With a backdrop as majestic as Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains, a hospital visit and stay at Memorial Hospital North may just be a bit more tolerable.
Colorado Springs warmly welcomes a new Memorial Hospital, in the North End of town at the corner of Briargate Boulevard, Austin Bluffs and Union Boulevard. With all the new homes in Colorado Springs being built in the north end, and all the current hospitals located much further south (in downtown and on Academy Blvd.) this new facility is very needed. (Penrose St. Francis is also building a new medical facility up North on Powers and Woodmen.)
This new building has plenty of architectural style, and it has been exciting to see it progress to its near completion. We have come to call it the “Bubble Hospital” based on its unique shape. Scheduled to open its doors in April 2007, the Memorial Hospital North “will include a full service hospital, medical office buildings and clinics.” (Designed by Architect, Jonathan Bailey Associates from Dallas, Texas; and Construction Manager is J.E. Dunn.)
What we see here is just one of 3 buildings scheduled to be built on the 82 acres of land that was purchased in 2004. ( Click HERE for an artist’s rendition of what the finished project should look like. I can’t tell if it looks like it came out of the Retro 50’s or out of the future! ) This first building will consist of a 224,000 s.f., 98-bed child-focused hospital and will include: (pulled from website)
- Pre-surgical Clinic
- Pre-Admission Testing
- Surgery (6 state-of-the-art operating suites)
- GI Lab
- Emergency Department and Helicopter Transport Pad
- Birth Center with 13 private LDRPs designed for families and comfort
- Five-bed Level IIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- 60 acure care private rooms for medical and surgical patients
- Inpatient and outpatient radiology services;
- Laboratory (all diagnostics)
- Blood bank services
- Cardiology (EKG, ultrasound, stress testing)
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- 24-hour ED physician coverage
- 24-hour anesthesiologist coverage
- Hospitalists and Intensivists coverage
In the Fall of 2007, a medical office building is scheduled to open with 123,000 s.f. of physician offices and labs.
According to their website, “Patient-care floors, designed in oval-shaped room clusters, allow rooms to be situated just steps away from nursing stations. Plans for future growth have not been finalized, but the campus may eventually include related services such as retail or possibly hotel facilities. The site will accommodate a 500-bed hospital.”
Parking? Well, we all know that parking has always been an issue for our local hospitals, but the planning that has gone into this project has included more than sufficient parking accommodations. … AND a Helicopter pad.
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