In June, SCL Health held an official groundbreaking for the replacement Lutheran Medical Center at the Clear Creek Crossing development in Wheat Ridge. The foundation and steel beams are slowly beginning to take shape on the 28-acre parcel, marking the true start of construction on the new medical campus of the future.
Lutheran has been a part of the Wheat Ridge community for more than 100 years, from its beginnings as a tuberculosis sanitarium to becoming a Level II Trauma Center. The construction of a replacement hospital will provide updated state-of-the-art medical facilities for Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County residents for decades to come.
"We know that healthcare is one of the most critical foundations of a strong community. Maximizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity, residents and community leaders have asked us to build the ‘hospital of the future’ in Wheat Ridge," says Lydia Jumonville, SCL Health President, and CEO. "This replacement hospital will meet the demand for a more flexible and patient-centered facility that delivers high-quality, advanced care more efficiently."
Grant Wicklund, Lutheran President, says, "The replacement hospital will expand access to emergency and critical care for families up and down the Jefferson County and West Denver suburbs. We will elevate care in our community, and it will be one of the most efficient facilities in the region."
Once the replacement hospital is built and open, SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center will stop acute hospital operations at its current site (estimated to occur in mid-2024).
SCL Health has a vested interest in the community's economic success. We are excited to be a part of the new Clear Creek Crossing development that offers the residents of Wheat Ridge and our employees a place to live, work, play, and shop.
SCL Health leadership will ensure that the new site's current and future infrastructure needs will blend seamlessly into the surroundings and offer good transportation access.
To learn more about plans for the replacement hospital, including design renderings, visit TheLutheranLegacy.org.