Penrose plans ‘new solution’

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0620-penroseCCPenrose-St. Francis Health Services this summer will wrap up three projects totaling $44 million. That work well represents the system’s fortuitous dilemma, and is forcing leaders to look to the future.

The downtown hospital is reaching its build-out capacity, and the system has experienced increased patient loads, according to Margaret Sabin, CEO Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.

“We’re starting to see the potential of maxing out on this campus, honestly,” she said. “We’re feeling it.”

Sabin said Penrose Hospital’s new cardiac Intensive Care Unit will “help a little bit. But we are in master planning right now for the future and it could be significant.

“It could be one of the larger projects Colorado Springs has ever seen.”

Sabin said the hospital is nearing the end of its ability to grow and that the master planning is “quite aspirational.”

“The tower was built in 1956,” she said of the oldest portion of the campus. “Normally amortization of an organization is 40 years. We’re way past that, particularly with the tower.

“It’s time to build a new solution for Colorado Springs.”