Boulder Community Health (BCH) has announced a new vision for providing
comprehensive behavioral health and rehabilitation services for Boulder
BCH plans to relocate its behavioral health and rehabilitation services
from two aging facilities – Boulder Community Hospital and the Mapleton
Center for Rehabilitation – to a dispersed set of newer facilities
that are more centrally located for most Boulder County citizens.
As a key part of this new direction, BCH will sell its campus at Broadway
“This is a new vision for meeting a long-standing commitment,”
said BCH President/CEO David Gehant. “Behavioral health and rehabilitation
are vital parts of our community’s health care safety net and we
are committed to maintaining those services. We intend to improve care
by providing a comprehensive range of services in up-to-date facilities
that are more conveniently located for citizens across Boulder County.”
This development supersedes previously announced plans to relocate clinical
and business operations from the Mapleton Center to the Broadway campus.
Instead, clinical and business operations currently at the Broadway and
Mapleton campuses will be moved to new locations within Boulder and Boulder
Community Health will sell the eight-acre Broadway campus.
“Local citizens have received medical care and emotional support
at the Broadway campus since 1926. It’s part of the fabric of Boulder,
a true icon of our community,” Gehant said. “Deciding to leave
Broadway was a bittersweet decision, but health care is evolving in new
directions and this is a vital step in ensuring that Boulder retains a
strong, independent health system focused on meeting local needs.”
BCH will require an extended lease-back of the Broadway campus as part
of any sales agreement. This will provide sufficient time to complete
the relocation of all operations at the Broadway campus.
Clinical services such as inpatient behavioral health and rehabilitation
will continue to operate at the Broadway campus during this extended transition.
BCH expects to completely vacate the Broadway campus by the end of 2017.
BCH’s new strategic vision maintains all current clinical services.
The decision to sell the Broadway campus does not change BCH’s plans
to completely vacate the Mapleton Center by the end of 2015.
The Broadway campus includes:
• Boulder Community Hospital
• Medical Pavilion office building
• 410-space parking garage
• Brenton Building
Boulder Community Health plans a two-step approach to re-organizing rehabilitation
services. In phase one, BCH will move its outpatient therapies, which
include pediatric and hand rehabilitation, from the Mapleton Center to
a recently purchased building at 4141 Arapahoe Avenue. Outpatient rehabilitation
services are expected to be in their new location by December of 2015.
In phase two, BCH will identify a new location within the City of Boulder
for the inpatient rehabilitation services presently located at the Broadway
campus. BCH planners are currently evaluating options for locating this service.
“We are fully committed to providing Boulder County citizens with
top quality inpatient rehabilitation services now and in the future,”
Gehant said. “We’re looking at options in order to determine
the optimal location for that service.”
Behavioral Health Services
BCH has developed a similar two-step approach to re-organizing behavioral
health services. In phase one, BCH will move its outpatient counseling
services from the Mapleton Center to temporary offices at the Broadway
campus. This move is expected to be completed by December of 2015.
In phase two, BCH will consolidate all behavioral health services at a
new location within the City of Boulder. This will include the inpatient
behavioral health and electroconvulsive therapy services presently provided
at the Broadway campus, along with outpatient counseling. BCH planners
are currently evaluating options.
“Our community has never had a greater need for high quality, integrated
behavioral health services,” Gehant said. “Boulder Community
Hospital is the only acute care hospital in Boulder County providing inpatient
care for those patients. We will maintain that vitally important service
for Boulder County citizens.”
The sale of the Broadway campus will mean the relocation of other clinical
and business operations. Eight physician clinics are currently located
at the Broadway campus. Options for the BCH-owned clinics are being evaluated.
BCH will support the independent clinics in implementing the relocation
plans that they develop.
Back-office business operations such as scheduling and billing will move
to an east Boulder location. BCH expects to complete the purchase of a
building for that purpose in June.
BCH expects to have all its moves completed by the end of 2017.
Boulder Community Health’s 2,300 employees provide a comprehensive
range of health care services at 16 locations located across Boulder and