When will the new hospital open?
Leadville and Lake County’s new state-of-the-art hospital will open Summer 2021. The 26,500-square-foot St. Vincent Health hospital is under construction now, on the acreage adjacent to the current hospital. The construction project began in 2019 and was slated to open in spring 2021, but has encountered some building delays due to COVID-19 and various subcontractor outages for quarantine.
As the project nears completion, St. Vincent care teams and staff are concentrating on a successful transition of workflows, inventory, supplies, and equipment. Once a certificate of occupancy from local building officials is obtained, all staff will orient and train in the new hospital for a period of time before the doors open to patients and the public. Coordination is on-going and detailed; St. Vincent Health’s goal is to accomplish zero-downtime on services when transitioning to the new building.
What services will be offered at the new hospital?
The new facility will replace the current building that was constructed in 1958. It will support and promote the delivery of modern healthcare now and decades into the future with improvements for patient care, safety, privacy, increased medical services, and operational efficiencies, including:
- Emergency Room (24/7)
- Urgent Care
- Medical outpatient procedures/infusions
- Ambulance Services (911 response and helipad)
- Laboratory Services
- Direct Access Lab Testing
- Imaging Services (CT, XRAY, Ultrasound, and DEXA Scan)
- Therapy Services — Inpatient Rehab/Physical Therapy, and Occupational & Speech Therapy/Rehabilitation
- Acute Care, Swing Bed & Respite Care
- Wound care
- Sleep studies
- Surgical services including Colonoscopies, General Surgery, Pain Management, Ear Nose & Throat, Interventional Cardiology, Orthopedic Surgery, Ophthalmology, and more.
Are you adding more primary care doctors?
Yes, family medicine physicians are integral to the health of our community and it is our goal to find providers with skill, compassion, and a love for our small-town, mountain lifestyle. Our search has led to discussions with many promising candidates.
Admittedly, the search process has been lengthy. While we finalize our search and hiring process, we have employed a physician group, Docs Who Care, to provide physician staffing in our clinic. Docs Who Care shares our commitment to excellence in healthcare and service to the community, and we believe they are an excellent partner and a great provider fit for this transition time.
What will happen to the current building?
The current hospital building will be repurposed to house the St. Vincent Medical Clinic and Telehealth, Lake County Public Health Agency, outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitative therapy services, visiting specialist offices, and administrative offices.
Is SVGHD planning for more growth in the future?
Once our new hospital is completed, open, and operating—planning for the future doesn’t stop there. The new St. Vincent Health facility will increase patient volume and access to new services.
Considering future needs for our community, St. Vincent General Hospital District Board of Directors and CEO Brett Antczak have begun strategic planning for growth after the new hospital opens. The planning process will include a master facilities plan.
The hospital leadership team and community members are participating in setting goals in the framework of three phases of organizational strategy: 1) 01-12 months, 2) 13-24 months and 3) long-range goals.
CEO Antczak and the SVGHD board are discussing and prioritizing ideas such as an extended care unit, inpatient detox, increased outpatient services such as an addiction recovery unit, and more. We will share details as the planning unfolds and priorities are determined.
Can you share more about the plans for extended care?
Providing an opportunity for Lake County residents to age in their community, where their loved ones live and their memories were created, is very important to us. Though we do not have specifics at this time or a date to announce, SVH anticipates opening an extended care program in the future.
Currently, the hospital district’s board of directors and administration are engaged in the process of strategic planning and creating a facility master plan. In those plans, a future extended care residential service at St. Vincent Health is a high priority.
Will the cost of medical services increase because of St. Vincent Health’s new hospital building?
The cost of medical services at the new St. Vincent Health will not increase. Our priority is to continue to provide healthcare that is attainable for all patients.
The question about price increase is understandable—because customarily with other types of businesses when there is a new building or a remodel—consumers see prices rise to help cover that cost.
This is not the case with our new state-of-the-art hospital. Patient’s co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and charges do not fluctuate based on our expenses. Additionally, since the new space allows for new services such as surgery, pain management clinic, and more, it is this increase in services that will financially sustain the new facility, not an increase in charges to patients.
At St. Vincent Health we are committed to price transparency. There is an online cost estimator tool linked in the footer of www.StVincent.Health for patients who want to research procedures and costs. Patients can also call our billing office at 719-486-7172 to inquire about costs and financial assistance programs at St. Vincent Health.