Sneak peek planned for new hospital in Castle Rock

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The new Castle Rock Adventist Hospital will officially open its doors Aug. 1 and begin accepting patients then, but a sneak peek of the facility is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14.

And there to greet people, among others, will be the hospital’s executive chef, Dan Skay, who was written up in the Wall Street Journal a couple years ago for winning a contest as the country’s best hospital chef. And he’ll have free food.

That day at the hospital, located at 2350 Meadows Blvd., people will get tours of a facility that includes Skay’s health-focused restaurant called Manna, which will have its own separate exterior door — as the plan is for it to be used by the public as just another top-end restaurant in town as well as the hospital’s eatery.

Sunday attendees also will be able to sample free food from the restaurant, take part in free exercise and cooking demonstrations, and there will be family and kids’ activities.

Hospital staff also will explain on Sunday the hospital’s community garden, and its free bicycle-rental program and the opportunity for the general public to hold exercise meet-ups there. The plan is for the 212,240-square-foot hospital, a 50-bed Centura Health entity with 300 employees, to surpass the expectations of the average health care facility and become a center point for health and wellness for the residents of Castle Rock and surrounding areas, according to a news release.

The hospital has been providing emergency care since its phase one opening in 2011. When the grand opening happens on Aug. 1, there will be the addition of a labor and delivery service, an intensive care unit, an acute care wing and a full-service women’s imaging center that includes equipment for determining bone density and that provides digital mammography.

“With the community garden and Free Cycle program, this is not just a hospital that provides much-needed health care services to you and your family,” said Todd Folkenberg, CEO of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. “It is a destination that has been built to be your partner in wellness helping you in your journey to lead a healthier life.”

For those who want to exercise on Sunday: 9 a.m., cross-fit demonstration; 10 a.m., pilates; and 11 a.m. zumba.

For those who want to learn cooking tips: 9:30 a.m., tips on using fresh herbs and vegetables; 10:30 a.m., Chef Dan Skay demonstrates creative ways to use fresh ingredients; and at 11:30 a.m., cardiologist Dr. Richard Collins gives a talk on heart-healthy cooking.

For more information, go to www.castlerockhospital.org. or call 720-455-5000.

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