UCHealth builds hospitals as Denver’s population booms
As rural hospitals across the country fight to stay open in the face of population losses, UCHealth in Aurora, Colo., has the opposite problem. The population around Denver is growing so quickly that the health system is opening community hospitals around the region to serve patients conveniently and relieve capacity strains on the main campus.
Over the past few months, UCHealth, whose flagship is the University of Colorado Hospital, has opened UCHealth Grandview Hospital in Colorado Springs and UCHealth Broomfield (Colo.) Hospital. In August, UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont is slated to open.
And last week, UCHealth broke ground on the fourth of five community hospitals that it is building as part of a major expansion plan. Its six-story, $310 million UCHealth Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Hospital is expected to open in early 2019, the academic medical system said in a release. It is going up in a booming suburb of Denver located about 12 miles south of the city.
The U.S. Census Bureau ranked Denver last year as the nation’s fastest-growing large city. Denver’s population is growing about 3% per year, vaulting the metropolitan area into
the top 20 nationally. UCHealth Highlands Ranch will open with 72 beds and have room to expand, the system said in a release. An adjacent medical office building will house a two-story cancer center. The population around Highlands Ranch is expected to grow by 25% by 2025, the release said.