Expansion Underway at Pueblo Hospital

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Health care in Southern Colorado continues to improve. On Wednesday, a $51 million expansion project began at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. It will create the single largest commercial structure in Pueblo's history.

Patients at St. Mary-Corwin will soon notice some major changes. The hospital is ready to upgrade facilities for the first time in more than 20 years. "This is a state of the art facility that will be available to not only the Pueblo community, but to all of southeastern Colorado," says St. Mary-Corwin spokesperson Wendi Dammann.

Hospital CEO Tom Anderson kicked off the first phase of the project Wednesday afternoon by smashing a piece of Weaver Auditorium. That’s to make room for the new facility.

The project includes a new bed tower, a new emergency department, and a comprehensive cancer center.

People who live in Pueblo and have used the hospital before are anxious to see the finished product. "I had hip replacement in October and the care was magnificent," says Pueblo resident Charlene Robbe.

The only inconvenience---parking will be a real challenge during construction. A portion of Minnequa Avenue is closed. And a temporary parking lot has been set-up on Lake Avenue. Shuttle buses will take people to the hospital's front door.

This is a multi-phase project that will take two years to finish. The foundation will be poured at the end of January. Hospital executives expect to have the project completed.. by the spring of 2006.