Hospital planning expansion
summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado
FRISCO ” St. Anthony Summit Medical Center recently started working with an architect to design a floor plan that will add between eight to 10 inpatient medical/ surgical beds and two or three more birthing rooms, hospital officials said.
“We’ve been at full capacity on repeated occasions,” said Paul Chodkowski, the hospital’s administrator.
The hospital, which opened about 15 months ago, currently has 25 beds, sixteen of which are inpatient medical/surgical beds. Many times the daily number of patients in that part of the hospital is in the mid-teens, Chodkowski said.
When the hospital was built they planned for a possible expansion there. Shelled space on the second floor that is currently being used for storage will house the new beds, Chodkowski said. Ideally, the turnaround time for the addition will be nine to 15 months, he added.
The hospital also left space for additional birthing rooms. They are expecting to begin construction to turn the space into two or three rooms this spring.
A number of factors including the increased level of emergency care that came along with the hospital becoming a Level III trauma center, an increased number of specialists and sub-specialists in the area, and the aging population in Summit County all contributed to the need for more beds.
“We’re seeing steady growth in medical patients that we’re able to care for locally when in the past they would need to seek care elsewhere, particularly in the Denver metro area,” Chodkowski said.
Cardiovascular sub-specialists are some of the latest additions to the Medical Office Building near the hospital that allow for patients to stay, he added.
“In addition, we are seeing an even higher number of medical patients with chronic conditions,” said Chodkowski, citing congestive heart failure and other pulmonary conditions as examples.
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