A joint venture construction partnership between Shaw Construction and Saunders Construction has delivered a new 126,000-square-foot hospital for Colorado West Healthcare Systems. Located in Grand Junction, the New Community Hospital was designed by Boulder Associates and features 44 private patient rooms in a four-story facility that opened for use in the spring of 2016.
With a combination of in-patient and out-patient facilities, the new Community Hospital seeks to increase local access to world-class healthcare to the City of Grand Junction and many surrounding rural communities. In years’ past at the former Community Hospital, many patients requiring specialized services such as neonatal intensive care had to transfer out to either St. Mary’s in Grand Junction or larger facilities in Denver or Salt Lake City. With the improved facilities, fewer continuing care patient transfers will be required.
An entire floor with a private entrance is dedicated to labor and delivery and a better-equipped emergency department all add to the level of services the new facility provides. Among the innovations incorporated into the new facility, an emergency room robot will support a “tele-help” process allowing specialists from around the globe to meet with patients in Grand Junction through video access. The Hospital has also forged strategic partnerships with University of Utah Health Care, which provides enhanced nurses training programs and support for recruiting doctors.