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About 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

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Lutheran Medical Center is a community-based, acute-care hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. It includes Lutheran Hospice Center and Lutheran Spine Center at Denver West. Lutheran Medical Center is part of Intermountain Health.

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History and leadership

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Lutheran Medical Center began in 1905 as the Evangelical Lutheran Sanitarium, a tent colony for tuberculosis patients. As medical advances diminished the demand for tuberculosis treatment, community leaders decided the center should meet a new need. Community-based Lutheran Hospital, a not-for-profit, general medical facility located on a 100-acre campus, opened its doors in 1961.

During the early 1970s, Lutheran Hospital officially became Lutheran Medical Center (LMC). More than a change in name, the move signaled the organization's growth as a provider and its continued commitment to meeting the health needs of the community. LMC's physical growth continued as well. In 1973, a six-floor tower was added and with the expansion of the critical care unit in 1985, the number of licensed beds rose to 338, the current capacity level today.

In January 1998, Lutheran Medical Center joined Saint Joseph Hospital and Exempla Medical Group to form Exempla Healthcare, a not-for-profit, community-based organization, to manage operations of the hospital and medical group. In 2010, Exempla Healthcare joined with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, a mission-based healthcare ministry established more than 150 years ago. It was later renamed SCL Health, as it remains today.

The leadership team at Lutheran Medical Center includes:

  • Andrea Burch, MSN, RN, NEA-BC - President
  • Toni Green-Cheatwood, DO, FACOS, MBA, ACMO Acute Care Colorado Market, Chief Medical Officer Lutheran
  • Ann Gantzer, PhD, RN, NEA-BC - Interim CNO
  • Kathy Crabtree, MD, Assistant Chief Medical Officer
  • Ashley Denton, Vice President, Finance
  • Kristi Graham-Gitkind, Senior Human Resources Director

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Nationally Recognized for Nursing Excellence - Magnet Accreditation

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