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Banner Health to Build Hospital in CO

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2010

LifePoint operates 52 other hospitals in 18 states, most of them in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas. The Fort Morgan hospital is its only facility in Colorado.

It was unclear last week what participation in the project LifePoint is willing to offer.

The new Banner project is being called a campus because it will include a medical office building as well as a hospital, ancillary services such as medical imaging and a lab, a cardiology clinic and 26 other diagnostic specialty clinics.  Through the Banner system, it will have a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system, Banner officials said.

"Many of these specialty services are not available in Fort Morgan today, so this is a tremendous improvement in the ability of Fort Morgan residents to conveniently access this care," Fine said.

In a report published last week in The Greeley Tribune, Banner officials estimated the cost of the new facility will be between $20 million and $30 million and will take 12 to 18 months to build. However Banner officials have not yet determined exactly where along the 10-mile stretch between the two towns the new campus will be placed.

This facility would be Banner's fifth in northern Colorado.


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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