New emergency center opens in Avon |

New emergency center opens in Avon

Paul Chodkowski, president and CEO of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, right, takes part in a belssing of the new Buck Creek Emergency and Urgent Care facility along side Father Tema Nnamezie, left, Thursday in Avon.
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AVON — Centura Health celebrated the opening of its Emergency and Urgent Care center in Avon on Thursday. The 12-room facility will host 24-hour per day emergency services from the bottom floor of the recently opened Buck Creek Medical Plaza on Buck Creek Road.

Centura, a nonprofit, faith-based organization, invited the Rev. Tema Nnamezie to the celebration to give the building a rite of blessing and a sprinkling of Holy Water.

“We thank God for this beautiful facility, for guiding the workers who constructed and built this place of healing,” Nnamezie said.


The emergency and urgent care center will use the Centura system and protocols that have been implemented in other areas of the state, such as Arvada and Golden.

The facility can see 80 or more patients per day comfortably, said Ellie Rice with the Larkin Group, which has partnered with Centura to manage the center.

“We are looking to add a value option to the community,” she said. “We basically look at volume numbers, both a steady state population in the surrounding area, and the surge the community gets in the winters and the summers … it’s built to be able to handle that volume.”

Centura will look to form partnerships with Colorado Mountain Medical and Vail Valley Medical Center, Rice said.

“We will send patients to Vail Valley Medical Center,” she said.

There will be an emergency department physician on hand 24 hours per day at the new facility.

“We have a full staff, 24 hours per day,” said Sarah Muntz with the Larkin Group. “The differentiating factor with this facility is most urgent cares, the top level of care is a nurse practitioner, it’s not an emergency physician.”


Paul Chodkowski, president and CEO of St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, a Centura Health hospital in Frisco, also attended the facility’s ribbon cutting on Thursday.

Chodkowski said when the Frisco hospital first opened, it started with 25 beds before quickly expanding.

“On the second floor, we kept a wing that was just shelled, nothing in there,” he said. “We used it for like the first year, and it was pretty apparent that during high season we needed more beds, so I immediately went into planning and we added 10 more beds there.”

At the new Buck Creek Medical Center in Avon, Centura Health has also leased out the third floor from developer the NexCore Group. Primary care providers Colorado Mountain Medical operates out of the second floor. What that third floor will host is still unknown, Chodkowski said, but the situation could be similar to what St. Anthony Summit Medical Center encountered in year one.

“We have the anchor here with the ED emergency, then we’ve got the huge medical group on the second floor, multi specialty,” he said. “I think some of the other surgical specialists will be attracted to that.”

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