(October 2018) The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and UCHealth announced in July the naming of the UCHealth Eye Center program in honor of philanthropist Sue Anschutz-Rodgers for leadership gifts supporting innovative research, development of new therapies and devices, and enhanced clinical care.
The gifts enable the UCHealth Eye Center, based in the 135,000-square-foot Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute building on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, to expand its work in ocular stem cell research for sight restoration, to retain and recruit top faculty, and to aid the growth of its clinical care network throughout Colorado and the region.
“Sight has always been incredibly important to me,” said Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, “and when I learned that I could eventually lose my eyesight due to macular degeneration, I felt I had to do something to bring the life-changing care I was receiving to future generations. I have 100 percent trust in the care offered there and hope that the research underway today will ultimately lead to a cure.”
CU Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Donald M. Elliman, Jr., said Anschutz-Rodgers has had a profound impact on the campus. “With a long history of gifts supporting cancer research, women’s health, faculty, scholarships and more, Sue has made an immeasurable difference across our campus,” Elliman said. “I can think of no more fitting recognition of her commitment to transforming ophthalmology than to see her name associated with the Eye Center for decades to come.”