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 treatments averaging around 20 minutes from the door to care, our facility prioritizes efficient care when you need it most. 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 high 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

Need a Physician? Call (303) 575-0055.


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.