HW: New Fruita hospital nearer to completion

The new Family Health West Hospital is now under construction in Fruita

Fruita needs a new hospital, and help is just months away.

Family Health West’s new 39,000-square-foot hospital is scheduled to open July 1. The hospital will have 15 beds and be available for emergency, surgical and outpatient and inpatient needs only.

The hospital will no longer share space with a nursing home, as it does at its existing location at 228 North Cherry St., because all Family Health West’s nursing home programs will stay at current locations. There are no plans to change the nursing home.

The new hospital includes plans for more emergency room space, more square footage for a pharmacy and radiology department as well as expanded space for a full-service laboratory.
General surgery and orthopedic surgeries also will be available.

The current hospital does not perform surgeries and has one small emergency room, a small lab and 10 beds in a 10,000-square-foot facility.

“It’s antiquated,” said Angie Salazar, Family Health West spokeswoman. “It’s not serving all the needs that are here.”

Results from a joint study between the city of Fruita and Family Health West several years ago showed respondents wanted a hospital, Salazar said.

The new hospital is being built at the corner of Cherry Street and Ottley Avenue, just down the block from the current Family Health West structure.

“The overwhelming response has been ‘it’s time for Fruita to have a hospital,’ ” Salazar said of community response to the construction.

The projected cost of the new hospital is $23.1 million. Officials with Family Health West are trying to raise an additional $800,000 for another surgical suite that has been drawn into the plans, Salazar said.

The money to pay for the new hospital was funded through grants, donations and a bond issue through the city. The bond money for the hospital has not come directly from the taxpayers, Salazar said.


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