FORT COLLINS, Colo.

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - — An­dis Robeznieks

— The Univer­sity of Colorado Health sys­tem broke ground Jan. 17 at the site of its new $11 mil­lion can­cer cen­ter on the Har­mony cam­pus of its 238bed Poudre Val­ley Hospi­tal. The 30,000square-foot out­pa­tient fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be com­pleted next year. The build­ing will in­clude an in­fu­sion cen­ter, clin­i­cal re­search fa­cil­i­ties and a garden. Ser­vices are ex­pected to in­clude ge­netic coun­sel­ing, ra­di­a­tion on­col­ogy and phys­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. “It will raise the bar on can­cer care in north­ern Colorado and the Rocky Moun­tain re­gion,” Kevin Unger, Poudre Val­ley Hospi­tal pres­i­dent and CEO, said in a news re­lease. The project sug­gests that UC Health is not ready to cede any ground to Ban­ner Health, which an­nounced last fall that it would be build­ing a health­care fa­cil­ity in Fort Collins. Ban­ner is also col­lab­o­rat­ing with Kaiser Per­ma­nente, which is ex­pand­ing its pres­ence in the re­gion as well. UC Health re­ports that $3.2 mil­lion in do­na­tions have been pledged or re­ceived from the com­mu­nity for the new cen­ter. At­lanta-based Heery In­ter­na­tional is han­dling the ar­chi­tec­ture for the UC Health project, while Adolf­son & Peter­son Con­struc­tion, which has an of­fice in Aurora, Colo., is the con­struc­tion man­ager.

The Univer­sity of Colorado Health sys­tem’s new can­cer cen­ter will in­clude an in­fu­sion cen­ter and clin­i­cal re­search fa­cil­i­ties.

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