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YVMC moving forward with Outpatient Pavilion, Cancer Center project

Teresa Ristow

This 3D rendering by Boulder Associates architects shows how a new Outpatient Pavilion on the Yampa Valley Medical Center will look.

— Plans for a new Cancer Care Treatment Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center are working their way through the city of Steamboat Springs Planning Department, and hospital officials are hopeful to break ground early next year.

The new two-story, 14,000-square-foot building is part of a $14.3 million project that includes the treatment center and renovations of space at the former Doak Walker Care Center into an Outpatient Pavilion.

The pavilion will include spaces for YampaCare for Women, the Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center and YampaCare Cardiology, as well as clinical office space for visiting specialists who see patients locally.

Planning department staff said last week the project is undergoing the review process, but the department hasn't called for any major revisions.

"The plans that they submitted were in pretty good shape," said Rebecca Bessey, principal planner for the city. "They're still in the review process, and we're hoping to schedule them for hearings in the next month or so."

The hospital has begun renovating a portion of the former Doak for YampaCare for Women, which will offer health care services for women, including obstetrics and gynecology, menopause and gynecological surgical services. That portion of the Outpatient Pavilion is expected to open in early 2016, according to hospital officials.

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The remainder of the renovations in the Outpatient Pavilion and construction of the Cancer Care Treatment Center are expected to begin in early 2016, according to Karen McRight, senior director of marketing and business development at YVMC.

McRight said the opening of the space is expected to take place 12 to 16 months after construction begins.

McRight said the new space will promote healing and wellness through its design.

"The building design is meant to promote healing, health and wellness through the use of textures, light and art. Our commitment to improving the health of individuals and our community is represented in this new space," McRight said.

Noyes Art Design of Englewood is working with the project's interior designer and architect to commission a permanent art exhibit that supports an overarching theme of the natural surroundings of Steamboat Springs and the greater region.

Mediums including painting, ceramics, fiber class and sculpture will be used and reflect local landscapes through the use of specific colors.

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