CPI - CHCO North Campus Expansion

As the Denver metro area continues to grow, the need for increased regional facilities for children also expands.  Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (CHCO) North Campus in Broomfield, Colorado was opened over ten years ago; much of their medical equipment has been in use from the beginning. In order to support this growing need, CHCO developed a plan for a new medical office building, radiology suite, in-patient unit, and expanded emergency department, including an on-site laboratory, pharmacy, and sterile processing area.  After helping Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) open their main campus in Aurora, their tower expansion at that location, and the new hospital in Colorado Springs, CPI was asked to return to support their North Campus Expansion. Although it wasn’t an entirely new campus, the magnitude of the renovation and expansion was nearly equivalent.

CPI was brought on board to be the Medical Equipment Planner (MEQ).  As on previous projects, CHCO once again entrusted their entire MEQ process to us from beginning to end.  We began to engage with the design team in early 2018 as the architect was solidifying the space plans for the new facility.

Considering the nature of the project, the team worked diligently to create a phased construction and activation detail schedule.  The original facility was almost entirely gutted and re-designed for optimum patient care and staff. All of this meant that the team had to be very careful how we ordered the schedule so we could keep hospital operations normal throughout the process.

CPI and project stakeholders identified the critical services needed to get the hospital up and running for Phase I, in order to provide care.  We immediately got to work on the major equipment (e.g. radiology equipment, x-ray rooms, fluoroscopy, CT and a new 3T MRI) design and coordination to ensure the design team had all the information they needed to keep pressing forward.

With those major impacts underway, CPI moved into planning the remainder of the medical equipment. An inventory was performed to see what items could be reused after the transition and what services would be added new to the ones already running at the North Campus. Working closely with project stakeholders, we finalized the equipment list and budget.

As the new construction continued, CPI moved into procurement and receiving. CHCO contracted with a warehouse team and CPI began to push requisitions directly into CHCO’s purchasing system. The medical equipment arrived at the warehouse, it was tracked and readied for eventual move-in. With equipment in-hand, vendors on-site performing installations, and construction wrapping up, the team moved all the new and existing equipment into place, on schedule and ready for a first patient date in March 2020.  The State of Colorado performed their inspections and gave CHCO the green light for opening without a hitch.  The new CHCO North Campus Phase I opened just in time to meet the unique demands of the novel coronavirus reaching Colorado.

CPI is proud to be a part of such a worthwhile endeavor partnering with CHCO to support Colorado’s children!

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