At OrthoColorado Hospital, we are dedicated to providing orthopedic and spine patients and their families a truly remarkable experience. Our state-of-the art facility, located on the St. Anthony Medical Campus, is the only orthopedic and spine specialty hospital in the Rocky Mountain Region, meaning orthopedics and spine care is all we do. Every single member of our team is specially trained in meeting the needs of orthopedic and spine patients. Plus, our team of surgeons are renowned for their talent, knowledge and experience in their orthopedic and spine specialties. From collaborative, pre-admission consultations to calm your fears, to our large, private patient rooms and beautiful therapy gym, you’ll find every facet of your experience is extraordinary.
About Our Hospital
Established in 2010, OrthoColorado Hospital is a joint venture between local spine and orthopedic surgery practices and Centura Health. As the only orthopedic and spine specialty hospital in the Rocky Mountain region, OrthoColorado is designed specifically for orthopedic and spine patients and offers the latest advanced techniques and procedures in joint replacement and spine care.
Located on the St. Anthony Hospital Campus in Lakewood, OrthoColorado features a 48-bed inpatient unit and 8 state-of-the art operating rooms. All members of the OrthoColorado team are especially trained to meet the unique needs of orthopedic and spine patients and follow standardized clinical protocols to help ensure better, safer outcomes.
OrthoColorado by the numbers:
- Active medical staff: 371
- FY21 total surgeries: 5,529
- Caregivers: 212
- Licensed beds: 48
- Surgical suites: 8
- 2019 uncompensated/charity care: $2.876M
OrthoColorado Hospital Leadership
Jude Torchia has served as CEO of OrthoColorado Hospital, a 48-bed orthopedic and spine specialty hospital and a joint venture with Centura Health and Orthopedic Physician Group, since its pre-opening in 2009. His leadership has guided OrthoColorado Hospital to becoming the premier destination for orthopedics.
Prior to Centura Health, Jude served in leadership roles at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston, Texas and Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Cleveland, Texas. As CEO of Cleveland Regional Medical Center, he helped turn a facility that was losing close to $10M annually to a positive EBIDTA of just under $2M in three years.
He has devoted the last 30 years to the health care industry and has experience in opening new hospitals and working with established and well-recognized orthopedic surgeons. As a leading “Physician Facing” CEO, he excels at building and enhancing physician relationships.
Jude graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in biology and business; and holds a masters degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University. His wife Teresa is an RN; his son and daughter are both married; and he has two granddaughters. In his spare time he enjoys golf, swimming, and hiking.
Having started his career as an Intensive Care and Trauma nurse, George brings more than 15 years of nursing leadership to the OrthoColorado Team. Most recently he served as OrthoColorado’s Director of Acute Care Services after working as an Intensive Care Unit Manager at our sister hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center.
During his 10-year tenure at Baylor Medical Center, George served as an Intensive Care Unit Manager, Administrative Manager, and Intensive Care Unit Supervisor, where he honed his skill in building teams and established a solid track record for delivering superb customer service.
Among his many credentials, George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Baylor University.
Bharat M. Desai, MD, has served as Chief Medical Officer for OrthoColorado Hospital since its opening in 2010. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in musculoskeletal trauma and foot and ankle care.
Dr. Desai graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and earned his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. He completed a trauma fellowship program at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
He is an active member of OrthoColorado Hospital’s Medical Executive Committee, Value Review Committee, Peer Review and part of OrthoColorado Hospital’s senior leadership team.
Kevin Wikoff serves as chief financial officer for OrthoColorado Hospital, providing financial leadership and analysis with oversight of accounting and finance functions as well as oversight for the business function of OrthoColorado’s surgery services.
Kevin joined Centura Health in 2009 and most recently served as director of Decision Support and Budget for the South Denver Operating Group. In addition, he has worked as a business manager at Porter Adventist Hospital and as a decision support analyst in the South Denver Operating Group.
Kevin has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified as well as a graduate of the Centura Health Nebula program.
OrthoColorado Hospital has an enormous commitment to bringing our community the very best in care with highest level of compassion. Part of that care and compassion comes from our many volunteers who are the heart and soul of OrthoColorado Hospital. Whether you are welcoming people at our front desk or walking with someone to a testing area, you are always good medicine.
If you have questions or want more information, contact us:
Volunteering is rewarding and fun, but demands a significant service-based commitment on your part. At OrthoColorado Hospital, our patients, visitors and staff benefit when volunteers serve on a regular, long-term basis. We ask that you carefully consider your schedule and your abilities before you apply to volunteer at OrthoColorado Hospital. See list of volunteer requirements:
- Flexibility and availability. We schedule regular, weekly shifts that are typically four hours in length (these may vary by assignment). Most of our volunteers average 100 to 200 service hours each year.
- Must be 16 years of age or older. There is potential for exposure to confidential information which may be obtained directly or indirectly concerning patients, doctors or personnel.
- Undergo a background check. All volunteer applicants must sign a background check form at the information session.
- Provide immunization records, flu-shot documentation, TB testing and two personal references. All of these forms will be available for you at the information session.
Due to the nature of our services, OrthoColorado Hospital does not accept court ordered volunteer applicants.
Upon submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation with a link where you can register for an information session. You must attend a session within six months of submitting your online application.
Due to the uniqueness of volunteering in a hospital including the commitment level and regulatory guidelines to which volunteers must adhere, all prospective volunteers are required to attend this session prior to moving on in the application process. When you attend:
- You will meet staff from OrthoColorado Hospital Volunteer Services Department.
- Hear more about volunteer opportunities
- Go over remaining documentation requirements and ask questions about the application process.
Once you have successfully completed the background check and all documentation has been submitted and approved, your volunteer placement will be confirmed and you will receive your first volunteer assignment.
We'll make sure you have all the orientation and training you need in addition to uniforms, if necessary, and parking arrangements.
Are there age requirements to volunteer at OrthoColorado Hospital?
Yes. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Some volunteer opportunities may be limited due to additional age requirements.
I don't have a Social Security Number. Can I still apply to volunteer?
No. A valid Social Security Number is required because no other form of identification can be substituted for our verification process.
I have court-ordered community service. Can I volunteer at OrthoColorado Hospital?
No. We cannot accept court-ordered service volunteers.
Where do I send my completed application?
You may complete and submit your application online. All applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the Authorization to Volunteer.
What will happen if I don't agree to complete the screening process?
According to laws and health care regulations, all prospective volunteers are required to complete our screening process, which includes a thorough background check and health screening. Those who do not complete the screenings will not be able to volunteer at St. Anthony Hospital. This process, though rigorous, helps to ensure the health and well-being of our volunteers, staff and the patients and families we serve. As a result, it is a benefit to you as well as to OrthoColorado Hospital.
Why do I need a Tuberculosis (TB) test and what does it involve?
Volunteers are required to have a QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test. This is a new FDA approved blood test for the detection of tuberculosis (TB) infection. As a modern alternative to the traditional tuberculin skin test (TST), the QuantiFERON Gold TB test offers a simpler and more accurate, reliable, and convenient TB diagnostic tool. This test is highly specific and can strongly predict true positive TB infection. The test results are obtained by a one-time blood draw. Once you complete the blood test you will only be required to complete a written TB survey form every year thereafter.
I had a TB test within the past year. Do I just need to complete the rest of the health assessment?
If you have had a TB skin test this year, you are still required to do a QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test. If you have already had a QuantiFERON Gold blood test, please contact the volunteer office to determine if another is required.
Our nationally-recognized team, specializes in helping patients get back to the life they love.
OrthoColorado Hospital is Colorado's premiere destination for orthopedic and spine care with highly experienced, board certified orthopedic and spine surgeons who specialize in a wide variety of orthopedic and spine specialties.
When it comes to comprehensive orthopedic and spine care, our goal is to provide you with the ultimate patient experience and excellent outcomes.
Leading the way in Same Day Joint Replacement Surgery
As a leader in Same Day Joint Replacement surgery, OrthoColorado has successfully completed more than 900 same day surgeries with 80% of our total joint replacement patients electing to participate in this accelerated recovery process. Designed with our patients’ health as the top priority – our same day total joint replacement program includes specialized care protocols to ensure patients can safely recover in the comfort of their own home. With no overnight hospital stay, same day surgery allows our patients to get on the road to recovery quicker so they can get back to doing the things they love.
Welcome to OrthoColorado Hospital, the region’s only orthopedic and spine specialty hospital. Every detail within OrthoColorado Hospital has been designed to enhance the patient experience and create a true place of wellness and healing. Following you will find helpful information for visiting OrthoColorado Hospital.
All Visitor Information
Please read Centura Health's current COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Contact the hospital directly for additional individual visitor policies that may apply.
General visiting hours at OrthoColorado Hospital are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Visitors under the age of 14 must be escorted by a responsible adult.
- The main lobby entrance will be locked 8:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m. Monday –Friday, and 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; 24-hour access to the hospital is available by activating the security call system at the main entrance.
- Visitors may be allowed to stay overnight, however, it is recommended only one person stay the night.
- There may be times when visitors are asked to leave to better meet the needs of our patient.
If you are sick, do not come to the hospital to visit a patient.
Free parking is available 24 hours a day. Parking Lot B is the main lot for OrthoColorado Hospital, with overflow using Lot A. All lots are available to visitors of the hospital.
Free valet parking is also available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Please see Concierge at the front desk for assistance after hours.
Located in the main lobby of St. Anthony Hospital, on the same campus as OrthoColorado Hospital. Visitors can find a variety of gifts and convenience items for their family members or loved ones in the hospital, including a selection of:
- Plush Toys
- Greeting Cards
- Candy and Snacks
- Over the Counter Pharmacy Products
- Home medical equipment including crutches, reachers and other home assist items.
- Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Village Roaster Coffee Shop
Coffee and food items are available at the coffee shop just beyond the main lobby waiting area.
- Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Green Mountain Marketplace & Café
A full service cafeteria is located on the first floor of St. Anthony Hospital located on the same campus.
- Breakfast: 6:30 - 10:00 am
- Lunch: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Dinner: 4:30 - 7:30 pm
- Late Night: 11:00 pm - 2:00 am
A chapel is located on the main level of St. Anthony Hospital and is open daily to those seeking a quiet place for prayer, meditation and solitude.
- 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Catholic Mass is celebrated at the following times:
- Tuesday - Friday: 12:05 pm
- Saturday: 4:00 pm
- Sunday: 9:00 am
How Needle-Free Blood Draw Works
Centura Health is excited to bring this procedure and technology to our entire ecosystem of health care locations, especially for our most vulnerable patients.
Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is now the first hospital system in Colorado and Kansas, and among the first in the nation, to offer needle-free blood draws for inpatients – fulfilling our promise of delivering compassionate and whole person care.
Centura Health is continually striving to improve the patient experience and lead Colorado and Kansas in comfort and quality. By using this revolutionary technology Centura Health’s caregivers can collect blood samples from an indwelling peripheral IV line, enabling a high quality blood draws directly from the vein without having to stick patients with another needle. This standard of care is currently in use in several of Centura Health’s Denver metro area hospitals and will become available at the other Centura Health hospitals throughout the year as part of our system-wide rollout and commitment to an improved patient experience while in our care.
More than 400 million blood draws occur annually in hospitals around the U.S., informing more than 70% of all clinical decisions. Many of these are conducted in a hospital setting on patients that receive as many as three blood draws daily. This number can increase dramatically for the 30% of U.S. hospital patients that are considered Difficult Venous Access (DiVA) due to obesity, age, and disease, a condition that makes blood collection more challenging.
A pharmacy is conveniently located in the St. Anthony Hospital lobby, located on the same medical campus a OrthoColorado Hospital.
This allows you to save a trip to an outside pharmacy and pick up your discharge medications on your way out of the hospital! We accept most major insurance plans and all forms of payment including cash, check and credit card.
Proper medication use after hospital discharge is important to stay healthy. For patients being discharged from OrthoColorado Hospital, the pharmacy can fill prescriptions upon request, prior to your discharge. We also carry a selection of patient aid items such as canes, walkers, and wound care supplies that you may need after surgery or for at-home rehabilitation.
Phone: 720-321-8290 or ask your nurse to send your prescriptions to our pharmacy.
Centura Health provides complimentary wireless Internet access for guests and visitors.
What do I have to do to connect?
Simply connect to the guest network using your wireless network settings. When you first connect, you'll notice "Terms and Conditions" for Centura Health's Guest Network. When you click "Accept", you'll be automatically granted access. Guests must have experience in connecting to wireless networks as Centura Health does not provide any assistance in connecting your device to the wireless network.
Where and when can I connect?
The wireless network is available throughout the hospital. The wireless network is available 24/7.
Enjoy your time on our wireless network. As with any public wireless network, we strongly recommend guests take measures to secure their devices and internet communications. We encourage using virtual private networks in conjunction with personal firewalls and virus protections to mitigate risk to personal data. It is the user's responsibility to take precautions and provide security measures suited to their situation and intended use of the service. Our wireless network should not be used for inappropriate or unlawful purposes.
Centura Health is not responsible for any personal information that is compromised.
Centura Health is not responsible for any damage caused to your hardware or software while at any Centura Health facility.
Please Note: Because this is a free service, Centura Health does not provide technical support for your device or assistance in connectivity. Guests and visitors should understand how to configure their computer or device and know what hardware or software is necessary to connect to the wireless network.
You have a direct telephone line in your hospital room. The number is listed on the telephone. You may give this number to family and friends. Or, the caller may dial 720.321.0000 and ask for your room number. If you do not want to receive calls, ask your nurse to turn off the ringer. If you prefer no one knows your room or phone number, tell your nurse.
- To reach the hospital operator, dial "0"
- To call a local number, dial "9" plus the 10-digit number, including area code.
- To call a long-distance number, dial "0" and ask the hospital operator to assist you.
Communication methods or interpreters will be provided for your special needs. A telephone device is available to help hearing-impaired patients or patients who want to communicate with a hearing-impaired relative or friend. Ask your nurse to help you.
We strive to promote a healing environment for our patients, guests, associates, volunteers and the community. The use of any tobacco product is prohibited in all areas of our campus including buildings, leased facilities, offices, grounds, vehicles, parking lots, and ramps. If you are a patient and use tobacco products, please speak with your physician or nurse for options that are available to you during your stay in the hospital. Thank you for your cooperation.
Every Centura Health hospital provides you with a patient representative to help you have a better hospital experience. Our representatives address and investigate your concerns, and then respond to you and your family with findings and recommendations for how your concerns can be resolved. Find patient representative information.
To prepare for your surgery, we offer online video classes to help you plan and understand what to expect before, during and after your scheduled surgery.
Preoperative education not only helps patients recover faster and reduce the risk of complications and readmissions, it gives you and your caregiver peace-of-mind knowing what to expect throughout each step of the care journey.
Contact our Patient Education Team at 720-321-5618.
To help you prepare for surgery, our Patient Guidebooks are designed to provide step-by-step instructions and essential information to ensure you achieve optimal results.
For questions, please contact our Patient Education Team at 720-321-5618.