Sky Ridge Medical Center Announces  $107 Million Expansion Plan

LONE TREE, CO (April 10, 2012) –  Sky Ridge Medical Center today announced a $107 million dollar expansion that will add 90 beds, a Women’s Center, a new Medical Office Building (MOB), additional spine/ortho operating rooms and a parking structure.

“As the first hospital to open in Douglas County, this expansion solidifies our original vision to become a world-class destination center so that residents will rarely need to leave this community for their healthcare needs,” said Maureen Tarrant, CEO of Sky Ridge.

The dream of Sky Ridge started in 2000 when elected officials and community leaders in Douglas County approached HealthONE about building an acute care facility to respond to the growing demand for easily accessible, high quality, full-service care.
 
Since its opening on August 20, 2003, Sky Ridge has responded to growing community need by:
Emergency Services
•    Providing a Level III Emergency Department/Trauma Center
•    Initiating cardiac and stroke alerts in the field to better respond to emergencies
•    Offering 24/7 pediatricians in the Emergency Department
•    Providing stroke telemedicine technology in the Emergency Department so that patients are seen within minutes by a neurologist and securing the “gold seal” of approval from The Joint Commission for our stroke program

Heart Care
•    Launching an open-heart surgery program with two on-site cardiac cath labs and chest pain certification
•    Creating a cardiac wellness program that includes cardiac rehab (the largest program in the metro area), pulmonary rehab and a heart failure clinic

Women’s/Children’s Services
•    Offering  high quality OB care and Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)programs
•    Using  the latest robotic technology for gyn procedures
•    Securing Breast Center Accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
•    Partnering with Sally Jobe Breast Center
•    Affiliating with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children to offer the highest level of care to our littlest patients

Spine & Orthopedics
•    Building a destination Spine & Total Joint Center with state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge surgical procedures
•    Being the only hospital in Colorado to offer MAKOplasty, partial knee resurfacing using robotic technology
•    Earning the “gold seal” of approval for  spine, total hips and total knees programs by The Joint Commission
•    Securing centers of distinction from Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna
•    Being named one of the top 101 spine hospitals in the country from Becker’s Health Review

Cancer Care
•    Opening an American College of Surgeons (ACoS) accredited cancer center with medical, radiation and interventional oncologists, specially trained staff, in-patient unit and Cancer Resource Center
•    Investing in robotic technology to provide better outcomes for patients with prostate and kidney cancer as well as gynecological issues
•    Providing advanced care in the treatment of liver tumors

Service/Amenities
•    Ranking among the top 10 in patient satisfaction among 160 HCA hospitals nationwide.
•    Offering exceptional amenities such a pull-out beds so loved ones may spend the night, room service food service, patient and family concierge service, surgical patient tracker systems to keep families better informed, on-line patient registration, free internet access and a beautiful Healing Garden to name a few

“Sky Ridge has become a flagship healthcare facility,” noted Tarrant. “We are a destination center for spine and orthopedics and are fast becoming the largest women’s hospital in the state.”

With this expansion, the hospital will not only add more labor & delivery and post-partum rooms, but  grow its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and advance to a Level IIIb level of care (caring for infants at 24 weeks),  add ante-partum rooms for high-risk moms and open a comprehensive outpatient diagnostic center with integrative therapies.  In addition, the hospital will add four new operating room suites to the Spine & Total Joint Center to meet the growing demand not only of local residents but patients outside Colorado who are seeking exceptional care.

“Not only is this expansion bringing even greater depth and breadth of care to our community, but it will add new jobs to the community,” Tarrant noted.  “Right now we are filling about 50 positions and expect to add another 300 jobs when our project is completed.”

Much of Sky Ridge’s success can be attributed to the outstanding clinical staff, both hospital healthcare providers and medical staff.

“We are blessed to have an outstanding group of physicians on our campus representing virtually every specialty,” she said.  “Our Medical Staff is not only committed to providing exemplary quality care and customer service, but they are leading the way in training others in new technology and procedures.  We will be starting several research programs, particularly in orthopedics, that will further solidify our reputation for delivering care beyond expectations.”

The expansion project is expected to break ground in first quarter 2013 and is expected to be completed by summer 2014.