Construction will begin next month on grading for a pediatric hospital operated by Children's Hospital Colorado and a four-story addition to UCHealth Memorial Hospital North.  

Both hospital systems released renderings Monday of their buildings and provided additional details about the projects, which combined will cost nearly $200 million and be built by Colorado Springs-based GE Johnson Construction Co. Inc.

The projects are scheduled to open in 2018 and will be linked by a three-level hallway.

The Memorial expansion is scheduled to begin Sept. 16 and be completed by summer 2018, and the Children's hospital is set to open in the fall or winter later that year, officials said.

The work beginning in September will include parking lot changes to allow continued operation during construction of Memorial's 100-acre north campus northeast of Union Boulevard and Briargate Parkway that includes an existing 88-bed hospital and adjacent medical office building, Memorial spokeswoman Cary Vogrin said.

Aurora-based Children's announced in June that it had expanded the size of the $110 million Colorado Springs hospital to 280,000 square feet from 170,000 square feet. 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.

"Our team has spent their careers focused on developing expertise in pediatrics. We want a facility that matches that and positions our team members to function at the top of their skill," Raymond said. "We also want to include the amenities needed for pediatric patients and their families. For example, we will include sleeping facilities for parents."

More than 200 Children's employees and pediatric physicians have been involved in a planning effort for the local Children's hospital, which began in June and will continue through year's end, and will produce a detailed layout for every room of the building, Raymond said. Children's Colorado employs about 500 at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, where it operates pediatric and neonatal units, as well as therapy clinics in the Printers Park, Briargate and Pueblo areas and will hire at least 50 additional employees for emergency and operating rooms in the new hospital, he said.

Memorial's $85 million, 130,000-square-foot addition will include 20 inpatient beds, eight exam rooms in the emergency department and two operating rooms, and will primarily house women's and oncology services to accommodate a 43 percent increase in inpatient admissions in the past two years and a fourfold jump in the number of outpatient visits.

"We are excited to expand crucial health care services and offer the residents of northern El Paso and southern Douglas counties expert care, close to their homes. The inpatient expansion will enable Memorial to meet the growing demand for women's and oncology services in the region," Memorial said in a statement.

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