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The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System will increase its presence in Colorado where it operates three Exempla hospitals; St. Joseph in Denver, Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge; and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette.

It also operates a safety net clinic and St. Mary Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction, and the Mount Saint Vincent Home in Denver.

The move will bring up to 550 full-time positions to Broomfield and 200 to Denver, the company said. The positions include senior executives and administration officials, accounting and billing positions, as well as information technology opportunities.

"This move gives our health system closer proximity to the hospitals and clinics we operate in the Western United States, and the presence of Denver International Airport allows for frequent and easy travel to and from our care sites," SCL Health System President and CEO Michael Slubowski said.

The move represents the first of an estimated 50,000 health care jobs expected to the Denver metro region over the next 10 years, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Wednesday at a news conference at the Capitol announcing the move.

Another health care provider, DaVita, announced it would move its headquarters to Denver in 2009. Three years later, the company has added 400 jobs.

"We say community first company second," DaVita's vice president of its Wisdom Group, Jennifer Colosimo, said. She is focused on the company's culture and education opportunities. "And any good community needs an economic engine."

Colosimo has worked for DaVita for 10 months and says she is thrilled her company is able to hire more employees.

"The biggest point is every time someone has a job, that represents someone being able to support a family," she said.

Arrow Electronics recently announced a move to Colorado, and GE announced it's building the nation's largest solar plant in Aurora.

Although IKEA's headquarters are still in Europe, it's without a doubt the biggest retailer to open in the metro area in recent months, bringing with it hundreds of jobs.

"[With] all of these little announcements, we're not necessarily a Fortune 500 city, but what it's really allowed us to do is diversify our economy," jobs expert Andrew Hudson, who runs a popular job website in Colorado, said.

As for SCL's announcement, the company currently leases more than 221,000 square feet of commercial space in Denver, Lakewood and Broomfield. Its new employees will occupy space at its headquarters office near the corner of Speer Boulevard and Interstate 25, and with space in Broomfield at Highway 36 and Wadsworth Boulevard, a company spokeswoman said.

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