Denver's 35-year-old safety-net hospital, Denver Health Medical Center, formerly city-owned Denver General, announced a $148 million expansion to be financed through a bond issue approved by voters in November 2003. Phase One of the project, completed in May 2003, was a $102 million addition housing an intensive-care unit, operating rooms and outpatient clinics. Phase Two, to be completed in 2006, will produce a 204,000-square-foot inpatient facility, including a redesigned women's and children's pavilion. Denver Health said it delivers 3,600 babies annually but its current facility is designed to accommodate only 1,800 births a year. Phase Three, which is included in the $148 million financing, calls for the construction of a 74,000-square-foot ambulatory care facility. Major renovations have been under way at Denver Health since the hospital separated from the city in 1997. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Denver safety-net hospital keeps up expansions
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