As part of our long-term commitment to providing pediatric care to the northern Colorado community, Children’s Hospital Colorado celebrated the groundbreaking on the expansion of its North Campus facility in Broomfield, Colo. on June 5.
Originally opened in 2008, Children’s Colorado North Campus will expand services to include emergency/urgent care, inpatient and observation care, sleep studies, operating room services, specialty clinics, an imaging center and a diagnostic unit.
Exceeding patient volume projections signals need for expansion
“Ten years ago, we opened the doors here at Children’s Colorado North Campus, and ever since, our pediatric specialty care clinics have been at or near capacity. We met our five-year patient volume projections within the first two years of being open. And last year alone there were 24,000 specialty clinic visits and 35,000 urgent care visits to this location,” said Jena Hausmann, president and CEO of Children’s Colorado. “That high capacity signifies the need our surrounding communities in Broomfield, Weld, Larimer, Morgan, Adams and Boulder counties – and beyond – have for us. We have heard loud and clear that the children in these communities deserve (and their families want) specialty and urgent care that’s tailored for them. We’ve learned that there is a gap in pediatric health services in this region. Today marks the beginning of further answering that call to service.”
New facility to be four times the original size
The new 200,000 square-foot facility will be four times the size of the current space. The expansion will allow for the addition of an emergency department, which will enable Children’s Colorado North Campus to offer a Dual Track™ model, allowing clinical team members to triage patients into the care they need, urgent or emergency. This will help patient families avoid paying more than they need to, and save parents from having to make the call on what degree of care their child needs alone.
Ensuring rural communities have access to services
“Growing up in South Dakota I remember what it felt like to need to see a specialized medical professional for more than just a common cold or a slight injury,” said Suzy Jaeger, senior vice president, chief patient experience and access officer at Children’s Colorado. “It meant sometimes traveling long distances, and it meant that in an emergency, you couldn’t always get the care needed in time. Many of the children we serve throughout our North Campus are based in rural communities but are no less deserving of local medical care that caters to their needs and is easily accessible. Expanding services at our North Campus facility will help ensure these patients and families have access to the specialized pediatric care they need in their backyard.”
Other new services at the expanded facility will include:
- Infusion therapy
- Outpatient behavioral health services
- Pharmacy and laboratory services
- Outdoor sports therapy field
- Optical shop
- Food services, including a cafeteria and coffee shop
- Volunteer services, including gift shop and creative play center