Boulder Community Health to Partner with Ernest Health to
Expand Inpatient Access by 300%
Plans are moving forward to provide Boulder County residents with greatly
expanded access to comprehensive and individualized rehabilitative care
through the area’s first free-standing, inpatient rehabilitation hospital.
Boulder Community Health is announcing that it intends to form a joint
venture with Ernest Health (EH) to build a 40-bed free-standing rehabilitation
hospital in Lafayette that will offer specialized rehabilitative services
to patients recovering from or living with disabilities caused by injuries,
illnesses or chronic medical conditions, including strokes, brain injuries,
orthopedic injuries, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and more.
This partnership will enable BCH and EH to jointly increase inpatient capacity
by 300%, providing 40 private rooms for patients rather than the 10 rooms
BCH was intending to provide in the future.
The new hospital will feature private rooms, a 6,000-square foot gym and
an outdoor therapeutic courtyard.
Currently, BCH operates a 14-bed rehabilitation unit at its Broadway and
Balsam campus. BCH will continue to provide services at that site during
the planning and construction of the new rehabilitation hospital. When
that hospital opens, BCH will stop directly providing inpatient rehabilitation services.
“Boulder Community Health has a long history of providing our community
with inpatient rehabilitative care that melds compassion with the highest
medical quality,” says Dr. Robert Vissers, President/CEO of BCH.
“Our new vision is to partner with like-minded organizations that
can help us make Boulder the healthiest community in the country. After
completing our due diligence, we’re pleased to announce we intend
to partner with Ernest Health, a recognized health care leader, to increase
much-needed rehabilitation services in our community. This partnership
will take local rehabilitative care to the next level of excellence.”
Ernest Health currently operates 25 post-acute hospitals, which includes
17 rehabilitation hospitals. All of Ernest’s rehabilitation hospitals
are accredited by The Joint Commission, and many have voluntarily earned
The Joint Commission’s disease-specific certifications in stroke,
hip fractures, brain injury, and amputation rehabilitation. BCH’s
rehabilitation program is accredited by The Joint Commission and CARF,
International. Foothills Hospital has disease-specific certifications
in stroke and knee/hip replacement.
“We’ve remained passionate about providing the highest level
of rehabilitative care to our patients since Ernest Health’s first
hospital opened in 2005,” says Darby Brockette, CEO of Ernest Health.
“We continuously strive to obtain the highest clinical results in
our facilities, while ensuring that our patients are cared for in healing
and nurturing environments. We take our health care responsibility seriously,
and consider it a privilege to be invited to provide our services to the
Boulder County area. We look forward to becoming an active, essential
member of the community.”
With the nearest rehabilitation hospitals in Denver and Loveland, the new
rehabilitation hospital will treat patients primarily from Boulder, Louisville,
Lafayette, Longmont, Broomfield, Westminster, and Thornton. It is expected
to treat more than 900 patients every year and create about 120 jobs.
Groundbreaking for the hospital is expected to occur this fall, with the
hospital opening 12-15 months later.
BCH remains committed to providing outpatient rehabilitation services.
The management team is evaluating options for relocating existing outpatient
services from the Broadway campus, including potentially locating those
services at the new rehabilitation hospital.
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Ernest Health, Inc., is an Albuquerque, N.M.-based healthcare provider
that owns and operates rehabilitation and long-term acute care hospitals
nationwide. Visit Ernest Health at www.ernesthealth.com
BCH is an integrated regional health system with facilities throughout
Boulder and Broomfield counties. BCH is known across Colorado for its
clinical excellence in heart care, neurosurgery, stroke care, orthopedics
and cancer care. For more information, visit www.bch.org and connect with
BCH on Facebook and Twitter.