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Children's Hospital breaks ground on long-planned Colorado Springs hospital

November 16, 2016 Updated: November 18, 2016 at 6:38 am
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Davien Garcia wasn't quite ready to quit shoveling sand until he gets his new dump truck filled on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. A groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction for a pediatric hospital operated by Children's Hospital Colorado. Former patient The hospital will include 98 patient rooms, 20-21 emergency room beds with room for 9-10 beds to be completed later, up to eight operating rooms, a sleep study lab and 10-12 beds and exam rooms for inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment that will consolidate all of Children's oncology treatment for southern Colorado in one location, said Greg Raymond, Children's regional vice president for southern Colorado. The new hospital will be attached to the UC Health-Memorial Hospital North. Davien Garcia and his little sister, Analesia Garcia (left) have both been patients at Memorial Hospital. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette

After 15 years of serving Colorado Springs-area patients through outpatient clinics and a series of partnerships with the UCHealth Memorial Hospital System, Children's Hospital Colorado began construction Wednesday on the first hospital in the Springs area specializing in pediatric care.

The 294,000-square-foot complex will open on the UCHealth Memorial Hospital North campus in late 2018 and will include 40 medical surgery and pediatric intensive care beds with eight more unfinished (to be finished if the need arises), 36 neonatal intensive care beds with 12 more unfinished, 22 exam rooms in the emergency department with nine unfinished, five operating rooms with three more unfinished, 22 recovery rooms with 12 more unfinished, 18 infusion rooms, bays or exam rooms for cancer and blood disorder patients, six behavioral health rooms, six extended stay rooms and three sleep study rooms.

A jumbo sized lighted artist's rendition of the new Children's Hospital Colorado stretched across the wall of a tent where a groundbreaking was held for the building on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The hospital will include 98 patient rooms, 20-21 emergency room beds with room for 9-10 beds to be completed later, up to eight operating rooms, a sleep study lab and 10-12 beds and exam rooms for inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment that will consolidate all of Children's oncology treatment for southern Colorado in one location, said Greg Raymond, Children's regional vice president for southern Colorado. The new hospital will be attached to the UC Health-Memorial Hospital North. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette  

"We are celebrating what this means for the children of southern Colorado, who will find a place of healing and find a place of hope with the finest pediatric care," said Jena Hausmann, CEO of the Aurora-based provider of pediatric health care. "It will be a glorious day when we open this facility in 2018 for patient care."

Children's will continue to operate therapy clinics at a nearby complex, 4125 Briargate Parkway, that opened in 2012 but will move outpatient cancer treatment to the new hospital when it opens, said Greg Raymond, regional vice president of Children's for southern Colorado.

The new hospital will be staffed by some of the 550 Children's employees that now work at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, staffing its neonatal intensive care and medical surgical units that will move to the new hospital and pediatric intensive care unit that will remain at the central campus, he said.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers praised Children's for building the new hospital, which will end the area's status as one of just three metropolitan areas - Greensboro, N.C., and Sarasota, Fla, are the others - among the nation's 80 largest metro areas without a pediatric hospital and health care system. He said the $154 million project also would create jobs and economic development benefits in the construction, health care, information technology and hospitality industries and also would help the Springs area attract additional new and expanding businesses.

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A groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction for a pediatric hospital operated by Children's Hospital Colorado. Former patient The hospital will include 98 patient rooms, 20-21 emergency room beds with room for 9-10 beds to be completed later, up to eight operating rooms, a sleep study lab and 10-12 beds and exam rooms for inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment that will consolidate all of Children's oncology treatment for southern Colorado in one location, said Greg Raymond, Children's regional vice president for southern Colorado. The new hospital will be attached to the UC Health-Memorial Hospital North. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette 

The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Noah Devolve, a Classical Academy student who had open-heart surgery at Children's in the Denver area when he was 18 days old, surgery at 14 years old to realign his knee and ankle and treatment at 15 years old for a concussion.

Another Children's patient, Jordan Peak, described how doctors at the hospital system saved her life after she suffered a pulmonary embolism that triggered heart failure during a basketball practice three years ago. She has returned to playing basketball and runs cross country and track.

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Contact Wayne Heilman: 636-0234

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