Swedish Medical Center: Level I Trauma Center in South Denver

Swedish Medical Center Memorable Care

Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA’s HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, faster than any other facility in the world, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center.

Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology.

Offering Quality Care and Excellent Outcomes:

Swedish consistently provides some of the highest quality patient care and has been recognized for excellence by many organizations:

  • Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade - “A”
  • Hospital Compare - 4-Star Overall Rating
  • Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis - (2013-2018)


  • Joint Commission Certification in Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Open Heart Surgery
  • AHA/ASA Heart Attack Receiving Gold Plus
  • AHA/ASA STEMI Receiving Center
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure - (2012-2018)
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - (2017-2018)
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism - (2015-2018)


  • NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
  • Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery
  • Center of Excellence for Spine Surgery from United Health
  • Designated Aetna Institute of Quality Orthopedic Care Spine Surgery


  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Gynecologic Procedures Excellence Award™ - (2016-2017)
  • Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Gynecologic Procedures - (2016-2017)
  • Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated by Healthgrades for Gynecologic Procedures - (2016-2017)
  • Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for Gynecologic Procedures - (2016-2017)

Acute Rehabilitation

  • Named Top Performer by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation
  • Top 10% of all Uniform Data System Medical Rehabilitation subscribers
  • Only rehabilitation facility in the Denver Metro Area with Telemetry


  • Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® - American Society for Metabolic Bariatric Surgery
  • Designated member of OptumHealth Centers of Excellence network for Bariatric Resources Services

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About Swedish Medical Center

Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO, serves as the Rocky Mountain Region's referral center for neurotrauma and the first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in Colorado. Swedish provides the most advanced care for adult and pediatric trauma as a Level I Trauma Center and specializes in oncology services as a Commission on Cancer-approved program. Swedish also focuses on

  • high-risk obstetrics
  • complex spine, orthopedic, gynecologic and cardiac surgeries
  • advanced radiology procedures
  • robotic and minimally invasive surgery

Innovative programs like Cardiac Alert® and Stroke Alert ensure patients receive the quickest, most effective emergency care available. Swedish Medical Center also includes two free-standing emergency departments, the Swedish Southwest ER serving southwest Jefferson County and Littleton and the Swedish Belmar ER, serving Lakewood and the surrounding areas.

An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, Swedish Medical Center has been a proud member of the community since 1905. Each year Swedish cares for nearly 200,000 patients with a team of 1,600 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.

Swedish Medical Center, a HealthONE hospital, is proud to have been a multi-year "Consumer Choice Award" winner from an independent survey of the Denver community; has been named to Truven Health Analytics national "100 Top Hospitals" multiple times and has five times been named a "Facility of Choice" by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers.


Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

Centers of Excellence

Swedish's Centers of Excellence include:

  • Neurosciences, in collaboration with the Colorado Neurological Institute
  • Adult and Pediatric Trauma Services
  • Burn and Reconstructive Medicine
  • Advanced Orthopedic Trauma and Joint Reconstruction
  • Cardiology Services
  • Cancer Treatment Services
  • Advanced Radiology Capabilities
  • Women's and Children's Services

Additional Programs

Other innovative programs at Swedish Medical Center include:


AirLife, HealthONE's emergency medical transport service,provides round-the-clock national emergency air and ground medical transport for patients 365 days per year in a five-state region, which includes Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana.

Center for Brain and Spinal Tumors

The Center for Brain and Spinal Tumors, a collaborative effort between Swedish Medical Center and the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI), provides a state-of-the-art treatment center for brain tumor patients. The program includes advanced diagnostic capabilities using MR Spectroscopy; tumor removal using stealth technology and photodynamic therapy; a rehabilitation program specific to brain tumor patients; leading-edge radiation oncology technology; and oncology follow-up with a physician specializing in brain tumors. This unique combination of services leads to improved outcomes and better quality of life for Swedish's many survivors.

Radiation Oncology

The ability of Swedish's Radiation Oncology Department to meet the market's growing demand for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) has been greatly enhanced by the addition of a new Siemens Primus accelerator; an upgrade of the ADAC treatment planning system; replacement of the stereotactic radiosurgery equipment with Radionics X-Knife and X-Plan; and the addition of quality assurance equipment for the physics and dosimetry program.


Richard Hammett is the president and chief executive officer of Swedish Medical Center.


Swedish was established in 1905 as a tuberculosis sanitorium. By 1956 the facility had changed its name to Swedish Hospital and turned its focus to general healthcare, as medication had significantly reduced the number of tuberculosis cases in the U.S. During the 1960s, a six-story main building was completed, which brought the bed capacity to 238. Renovation continued in the 1960s, and the addition of four patient-care floors raised the patient capacity to 328. In the 1980s, Swedish built two of the four existing medical office plazas, along with a Critical Care Unit, which won a national award for its design.

In the early 1990s, the final two Medical Office Plazas were built to house Radiation Oncology, the Swedish Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Senior Health Care Clinic. In October 1995, Swedish completed a new 25,000 square foot Emergency Department to accommodate more than 50,000 patient visits per year. A new Women's Services Center for labor & delivery, high-risk obstetrics and gynecological surgery opened in 1998, and in 1999 a second lab was added to the hospital's Cardiac Catheterization Center. In 2007, the hospital began a three-year construction project that includes two new units, a renovated lobby, a family-centered NICU and a dedicated PICU. With new units and the comprehensive services offered within the hospital, Swedish reached its current number of 408 licensed beds.