US-based UCHealth Greeley Hospital has announced the opening of an expansion project in an effort to meet increasing health care needs.

The additional capacity, which will help patients access care close to home, created a progressive care unit with 12 beds and a 20-bed acute care unit on the hospital’s fourth floor.

The project increases the initial inpatient bed capacity of the hospital by almost 70%, expanding from 51 to 87 beds.

Additionally, it involves two intensive care unit beds that were added during the pandemic, an expansion to the cafeteria, two extra labour, recovery, and postpartum beds, along with a second trauma room in the emergency department, which opened late last year.

UCHealth Greeley Hospital president Marilyn Schock said: “More and more patients are choosing to receive their care here every day. This will enable us to care for even more patients right here, close to home.”

UCHealth established Greeley Hospital (GH) to deliver quality inpatient treatment closer to Greeley and Weld County patients who were earlier treated at the system’s Loveland and Fort Collins facilities.

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The hospital was intended to accommodate future expansion easily while ensuring minimal interruption to current operations. Construction comprised a shelled fourth floor on which the new units were built.

According to Schock, since the hospital opened on 3 July 2019, it has been active and operating near or at full capacity daily.

GH treated about 4,428 inpatients during its initial year of operation. This number is anticipated to increase to more than 5,300 by the end of June this year.

The number of surgeries conducted at GH, has nearly doubled from 1,544 in the first year to 3,175 expected by the end of June.

The emergency department now serves 100 patients daily on an average, up from 60 when the facility initially opened.