About Us

At Lutheran Medical Center, we’re happy to tell you about us: our compassionate caregivers, our clinical excellence, our award-winning care and even our beautiful campus. But it’s really all about you. Our patients and families are the center of every thought, communication and action that takes place in this healing space.

Lutheran Medical Center is a community-based, acute-care hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. It includes Lutheran Hospice Center, Lutheran Spine Center at Denver West, Bridges Integrative Health and Wellness Services and Colorado Lutheran Home and Apartments. Lutheran Medical Center is part of SCL Health, a nonprofit faith-based health system with 11 hospitals in three states.

Services

Our health services include:

Leadership

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Grant Wicklund, President

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Christina Johnson, M.D., FACEP, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

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Steven Brown, M.D., FACR, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

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Andrea Burch, M.S., B.S.N., RN, CNRN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

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James (Jay) Doyle, Chief Financial Officer

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Scott Day, PHR, Vice President, Human Resources

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Jennifer Wrona, MBA, Vice President, Strategic Growth

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Carol Salzmann, RN, Vice President, Community and Government Affairs

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Noomi Hirsch, Operations Director, Quality and Excellence

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Glenn Most, Executive Director, West Pines Behavioral Health

Lutheran Medical Center is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization. Learn more about our System Leadership Team.

Fast facts*

Here’s a snapshot of who we are and what we do:

  • Full-time Equivalents: 1,439
  • Medical Staff: 1,067
  • Inpatient Admissions: 15,361
  • Emergency Visits: 73,173
  • Available Beds:** 259
  • Non-acute Care Beds:*** 178
  • Births: 2,549
  • Total Community Benefit: $33.4 million

*Statistics based on year-end December 2015 results.
**Available beds are beds in service and available for all hospital nursing units (excluding bassinets).
***Non-acute care beds includes Psychiatric/Chemical Dependency, Rehabilitation, Hospice, Long Term Care, Skilled Nursing Facility.

History

Lutheran Medical Center began in 1905 as the Evangelical Lutheran Sanitarium, a tent colony for tuberculosis patients. As medical advances diminished the demand for tuberculosis treatment, community leaders decided the center should meet a new need. Community-based Lutheran Hospital, a not-for-profit, general medical facility located on a 100-acre campus, opened its doors in 1961.

During the early 1970s, Lutheran Hospital officially became Lutheran Medical Center (LMC). More than a change in name, the move signaled the organization's growth as a provider and its continued commitment to meeting the health needs of the community. LMC's physical growth continued as well. In 1973, a six-floor tower was added and with the expansion of the critical care unit in 1985, the number of licensed beds rose to 409, the current capacity level today.

In January 1998, Lutheran Medical Center joined Saint Joseph Hospital and Exempla Medical Group to form Exempla Healthcare, a not-for-profit, community-based organization, to manage operations of the hospital and medical group. In 2010, Exempla Healthcare joined with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, a mission-based healthcare ministry established more than 150 years ago. It was later renamed SCL Health, as it remains today.

Message from the CEO

Welcome to Lutheran Medical Center! Thank you for choosing us for your medical care. Your health, safety and well-being are our first priorities. It is our mission to foster health and healing for the people and communities we serve.

Lutheran has a long and rich history of compassion and care. Since our beginning in 1905 as a tuberculosis hospital, we have been dedicated to ensuring that the people of Colorado have an unparalleled place to receive healthcare. We are committed to providing outstanding quality of care and a superior patient experience, thanks to the dedication of our staff and physicians.

We are proud to serve our community, and we promise to continue to provide you and your loved ones with exceptional care and compassion. We are your hospital, your neighbor and your partner in health care.

-- Grant Wicklund, President, Lutheran Medical Center

Contact us

We welcome your questions, comments and concerns. We take all inquiries seriously and will work diligently to resolve any problems and answer your questions. For assistance:

  • Call the hospital main line at 303-425-4500.
  • To reach a Lutheran patient representative, call 303-425-2964.
  • For billing inquiries, call 866-665-2636.

Awards

Lutheran has implemented several successful quality initiatives, including those that work to help prevent avoidable readmissions to the hospital, especially among heart patients, as well as programs that focus on the special needs and well-being of our growing elderly population.

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