Centura to begin expansion in Castle Rock

Two years after purchasing 50 acres in Castle Rock, Centura Health is poised to begin expanding its operations to the area.

The state’s largest nonprofit health care provider plans to begin work on a 20,000-square-foot emergency room and medical imaging office by the summer. The company also plans a  400,000-square-foot medical office building.

“We haven’t really been waiting on other projects,” said Brian Moore, administrator for the project. “It’s more that we’ve been sorting out the economic turmoil, getting our financing in line.”

Centura, which owns and operates Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, says the emergency room will open during 2011.

“We have this community in Douglas County, where people have to leave for most of their medical care,” Moore said. “We took some time to master plan the site, and we think we can best meet those needs.”

The $23.6 million expansion project will hire between 50 and 75 people once it is completed, he said.