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Lutheran Medical Center

At Lutheran Medical Center, we’re happy to tell you about us: our compassionate caregivers, our clinical excellence, our award-winning care and even our beautiful campus. Our patients and families are the center of every thought, communication and action that takes place in this healing space.

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303-425-4500
8300 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO
Open - 24/7 - Visiting hours 7am - 9pm
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Lutheran Medical Center
8300 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO
303-425-4500
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Meet the new Lutheran Medical Center

Residents have asked us to build the "hospital of the future" in Wheat Ridge. Our board of directors has approved a Lutheran Medical Center replacement at the Clear Creek Crossing development on a 26-acre parcel at I-70 and 40th Avenue, approximately 3.5 miles from the existing campus

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Discover a world of health and wellness classes designed to empower, educate, and inspire. From pregnancy and childbirth to support groups, we offer something for everyone. Join us in nurturing your well-being.

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NOTICE on Intent to Destroy Medical Records

Beginning 1/22/2024 we will begin the destruction of Lutheran Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, and Platte Valley Hospital older medical records. You may request your medical record prior to destruction.

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