St. Mary’s to open heart center

Officials from St. Mary’s Medical Center, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health and City of Grand Junction join in a groundbreaking ceremony for a heart and vascular health center under construction at the hospital in Grand Junction. (Photo courtesy St. Mary’s Medical Center)
Officials from St. Mary’s Medical Center, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health and City of Grand Junction join in a groundbreaking ceremony for a heart and vascular health center under construction at the hospital in Grand Junction. (Photo courtesy St. Mary’s Medical Center)

St. Mary’s Medical Center plans to open a heart and vascular health center that will offer additional services in Grand Junction.

The $48.5 million facility is scheduled to open in January 2019 on the hospital campus at Seventh Street and Patterson Road. The 46,000 square-foot building will include a hybrid operating room, catheter lab and upgraded cardiovascular medical suite that will enable patients to receive specialized care without having to travel to Denver or Salt Lake City.

Dr. Brian Davidson, president of St. Mary’s, said the center is part of a three-year capital construction plan for Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health, which operates the hospital.

“Our investments are driven by this principle: right care, right time, right place,” Davidson said. “Our CV expansion means that metro-level cardiac and vascular care that is not currently available in a 250-mile radius will now be right here in our hometown, where our patients most need it, keeping families close to each other and their livelihoods.”

Dr. Andrew Jones, chief medical officer at St. Mary’s agreed. “The new cardiovascular center at St. Mary’s is going to be an amazing resource for our community and for the surrounding area. It will allow us to continue to offer the most comprehensive cardiovascular care available anywhere to the people of Western Colorado.”

Brian Davidson
Brian Davidson

Lydia Jumonville, interim chief executive officer of SCL Health, said the project is special for the faith-based health care organization. “It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to be a part of building something that will change lives the way the expansion of our cardiovascular services suit will, not just for the community of Grand Junction, but also the patients we serve in our surrounding communities.”

The center will allow patients with heart arrhythmia or those in need of transcatheter aortic valve replacement, among other medical needs, to receive care at St. Mary’s.

Michael Ryan, a doctor with Western Slope Cardiology in Grand Junciton, said the facility will support a range of services.

“This project represents a strong commitment to the ongoing provision of cutting-edge cardiovascular care at St. Mary’s.”

The center is expected to conribute not only to health care, but also the Grand Valley economy.

Kristi Pollard, executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership, said the economic effects of construction alone is estimated to total $90 million.

In addition, St. Mary’s expects to hire a total of eight to 10 surgeons, physician assistants, nurses and technicians as part of the expansion. The added payroll is expected to increase the economic beneit by $1.6 million annually.

“Colorado’s Grand Valley is fortunate to have such a strong economic driver and community partner as St. Mary’s,” Pollard said. “Their continual investment in the health care infrastructure and in local jobs is profound, and we are fortunate to have them in the community.”