DENVER, Colo. — After years of planning, construction and preparation, Kaiser Permanente will open the doors to a brand new specialty center in Lone Tree on Dec. 2. This is the largest construction project and the most significant addition to the health plan’s brick-and-mortar presence in Colorado in nearly a decade.
This new Lone Tree multi-specialty center represents the next phase of this south Denver expansion of services bringing specialty care to the community. In addition to Lone Tree, Kaiser Permanente Colorado has a specialty center in downtown Denver on Franklin Street and another in Lafayette, which opened in 2005.
“The Lone Tree medical offices bring specialty care closer to you,” said Donna Lynne, DrPH, president, Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “If you live south of Denver and need to see an allergist, visit the ophthalmologist, have routine preventive screenings such as a mammogram or colonoscopy or even same-day surgery or minor procedures– it’s all here. We are meeting you where you are.”
Kaiser Permanente members have access to the following specialty services at the new six-floor, 275,000-square-foot center:
- Garden Level — medical imaging, administration support and a cafe that serves members and staff.
- First Floor — infusion services, laboratory, obstetrics-gynecology, oncology, ophthalmology, optical services, optometry, pharmacy, hearing services and other ancillary services.
- Second Floor — ambulatory surgery center, anesthesia pain management, general surgery, minor procedure center, Pre-operative Evaluation and Education Center and wound care.
- Third Floor — allergy and gastroenterology.
- Fourth Floor — clinical palliative care, orthopedics and physical/occupational therapy.
The center is being built through a phased development and will eventually encompass a 20-acre integrated health campus. Additional specialties, such as cardiology, endocrinology, neurology and dermatology, will be added to the center in phase two of the development.
“When a major facility like this opens up in a community it creates a lot of quality, high-paying jobs, so it’s pure economic development. Our community is really celebrating this,” said John Brackney, president of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. “Welcome, Kaiser Permanente, to our community.”
Many unique features have been incorporated into the design and construction of the Lone Tree multi-specialty center including:
- Multiple outdoor patio areas facing the Rocky Mountains on the west side of the building.
- A convenient driveway available to post-operative patients, which offers easy access to exits and waiting vehicles.
- A walkway around the perimeter of the campus available for walking meetings, as well as exercise for members and staff.
The multi-specialty center has been constructed under the United States Green Building Council’s LEED-certification system. Some of the “green” features in the center include:
- Use of building materials with recycled contents and lower toxins.
- Water-use reduction of 20 percent through xeriscaping and low-flow plumbing fixtures.
- Energy-use reduction targeted at 20 percent through Xcel Energy conservation measures built into the project.
- Shading devices installed in window wall system to help balance solar heat gain.
Members of the community will be invited to an open-house from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Dec. 14 for a chance to tour the facility, participate in fun activities and meet some of the Lone Tree staff and physicians.
Photo courtesy of Kaiser Permanente.