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EGSMC Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

January 14, 2010
Lafayette's Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center celebrates 5-year anniversary Mayor calls hospital 'one of best things' to happen to Lafayette By Amy Bounds, Camera Staff Writer Boulder Daily Camera Posted:11/29/2009 07:26:18 PM MST Area hospitals Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center Opened in 2004 at Exempla Circle and U.S. 287 in Lafayette Boulder Community Hospital Founded in 1922, main location at North Broadway and Balsam Street and second location, opened in 2003, at Arapahoe Avenue and 48th Street Avista Adventist Hospital Opened in current Louisville location at 100 Health Park Drive in 1990, originally started more than 100 years ago as a sanitarium Longmont United Hospital Opened in 1959, located at 1950 Mountain View Ave. By the numbers Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center (since it opened in 2004): 54,500 -- people admitted 113 -- average number of patients in the hospital each day 402,900 -- people receiving outpatient services 160,400 -- emergency room patients 9,800 -- babies born 40,600 -- surgeries 1,400 -- staff members 1,000 -- doctors 477,000 -- square footage of the hospital 234 -- licensed beds LAFAYETTE -- Kelli Lewis, an emergency physician and medical staff president-elect, started working at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette on the fourth day the hospital was open. She said she originally transferred to Good Samaritan from another Exempla hospital because it was closer to her home. "It ended up being more of a mission of love," she said. "I love the community we serve. The patients are just great, and we've garnered a really special collection of people that gives it a culture of caring. "They've done everything right here." Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center is celebrating five years in Lafayette on Tuesday. The $135 million campus opened in December 2004, after 2 1/2 years of construction, at Lafayette's southern edge off of U.S. 287. "It's been a great location," said David Hamm, the hospital's president and CEO. "We're accessible and easy to find." The hospital and outpatient medical center stand at 477,000 square feet on the 77-acre health campus. Also part of the campus are the 200,000-square-foot Kaiser Permanente Rock Creek Medical Center and two medical office buildings. The original vision for the nonprofit medical center was a healing environment. The hospital offers all private rooms, closed-captioned televisions, room service, local artwork, carpeted hallways and alternative medicine such as acupuncture and aromatherapy. The smoke-free campus also includes a walking path and garden. Hamm said the hospital has met its goal of providing "high quality clinical outcomes" and expects to continue to grow. The hospital is on track to deliver 2,000 babies this year and twice has added beds to meet community needs, along with adding a second lab for heart patients. In 2010, Hamm said, the hospital plans to add more operating rooms. A deal that will make the hospital an affiliate of the Kansas-based Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System also is expected to be finalized in 2010, ending a four-year dispute. The change will lift financial restrictions, but require the hospital to follow Catholic directives regarding health care -- including no longer providing abortions, tubal ligations or vasectomies. Hamm said patients will continue to receive the same high-level of care. When Good Samaritan opened, Lafayette was experiencing sales tax increases following a string of business openings that included new grocery stores and Ace Hardware. Now, the city is making budget cuts following the recent closures of Ace Hardware, the Albertsons grocery store and several small businesses. Mayor Chris Cameron said the success of Exempla is a bright spot in what's proving to be a challenging time for Lafayette. "Exempla is one of the best things that's happened in Lafayette," she said. "The hospital has brought primary jobs and a health care facility to our community." She said the hospital also has proven a "very good corporate citizen." "The hospital sponsors events and employees volunteer in the community," she said.