Currently under construction at I-70 and 40th Avenue
SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center has served the Wheat Ridge and surrounding communities for more than 100 years. It has evolved from humble beginnings as a tuberculosis sanitarium into one of the best hospitals in the country, including its new Level II trauma designation. Careful analysis of the community's future healthcare needs shows demand for a more flexible and patient-centered hospital that delivers high-quality, advanced care more efficiently.
Maximizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity, residents have asked SCL Health to build the "hospital of the future" in Wheat Ridge. SCL Health's 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.
SCL Health leadership did a thorough cost-benefit review. It determined it made the most sense to construct a new replacement hospital rather than attempt to stay on its current campus and modernize all of the existing medical center's facilities.
The new SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center (replacement) hospital will:
The move to the I-70 corridor will expand access to life-saving emergency care in the areas of:
Our new location working to meet the needs of our ever changing community
The move to the I-70 corridor will expand access to life-saving emergency care in:
Lutheran Medical Center is the only maternity hospital serving Jefferson County and West Denver neighborhoods, and the move will expand access to:
Lutheran’s Heart and Vascular Institute will be enhanced and able to support patients by continuing to offer:
Jefferson County’s most comprehensive oncology care will be enhanced by continuing to offer excellence in:
SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center Construction Timelapse
We're working to build a new hospital with the help of our local businesses, contractors, and partners. Watch videos and see images of the construction of our new Lutheran Medical Center.
SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center will stop acute hospital operations at its current site once the replacement facility is open. SCL Health will maintain its hospice program at the existing campus; the majority of the rest of the land will likely be redeveloped.
SCL Health and the City of Wheat Ridge partnered with a consultant to undertake a master planning process earlier this year to ensure a well-defined, coordinated redevelopment strategy.
After extensive community input and public meetings, final approval was given in October for the Lutheran Legacy Campus master plan. The master plan was designed with flexibility, to help to establish a long-range vision for the site, and it will guide how the property can be reused in the future.