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Four systems plan to build, expand and renovate seven hospitals and other facilities during next several years around Colorado Springs.

Those projects include:  

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services - The operator of Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center projects total about $700 million. The nonprofit announced plans in September to spend $100 million on a 134,000-square-foot addition to St. Francis Medical Center, 6001 E. Woodmen Road, scheduled for completion by 2018.

The addition will include a new emergency room that will add 17 beds to the current 23, three more operating rooms and space to build out six more, and doubling the number of neonatal intensive care beds from 25 to 50. If funding is approved by spring Penrose also plans to build a third major campus northeast of Centennial Boulevard and Fillmore Street that will include about 300 hospital beds in a 775,000-square-foot complex built over the next five to seven years.

The Colorado Springs City Council Tuesday will consider zoning changes and a height variance for the campus. Penrose-St. Francis CEO Margaret Sabin said the third campus will be operated as a single operation along with the system's Penrose Hospital, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., with the new campus housing all "acute" care, such as inpatient surgeries of all types, and the Penrose Hospital housing most rehabilitation and outpatient operations.

The hospital is in discussions with neighborhood groups and others on uses for its west tower, which was built in 1957, and could include non-health care related operations. Both locations would have emergency rooms, she said. Penrose-St. Francis also plans to build several more "Neighborhood Health Centers," which include doctor offices, urgent care clinics, rehabilitation, imaging, behavioral health, occupational health and other services.

The hospital giant operates two such centers in central Colorado Springs and Monument and will open a third next month in southwest Colorado Springs.

UCHealth Memorial Hospital - The two-hospital system leased by University of Colorado Health from the city of Colorado Springs in 2012 began a $40 million renovation project its Memorial Hospital Central campus, 1400 E. Boulder St., in January that will convert 200 rooms in nine units designed for two patients to single occupancy.

The project also includes upgrading wastewater lines, grease traps and lighting in the parking garage as well as upgrading CT scanning and MRI equipment. The project was scheduled to be completed in mid-2017 but UCHealth Memorial CEO George said some of the work may be delayed into 2018 to avoid a room shortage.

That's when Memorial hopes to have additional space available both at its Central and North campuses as some operations move to a new pediatric hospital planned by Children's Hospital Colorado at its Memorial Hospital North campus, 4050 Briargate Parkway, and a $100 million addition to the North campus with additional inpatient rooms is completed.

Details of the addition are still be worked out over next two or three months, Hayes said. UCHealth Memorial also is spending $15 million to build a cancer center, catheterization laboratory and inpatient and outpatient oncology units at the north campus.

Children's Hospital Colorado - The Aurora-based nonprofit hospital system plans to spend $100 million to build a 170,000-square-foot complex on the Memorial Hospital North campus that will include up to 100 inpatient beds, an emergency room, operating rooms and neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.

Details on the project are expected to be completed early next year with construction beginning by early in the second quarter, but the rooms will be built with flexibility in mind so they can be used in a variety of different ways, said Greg Raymond, Children's vice president for its southern Colorado region.

Many units in the new hospital will move from the Memorial Hospital Central campus and be staffed by the 325 employees already working in those units along with at least 150 additional employees, who will be hired before the new Children's hospital opens in 2018.

The new hospital will be connected by a hallway with UCHealth Memorial Hospital and will share laboratory, radiology, food service, mechanical and electrical systems and loading docks with Memorial, but will operated under a separate license.

Adeptus Health Inc. - The Texas-based company, which operates four free-standing emergency rooms in El Paso County, began construction in March on a 22-bed hospital at 5623 Pulpit Peak View, southwest of Interstate 25 and North Nevada Avenue.

The hospital is scheduled to open in the summer and will include three intensive care units and three operating rooms, although the exact services offered there and the name are still being decided.

The 86,600-square-foot complex also includes unfinished space on the third floor that could later include up to 28 additional beds, according to plans filed with the Colorado Springs Planning Department. A month after construction started, Adeptus formed a partnership with University of Colorado Health in which UCHealth will hold a majority stake.

The emergency rooms operate under the UCHealth name, as will the hospital.

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