FORT COLLINS, Colo.
—The University of Colorado Health system broke ground Jan. 17 at the site of its new $11 million cancer center on the Harmony campus of its 238-bed Poudre Valley Hospital. The 30,000-square-foot outpatient facility is expected to be completed next year. The building will include an infusion center, clinical research facilities and a garden. Services are expected to include genetic counseling, radiation oncology and physical rehabilitation. “It will raise the bar on cancer care in northern Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region,” Kevin Unger, Poudre Valley Hospital president and CEO, said in a news release. The project suggests that UC Health is not ready to cede any ground to Banner Health, which announced last fall that it would be building a healthcare facility in Fort Collins. Banner is also collaborating with Kaiser Permanente, which is expanding its presence in the region as well. UC Health reports that $3.2 million in donations have been pledged or received from the community for the new center. Atlanta-based Heery International is handling the architecture for the UC Health project, while Adolfson & Peterson Construction, which has an office in Aurora, Colo., is the construction manager.