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Hundreds of community members and local dignitaries turned out to celebrate the grand opening of St. Vincent Health’s replacement hospital on Sept. 8 last week. It marks a new chapter for the 142-year-old hospital, and a major step for Leadville and the Arkansas River Valley.

St. Vincent Health Wellness Atrium

CEO Brett Antczak and other local dignitaries talked about the history of St. Vincent and the advancements that the new hospital represents, some items unique to being the hospital for the highest elevation town in America.

For instance, the hospital’s helicopter landing pad is a continuously heated surface during cold weather, so that landings and takeoffs in the middle of winter can be done as safely as possible.

As critical care hospitals close across the country, St. Vincent Health has opened a new 26,000-square-foot, $26 million state-of-the-art replacement hospital in America’s highest elevation city, at 10,200′ above sea level.

It features eight state-of-the-art, well-appointed patient rooms and around-the-clock care, board-certified physicians, surgical center, laboratory, imaging, physical therapy, specialty clinics, and acute care, and much more—without having to travel.

Featured image: Helicopter landing on new helipad at St. Vincent Health by Matt Lit, courtesy of St. Vincent Health.