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Exempla Healthcare purchases land in Frederick, Colorado

October 08, 2012

Purchase of nearly 50 acres preserves opportunity for possible future growth.

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Mary Jackson, Communications Manager – 303-689-5235

DENVER — Oct. 5, 2012 – Exempla Healthcare, part of SCL Health System, has purchased 48.9 acres of land in Frederick, Colorado (Weld County). Acquisition of the land enables the organization to preserve it for future growth in Northern Colorado.
“This land purchase will help us protect our promise to serve local communities with high quality, patient-centered care,” says Bob Ladenburger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Exempla Healthcare and Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations, SCL Health System. “We are always looking toward the future to determine how to best meet the needs of Colorado’s citizens. We know Weld County is growing and in general, patients like to receive health care near where they live.”

“The Town of Frederick is very pleased to welcome Exempla Healthcare to our community,” says Mayor Tom Carey. “Exempla’s presence will be critical as they move forward to provide Frederick, Weld County and the region with quality health care.”

Weld County grew nearly 40 percent between 2000 and 2010, and was the seventh fastest growing metropolitan statistical area in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, The Colorado Department of Local Affairs - State Demography Office, forecasts continued strong growth of more than 35 percent during the next decade – more than double the growth rate of the seven-county Denver metropolitan area.
The site is located near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Highway 52 adjacent to the planned Wyndham Hill Town Center, the future regional shopping center of Frederick, Colorado. “Exempla Healthcare’s purchase confirms the emergence of Frederick as an important regional commercial, retail, residential and health care hub for the larger Northwest Denver metro submarket serving communities along Interstate 25,” says Chuck Bellock, President of Community Development Group, the developer of Wyndham Hill.

Exempla Healthcare will hold the site for future growth, at which time it will collaborate with the Town of Frederick and the Community Development Group.

Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, an acute-care facility opened by Exempla Healthcare in 2004, is located approximately 14 miles southwest of the site. “We are excited about the potential to extend our service area as we continue to see the need for health and healing in this growing, thriving community,” says David Hamm, President and CEO of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center.

In addition to supporting the development of an acute-care hospital facility, the land purchase enables Exempla Healthcare the opportunity to grow its accountable health network in Northern Colorado. “Beyond our brick-and-mortar facilities, we are a person-centered organization, committed to meeting the unique needs of our communities – be it in clinics, ambulatory practices or health care in the home,” added Ladenburger.

About Exempla Healthcare
Exempla Healthcare was formed in 1998 and serves metropolitan Denver through its three hospitals – Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital – and the Exempla Physician Network of primary care, occupational medicine and specialty physicians. Exempla is dedicated to advancing the art of healing and the science of medicine for the patients and communities it serves. SCL Health System (SCLHS) oversees Exempla operations.

About SCL Health System
SCL Health System (SCLHS), based in Denver, is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization operating 11 hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCLHS provides more than $220 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCLHS was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.