AdventHealth Littleton has always been a hospital in the community, for the community. That commitment was on display Wednesday, September 6, as hospital staff and community leaders officially broke ground on a new Heart and Vascular Tower.
“This transforms the story of AdventHealth Littleton,” said Dr. Matt Mendenhall, Chief Medical Officer. “We are redefining what can be done with cardiovascular care in the Rocky Mountain Region.”
Leaders used golden shovels to ceremoniously mark the start of the project, and shared what this tower will mean to the future of the hospital and the surrounding neighborhood.
“Heart disease is one of the leading causes of mortality – and our goal is to change that narrative with state-of-the-art technology, respected cardiovascular experts, and an incredible team of caregivers who treat patients as if they’re family,” said Rick Dodds, president/CEO of AdventHealth Littleton. “I’m most excited about the growth this tower represents and how much it will make a difference in the community.”
Once complete, the Heart and Vascular Tower will provide a full spectrum of services in one place, including groundbreaking minimally invasive procedures, open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, and more. Specialists will have access to leading-edge technology to treat even the most complicated cases—leaning on AdventHealth Littleton’s Level II Trauma Center to serve patients arriving in critical condition. These procedures will be offered to patients without requiring them to travel out of the area.
“We strive to provide holistic care that encompasses not only the body, but also the mind and spirit. Our service standards ensure that every patient receives personalized care, empathy, and support throughout their medical journey,” said Brett Spenst, president/CEO for the Rocky Mountain Region of AdventHealth. “By investing in heart care and our community, we reaffirm our promise to serve and uplift those who entrust us with their care.”
The Heart and Vascular Tower is being managed by Adams Management Services and is being completed by Saunders Construction. The new tower is expected to welcome its first patient in early 2025.
Construction Fun Facts:
- The total weight of all the concrete and rebar for the project will be over 13 tons. That’s the same weight as 42,220,000 human hearts!
- Crews will be using about 123 miles of rebar. That’s roughly the distance from the hospital to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
- There will be roughly 6400 cubic yards of concrete placed, which would fill 2 Olympic sized swimming pools.
- There will be about 12,550 square feet of glass which would cover nearly 3 NBA courts.
- There will be roughly 80,000 bricks on the new project. If laid end-to-end they would stretch approximately 10 miles.
- The building foundation will be supported by drilled piers. The total length of all the piers added together is nearly half a mile.