What’s Happening – June 2021

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Lutheran Medical Center Announces Replacement Hospital At Clear Creek Crossing

SCL Health announced June 2 it will build a replacement hospital for Lutheran Medical Center at the Clear Creek Crossing development in Wheat Ridge, following formal approval by its board of directors. The new Lutheran campus is being built on approximately 28 acres at I-70 and 40th Avenue, approximately 3.5 miles from the existing campus. The construction of a replacement hospital will provide updated state-of-the-art medical facilities for Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County residents, as well as improve access to emergency care. Once the replacement hospital is built and open, Lutheran will stop acute hospital operations at its current site (mid-2024), and only the hospice program will remain at the legacy campus, according to the release. The remainder of the land at the legacy campus will likely be sold to a single developer, guided by the City of Wheat Ridge master planning process. That kicked off May 1 with an interactive, self-guided public tour of campus to seek community opinions. Visit www.sclhealth.org/locations/new-lutheran-medical-center/ for more information on the new medical center.

Membership Deals, Second Saturday Socials At The Wheat Ridge Historical Society

Summer ushers in the Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s membership drive, and just in time, too! The board is planning to restructure the dues categories in the fall, and with that will come an increase in rates. Now is the time to become a member or renew your current membership. Those who join now will enjoy membership from July 2021 through December 2022. That’s six free months on an annual membership! Join us at the July (10th) Second Saturday Social at the Baugh House, 44th Avenue and Robb Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about the rewards and benefits of becoming a Historical Society member, and catch up on the latest buzz about what’s happening with the “Century-long Story” re-imagination project. Come enjoy a hot dog and a cold drink provided by What’s Up Dog, marvel at old-time craft demonstrations, and listen to historical presentations. Then, kick back, join in an old-fashioned sing-along, munch on some snacks and socialize with society members. The Historical Park and museums are also open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour guides are available, but groups should call 303-421-9111 to book a time. For more information visit wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org, email wrhistorical@gmail.com, call 303-421-9111, or stop by the Red Brick House at 4610 Robb St. And like us on Facebook.

June 30 Dog Walker Watch Training Teaches Tools To Keep Neighborhoods Safe

The Wheat Ridge Police Department will host its Dog Walker Watch training on Wednesday, June 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the department, 7500 W. 29th Ave. This free class for Wheat Ridge residents is designed for dog walkers to help deter crime in their neighborhoods. “Residents who walk their dogs every day are great resources to help the Wheat Ridge Police Department identify suspicious activity in our community,” said Chief Chris Murtha. “The Dog Walker Watch class provides pet owners with education on how to identify suspicious behavior and when it should be reported to police.” Graduates will receive a certificate signed by Chief Murtha and an honorary WRPD K-9 scarf. Space is limited, and participants’ dogs must be licensed. Register and learn more at www.ci.wheatridge.co.us/1608/Dog-Walker-Watch-Program

Join Lakewood Arts Gallery For Colorado’s Best Show, Field Journaling Class And More

Lakewood Arts Gallery is serving up art and a fundraising garden tour this month. The 6731 W. Colfax Ave. gallery will host Colorado’s Best show from June 27 through July 30, with a reception for First Friday on July 2. The juried Mountainside Art Guild Members’ Show can be viewed in the Acorn Gallery, as well as Wildlife and Nature Photography from Ashley Watkins on the Community Wall, and Art to End Alzheimer’s on the President’s Wall through June 24. Also during the month of June will be the annual Garden Tour on June 19, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Field Journaling class with Gigia Kolouch at Hudson Gardens is set for July 24. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to lakewoodarts.org or call 303-980-0625 for more information.

Lutheran Medical Center Achieves Level II Trauma Center Designation

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently notified Lutheran Medical Center that it has been approved to operate as a Level II Trauma Center, following a survey by state health officials. Previously, Lutheran served the Wheat Ridge and west Denver communities as a Level III Trauma Center and was one of the busiest emergency departments in the Denver metro region. As a designated Level II Trauma Center, trauma staff can quickly and effectively treat patients involved in incidents such as auto accidents, multi-system injuries and injuries to the head, neck and torso. Dr. Christopher Zaw-Mon, director of Trauma Services at Lutheran, explained that the difference between Level II and Level I trauma designation is the absence of a clinical research program. The breadth of trauma services Lutheran offers and the acuity of patients the hospital can manage is the same as a Level I center. For more information, visit www.lutheranmedicalcenter.org

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