May 23, 2013
With the academic year drawing to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished together. Despite a climate of financial uncertainty, the campus and programs have undergone tremendous growth this past year, thanks to our ability to think strategically and innovatively about what we do and how we do it. These challenges make our achievements all the more noteworthy.
Just last month the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center celebrated one year of transforming lives through science-based wellness strategies. And the Fulginiti Pavilion, since its September opening, has provided space for staff to further develop a robust program in bioethics and humanities. In response to the growing success of our clinical programs, this year we have also seen the completion of new hospital towers by Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital.
Astounding as our growth in 10 years on the Anschutz Medical Campus has been, we’ve taken the opportunity to envision how we can continue to be successful in the coming decade. The master planning process, begun in 2012, made significant progress this year, with broad participation from a range of campus constituents. I am looking forward to receiving the planners’ final report and recommendations this summer.
The steady stream of research breakthroughs on this campus the past year are a testament to the innovation and perseverance of our remarkable faculty and staff. From identifying obesity genes to improving diabetes care for adolescents and developing new treatments for autoimmune diseases, our researchers are using their creativity to solve health issues that affect millions of people. Other highlights:
- Donations this year enabled us to establish a number of newly endowed chairs, including one in the medical school named for Dean Richard Krugman.
- The arrival of Sarah Thompson as dean of the College of Nursing and David Goff as dean of the Colorado School of Public Health gives us strong leadership in these key roles.
- The School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences undertook strategic planning processes this year.
- Planning is under way for a School of Medicine branch in Colorado Springs that will allow increased enrollment and will train a cohort of third- and fourth-year students in Colorado Springs. The initial group of students is expected to begin at the branch in 2016.
This week, nearly 800 graduates will receive their degrees and embark on the next chapter of their lives. Let’s celebrate all they have achieved and promise them a warm welcome when they return as alumni.
Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Colorado
Executive Vice Chancellor, Anschutz Medical Campus