Colorado Springs Health Partners expanding throughout region

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October 21, 2013 | Author: Wayne Heilman | Original Source


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Colorado Springs Health Partners expanding throughout region

Colorado Springs Health Partners, the largest medical practice in Colorado Springs, is expanding by more than doubling the size of its west side and Woodland Park offices, enlarging its Monument office and opening a location in the Falcon.

CSHP bought a former bank building in Woodland Park that it is converting to replace its medical office, which shares space with Penrose Mountain Urgent Care. The new Woodland Park location at 700 W. U.S. Highway 24 is scheduled to open in December.

The practice also will move two of its three doctors from its office at 2020 W. Colorado Ave. to the Roundhouse complex at 600 S. 21st St., and add a seven-day-a-week urgent care center at the site. The new location, which formerly housed Carmichael Training Systems, is expected to open in March.

“We have been re-engineering our practice for three years to design care around the patient so physicians work in care teams and manage and entire population of patients, not just those who have scheduled an appointment,” said Lynne Jones, director of business development and marketing for CSHP. “We want it not just to be about treating an illness, but managing the patient’s health, such as making sure those who are due for a physical have one and those who have high blood pressure or diabetes are checked on a regular basis.”.

The Woodland Park location will initially have three doctors, plus new X-ray and laboratory facilities, but the practice plans to add two more physicians within 18 months, said CEO Debbie Chandler.

A partnership formed by the practice paid $720,000 for the 9,800-square-foot Woodland Park building in June, and CSHP expects to spend another $700,000 on remodeling and equipment before the location opens, she said.

The Roundhouse complex office will add five more medical providers plus support staff for the urgent care clinic, Chandler said.

CSHP signed a 15-year lease for 11,000-square-feet in the complex, and expects to spend at least $675,000 remodeling the former Carmichael space, with help from a remodeling allowance from the landlord, a partnership managed by Griffis/Blessing Inc.

Stan Kensinger of Olive Real Estate Group, who, with Olive’s Jim DiBiase, represented Health Partners in both transactions, said CSHP tried for at least three years to find larger locations for its west side and Woodland Park offices, including an earlier attempt to lease space in the Roundhouse complex. The seller of the Woodland Park building, Vectra Bank Colorado, was represented by Marty Johnson of CBRE, while the Griffis/Blessing partnership was represented by Manny San Fernando of Kratt Commercial Properties.

Chandler said CSHP is seeking locations to expand its Monument office, which is at 1770 Deer Creek Road.

The outfit also plans to open a Falcon office, which it hopes to finalize by early next year. Its easternmost office is now at 6340 Barnes Road.

The moves would continue a round of expansion that began with a new Briargate clinic in 2009. That was followed the next year with a move of its medical specialists, an urgent care clinic and other operations from downtown to the Union Medical Campus. Last year, CSHP moved its patient service center to the Palmer Center complex from northeast Colorado Springs.

Formed by six World War II veteran doctors in 1946 as the Colorado Springs Medical Center, the practice became Colorado Springs Health Partners in a 1995 merger with several local physician groups. The practice has 114 doctors, 30 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and more than 600 administrative and support employees in its downtown headquarters and 10 other Colorado Springs area offices.

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