Morgan Community Hospital Continues to Move Forward

mchPHOENIX — With the release of architectural renderings of Morgan Community Hospital, Banner Health has taken an important step forward in the process to build a community hospital that is intended to be built between Brush and Fort Morgan, Colo.

In building the Morgan Community Hospital campus, Banner will draw upon its extensive experience in constructing medical facilities. “A new hospital must always reflect community needs today and into the future. The hospital we intend to build will meet community needs as they relate to both the size of the hospital and the services it will provide,” said Banner President and CEO Peter S. Fine. The hospital will offer comprehensive medical services including general medical care, labor and delivery, emergency services, general surgery and other associated clinical services to support these areas of patient care. The campus also will include a medical office building for physician clinics.

Banner Health’s recent experience in hospital construction includes the building of four hospitals, two patient towers and, most recently, the opening of a regional cancer center in Sterling, Colo. at Sterling Regional MedCenter. All new Banner medical facilities open with a comprehensive electronic medical records (EMR) system that includes computerized and filmless medical imaging (X-rays, for instance) as part of this system. Banner physicians will also be a part of this system with access to it in their offices so that the protected transfer of patient information is seamless.

As one of the leading systems in the nation in the implementation of EMR systems, Banner Health was recently named as one of the top 100 innovative organizations across all industries by InformationWeek magazine. Other innovative systems deployed by Banner health include eICU technology that provides an extra layer of computerized intensive care unit (ICU) expertise for the sickest hospital patients by connecting intensive care specialists in a remote center to their colleagues working in ICUs.

“We believe our approach to this community hospital planning process will serve the needs of Morgan County residents well,” said Fine. “We remain hopeful to collaborate on this project with the realization that collaboration must incorporate the experience and ideas of a partner. A wonderful example of our ability to effectively collaborate is the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center which we’re creating in partnership with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, a world leader in cancer care.” Fine added.

About Banner Health
Nonprofit Banner Health operates 23 hospitals, including four in northern Colorado: East Morgan County Hospital in Brush, Sterling Regional MedCenter in Sterling, North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, and McKee Medical Center in Loveland. Banner is the largest private employer in northern Colorado.


Posted October 11, 2010

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