Emergency Department Renovation – COMPLETED

The opening of the final four private patient rooms on Thursday, May 6, 2021 signaled the completion of more than $10 million in renovations and expansion to YVMC’s emergency department.

Wood floors now lay where purple, white and turquoise tiles once did. Separation curtains have been replaced with doors and walls to provide patients with privacy. Line of sight to all patient rooms is available from the care team station instead of having to maneuver to see each room.

What hasn’t changed?

The same people and care that locals of and visitors to Steamboat Springs have come to know from the physicians, staff and support departments at YVMC

A peek into some of the changes!

“As we embarked on this project in February 2020, there were a lot of questions and concerns – would we start and have to stop because of COVID? Thankfully, no. Would the project timeline lengthen dramatically due to only allowing a number of construction trades onsite at one time? Thankfully, no, and we finished within 10 days of the original schedule. How was supply chain and procurement of construction materials going to be impacted? Big time, which led us to purchase and store as many supplies as we could ahead of needing them to ensure progress could continue. We retooled many of our standard construction processes in a multitude of ways so we could successfully complete this important construction project. We adapted, adjusted and learned a lot along the way.”

Kalman Szucs
Senior Project Manager
UCHealth YVMC Design and Construction

“The ED renovation has been a topic of conversation for several years, so to be at the point of completion is a tremendous accomplishment. The transformation is more than anyone could have imagined. Not only is it a more functional space for our care teams and a significantly improved environment for the patient experience, but the project teams managed to complete this project ON TIME and WITHIN BUDGET – all during a pandemic and construction variabilities in a 24/7 operational department. Thank you to everyone involved in making this dream come to fruition!”

Soniya Fidler
YVMC President

“The emergency department at YVMC is a benefit to the entire community. Patients put their trust in us to care for them in times of need. As a provider, being able to deliver care in a space like this is pretty special. We have an amazing team at YVMC, and this renovation is proof of that.”

Laura A. Sehnert, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Chief Medical Officer
UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center

“In addition to the amazing physicians, nurses, construction crews and support teams, we would like to thank our extremely generous community that partnered with the hospital on this capital campaign. To date, we have raised more than $2.3 million towards this renovation project. These funds will help to offset the $10 million project and provide our local hospital the ability to continue to invest in equipment, technology and services that will help to keep great health care local.”

Karen Schneider
Executive Director, Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation

“As you well know, access to a high-level Emergency Department is crucial for citizens living in rural areas and can often be challenging, particularly here in Northwest Colorado where adverse weather conditions can make travel to larger cities more difficult. We are honored to contribute towards the modernization of our Emergency Department here in Steamboat Springs.” 

Sara Craig-Scheckman
Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation Board of Directors
President, CSFF