Boulder Community Hospital has announced a comprehensive 10-year development strategy that will transform the way BCH provides medical care.
The hospital plans to consolidate the majority of its inpatient acute care services at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital, located at Foothills Parkway and Arapahoe in east Boulder, a site that improves access to critical services for most residents of Boulder County. More than 130,000 square feet of clinical space is expected to be added to the current Foothills Hospital, along with additional medical office space.
BCH outpatient services will be centralized at the hospital at Broadway and Balsam in northwest Boulder, along with inpatient care for patients needing behavioral health and physical rehabilitation services.
"We’re entering a period where federal initiatives will reshape health care, and Boulder Community needs to adapt to these sweeping changes if we want to maintain our ability to provide local access to a broad range of advanced medical services," explained BCH CEO David Gehant. "Our Board of Directors, Medical Staff leadership and management team have studied the expected changes and challenges that lie ahead, and we’ve developed a 10-year action plan of operational improvements and changes that are designed to keep BCH the premier provider of health care services in Boulder County."
The first phase of the project is transitioning the majority of inpatient acute services to the Foothills Hospital campus. This would include surgery, imaging and laboratory services, and inpatient care for patients with heart disease, neurological issues and orthopedic injuries. This phase is expected to take about three years and cost about $110 million.
Once that stage is completed, outpatient services and business operations will be consolidated at the current Broadway Street campus of Boulder Community Hospital. Services that are currently provided at the Mapleton Center for Rehabilitation (the former Memorial Hospital) are expected to be relocated to the Broadway location. This second phase is expected to take about two years and cost $15 million, depending on how plans develop.
The third phase of the 10-year project is determining the best long-term use for the Mapleton Center campus at 4th Street and Mapleton Avenue.
"Consolidating services at our east Boulder location offers benefits to both our patients and our physicians," Gehant said. "We’re able to design our new facilities to provide our patients with the latest treatments as safely, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Having so many physicians and technologies at one location expands patient access to a full range of treatments and services.
"Our physicians will benefit from the improved physical environment and greater collaboration with their colleagues and other caregivers," he continued. "They’ll no longer have to provide coverage for two facilities, which can be quite taxing for those with very busy practices."
Boulder Community expects to pay for this project by using existing savings, issuing bonds, and community fund raising. As a non-profit and A-rated facility, BCH bonds are attractive to investors.
BCH plans to maintain its network of outpatient facilities and physician clinics in Broomfield, Gunbarrel and Lafayette as part of its long-standing commitment to provide convenient access to health services throughout the Boulder Valley.
BCH used Navigant Consulting to help develop its strategic vision. Navigant specializes in helping companies that are undergoing substantial change in their regulatory or business environment develop plans to optimize operational and financial performance. The company is headquartered in Chicago, but has offices across the U.S. and Canada, as well as England and Asia.
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