FREDERICK - Exempla Healthcare has bought 48.9 acres of land at the northwest corner of Interstate 25 and Colorado Highway 52 in Frederick for a future medical campus.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

The land is next to Frederick's Wyndham Hill Town Center, a planned regional shopping center, according to a press statement. Exempla Healthcare is part of SCL Health System Inc., which has more than 1,100 workers at offices in Broomfield, Denver and Lakewood.

The parcel is about 14 miles northeast of the existing Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, an acute-care facility opened by Exempla Healthcare in Lafayette in 2004.The land has been targeted for medical-campus use since at least 2008.

"We are excited about the potential to extend our service area as we continue to see the need for health and healing in this growing, thriving community," David Hamm, president and chief executive of Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, said in the press statement.

Exempla has 30 years to develop an existing medical campus plan for the site, based on Frederick planning documents.

The purchase announcement comes days after health-care group SCL Health System Inc. announced it had taken operational control of three Exempla hospitals and a network of physician clinics, following approval from the Colorado Attorney General's office on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

SCL Health System has more than 360 workers in Broomfield at the former Oracle campus, another 350 in Denver. and about 410 information technology workers at a Lakewood location.

In all, SCL Health System is a $2.7 billion health network that operates 11 hospitals, four "safety net" clinics, one children's mental health center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states - California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. It was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864 in Kansas. The health-care group employs a total of  more than 8,000 people in Colorado.