Community Hospital negotiating Western Ortho purchase

Community Hospital is about to take another step in its moving process.

The hospital at 2021 N. 12th St. is in negotiations to purchase Western Orthopedics, across the street from the hospital at 2020 N. 12th St. Community Hospital Chief Executive Officer Chris Thomas said the hospital plans to move Grand Valley Urgent Care, Orchard Pharmacy, Colorado Mesa University’s Student Health Center and the hospital’s imaging services and lab draw station into the Western Orthopedics building if the sale goes through.

Those services as well as medical offices in the Community Medical Plaza at 1060 Orchard Ave. will need to find a new home by August 2014, when Colorado Mesa University takes possession of two acres of land on the southwest portion of Community Hospital’s 8-acre property.

The university took possession of two acres on the southeast portion of the hospital’s land last year and will open the new Orchard Avenue Apartments complex on that property in August. The university is paying $7.1 million for the entire Community Hospital property and will move onto the remaining four acres underneath the hospital after Community relocates on a yet-to-be-determined date to a 40-acre site the hospital owns at 2373 G Road.

Many of the plaza’s offices will move onto the new G Road site ahead of the hospital itself, Thomas said. Construction of medical offices on the new campus is scheduled to begin this fall and medical professionals, potentially including Western Orthopedics, may be able to open in the new location as soon as December 2013, according to Thomas. Lee Ann Shobe, office manager at Western Orthopedics, confirmed the orthopedic office plans to move to the G Road site if the sale of the 2020 N. 12th St. location goes through, but she said she was not comfortable going into further detail about the move until negotiations are complete.

The new medical building on G Road will contain offices as well as a new surgery center for same-day surgeries, Thomas said. Those surgeries are currently performed at the Community Hospital First Choice Outpatient Surgery Center at First and Patterson roads.

If Western Orthopedics opens in the G Road building in December 2013, Thomas said that would give him about eight months to remodel the then-former Western Orthopedics building before the hospital may reopen the building with clinics and a pharmacy. Thomas said he’s excited about the hospital’s move but he wants Community to continue to serve patients in a central Grand Junction location, something owning the Western Orthopedics building will allow him to do.

“We want to keep a health care presence on that block so we can keep services close for people in that area,” he said.


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