Patient care tech Carrie Leonard works on a computer in the new UCHealth Emergency Room.
Courtesy of UCHealth

The new UCHealth Emergency Room in southeast Fort Collins officially opened it’s doors to patients on Friday. They had hoped to open on Wednesday, but pushed it back a couple days because of unexpected delays.

The 17,400-square-foot facility is on the southeast corner of the intersection of Harmony Road and Snow Mesa Drive. In addition to an emergency room that can handle any medical emergency, the facility houses an outpatient laboratory and retail pharmacy. Both of these services are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Kevin Unger, president and CEO of UCHealth’s Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins and Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, said every detail of the new facility was thoughtfully designed to offer easy access, comfort, short wait times and high quality care for residents in southern Fort Collins and surrounding areas.

Who Should Use the New ER?

The new ER is for patients who have severe abdominal pain, major fractures or dislocations, head injuries or a sudden, severe headache or loss of vision, overdose or attempted suicide, serious lacerations, severe bleeding or poisoning.

Who Should Not Use the New ER?

Patients with minor illnesses and injuries — such as headaches, lacerations requiring a few stitches, minor burns, sprains, strains, possible broken bones, sore throats, coughs, ear infections, fever and flu symptoms — will still be able to receive care at UCHealth Urgent Care on the Harmony Campus. The urgent care clinic, located about two blocks west of the site for the new center, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Emergency room nurse Sierra Gilster carefully goes through a checklist
Courtesy of UCHealth

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