Healthcare: Boulder Community Hospital unveils $125M consolidation plan

by Ed Sealover for the Denver Business Journal

Boulder Community Hospital will consolidate its services from three facilities to two as part of a 10-year, $125 million transformational improvement plan, officials have announced.

The consolidation will cut administrative costs for the nonprofit hospital and make for more efficient operations by physicians, most of whom will do the majority of their work in the future at just one facility, officials said.

“We’re able to design our new facilities to provide our patients with the latest treatments as safely, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible,” said David Gehant, CEO of Boulder Community Hospital, in a news release. “Having so many physicians and technologies at one location expands patient access to a full range of treatments and services.”

In the first phase of the project, the hospital will consolidate the majority of its inpatient acute care services at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, located at 4747 Arapahoe Ave. in east Boulder. That is expected to take three years and cost $110 million.

Services that will be based at the Foothills Hospital include surgery, imaging and laboratory services and inpatient care for patients with heart disease, neurological issues and orthopedic injuries. Hospital officials plan to add more than 100,000 square feet of clinical space to that hospital, as well as additional medical office space.

In phase two, outpatient services, business operations and inpatient care for behavioral-health and physical-rehabilitation patients will be consolidated at the current Broadway Street campus in northwest Boulder. Services currently provided at the Mapleton Center for Rehabilitation also will be relocated to Broadway Street, costing roughly $15 million over two years.

Phase three will involve determining the best long-term use for the Mapleton Center campus at Fourth Street and Mapleton Avenue. The hospital’s network of outpatient facilities and doctor clinics in Boulder and Broomfield counties will remain in place.

Hospital officials expect to pay for the project by utilizing existing savings, issuing bonds and raising funds from the community, according to the news release.

Gehant said the federal health care reform passed earlier this year, which calls for cost-savings and efficiency by health care providers, played a role in the 10-year redevelopment strategy.

“We’re entering a period where federal initiatives will reshape health care, and Boulder Community needs to adapt to these sweeping changes if we want to maintain our ability to provide local access to a broad range of advanced medical services,” he said in the news release.

Navigant Consulting of Chicago assisted the hospital in developing its vision.


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