AROUND TOWN: Castle Rock, Centura officials welcome Adventist Health Campus

August 2, 2013 Updated: August 2, 2013 at 11:15 am
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The community has a close-up look at the Flight for Life helicopter at the new Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. Photo courtesy 360 Media

It's not every hospital CEO who can hop on a neon-lime bike with flowers in the basket and head out to visit his new health campus.

For Todd Folkenberg, however, freeCYCLE, a free-rental offering, is just one more way the new Castle Rock Adventist Hospital is introducing a community-wide focus on wellness and a campaign "to make a dent in the health and wellness of every Coloradan."

If he had the time away from his July 17 open house gala duties preceding the Aug. 1 opening, Folkenberg could have pedaled past the Garden of Eatin', a community garden where those with green thumbs can "locally grow and harvest nutritious foods while developing an appreciation for healthy lifestyles," said wellness coordinator Shauna Rosovick.

And he could have parked the bike and gone into the party tents to try tables of goodies prepared by executive chef Dan Skay, who specializes in fresh, locally grown produce. Skay also is in charge of Manna, a public restaurant just off the hospital lobby.

For his mental health and that of his staff and the patients, the hospital boss can step back and enjoy a hospital-wide art tour that includes spectacular 48-foot-tall acrylic/aluminum/steel aspens in the atrium.

City and Centura officials as well as contractors and subcontractors were treated to a tour at the grand opening following the ribbon cutting - green, of course.

Castle Rock Mayor Paul Donahue shared that more than six years ago he was very concerned as he watched the bottom fall out of the economy. Adventist approached the city with plans for a hospital in the newly developing Meadows area when the time was right. Several years later it all dominoed. First came the hospital, followed by a large new medical building, which also opened Aug. 1. Another medical building is planned.

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