On Feb. 16, 2018, Children’s Colorado patients, team members and leaders joined the team from GE Johnson Construction Company for a special “topping out” ceremony. The crowd applauded as they watched the raising of a steel beam to the final and highest floor of the future Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, set to open in spring 2019. The beam was signed with messages of encouragement by community members and patient families – many of whom attended the ceremony to cheer on the construction crews.
Currently, thousands of southern Colorado families spend countless hours commuting to Children’s Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora to access the specialty care their children require. Soon, these families will experience world-class pediatric care closer to home.
In its first year of operation, about 150,000 patients are projected to visit the new hospital. That’s thousands of families who won’t have to face countless hours of drive time, travel expenses, or days missed from school and work to receive care.
At nearly 300,000 square feet, the new hospital will have 110 beds dedicated exclusively to kids. It will include a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, cancer treatment center, epilepsy monitoring units, Sleep Study Center, plus plenty of play areas and family lounges. Every patient room will include a private bathroom, full-sized sleeping couch and storage space so families can stay with their children.
The new hospital will have southern Colorado’s only dedicated pediatric Emergency Department, along with more than 2,200 square feet for behavioral health services, a critical need in southern Colorado communities.
Generous community partners are stepping up to support expanded access in southern Colorado. For example, the El Pomar Foundation recently committed a $1 million lead gift to help fund the new hospital in Colorado Springs.
Thank you to all the donors who are helping us to better serve the region’s children.