University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) has unveiled plans to construct a new emergency centre in southeastern Fort Collins, Colorado, US.

According to UCHealth’s Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland president Kevin Unger, the $12.3m centre will be built on UCHealth’s Harmony campus.

The campus offers easy access for residents in south and southeastern Fort Collins and surrounding areas.

Constructed on the 96-acre campus, the 16,850ft² facility will include 12 private exam rooms, computed tomography, ultrasound and basic X-ray services.

The centre will also include an outpatient laboratory and retail pharmacy, which will both be open round the clock.

"Constructed on the 96-acre campus, the 16,850ft² facility will include 12 private exam rooms, computed tomography, ultrasound and basic X-ray services."

UCHealth laboratory services currently located in the Redstone Building on Harmony campus will be shifted to the new centre, where 24hr outpatient lab services will be offered.

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UCHealth northern Colorado vice-president Russ Woolley said the centre will help solve a challenge occurring in northern Colorado in recent years, and the need for more local emergency services to keep up with the region’s rapid population growth.

Mr Woolley said: "We have loyal patients who live in south and southeastern Fort Collins and we want to continue our relationship with them by providing convenient, high quality emergency care that is easily accessible and integrated within the UCHealth provider network and electronic medical records system."

Based on the approval by the city, the centre is expected to be constructed and opened in 2015.

PVH, the main campus located five miles northwest of Harmony campus, plans to start preparing a two-story addition in 2015 to accommodate a sizable expansion of its emergency services department.

Image: The emergency centre will be located east of UCHealth Harmony campus off Snow Mesa. Photo: courtesy of UCHealth University of Colorado Health.