Opening of UCHealth Longs Peak Medical Center in Longmont

UCHealth’s new four-story Ambulatory Medical Center is now open on the Longs Peak Hospital campus in Longmont.

The 100,000 square feet Longs Peak Medical Center houses a new rehabilitation center and a new radiotherapy oncology service, as well as several specialized clinics, an imaging centre, a laboratory and a café-restaurant. Upcoming opening in the same building of a behavioral health clinic and an independent oncology clinic.

The exterior of the new UCHealth Longs Peak Medical Center seen in Longmont on Tuesday. (Matthew Jonas/staff photographer)

Stephanie Koenig, vice president of operations at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital, said the hospital began looking at community needs several years ago to plan for the outpatient medical center, with construction taking about a year.

“We’re very happy to get it up and running,” Koenig said. “It’s a beautiful space for comprehensive care.”

She said the hospital services transferred to the new medical center will also allow for the future expansion of inpatient beds, although the number of additional beds has not yet been decided. The hospital now has 63 beds, including 12 intensive care beds.

“We have seen a significant increase in the number of patients seeking hospital care,” she said.

In addition to the hospital and new medical center, the Longmont campus includes a separate surgical center.

The medical center combines diagnostic and specialty care, with services that include physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and a full range of breast imaging and diagnostic services.

The University of Colorado Medical School also offers radiation oncology services on the first floor. The suite includes a linear accelerator, a device used for external radiation therapies, and a CT simulation scanner, which allows radiation oncologists to see areas that need to be targeted and customize treatments.

Later in the summer, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Longmont, an independent oncology practice, will begin caring for patients on the third floor of the building through office visits and infusion services.

In the fall, the UCHealth Intractable Depression Clinic, which offers electroconvulsive therapy, medication management and psychotherapy for patients with severe depression and other mental disorders, will move from the hospital to the medical center.

“The medical center will play an important role in helping us care for our growing community for generations to come,” Longs Peak Hospital President Lonnie Cramer said in a written statement.

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