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As part of our long-term commitment to providing pediatric care to the Colorado Springs community, Children’s Hospital Colorado announces plans for a new hospital in north Colorado Springs, honoring our partnership with UCHealth and Memorial Hospital. The facility, which will be located on the Memorial North campus at the intersection of N. Union Blvd. and Briargate Parkway, is expected to break ground in the winter of 2015-16 and open in 2018.
The 170,000 square-foot facility, which will include an emergency department, up to 100 inpatient pediatric beds, NICU, pediatric intensive care unit and operating rooms, will incorporate pediatric-specific design elements to create a healing environment, provide the newest in tele-health technologies to more effectively deliver health-related services and information and be served by more than 500 team members including our almost 40 physician/provider specialists who live and work in the community.
“On behalf of our faculty, team members and board of directors, Children’s Colorado is delighted to announce plans for a new children’s hospital to serve the southern Colorado community,” said Jena Hausmann, President and CEO of Children’s Colorado. “As important as the new healing environment that pulls all these services together for kids and only kids, I can’t emphasize more highly the value of the exceptional people who make up our team of dedicated pediatric experts. Their passion and purpose equals or exceeds their professional training and expertise. The ability Children’s Hospital Colorado has to create a dedicated culture that puts the child and family at the center of all care is priceless.“
As contemplated as part of the 2012 unique partnership with the City of Colorado Springs and UCHealth, the new children’s hospital will be adjacent to Memorial Hospital North but operate independently under its own license, with a dedicated entrance and team members who have trained exclusively to care for kids and adolescents. By expanding on its current capabilities in southern Colorado, including the comprehensive pediatric specialty outpatient clinic at Briargate as well as Printers Park Therapy Care and Pueblo Therapy Care – all of which will remain unchanged, Children’s Colorado will greatly enhance its ability to partner with primary care and other community providers to deliver high-quality care to children and adolescents throughout the community.
“We’re excited to strengthen our partnership with Children’s Colorado and to ensure that pediatric patients in Colorado Springs receive the very best care, close to home,” said George Hayes, President and CEO of Memorial.
“Children’s Colorado is proud of the commitment we have made to raise the level of pediatric care in southern Colorado through expanded facilities and services and the recruitment of top pediatric specialists, nurses and other caregivers,” said Greg Raymond, Regional Vice President, Southern Colorado at Children’s Colorado. “The new hospital significantly expands our commitment to this growing community.”
“My wife and I are truly excited about the news of a new Children’s Hospital Colorado in Colorado Springs,” said Trent Stafford, Colorado Market President, Kirkpatrick Bank. “We understand first hand the importance of the new location for not only Colorado Springs but all of southern Colorado. We are the parents of two young children who have been patients of Children’s Colorado and the tremendous team of doctors who have provided care. We believe that this asset will not only make the level of care provided by Children’s Colorado more accessible for Colorado Springs and southern Colorado, but will result in a collective benefit to our overall impact to kids health in the region.”