Littleton Adventist Hospital celebrates its 30th birthday this year, but there are other numbers that tell the story of Littleton's hospital better: More than a million emergency room visits, 50,000 …
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Littleton Adventist Hospital celebrates its 30th birthday this year, but there are other numbers that tell the story of Littleton's hospital better: More than a million emergency room visits, 50,000 babies delivered, and 165,000 surgeries conducted.
Hundreds of doctors, volunteers and local dignitaries crowded the soaring atrium of the hospital on April 3 to mark 30 years since April 1989, when Littleton welcomed its first full-service hospital.
Helping the hospital grow has been a great privilege, said Dr. Mark Elliott, the hospital's medical staff president.
“I graduated from Denver Health residency and started here three months after the hospital opened — it's been my only job,” Elliott said. “This place started as a truly small community hospital. Now, we take care of everything — our neuroscience department and trauma center are second to none in the city.”
The hospital is more than a place of healing, said Susan Thornton, who was mayor of Littleton when the hospital opened.
“They're a fantastic community partner,” Thornton said. “They support so many entities around town, and they're a major employer. They're an enormous economic engine, and I never would have predicted the growth of so many medically related businesses nearby.”
Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown took the 30th anniversary celebration as a chance to give back to the people who have given so much themselves, and presented a $2,000 check to the Littleton Hospital Foundation to provide health screenings to underprivileged patients.
“Hopefully that check's even bigger next year,” Brown said.
Interim CEO Geoff Lawton said the first 30 years were just a start.
“To all members of our community, we extend thanks, we reaffirm our commitment to the pursuit of excellence,” Lawton said. “We'll continue to build upon our tradition of care, to achieve our vision for every community, every neighborhood, every life, whole and healthy for many years to come.”
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