Castle Rock Adventist Hospital could begin offering cancer and other treatment services as early as 2025 as part of a 70,000-square-foot hospital expansion.
“I always say our goal as a community hospital is to be able to care for 90% of everything that happens in our community," said hospital Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Pittman. "So, we’ll be able to achieve that goal by bringing cancer services to Castle Rock. It’s all about supporting our community and those with cancer.”
Construction of a new building is already underway on Meadows Boulevard. Plans for cancer patients include chemotherapy and radiation services. Plans also include surgery and orthopedic centers.
The new space is meant to meet the demands of the growing community.
The hospital is looking to raise $14 million for the project through a campaign called Rock of Hope, with over $1 million donated so far.
Castle Rock’s Town Council is supporting the project. Members of the council approved on Dec. 20 an economic agreement that would rebate $367,000 in town fees to the hospital. The town’s contribution equates to 7% of the cost of the oncology services.
“We’re going to need more and more medical services in Castle Rock and I like the idea that we don’t have to go north or south for those kinds of things," Mayor Jason Gray said.
Without an option for treatments in Castle Rock, around 600 residents per year diagnosed with cancer would have to travel elsewhere in the metro area.
“(Traveling for care) becomes a huge burden on people and so our goal is to provide that care locally, so it doesn’t impact families in that way and they can focus on getting better," Pittman said.
The orthopedic center is expected to include a combination of physical therapy services and specialty physicians, Pittman added.
“We’re hoping to make it a one stop shop for really any kind of orthopedic or sports injury,” he said.
Pittman said the building and expanded surgery services are expected to open in spring, with the chemotherapy services expected in two years and radiation in three, depending on how quickly the hospital can raise funds.