Denver Health has broken ground on a $157m Outpatient Medical Center (OMC) in the US state of Colorado.
The new OMC in downtown location on Denver Health’s main campus will consolidate various services under one roof.
The hospital believes that the building will improve its ability to provide treatment for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Denver Health provides medical care to nearly one-third of Denver’s population, serving as the city’s safety-net hospital and providing preventative, primary and acute care services, as part of its commitment to making the community a healthy place to live, work and strengthen a family.
According to a feasibility study, patient demand is expected to exceed capacity in Denver Health outpatient clinics by 2019.
The 293,000ft² building will increase the hospital’s ability to provide outpatient care for heart disease, cancer and diabetes and also meet the future needs of Denver.
It will also be a centre for behavioural health, dental and oral health, and offer expanded services for eye exams, physical therapy, pharmacy operations, lab services and radiology.
Consolidating clinics is expected to free up space on the campus, allowing the hospital to boost primary care services, increase the number of in-patient psychiatric beds and expand operating rooms.
Demolition of the former Denver Health administration building at 660 Bannock St began in early 2018 and was completed in the summer of 2018.
Nearly half of the $157m will be come from a citywide bond measure, which was passed by Denver voters earlier. The building is expected to be completed in 2020.
Denver Health CEO Robin Wittenstein, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Congresswoman Diana DeGette and other dignitaries were present at the groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on the OMC.
Image: Rendering of the Outpatient Medical Center at Denver Health. Photo: Courtesy of Denver Health.