Focusing on a healthier community, for nearly a century
Did you know Boulder’s first hospital was a teaching hospital built
in 1889 on the University of Colorado campus? In 1920, the university
decided to move its medical school to Denver. To ensure local residents
would retain access to top-quality health care, a group of 26 forward-thinking
local doctors bought the Ben Hagman residence at Broadway and Alpine and
converted it into the 15-bed North Boulder Hospital.
Nearly two years later, the property was sold to the community. On April
19, 1922, the Community Hospital Association was incorporated as a “not
for profit” organization.
Our Growth: A Timeline
Since 1922, we’ve grown from a small-town hospital to a regional
health care network with locations—from physician clinics to urgent
care centers—across Boulder and Broomfield counties. We’ve
grown alongside our community, driven by a dedication to increase access
to the highest quality care for all Boulder Valley residents.
1926. A brand-new Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) building with 45 patient
beds is dedicated.
1955-1974. Ongoing fundraising efforts allow our hospital to expand. By 1974, BCH
hosts 172 beds, has admitted 200,000 patients, and treats more than 14,000
Emergency Department (ED) patients annually.
1978. The BCH Foundation is established, consolidating fundraising efforts.
1985. Community Medical Center (CMC) opens in Lafayette.
1987. The Miriam R. Hart Radiation Therapy Center opens.
1989. BCH acquires the 93-bed Boulder Memorial Hospital at 311 Mapleton Avenue
and renames it the Mapleton Center.
1992. The 18-bed Tisone Family Cancer Care unit opens.
1994. A new Medical Pavilion to house physician offices replaces the hospital's
old South Wing.
2000. BCH builds a new 50,000-square-foot facility to house a greatly expanded CMC.
2003. BCH builds Foothills Hospital. The 200,000-square-foot facility has 60
beds, a 24-hour ED, an intensive care unit, surgery, radiology, and laboratory
services. Upon opening, Foothills becomes the first hospital in the U.S.
to win LEED certification, recognition of its groundbreaking, environmentally
responsible, resource-efficient overall design.
2006. The 24,000-square-foot Tebo Family Medical Building, a state-of-the-art
outpatient treatment center for cancer patients, opens on the Foothills
2009. BCH purchases the Medical Imaging Center in Broomfield to increase local
access to imaging services.
2010. BCH opens Buffalo Ridge Medical Center in Broomfield, providing East County
residents with convenient access to internal medicine physicians and lab
and imaging services. BCH leadership also initiates a 10-year development
strategy to centralize services and expand local health care resources.
2013. BCH opens Anderson Medical Center, the first phase of our development
plan. The 46,000-square-foot medical office building on the Foothills
campus houses premier cardiology services, physician specialists and a
state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center.
2014. Boulder Community Hospital adopts a new name—Boulder Community Health—to
better reflect our evolution to a regional health care network with locations
spread across Boulder and Broomfield counties.
Late 2014. Foothills Hospital expands, adding 110,000 square feet of clinical space.
Most of our inpatient acute-care services move to the Foothills Medical Campus.
2015. Our Mapleton campus is vacated and sold, part of an ongoing effort to
consolidate patient services at or near the Foothills campus.
Late 2015. The city of Boulder agrees to purchase BCH’s 8.8-acre
Broadway campus, including the hospital campus and additional properties nearby.
2016. To continue increasing access to quality care that’s available when
Boulder Valley residents need it most, BCH opens Gunbarrel Urgent Care.
Late 2016. Boulder’s City Council approves BCH’s plans to build a new
three-story, 70,000-square-foot clinical building and adjacent parking
garage just east of the Foothills campus in the Riverbend Office Park.
The new facility will house Inpatient and Outpatient Behavioral Health,
Inpatient Rehabilitation and clinic space.
2017. BCH opened a new Emergency Department at Community Medical Center in Lafayette
open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, staffed by board-certified emergency
physicians with full laboratory services. In 2017 BCH broke ground on
a second Urgent Care Center in Superior with a third location planned
for Erie in 2019. Boulder Community Health announced in 2017 a joint venture
with Ernest Health (EH) to build a 40-bed free-standing rehabilitation
hospital in Lafayette, increasing inpatient capacity by 300%, featuring
private rooms, a 6,000-square foot gym and an outdoor therapeutic courtyard.
As Boulder County’s population continues to expand, Boulder Community
Health is working to add additional medical facilities and resources to
meet the needs of these fast-growing local communities. Stay tuned for updates!