Dirt will be moving aside Briargate Parkway in September as construction begins on the 280,000-square-foot Children’s Hospital, as well as a four-story expansion to UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital North. Both UCHealth and Children’s Hospital released renderings of those projects this week. Both projects will be built by Colorado Springs-based GE Johnson Construction Co.
The facilities, which will be connected by a walkway, are scheduled to open in 2018. The Memorial expansion is scheduled to begin Sept. 16.
“UCHealth and Memorial Hospital have long anticipated the explosive growth that has occurred and will continue to occur in northern El Paso County,” said Memorial Spokesperson Cary Vogrin. “We are excited and pleased to be able to care for the region’s residents through a significant expansion in services. Residents in the Colorado Springs region deserve to have the very best and most advanced medical care close to home, and UCHealth is excited to expand Memorial Hospital North to meet those needs.”
The new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs hospital is designed by team members with pediatric expertise. More than 200 team members participated in the design process — planning department layouts and considering the functions and needs each room must meet for the patients and care teams.
“As the vision for the new hospital continues to evolve, we are excited to share the latest version of what this facility will look like with the community,” said Greg Raymond, regional vice president of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Southern Colorado in a news release. “Our team of pediatric experts has greatly contributed to the planning and design of the interior, and we are excited to be developing a facility that will match the expertise of the team providing care within it.”
The new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs will bring to the community several new services, including its first pediatric-only operating rooms and pediatric-only emergency department. Pediatric operating rooms are specially designed and equipped to treat children, adolescents and teens, and a pediatric-only emergency department will allow kids to receive care for emergent conditions separately from adults. There also will be a pediatric sleep study lab, which will allow over-night observation of children’s sleep patterns.