UCHealth launches major expansion at Medical Center of the Rockies in Centerra

Published: December 19, 2023

New tower, cancer center and other additions will help meet growing demand for exceptional medical care in northern Colorado 

Loveland, Colo. (Dec. 18, 2023) – UCHealth officially broke ground today on a major expansion project at Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) that will help meet the growing health care needs of northern Colorado.   

The project includes a new tower that will be built on the north side of the hospital, the creation of a cancer center, an expanded emergency department and additional imaging and cardiac spaces. When complete, the project will increase the hospital’s bed capacity from 191 to 287 with room to grow up to 323 beds. Staffing will grow as well. UCHealth expects to hire more than 250 employees before the expansion opens. 

“Northern Colorado has grown significantly since 2007, when MCR first opened its doors in Centerra,” said Kevin Unger, the president and chief executive officer of the hospital. “We have proudly served our growing community here, and we are now thrilled to expand our facility and capacity to continue to meet the needs of our patients today and into the future.”  

The cancer center is expected to begin seeing patients in 2024, and the new tower is expected to open in 2026.  

The $280 million project will include:   

The expansion is a part of the original plans for the campus to accommodate service growth over time. The new tower will be connected directly to the existing facility and carry forward its northern Colorado design character. The interior of the new tower will be open and bright, capturing views of the mountains and plains. 

Haselden Construction is the general contractor on the project and is supported by The S/L/A/M Collaborative, the architect; BHA Design, Inc, the landscape architect; RMH Group, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing team; Olsson, the civil engineer; S.A. Miro, the structural engineer; and Gallun Snow, the interior designer. 

About UCHealth  UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 33,000 employees, 14 acute-care hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 200 clinic locations, UCHealth provides extensive community benefits and pushes the boundaries of medicine through advanced treatments and clinical trials, improving health through innovation.