(Dear Reader: The following guest blog was written by Grace Taylor, chief strategy officer for Poudre Valley Health System. It offers information on a new healthcare service that we’re developing. –Rulon)
One of the successful strategic tactics that we have used at Poudre Valley Health System is to make access to health care easy for community members.
In 2007, we opened Medical Center of the Rockies to increase healthcare access for Loveland area residents and enhance rapid access to trauma care.
In the last several years, we’ve worked with physicians in Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, and Windsor to make access easier. Most notably, we’ve worked closely with physicians at the Greely Medical Clinic to help in their efforts to continue providing the ongoing easy access to high quality of care offered at the clinic since 1933.
We’ve done this because local and national research has demonstrated time and again that the preference of patients is to have easy access to their care providers.
With this strategy in mind and with the support of local physicians, we announced December 2 that we will build an emergency and same-day surgery center in North Gate Village in west Greeley.
Greeley experienced more than a 20.7-percent population growth during the last decade, much of which occurred in west Greeley. Where there is growth, there is a greater demand for convenient, quality medical services.
The new freestanding outpatient facility will bring choice and increase access to health care in Weld County and will likely reduce the amount of time patients have to wait to receive emergency medical care.
The 24-hour emergency care center will be staffed with board-certified emergency room physicians. The team of physicians and nurses will be trained and equipped to handle about any emergency except severe trauma cases, which will be sent to a hospital where trauma services are offered.
The emergency care center will have 10 examination rooms, two pediatric exam rooms, a resuscitation room, and laboratory. A diagnostic imaging area will include X-ray, ultrasound, CT, and MRI.
The surgery center will include three preparatory areas, two operating rooms, three recovery rooms, and an observation room. Same day-surgery will be offered for select general and elective surgeries in the areas of endoscopy, gastroenterology, orthopedics, and urology, as well as outpatient surgery. In addition, the center will offer IV therapy services.
The development of the 22,000-square-foot facility is another step forward in the care that PVHS offers to Weld County and northern Colorado. The facility, which is not yet named, is scheduled to open in June.
To learn more information about the facility and what will be offered there, please click here to go the press announcement on our website, pvhs.org.