Banner Health unveils name of Fort Collins hospital
More than 200 people attend ceremonial groundbreaking event
FORT COLLINS, CO (Oct. 2, 2013) – Banner Health unveiled the name of its new Fort Collins hospital Wednesday during a ceremonial groundbreaking attended by more than 200 people.
Attendees cheered when Banner Health CEO Peter Fine and Rick Sutton, Banner Health CEO for the Northern Colorado Service Area, removed a tarp from a sign revealing the name Banner Fort Collins Medical Center.
Banner is building the hospital on a 28-acre campus at the southeast corner of Harmony Road and Lady Moon Drive. The two-story facility will feature an emergency department, a 24-bed inpatient unit, labor and delivery rooms, medical imaging, surgical services and lab services. It will also include an outpatient clinic and medical office building. Future growth will be based on demand.
Boulder Associates is the architect for this project and JE Dunn Construction is the contractor.
“We have planned this hospital with a 40-year timeline, but we expect to be here much longer than that,” Sutton said.
A number of speakers took turns welcoming Banner to Fort Collins including Jason Tacha, Executive Director of Operations for Kaiser Permanente’s Northern Colorado Service Area; David May, President and CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce; and Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat.
Banner has an exclusive agreement with Kaiser Permanente to provide hospitalization services for its patients in Northern Colorado.
Fine talked about Banner’s commitment to clinical quality and the company’s plans to be involved in the Fort Collins community.
“We are part of the fabric of every community we’re in,” he said, referring to the company’s 24 hospitals spread across seven states.
Construction crews are expected to begin formal work on the hospital site this week.
Banner Fort Collins Medical Center will be Banner’s third in the Front Range and fifth in Colorado. The nonprofit healthcare system owns McKee Medical Center in Loveland and Sterling Regional MedCenter in Sterling. It operates North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and East Morgan County Hospital in Brush. Banner also owns numerous Banner Health Clinics/Centers throughout its service area including three in Fort Collins.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system manages 24 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice services, and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.