Poudre Valley Health System, which operates a 219-bed hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., and 195-bed Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff, Neb., are teaming up to build a $200 million regional referral center in the area surrounding the border of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The new hospital, three miles south of Fort Collins in Loveland, Colo., is expected to open in 2006 with 85 to 115 beds and specialized services in cardiology, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and trauma care. Poudre Valley, which recently completed a 26-bed expansion, expects demand to outstrip its existing capacity in three to five years. The city's population is projected to increase 20% in the next nine years. "We saw the need and, after careful consideration, decided that a partnership to build a regional tertiary-care hospital would be in the region's best interest," Poudre Valley President and CEO Rulon Stacey said. Poudre Valley will have an 88% stake in the facility; Regional West will own the remainder. -- by Michael Romano
Colo., Neb. hospitals team up on tertiary center
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