New hospital to serve northeast Colorado Springs growth

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Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has two large hospitals in Colorado Springs, or what they call acute care campuses.  

Now they are announcing a new third location off Interquest Parkway and I-25, to cater to the expanding growth northeast part of Colorado Springs.  

This new location off Interquest and I-25 is about 10 miles from the Penrose Hospital on Nevada and about eight miles from the St. Francis location on Woodman.   

“We need the additional space to meet the growing demand,” said Brian Erling, President and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “For us, our opportunity was to continue to expand North.”  

Centura Health the Parent Company of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services bought the 50-acre property for $30 million. 

“The community needs these investments and we are fortunate to be able to do it,” Erling said.  

They chose the northside because Erling and Chief Operations Officer Kevin Cullinan said people in the southern neighborhoods typically don’t use hospital services.  

“They really need primary care, urgent care, physical therapy. That’s what we are trying to put down there, we’re trying to meet the community where they are,” said Kevin Cullinan.  

This new location will initially focus on orthopedic services.  

“We are talking about transforming the way orthopedic care is delivered for the entire region,” said Cullinan.  

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Doner M.D. said it’ll be a one-stop shop for patients, with diagnosis, MRIs, physical therapy or surgery all under one roof.  

“It’s a huge advantage,” said Dr. Geoffrey Doner M.D. “You can really get better patient outcomes it’s more convenient. They have everything when they come into the door.”  

The centralized care will drive down the cost of care for patients and keep them in the community.  

“We want to keep bodies in motion. Colorado is outdoor friendly lifestyle, keeping people out and moving, and enjoying the outdoors, and being active in life is really important to us,” said Dr. Doner.  

Eventually as needed it will expand to a full acute care hospital, like the other two campuses in Colorado Springs.  They plan to break ground in the next year and hope to take their first patient in three years.  

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