Tony Counts holds his newborn son, Cooper, on Thursday at the Family Birth Place at Yampa Valley Medical Center. His wife, Kelda, gave birth to their son Wednesday.

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Tony Counts holds his newborn son, Cooper, on Thursday at the Family Birth Place at Yampa Valley Medical Center. His wife, Kelda, gave birth to their son Wednesday.

Yampa Valley Medical Center celebrates 10th anniversary

$13 million hospital expansion and renovation project almost complete

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Erica Adams holds her baby girl Harlo Paytn Adams born Dec.1 in the new Family Birth Place at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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10 Years of YVMC

Christine McKelvie talk about he 10 year anniversary of the Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Christine McKelvie talk about he 10 year anniversary of the Yampa Valley Medical Center.

By the numbers

In 10 years at its current campus, Yampa Valley Medical Center has facilitated:

■ 3,819 baby deliveries

■ 17,079 inpatient admissions

■ 39,345 surgical cases and treatments

■ 49,871 patient days

■ 82,404 emergency visits

■ 162,094 SportsMed visits

■ 195,885 Doak Walker Care Center resident days

■ 204,474 radiology procedures

■ 785,617 laboratory tests

■ 1,852,096 meals

Source: Christine McKelvie, Yampa Valley Medical Center

— Former patients, project contractors and community members filled the hospital lobby at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday afternoon for a ceremonial ribbon cutting celebrating a 20-month process that has resulted in changes to 17 areas of hospital operations.

“It sets us up for the future by providing us with a lot of the capacity that we didn’t have before,” YVMC Chief Executive Officer Karl Gills said about the expansion and renovation. The dedication of the $13 million project also served as a celebration of YVMC’s 10th anniversary on its current campus.

The event included tours through new or updated facilities, a meet-and-greet reception with YVMC doctors, a performance by the We’re Not Clowns juggling troupe and a prize drawing.

“When we realized that our completion or very near completion of our large expansion was going to be happening right around the time of our 10-year anniversary here, we decided to combine the two,” YVMC spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said.

“We see it as celebrating what we have done and seeing the future here at Yampa Valley Medical Center, all in one fun event,” she said.

The expansion added almost 17,000 square feet and renovated almost 10,000 square feet of existing space. It brings the hospital’s total value as a regional medical center to $65 million, McKelvie said.

Renovations reach far

Major changes include a Family Birth Place that features twice as many rooms, separated into labor/delivery areas and post-partum rooms. The walls are decorated with photos of babies contributed by local artists, and sculptor Sandy P. Graves has been commissioned to do a bronze wall mural for the area.

Surgical services now offers four operating rooms instead of three, with two additional rooms for minor procedures and a fifth full operating room ready to be equipped when it’s needed.

Diagnostic imaging features new digital mammography equipment and expanded space for cardiology. The nutrition services department has an expanded kitchen and storage space, as well as new offices for dietitians. A recently opened physician outreach clinic offers space for visiting doctors to practice.

The total project also includes updates to departments including the pharmacy, respiratory therapy, sterile processing and health information technology. Behind-the-scenes improvements include changes to staff locker rooms and an additional emergency generator.

“What’s very significant about this expansion is that it has occurred in two major areas of new space, and then so much more has been renovated and departments have moved, so we have extra new square footage as well as a lot of renovated areas,” McKelvie said. “There was no one place where we could have the ribbon cutting.”

Denver’s Adolfson & Peterson General Contractors handled the construction, with Paul Barry, of Oak Creek-based Barry Construction Management, acting as a liaison between hospital staff and the contractors. Davis Partnership Architects of Denver did the design.

About one-third of the subcontractors hired for the project were local, including excavators and painters, project manager David Flint said.

Yampa Valley Medical Center opened in fall 1999. The campus replaced Routt Memorial Hospital, which offered services on Park Avenue in Old Town from 1950 until 1999.

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