Community Grand Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, February 28

(WESTMINSTER, COLO.) In just under two years of construction, Centura Health will open its new $177 million St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster on March 3. The 350,000-foot facility was concepted, designed and built with an emphasis on wellness, prevention and advanced medical care for residents of north metro Denver.

The new health campus is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and is part of Centura Health, the regions leading hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year.

The new St. Anthony North Health Campus, located at 144th Avenue and Interstate 25, will provide 92 inpatient rooms, including a 20-room intensive care unit; inpatient and outpatient surgery; a 12-room Birthing Center; diagnostics and imaging; and an emergency room that operates 24 hours a day. The facility will employ about 1,350 people.

St. Anthony North Health Campus is the future of health care, said CEO Carole Peet. The campus meets the immediate and future needs of our neighbors in north-metro Denver, with a focus on health and wellness. We are bringing care previously unavailable in north Denver to our customers with unparalleled service and convenience.

The use of natural stone, woods, floor-to-ceiling windows and an aspen grove in the lobby atrium give the facility the look of a Colorado resort. In fact, input obtained during a community health assessment done in 2012 indicated consumers wanted a hospital that did not look like a hospital and more of a focus on health and healing.

Centerpiece of a new approach

St. Anthony North Health Campus is a centerpiece of Centura Healths new neighborhood health approach that aligns with larger trends of moving care outside of traditional hospital walls. Not only will the health campus offer inpatient and outpatient services in the same location, but also it is in close proximity to a network of connected neighborhood health centers.

One of the campus main features is the new Orchard Neighborhood Health Center, which is located within the hospital and home to more than 50 primary and specialty care medical practices. Those medical practitioners and their patients will have direct access to diagnostics, outpatient surgery, pharmacy and wellness classes. Providers will walk down a hall instead of driving across town to care for their patients at the hospital.

Nearby, Centura Healths Dacono and Thornton Neighborhood Health Centers recently opened. These freestanding outpatient clinics are two of 11 that are or soon to open in the Centura Health network. These centers offer family medicine and womens health care services, including routine physicals, immunizations, prenatal care and well-baby care.

Finally, St. Anthony North Hospital, with a 44-year tradition of serving north Denver, will remain open as the 84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center. The center will continue operating a 24-hour ER and many outpatient services. The 84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center also will offer several important new services, including a Mental Health Crisis Unit operated in partnership with Community Reach Center. Additionally, routine dental care will be available for Medicaid patients beginning October 2015.

Together, St. Anthony North Health Campus and its nearby Neighborhood Health Centers offer a network of convenient, affordable care for the residents of Westminster, Thornton, Broomfield, Brighton, Erie and Dacono.

A focus on convenience

The new health campus will offer a range of amenities that provide convenience and aid wellness. These include drop-in childcare for patients; an on-site pharmacy; private discharge elevators and exits for patients; a demonstration kitchen with classes on healthy cooking; and a walking path and three gardens community, healing and prayer. Patients can attend classes on diabetes prevention, goal setting, and healthy weight and stress reduction, to name a few.

We designed the health campus directly in response to community feedback, said Peet. When we began planning, the community told us they wanted a beautiful, relaxing environment with services to keep them healthy as well as to treat them when they are sick. When they think of health, they focus on wellness, convenience and outstanding service and that is what we have provided.

A community celebration and open house tours

To provide the community an opportunity to tour the campus before it opens to patients on March 3, St. Anthony North Health Campus is hosting a community celebration and open house from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, February 28. The event will give people a chance to see the state-of-the-art Birthing Center, inpatient units, surgery suites and radiology, as well as learn more about the exciting services now available.

The celebration also will feature tours of the healing garden, a 7,000-square-foot outdoor sanctuary with a water feature, outdoor grill and fireplace. Community members can learn about the community ceramic mural art project, to be unveiled in 2015 at the community garden. They also can watch professional chefs demonstrate healthy cooking in the community kitchen and enjoy performances from Eagle View and Mountain View elementary school choirs and In the Buff, an a cappella choir.

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About St. Anthony North Health Campus

The new St. Anthony North Health Campus opens March 3 at 144th Avenue & I-25 to provide primary and specialty care, wellness management, a Birthing Center, diagnostics, surgery and 92 inpatient rooms to serve the growing north-metro communities. Continuing a 44-year tradition of serving the north-metro Denver, St. Anthony North Health Campus is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and is part of Centura Health, the regions leading hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year.