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Celebrating 80 Years - 1979, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

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Tent Hospital Rendition, 1897


#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and the people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.


From its humble beginnings as a summer tent hospital in 1897, Children’s Hospital Colorado has grown to provide state-of-the-art pediatric care and is leading cutting-edge research. It has locations throughout the state and will open a new hospital just for kids in Colorado Springs in 2019. Since 1978, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation has supported the work at Children’s Colorado to help it continue to be an extraordinary place with great pediatric expertise. El Pomar Foundation has gifted $2.4 million since 1942 in support of the life-changing efforts of the Hospital for countless children every year.



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The demand for child medical services and the success of the crisp Denver mountain air in curing numerous diseases led Children’s Hospital Colorado to evolve rapidly over its 110-year history. In the early years, the Hospital transformed from a humble summer tent hospital to a 100-bed facility between 1897 and 1917. The growth has been remarkable since the initial 6 volunteers, increasing to around 300 staff members by the 1950s, and employing nearly 7,000 people today.

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Children's Hospital, 1910

Thousands of renowned pediatric experts make up the care team at Children’s Colorado. The number of families who come to Children’s Colorado has risen dramatically, drawing from all 50 states and around the world.

In partnership with generous community members and organizations:

  • High-risk babies have the chance for healthy futures. The Colorado Fetal Care Center treats the most complex fetal anomalies with some of the best outcomes in the country.
  • The Center for Innovation at Children’s Colorado is turning concepts into real-life pediatric health care innovations.
  • Kids with cystic fibrosis (CF), a rare genetic condition that deteriorates vital organs, have a better quality of life. Children’s Colorado physician-scientists led a study of the first drug of its kind that restores the faulty protein for CF patients.

Continuing its notable growth, in spring 2019, Children’s Colorado will bring care closer to home for hundreds of thousands of kids in southern Colorado with a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital– Children’s Colorado, Colorado Springs. In its first year of operation, about 150,000 patients are projected to visit the new hospital. Care closer to home means families can stay together when they need it most, allowing children to continue school and work with less disruption, helping to lead to faster and improved healing for kids.  

Artist Renderings of Colorado Springs Hospital

With nearly 300,000 square feet, the new hospital will have 110 beds dedicated exclusively to children. This will include a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, cancer treatment center, epilepsy monitoring units, Sleep Study Center plus plenty of play areas and family lounges. With 100 percent private patient rooms, including private bathrooms, and a healing environment with views of Pikes Peak, the details of Children's Colorado, Colorado Springs are designed to help kids get better faster and reduce stress for families. It will also have the only dedicated pediatric Emergency Department in Colorado Springs, along with more than 2,200 square feet for behavioral health services.

El Pomar’s first grant to Children’s Hospital Colorado was made in 1942, and in support of this critical need in southern Colorado communities, the Foundation  granted $1.3 million toward the construction of the children’s hospital in Colorado Springs.


History prepared by Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.


El Pomar in 1979:

In 1979, Pikes Peak Center received El Pomar’s largest grant of $1 million for continued construction costs. The Foundation also made several grants to healthcare organizations ranging from Center for Hearing, Speech, and Language to Vail Valley Hospital Association in Glenwood Springs to Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. In 1979 overall, 35 grants were made for a total of $2.4 million.


Images courtesy of Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation

Spotlight by Kathryn Benson