Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation announced the gift yesterday. The hospital’s new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit — the only unit of its kind between Albuquerque and Denver — will be named in honor of the Lane Foundation.
“The PICU provides care to the region’s most critically ill and injured patients, ranging from 2 weeks to 18 years old and will be served by on-site intensivists and 50+ Children’s Colorado specialists,” according to a news release issued by Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.
The PICU will also house the region’s first epilepsy monitoring unit.
“We chose to make a leadership gift to this project because we believe that the children of our region deserve to receive world-class care, close to home,” Phil Lane, chairman of the board of the John and Margot Lane Foundation, said in the release. “Our foundation invests in breakthrough programs and initiatives, and we believe that the new hospital will be a game-changer for kids and families. Our investment in Children’s Hospital Colorado — our region’s only safety net hospital for kids — is driven by a commitment to providing kids a future of promise and opportunity.
“Our hope is to inspire others who believe in the long-term vitality of our community to step up and support key projects that have a significant impact on our city, like the new Children’s Colorado.”
When it opens, the 300,000-square-foot, 110-bed hospital will be the only pediatric facility of its kind between Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Kansas City and Salt Lake City. It will serve patients from southern Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The facility will provide the region’s first and only pediatric emergency department, pediatric behavioral health emergency program, pediatric surgery center, pediatric sleep study center and epilepsy monitoring unit, and pediatric Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in the region, as well as the highest acuity neonatal intensive care unit.