DENVER -- Saint Joseph Hospital is part of Colorado’s history. The hospital has come a long way since it first opened its doors back in 1873, serving those in need regardless of who they are or where they come from.
Now a sparkling new National Jewish Health-St. Joseph Hospital will reign in the coming decades. The new $623 million facility is located two blocks west of the current location near East 18th Avenue and Lafayette Street.
The move to the new facility happens Saturday. Ambulances will ferry about 100 patients from the old building to the new one.
CEO Bain Farris says it is “A building that is not only great for patients but is great for families and great for partners and nurses and physicians to care for patients.”
Administrators say rebuilding but staying in the downtown area was an important part of the hospital's community commitment.
“We intentionally stayed downtown and we were very lucky to be able to do that and build in the heart of Denver, it means a lot to the community who we serve, no matter who you are,” COO Barb Jahn said.
The new hospital has 83,000 square feet . Technology for diagnosis and treatment is cutting edge. There are 42 private emergency room suites with 12 dedicated to senior care, and 21 state-of-the-art operating rooms.
Every patient recovery room is private.
New moms receive special treatment from the moment they walk in the door, starting with their own private elevator that takes them up to the Women and Infants Center.
The floor is designed to keep new moms and their babies comfortable throughout each step of the birthing process. There are even special accommodations for families so everyone can comfortably share special moments.
The floor also includes a 30-bed neonatal intensive care unit, the most advanced in the state.
Jahn says, "For me, as a woman, to be able to see other women cared for in a way I want to be cared for is important to us.”
St. Joseph delivered 4,000 babies in 2013, now the staff can't wait for the tally to begin at their new home.