Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center opens

(October 2018) Wrapping the eastern edge of the Anschutz Medical Campus, a 31-acre hospital complex opened this summer to serve veterans who have fought in U.S. wars and conflicts since World War II. 

The Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center will provide care for 390,000 service members from 11 Western states, and will boost ties with University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty and students.  

“We anticipate our medical education program to strengthen for generations to come,” said John Moore, MD, associate chief of staff of education for the VA's Eastern Colorado Health Care System. 

The system hosts 155 medical residents and fellows through 38 programs sponsored by CU. In addition, many third- and fourth-year medical students rotate through the VA health care system. 

The Anschutz Medical Campus also offers services to veterans including the CU Heroes Clinic, which serves student veterans, and Marcus Institute for Brain Health, which specializes in treatment for veterans with head injuries. 

The new hospital replaces a mid-century hospital in central Denver. At 1.21 million square feet, the complex doubles the square footage of inpatient and outpatient services, and expands specialty care for spinal cord injuries, cancer screening, prosthetics, mammography and aquatic therapy. 

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