Swedish Medical Center to Spend $50 Million on Neuroscience Hospital Expansion

Englewood CO – Swedish Medical Center, the region’s leading stroke and neuroscience center, is pleased to announce it is moving forward on a $50 million expansion.  In an effort to further align its neuroscience services; this is the second largest expansion in recent Swedish history.  Highlights include:

  • Adding needed critical care beds and medical surgical beds, both of which maintain high occupancy levels today.
  • Adding 65,000 square feet to the campus and renovating 28,000 square feet.
  • Creating 39 incremental beds that will be dedicated to our neuroscience program.
  • Constructing two additional floors to our south tower resulting in new neuroscience, medical and surgical beds.
  • Constructing a new neurocritical care unit to address more significant patient needs and volume.
  • Redesigning a new lobby and entrance to the neuroscience portion of the hospital, creating a workspace for our neuroscience program to collaborate more efficiently.
  • Purchasing an additional outpatient 3T MRI for advanced neurological imaging.

“We are extremely excited for this investment by HealthONE in our neuroscience program,” said Mary White, President and CEO Swedish Medical Center.  “We truly are the region’s number one neuroscience and spine program, and this expansion ensures we continue down that path. We plan to continue having our community say, Take me to Swedish!”

Swedish Medical Center has long been the region’s leader in neurosciences, as evidenced by these accomplishments and designations:

  • Door to Neurology Evaluation: 7.5 minutes compared to the national goal of 20 minutes
  • Door to CT First Slice: 17 minutes compared to the national goal of 25 minutes
  • Door to IV t-PA started: 40.8 minutes compared to the national average of 60 minutes or less
  • 26% of patients taken to Swedish receive IV t-PA compared to the national average of 5%

Because of his dedication to stroke care, program quality and growth at Swedish and throughout the region, Chris Fanale, M.D. has been named the chair of the neuro hospital planning committee.

 “This expansion will add much needed beds, infrastructure and technology to our campus,” said Fanale. “We are ensuring a foundation for the many years of growth ahead.”

Swedish Medical Center’s Acute Inpatient Rehab Facility is ranked among the top facilities in the country. It was recently named “Top Performer” by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. Swedish Acute Rehab is an important part of the pathway to recovery, celebrating milestones and regaining independence for neurological patients.