Children's Hospital Colorado on Sept. 27 opens new East Tower

By University Communications

AURORA, Colo. – Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) – one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals – officially opened its new 355,000-square-foot East Tower Thursday on its main campus in Aurora.

The new 10-story patient tower will house Children’s Colorado’s branch of the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health (CIMFH), which is poised to be one of the top maternal/fetal programs in the U.S. The East Tower also will allow the hospital to expand a number of its other specialty care services including the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Heart Institute, Orthopedics Institute, Neurosciences Institute, Digestive Health Institute, Breathing Institute and Intensive Care, among others.

A collaboration between Children’s Colorado, University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado School of Medicine, the CIMFH offers mothers, babies and their families unparalleled multidisciplinary care and treatment before, during and after low- or high-risk pregnancies. In its new East Tower facility, the CIMFH will have:

  • Its own entrance/exit (separate from that of the main hospital)
  • 12 LDRP (labor, delivery and recovery and postpartum) rooms equipped for full maternal care, as well as care of the baby
  • One maternal operating room (for C-sections)
  • One fetal intervention suite (for fetal care, surgeries and related procedures)
  • Two infant stabilization rooms

With the NICU on the same floor, everything is designed to keep mother and baby in close proximity to one another.

“The CIMFH offers high-risk expectant mothers and their newborns many services not only unique within the state of Colorado but also nationally and provides mothers and babies access to the full spectrum of fetal, obstetric and neonatal specialists and interventional capabilities,” said Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, Children’s Colorado’s surgeon-in-chief, director of the Colorado Fetal Care Center and director of the CIMFH. “Enhanced by our partnership with the University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado School of Medicine, all of the different specialists involved in the care of our patients, including the mother’s OB and child’s pediatrician, can work together as an integrated team.”

Capabilities include:

  • Prenatal and fetal diagnostic techniques
  • Fetoscopic surgery (for such conditions as Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome)
  • EXIT (ex utero intrapartum treatment) procedures in which doctors operate on the baby while the baby is still connected to the umbilical cord, cutting the cord only after the procedure’s completion
  • Open-fetal procedures, which involve opening the womb, exposing only the part of the fetus to be operated on, then closing the womb and allowing the pregnancy to continue

Other features of the new East Tower include a new home for the Children’s Colorado Heart Institute, one of the fastest-growing pediatric cardiac programs in the country. It will include 16 cardiac intensive care rooms; two cardiac operating rooms; two cardiac catheterization labs, each equipped with state-of-the-art angiographic equipment; and a seven-bed pre-/post-operative unit.

With the completion of the new East Tower, Children’s Colorado’s main facility at the Anschutz Medical Campus has an architectural footprint comprising 1.8 million square feet and has the capacity to ultimately house nearly 500 inpatient beds.

The opening of the new East Tower also coincides with the five-year anniversary of Children’s Colorado’s move to the Anschutz Medical Campus. Since that September 2007 move, Children’s Colorado has seen a 60 percent increase in the size of its medical staff, a 36 percent inpatient volume increase and a greater than 50 percent growth in its number of annual outpatient visits.

“We are expanding to accommodate our steadily increasing patient growth and anticipated future growth,” said Jim Shmerling, Children’s Colorado president and CEO. “More children in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond are seeking our services now than ever before.”

About Children’s Hospital Colorado

Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked 7th on its Best Children’s Hospitals 2012-13 Honor Roll, Children’s Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research and education programs, as well as the full spectrum of everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children’s Colorado is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. With more than 1,000 health care professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric specialties, the network for Children’s Colorado includes 15 regional locations including its main campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and more than 400 outreach clinics. For more information, visit and connect with Children’s Colorado on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


Contact: Elizabeth Whitehead, Children’s Hospital Colorado

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