The Anschutz Medical Campus is one of four campuses of the University of Colorado system. It sits on 230 acres in Aurora, Colorado, part of the Denver metro area, and includes the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, College of Nursing, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Colorado School of Public Health and the Graduate School. From 2004 to 2008 the entire medical education and patient care enterprise was moved to the Anschutz campus, on the site of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, which was decommissioned in 1999. Also included on this campus are the nationally acclaimed Children's Hospital Colorado and a sprawling new Veterans Administration medical complex. Growth of the medical center in the past 12 years has been exponential, and Anschutz Medical Campus is considered to have top national programs in patient care and research, serving more than 1.7 million patients per year, educating nearly 20,000 students and attracting more than $500 million in research annually.
The eye care portion of this medical center is the UCHealth Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center, which has seen a growth in size and excellence mirroring that of the medical center. Located in the Rocky Mountains Lions Eye Institute building, it has 78 clinical and research faculty members and serves over 125,000 patients per year. Residents and fellows in six specialty areas provide care and receive training at the Eye Center’s five locations, but also at Denver Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado and the VA Medical Center.
The Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at the UCHealth Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center provides care by two optometric low vision specialists and two trained occupational therapists. A full range of evaluation tools, including microperimetry, is available, as is the full spectrum of treatment strategies. Care is provided for over 800 visually impaired patients per year. The program trains ophthalmology residents and works in cooperation with several community partners who provide evaluation and training in orientation and mobility, ADLs in the home, driving rehabilitation, pediatric care, and more.
The Anchor Center for Blind Children provides early education and intervention services for children birth to five years old who are blind or visually impaired. Their team is passionate about transforming the lives of young children with visual impairments
and is known for their transdisciplinary team approach to serving children and families. A gifted staff of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Pathologists, Physical, Occupational, Horticultural and
Music Therapists, and Optometrists and Ophthalmologists move beyond a discipline-specific approach. Working collaboratively, they provide the best in early intervention and childhood education services for the remarkable children and families they
Using a collaborative team approach, their Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Family Support programs allow the multidisciplinary Anchor Center team to fully support each child’s needs. Life skills are taught that prepare children for success in their school years and beyond.
The Anchor Center for Blind Children was founded in 1982 by a librarian from the Colorado Library for the Blind and the local Delta Gamma alumnae chapter. Their first class included four preschool students and six homebound infants. Today, the Anchor Center serves over 125 children each year while providing support and education to families, siblings and caregivers.
Volunteers were instrumental in Anchor Center's founding just as they continue to be today. With origins in a borrowed Sunday school room, Anchor Center moved to its state-of-the-art Julie McAndrews Mork Building in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood in 2007. Design elements focus on light, textures and sounds that encourage development. All classrooms are acoustically engineered to minimize noise and support sound cues. The Anchor Center building gives children a sense of security in their ability to navigate the world.
The Anchor Center for Blind Children is proud to have a Director of Research.