’s Hospitals planners scale back

Special to the Daily/Steve HillThe new hospital site is just east of the County Commons on the south side of Highway 9, which can be seen at right, as the state highway curves toward Frisco.

SUMMIT COUNTY – The new hospital is shrinking before construction has even begun.

The Summit County planner assigned to review the hospital plans, Lindsay Hirsh, said he has not seen the newest version of detailed plans from Centura/St. Anthony’s Hospitals. But he’s learned from his conversations with planners that the facility will be smaller than originally planned.

“It is my understanding that the hospital structure will be scaled down somewhat, and some of the revisions are anticipated to be made in order to address some budgetary constraints,” Hirsh said. “I think they’re bringing the walls in a little bit and reducing the size by about 8,000-10,000 square feet.”

The size of the hospital will be about 80,000 square feet instead of about 90,000 square feet, said Scott Chase, spokesperson for Centura Health/St. Anthony’s Hospitals.

“None of the previous elements are being changed whatsoever,” said Chase. “We’re just making the footprint a little bit smaller and improving the patient flow and staff efficiencies.”

The first floor tentatively will feature a lobby, emergency department, surgery area, pharmacy, education area, chapel, kitchen, administrative offices, diagnostics lab and gift shop.

The second floor would feature a medical area, hospital rooms, intensive care unit and respiratory therapy.

Planners have been piecing together engineers’ reports and architects’ drawings the past several months, but they aren’t quite ready for a full review of the proposed hospital at tonight’s Ten Mile Planning Commission meeting.

Hirsh will recommend that the Ten Mile Planning Commission postpone a vote on the site plans until the April 8 meeting. Planners still want to hear ideas from the public at 5:30 tonight in the Buffalo Room at the Summit County Commons near Frisco.

The new hospital will have the same number of beds, 25, and the same capacity as the originally planned Level III hospital, Chase said. By comparison, St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver is a Level I trauma hospital, and many of the Flight for Life patients are transported from Summit County to Denver.

“We’re still budgeting for the $40 million to $41 million mark, and any changes will make us stay within budget,” Chase said. “Nothing has changed with the overall commitment to build the hospital.”

With $10 million to $11 million budgeted for the 10,000-square-foot surgery center next to the hospital, Centura/St. Anthony’s Hospitals still are committed to the original total of a $50 million hospital and surgery center, Chase said.

Two helipads and a 3,000-square-foot heliport for Flight for Life helicopters are proposed. A 6-foot-high landscaped hill is proposed as a sound buffer during landings and takeoffs.

In a report to Ten Mile Basin commissioners, Hirsh said he still has concerns about slopes, grading, the recreation path relocation, landscaping, snow storage locations, visual impacts, noise from helicopters and retaining walls.

The third and final component of the medical campus is the medical office building and community care clinic. Private interests are working to submit a proposal to the county in the next couple months.

It’s been nearly five months since Centura announced hospital plans and two months since Summit County commissioners approved zoning for the medical campus. St. Anthony’s Hospitals and Centura are targeting an opening date of December 2005.

The rezoning for the medical campus is already approved by the Ten Mile Planning Commission and the Summit Board of County Commissioners. Now both commissions are scheduled to review and vote on the more detailed site plans.

The 16-acre Centura/St. Anthony’s Hospitals site is on the far end of the County Commons, just outside Frisco toward Breckenridge off Highway 9.

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