Centura Health, Colorado’s largest health-care provider, has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of Colorado’s residents and the economic vitality of the state in managing 12 hospitals, seven senior-living communities, numerous medical clinics, hospices and home-care services.

St. Anthony Medical Campus, Lakewood
Photo: Mark Shaw
St. Anthony Medical Campus, Lakewood
Construction continues on the new St. Anthony Medical Campus in Lakewood, which will replace the 100-year-old St. Anthony Central in Denver.
Photo: Mark Shaw
Construction continues on the new St. Anthony Medical Campus in Lakewood, which will replace the 100-year-old St. Anthony Central in Denver.

Centura facilities treat more than half-a-million people each year, many of whom are critically ill. Centura’s St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, soon to be replaced by a new hospital at St. Anthony Medical Campus in Lakewood, is widely recognized for its outstanding trauma services.

“People often comment that if you are seriously ill, you really want to go to St. Anthony Hospital,” says Raymond Mencini, M.D. and president of St. Anthony’s medical staff. “We have tremendous cardiology, pulmonary and critical services. Our ICUs are as good as any, and our long association with Ortho Colorado Hospital provides major orthopedic surgery services, including spine surgery and other complex procedures.”

Wendi Dammann, Centura director of external affairs, says her company is “proud and honored to have been selected as Owner of the Year (by Mountain States Construction magazine) and proud of our legacy in Colorado. As a religious-based nonprofit, our dollars are reinvested in the communities we serve in the form of new technology, buildings and construction.”

Ongoing Expansion

During the last three years, Centura has invested more than $700 million on the expansion and renovation of hospitals and new medical campuses. The company employs 13,000 associates—nurses, technicians, nursing assistants, IT personnel, administrators and doctors—and boasts 4,500 affiliated physicians.

“We like to think of ourselves as the best and brightest in medicine,” says Dammann.

In Colorado Springs, the $207-million St. Francis Medical Center, a greenfield project built by GE Johnson Construction, Denver and Colorado Springs, opened in 2008. St. Francis replaced the aging Penrose Community Hospital with an advanced 21st Century facility offering sophisticated operating rooms and emergency and critical-care services.

A major expansion of St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, completed in 2007, added new surgery suites, patient rooms, ICUs and a wellness center.

Pueblo’s St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center was expanded in 2006 with an advanced emergency department, one-stop cancer center, innovative ICU, enhanced diagnostic services and private patient rooms. Colorado’s first Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator imaging machine was installed in the Dorcy Cancer Center as part of upgraded diagnostic imaging facilities at St. Mary-Corwin. H.W. Houston Construction Co., Pueblo, was the general contractor for both St. Thomas More and St. Mary-Corwin.

St. Anthony Medical Health Center in Summit County is currently building out shelled space, adding 10 new patient rooms and three operating rooms.

The new St. Anthony Medical Campus in Lakewood, situated on a 70-acre site purchased from the Denver Federal Center, will open its main hospital next year. Meanwhile, a two-year expansion and renovation of Parker Adventist Hospital that broke ground in November 2008 is expected to open in August 2011.

Southern Front

Planning has begun on Centura’s new Castle Rock Medical Center, set for phased construction at the Meadows in Historic Castle Rock on a 50-acre site purchased from the Castle Rock Development Co. in 2007.

Brian Moore, administrator for the Castle Rock project and vice president of operations at Parker Adventist...