A Gift for Colorado

Philip Anschutz saw something special when he stood on the grounds of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center nearly two decades ago. Since then, The Anschutz Foundation has held a steadfast commitment to helping the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus realize the fullest potential of a medical destination on 230 acres just 8 miles east of downtown Denver.

This year, Phil Anschutz and The Anschutz Foundation invested anew with the largest philanthropic commitment ever made to the campus – a tremendous show of support for a growing medical destination, and a campus that Mr. Anschutz calls “a gift for Colorado.” With $120 million, The Anschutz Foundation is helping the institution write the next chapter in its history and propelling us higher among the top medical destinations in the United States today.

This historic investment bolsters top talent and accelerates progress in personalized medicine, mental and behavioral health, innovation, novel therapeutics and other areas at the forefront of what’s next. It also supports the Anschutz Health Sciences Building which will house faculty leaders in mental health including the CU Department of Psychiatry, as well as the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, classrooms, exhibit space and more.

“We are proud partners in the development of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and share an ambitious vision for further elevating it among the country’s top medical destinations. The campus stands as a Colorado landmark and a hub of leading-edge research, innovation and education – and, perhaps most importantly, as the place to go for the highest-quality health care delivered by the best minds in medicine.”

– Philip F. Anschutz

Building a Medical Destination: The Anschutz Foundation

From our humble beginnings on the grounds of a decommissioned Army base, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has grown quickly into one of the country’s newest and largest academic medical centers. A close and longstanding partnership with Philip Anschutz and The Anschutz Foundation has made our rapid progress possible, and their most recent commitment marks the largest in our proud history together. Here, we present some of the milestones in the history and development of our campus, nearly all of which have been accelerated or enhanced by support from The Anschutz Foundation since 2000.

2000

CU Cancer Center was first new medical building to open on campus

2001

Children’s Hospital Colorado announced plans for 270-bed hospital next to University of Colorado Hospital

Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion opened

Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute building opened

2004

Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion opened

Center for Women’s Health Research established

Research Complex 1 opened

2005

Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) opened

2006

Site officially named the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in recognition of Philip Anschutz and The Anschutz Foundation

2007

University of Colorado Hospital relocated to CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Education Building 1 and Education Building 2 opened

2008

Depression Center established

Research Complex 2 opened

2010

Anschutz Cancer Pavilion expansion

2012

Children’s Hospital Colorado opened East Tower

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center opened

2013

Rocky Mountain Alzheimer's Disease Center opened

Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2 opened

2014

Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine opened

2015

Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute building expansion completed

Campus Health Center opened

Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center named

2016

National Mental Health Innovation Center opened

2017

Marcus Institute for Brain Health opened

2018

UCHealth Eye Center program renamed Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center

Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic opened

2021

Anschutz Health Sciences Building slated for completion

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus combines teaching, research and clinical facilities and provides the best available health care at two nationally recognized hospitals. At CU Anschutz there are 12.4 million square feet of state-of-the-art training facilities, hundreds of the nation’s top physicians and health professionals, and more than a billion dollars continually at work redefining the health care of tomorrow.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus combines teaching, research and clinical facilities and provides the best available health care at two nationally recognized hospitals. At CU Anschutz there are 12.4 million square feet of state-of-the-art training facilities, hundreds of the nation’s top physicians and health professionals, and more than a billion dollars continually at work redefining the health care of tomorrow.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The CU Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus combines teaching, research and clinical facilities and provides the best available health care at two nationally recognized hospitals. At CU Anschutz there are 12.4 million square feet of state-of-the-art training facilities, hundreds of the nation’s top physicians and health professionals, and more than a billion dollars continually at work redefining the health care of tomorrow.