Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sky Ridge Medical Center: A Modern Hospital That Saves Thousands

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Sky Ridge Medical Center is located in south Denver, Colorado. Primarily taking care of patients in Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Littleton, Castle Rock and Parker, the hospital opening was anxiously awaited by Douglas County citizens to fill a much-needed medical service gap. Sky Ridge was built with the future in mind since the Douglas County population increases annually. Building on 57 acres allows significant room for expansion in the future. Their current plans allow a build out to 335 beds; they currently have 185.

Sky Ridge immediately proved their worth by delivering a baby 52 minutes after they opened their doors at 7am on August 20, 2003. The HealthOne hospital covers a comprehensive range of care, from Cancer to men's health to sleep disorders. The level III trauma center allows for emergency response and care. Last year, the emergency room took care of 36,223 patients. Physicians performed 11,927 surgeries last year including inpatient and outpatient, and had 12,029 admissions overall. The federal government initiated a survey to patients in hospitals across the country last year. When asked if they would recommend a certain hospital to friends and family, the state average response was a 74% "yes." 78% of Sky Ridge Medical Center patients responded that they would happily send friends and family to the hospital, beating the state average.

Sky Ridge employs 436 registered nurses and 2 licensed practical nurses.

They also provide an outlet for community learning in various medical fields. Classes are available covering childbirth and newborn care, nutrition and general health, spine and orthopedics and weight-loss, provided by local doctors who practice at the modern Medical Center. Since Sky Ridge emphasizes their modern technology integration, they offer online registration for all courses. They also offer free health screenings and health fairs. This past year, they hosted the popular 9News Health Fair in April to promote health awareness with free screenings and giveaways. They hold a "Tiny Toes Baby Fair" every August, a tradition started by the medical center in 2002 to help connect expectant mothers and families learn about pregnancy and connect with the right doctors and pediatricians for their care.

In 2008, the hospital added a geropsych unit to provide psychiatric care for seniors, a pain management unit and a new GI lab. In 2011, the medical center was proud to announce the new Airlife hangar. The hospital also has some of the best cancer survival rates in the country.

Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver South near the Sky Ridge Medical Center.

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