U Hospital to Open $36 Million Orthopaedic Center in Research Park

U Hospital to Open $36 Million Orthopaedic Center in Research Park

Sep 29, 2004 6:00 PM

Salt Lake City-Utah residents will have access to the latest and best in orthopedic care when the $36 million University of Utah Orthopaedic Center opens on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

University Hospitals & Clinics and the School of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedics will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Monday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m., followed by public tours of the new facility.

University of Utah President Michael K. Young and A. Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health sciences, will join other officials and orthopedic patients participating in the program.

An extension of U Hospital, the center is located on the corner of Foothill Drive and Wakara Way. It includes 46 exam rooms, a physical therapy exercise and treatment facility, therapy pool, six patient suites, digital radiography and MRI facilities, Women's Sports Medicine Center, pharmacy, research labs, classrooms, bistro, and offices. The center will have five operating rooms for both same-day and more complex orthopedic surgeries.

The U of U is the only institution in the Intermountain West offering orthopedic care in all eight subspecialties: adult reconstruction, foot and ankle, hand and microsurgery, pediatrics, cancer services, spinal disorders, sports medicine, and trauma.

Patients will have a centralized location with easy access to top physicians and a department that is nationally recognized, according to Richard A. Fullmer, executive director of University Hospitals & Clinics. "University Hospitals & Clinics is excited to join the Department of Orthopaedics in this important undertaking," Fullmer said.

Patients with complex injuries will be able to see multiple specialists all in one building, according to Harold K. Dunn, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedics. "Cross-checking with other experts will be invaluable in giving efficient and personalized care to our patients," he said.

It is expected that the center, planned over two decades, will log more than 30,000 clinic patients and about 4,000 surgeries in the first year. The four-level, 105,000-square-foot facility was designed by Architectural Nexus and built by Layton Construction.

A public open house is scheduled following the ribbon cutting from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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