From the outside, Grandview Hospital doesn't look much like a hospital.
When patients or visitors come through the front entrance they see a two-story atrium topped with a massive skylight and a prominent winding staircase leading to the second floor. The bathrooms in each patient room include all the latest finishes a guest might find in a new hotel. The kitchen serves made-to-order meals for every patient.
"The architect designed this building to look like a hotel so the patients would be as comfortable as possible," said Derek Rushing, CEO of Grandview and Broomfield hospitals in Colorado Springs and Broomfield that are owned and operated by a partnership of UCHealth and Adeptus Health Inc. that also include 17 free-standing emergency rooms. "Everything about this hospital is at a high level. We want to provide high-quality health care and a high level of customer service. Our goal is to treat patients efficiently and appropriately and get them back to their homes quickly."
The 22-bed hospital southwest of Interstate 25 and North Nevada Avenue includes a four-bed intensive care unit, four operating rooms, 10 exam rooms in the emergency department, full-service laboratory, kitchen, cafeteria for employees and patient family members, pharmacy and a radiology department with a CT scanner, ultrasound and digital and fluoro X-ray machines. The facility now employs about 80 people - nurses and other clinical staff in the lab, pharmacy, radiology and operating and emergency rooms work for UCHealth, while executive, administrative and support staff work for Adeptus.
Grandview, which is named for the hospital's spectacular view to the west, is scheduled to open early next month after receiving a license from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and hopes to gain certification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services so it can treat patients covered under the Medicare program for the elderly, the Medicaid program for the poor and the Tricare program for active-duty and retired military personnel and their families.
Once Grandview Hospital receives the CMS certification, the partnership's four free-standing emergency rooms in the Colorado Springs area, which previously operated under the First Choice name, will become outpatient departments of Grandview Hospital, allowing the facilities to accept Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare patients, said Dan Weaver, a UCHealth spokesman. "When we first formed the partnership with Adeptus, we wait that accepting Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare was a top priority. By connecting these emergency rooms to the hospitals by making them outpatient departments, they will be able to see patients in those programs but not much will change in how they operate," Weaver said.
The two hospitals have been in the planning stages for about two years. Both are designed to provide internal medicine, general and orthopedic surgery and critical care for heart attacks and other conditions requiring an intensive care unit. The hospitals will refer patients needing cardiology, neurology, pediatrics, urology, MRI scans, dialysis, endoscopy, cancer treatment and other types of surgery.