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St. Anthony moves 106 patients to new location

6:06 PM, Jun 17, 2011   |    comments
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As part of the move from the old hospital to the new one, 106 patients had to be taken from the old building near Sloan's Lake to the new location six miles away in Lakewood near 2nd Place and Union Boulevard.

Of those 106 patients, more than 30 are ICU patients. The hospital's move went ahead of schedule and they were nearly finished moving the patients by 4 p.m. The move started around 7 a.m.

"Today has gone much more smoothly than anticipated. Much faster than expected," Maura McGinnis, clinical coordinator at St. Anthony, said.

St. Anthony is a Level 1 Trauma Center, which means its emergency room receives critical trauma patients. It's one of only three Level 1 centers in the metro area.

Hospital officials have spent 30,000 hours planning for and anticipating every possible situation.

The new ER in Lakewood opened at 12:01 a.m. The last patient went into the old location at 11:55 p.m. on Thursday and the first one at the new location arrived at 12:02 a.m.

"We are settling in and we are in celebration mode. People were transported safely and families are happy," McGinnis said.

That new facility, when combined with the neighboring OrthoColorado Hospital, will end up with a price tag of close to $435 million. The ER alone will have 36 rooms, four of which will be trauma rooms.

The Level I Trauma Center will continue to accept some of the most critical patients from around the region. The hospital itself has eight floors and 560,000 square feet of space.

The old building is now up for sale, but the asking price is unknown, even to hospital staff.

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