As the Town of Castle Rock continues to grow, the Castle Rock Adventist Hospital needs more beds. To keep up with the increased population, the hospital has started construction to add 36 beds on the …
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As the Town of Castle Rock continues to grow, the Castle Rock Adventist Hospital needs more beds. To keep up with the increased population, the hospital has started construction to add 36 beds on the fourth floor.
Chase Aalborg, the hospital’s COO and CFO, said the $14 million project is needed immediately due to Castle Rock’s population surpassing 75,000.
“We have really been trying to keep pace with community growth,” Aalborg said. “We have continued to grow and will likely surpass 100,000 population in the next 10 years.”
Aalborg said the need to grow has steadily continued since 2011 when the hospital was introduced as an ER and imaging center. By 2013, 55 beds were added for patients.
In 2020, Aalborg said the number of patients served has fluctuated during the pandemic. As the U.S. enters what officials are calling the fourth wave of COVID, Aalborg said hospital officials continue to discuss growth possibilities and what is needed to meet community healthcare needs.
After two years of planning the expansion, construction on the fourth floor began in late March. Completion is expected in October. The project is similar to the 55-bed layout on the third floor, with two rows of patient rooms with nursing and admin stations in the middle of the middle.
The expansion is ahead of schedule because of the hospital design, Aalborg said. The fourth floor was set aside as shelved space and so can quickly be constructed into a floor that will serve patients.
The additional beds on the fourth floor will serve post-surgical patients and will include a specialized surgical unit to complement the medical unit already in place. According to the press release announcing the project, the additional space will allow patients to conveniently receive a more specialized level of care consistent with their needs in their community.
“This exciting expansion illustrates Castle Rock Adventist Hospital’s ongoing commitment to our Castle Rock community and beyond, emphasizing that we are here for them when they need us most, ready and waiting with smiling faces and exceptional patient care,” said hospital CEO Brandon Nudd. “We look toward the future with excitement as we become even more rooted in our community and are carrying out our healing ministry each day to support our ever-growing community.”
In addition to increasing the number of patient beds, the hospital expansion will mean more jobs in Castle Rock. According to the expansion announcement, the completed fourth floor will create up to 50 new health care career opportunities.
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