Wednesday, April 18, 2012

HQ Relocation Means Jobs in Broomfield

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, owners of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, plans to move its headquarters from Kansas to Denver and add offices and jobs in Broomfield.

About 150 workers will be headquartered in the Diamond Hill office complex near Speer Boulevard and Interstate 25 in Denver, said Bo Martinez, director of economic development for the City and County of Broomfield.

Another 500 professional and associate-level people will be located at the Oracle Campus at 500 Eldorado Blvd. in Broomfield, he said.

"It's very good news," Martinez said. "We feel this is a big plus to the economic diversification, not only to our city, but to the region and to Interlocken."

An SCL Health System press release issued Monday said the $2.7 billion hospital network will bring 750 new jobs to the region. A press conference is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the state Capitol in Denver.

SCL spokeswoman Christine Woolsey said Monday afternoon that she could not share anything more about the announcement until the press conference.

The timing - when SCL Health System employees will move from Kansas to Broomfield and Denver - as well as how many of them are scheduled to move, is expected to be announced on Wednesday, Martinez said.

Broomfield mayor Patrick Quinn characterized Broomfield's role in the move as, "a big deal."

"This will mean up to 500 jobs over time," he said.

Quinn, along with Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock and SCL Health System president and chief executive Michael Slubowski will attend the press conference.

SCL Health Systems said in the release that by consolidating its administrative services in the greater Denver area, it will be better positioned to provide support services to the multiple communities it serves in four states.

About 52 percent of SCL Health System's revenue is generated by four hospitals in Colorado, including Exempla Good Samaritan, Exempla Saint Joseph in Denver, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge and Saint. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction.