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: 595
- FY22 total surgeries: 5,500
- Caregivers: 188
- Licensed beds: 48
- Surgical suites: 8
- FY22 Uncompensated/Charity care: $5 million
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.
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.
You can count on us to be there for you. We understand that times of illness and injury affect not only our patients, but also their loved ones. The information below will help you before, during, and after you come to our hospital. Our goal is to provide the level of patient experience that enhances your peace of mind and earns your full confidence.
Please read Centura Health's current COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Contact the hospital directly for additional individual visitor policies that may apply.
All visitors of patients at our hospital enjoy equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences and subject to the facility’s clinical restrictions. Visitor policy may be subject to change. Please adhere to any adjustments to permitted visitors, as posted in our facility.
- Visitors under the age of 14 must be escorted by a responsible adult.
- Visitation in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit is limited to one visitor per patient.
- The main lobby entrance is locked from 8 pm to 5 am Monday through Friday and 8 pm to 8 am on Saturday and Sunday. For hospital access after visiting hours, please ring the security call system doorbell located to the right of the main entrance.
- There may be times when visitors are asked to leave to better meet the needs of our patients.
Patients and visitors may park in Lot B with overflow in Lot A. Free parking is available 24 hours a day. Free valet parking is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Please see the Concierge located at the front desk for assistance after hours.
Green Mountain Marketplace and Café
Location: in St. Anthony Hospital on the first floor by the main lobby
Breakfast: 6:30 am - 10 am
Lunch: 11 am - 2 pm
Dinner: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Late Night: 11 pm - 2 am
Location: in OrthoColorado Hospital on the second floor
Weekday hours: 7 am - 2 pm
Closed on the weekend
Letters and packages are delivered to patients Monday - Friday. If you have letters to be mailed, you may give them to your nurse. Flowers addressed to you will be delivered to your room unless you are in the intensive care unit. Only Mylar® balloons are permitted in the hospital. Latex balloons can cause allergic responses and interfere with hospital safety systems.
ATMs are located on the first floor of St. Anthony Hospital by the Green Mountain Marketplace and Café and by the St. Anthony Hospital emergency department.
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.
To ensure the accuracy of your patient record, please complete the video verification form after watching the online video.
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.
- Ankle Replacement Surgery
- Hip Replacement Surgery
- Knee Replacement Surgery
- Shoulder Replacement Surgery
- Spine Surgery
For questions, please contact our Patient Education Team at 720-321-5618.