Greeley's new emergency and surgery center is now open
A WARM WELCOME PHOTO GALLERY: More than 2,100 people got a sneak preview of the Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center on Nov. 17 and 19, 2012, through the community open house, the Teddy Bear Hospital event and a special ribbon cutting and reception. To see a photo gallery of the events, click on the slideshow above or click here.
TV INTERVIEW: Dr. Jim Campain, the medical director of emergency services at the new Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center, talked about the benefits of the new facility and the difference between urgent and emergent care on Channel 9's Colorado and Company on Dec. 5, 2012.
The 22,000-square-foot Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center is now open just east of King Soopers Marketplace on the southeast corner of 71st Avenue and 10th Street in Greeley.
With an estimated cost of $15 million, the facility is divided into three main areas:
The emergency care center includes 10 spacious and private examination rooms, two child-friendly exam rooms, a resuscitation room and laboratory.
The same-day surgery center, located on the west side of the building, includes three preparatory areas, two operating rooms, recovery areas and an observation room.
The diagnostic imaging and laboratory area, located on the south side of the building, includes X-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI in addition to a full-service lab. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The building also features a covered ambulance bay for easy emergency access in and out of the facility.
Benefits of the Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center
The Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center provides patient care with the same level of quality, commitment and service upon which Poudre Valley Health System and the University of Colorado have built their world-class reputations.
Wait times will be low and access will be easy and efficient.
The facility was thoughtfully designed to increase patient comfort and convenience in many ways, from spacious, private exam rooms to the extended lab and imaging hours of service.
The center is now the work home of 75 full-time employees. This translates into about 96 full- and part-time doctors, nurses and support employees with a total annual salary of $4.6 million.
Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center 6906 10th St. (Next to King Soopers Marketplace)
Emergency Center - 970.392.4320
Laboratory - 970.392.4355
Imaging - 970.392.4340
Surgery Center - 970.392.4360
NOTE: Call 911 immediately if someone is unconscious, having trouble breathing or has suffered a serious injury or may be having a heart attack.
Questions and answers
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What will the emergency department and same-day surgery center include?
12 spacious and private emergency exam rooms.
Two child-friendly emergency exam rooms.
A resuscitation room.
Three surgery prep areas.
Two operating rooms.
Four recovery rooms.
An observation room.
A covered ambulance bay for easy emergency access in and out of the facility.
The emergency center is staffed with board-certified emergency room physicians working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to handle just about any emergency except severe trauma. Destination protocols are in place through the local emergency medical service / 911 system to ensure that ambulances or medical flight services get people to the most appropriate level of care in the quickest time possible.
The same-day surgery center located on the west side of the building includes three preparatory areas, two operating rooms, four recovery rooms and an observation room. Same-day surgery services will be offered for select general and elective surgeries in the areas of endoscopy, gastroenterology, orthopedics and urology. Other outpatient surgeries will be added as needs arise.
Why did University of Colorado Health build it? What is the need?
According to the 2010 census, Greeley has experienced a 20.7 percent population growth in the past 10 years. Much of this growth has occurred in west Greeley.
Where there is growth, there is greater demand for convenient, quality medical services. University of Colorado Health is bringing choice and increased access to health care in Weld County. With expanded access and an immediate bedding approach, UCHealth expects to reduce the amount of time patients have to wait to receive emergency medical care.
How many people work in the new facility?
Nearly 100 people (about 75 FTEs) work at the Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center.
How much did it cost?
The total cost, including land (which includes 4.81 acres of adjacent land), construction, design, furnishing, equipment and signage, is estimated at $14.5 million.
When was it completed?
The facility opened Nov. 26, 2012.
What is the name of the new facility?
The facility is called Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center.
Will the physicians who staff the facility be employed by University of Colorado Health?
The emergency center at the new facility is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by board-certified emergency room physicians from Emergency Physicians of the Rockies, an independent provider group. This group has been serving northern Colorado for more than 30 years. Dr. James Campain and Dr. Timothy J. Hutchison are the newest members of Emergency Physicians of the Rockies. Both doctors practiced in Greeley for about 20 years.
The surgeons who work in the same-day surgery center are employed by University of Colorado Health's Greeley Medical Clinic (Colorado Health Medical Group):
General surgery Dr. Steven Dubs, Dr. Lesley Fraser, Dr. Joseph Livengood, Dr. Sally Parsons, Dr. Michael Peetz and Dr. James Schiefen.
Urology Dr. Gary Goodman
Orthopedics Dr. Mark Grossnickle, Dr. Brett Hunter, Dr. Joshua Snyder
Gastroenterology Dr. Peter Witt
Is this a hospital, or will it become a hospital?
No. This facility is not a hospital, nor will it become a hospital. It is a freestanding emergency center and same-day surgery center conveniently located under one roof.
Are there emergency centers (freestanding emergency centers) anywhere else in the United States?
Yes. The concept is not new. Freestanding emergency centers arose in the 1970s, starting first in the eastern part of the U.S., in response to health care needs and access issues in rural areas. Since then, they have been built in communities of all sizes.
According to a 2009 report by Abaris Group, a health care consulting company, there are now more than 220 freestanding emergency centers in about 16 states.
Freestanding emergency centers are generally located near a hospital, which helps ensure prompt transport for patients who must be admitted.
What's the difference between this and an urgent care?
In short, a higher level of care with 24/7 access to board-certified emergency medicine providers. In this facility, an emergency medical team of doctors and nurses is equipped to handle just about any emergency except severe trauma.
Destination protocols are in place through the local emergency medical service / 9-1-1 system to ensure that ambulances or medical flight services get people to the most appropriate level of care in the quickest time possible.
Unlike most urgent cares, University of Colorado Health's Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center also will have on-site X-ray, CT scanner, ultrasound and MRI.
If a patient goes to the new emergency department and needs a higher level of care, where will he or she be transported?
As always, if patients wish to choose where they receive their health care, they can certainly do so. We work closely with local emergency medical services to have appropriate destination protocols in place.
Is there an agreement with Weld County Paramedic Services to bring patients to the new emergency department? How will that be decided?
Protocols are already in place through the local emergency medical service / 9-1-1 system to ensure that ambulances or medical flight services get people to the most appropriate level of care in the quickest time possible.
There is already an urgent care close to the new facility. What is the need for another emergency-type service?
Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center offers a higher level of care than a standard urgent care. In this facility, an emergency medical team of doctors and nurses will be equipped to handle just about any emergency except severe trauma 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Will you provide charity care or indigent care?
Just like any emergency department attached to a hospital, the emergency center at Greeley Emergency and Surgery Center is governed by strict guidelines to serve all patients with emergency need as outlined in the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).
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