St. Mary's Moving Forward With Century Project
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. St. Mary's Hospital is moving forward with phase one of their Century Project Completion. The two phase project includes four new floors, which have been shelled but left unfurnished for year. As the most comprehensive hospital between Denver and Salt Lake, St. Mary's strives to provide the best care for patients. This project will help them do so, plus bring millions to the Grand Valley. "You may ask what $40 million means to this community, and it means a lot," Kelly Flenniken said at Thursday's announcement. Flenniken is the executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership. Since the inception of St. Mary's Hospital in 1886, it has grown with the city of Grand Junction. Dan Prinster, vice president of planning and business development at St. Mary's, said, "The Sisters started St. Mary's Hospital 117 years ago here in Grand Junction. As needs have grown, as needs have changed, they've adapted." With the Century Project, officials hope to solidify St. Mary's as a premier medical center. "We'll have top-of-the-line very forward-thinking rehab unit, our surgical unit will have the largest capacity of any surgical unit in Western Colorado," said Prinster. The $40 million expansion comes directly from the hospital's internal funds. President and CEO of St. Mary's, Mike McBride, said, "The money that we earn from our patients, get plowed back into the hospital." The bulk of the $40 million impact will go to construction, around $23.3 million. The rest includes $5.3 million in fees, permitting, project management and contingencies, $4.7 million for design and consultants, $3.6 million in equipment and $3.1 million in IT and communications. "We understand value of dollar and keeping as much of that money as possible in Grand Junction," said McBride at the project announcement. "They'll purchase materials in town, they'll pay taxes in town and their employees will buy things in town, building our economy and making the pie just a little bit bigger," Flenniken said. "This is an opportunity to reinvest invest in our community, it makes me feel terrific," said McBride. Officials also note that when people travel to Mesa County for care, they often bring relatives. This benefits hotels, restaurants and the economy as a whole. The Century Project is the next big chapter for St. Mary's, as it continues to grow in the Grand Valley. Officials say construction of phase one will begin in the fall of 2013.