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,University of Colorado Hospital Moving Forward with $400 Million Expansion,
Date:5/26/2010

l be new construction and another 60,000 square feet of existing space will be renovated. The new tower will include a much larger emergency department, more operating rooms and additional diagnostic and treatment facilities. The expansion also includes additional parking and better access to the rapidly expanding Anschutz Medical Campus.

Planning for the new tower, which normally takes 12-to-18 months, was completed with unusual speed. It accelerated in January when an executive committee and 22 user groups began meeting to ensure that the new inpatient tower will meet the needs of the region’s growing population.

The UCH expansion project brings an economic stimulus plan to the Anschutz Medical Campus and the region. The project will bring hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in material costs and tax revenue to Aurora, the Metro Area and the state of Colorado.

“This is a multi-million dollar project and while UCH and its patients will benefit from the expansion, the entire state of Colorado also will see the positive effects. We also will be bringing over a thousand jobs to our community,” said Schroffel. “And we will be able to do this without any funding from the state or federal governments.”

When it is finished, the addition will mean another 1,400 jobs at UCH with an average salary of $81,000 a year including benefits. The project also will create 600-650 jobs for those involved in the construction.

UCH also is in the midst of a $67 million project to implement an integrated, patient-centered electronic medical record across all clinical areas. That project ultimately will bring another 150 jobs to the Anschutz Medical Campus during its three-year implementation period.

Finally, a capital campaign is underway to raise $20 million for a much-needed expansion of the hospital’s Anschutz Cancer Pavilion. The hospital’s cancer services have seen a patient i
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