Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, Colo., plans to spend $50 million over the next three years to expand its neuroscience services.
The Level 1 Trauma Center, which includes the region's first Joint Commission
-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, and also serves as the region's referral center for neurotrauma, will begin construction in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Plans include adding critical-care and medical-surgical beds, building a new neurocritical care unit for more significant patient needs and volume, and purchasing another outpatient 3T MRI for advanced neurological imaging. About 65,000 square feet will be added to the medical center campus, with another 28,000 square feet to be renovated.
“This expansion will add much needed beds, infrastructure and technology to our campus,” Dr. Chris Fanale said in a news release
. Fanale, who is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology, specializes in neurology, cardiovascular disease and stroke at Swedish Medical. He has been named chair of the neuro hospital planning committee.
“We are ensuring a foundation for the many years of growth ahead,” Fanale said.Follow Rachel Landen on Twitter: @MHrlanden