As Children’s Hospital Colorado prepares for the opening of its 175,000-square-foot south campus in Highlands Ranch, nearly 500 people converged on Southridge Recreation Center with the hope of gaining employment at the new hospital.
“We had people lined up an hour before we opened,” Children’s vice president Andrea Ferretti said of the Sept. 9 event in Highlands Ranch. “It’s been quite the successful fair.”
The hospital intends to have 300 people employed in clinical and non-clinical positions when it opens in December, and according to staffing director Randy Williams, it has already done a great deal of hiring.
In addition, about 40 percent of the staff at the new hospital will be made up by current employees who are transferring over from four area satellite clinics that will be shut down when the hospital opens, he said.
Prior to the job fair, the hospital still had openings for 56 non-clinical positions as well as 55 clinical positions. According to Ferretti, there were no on-site interviews being conducted, but quite a few interviews were set during the four-hour fair, and more people who stopped by would likely be contacted for interviews after staff had an opportunity to review resumes.
The hospital, located at the northwest corner of Lucent Boulevard and Plaza Drive in Highlands Ranch, expects to receive its certificate of occupancy at the end of October. Staff will begin training at the Aurora campus in October and are expected to move into the new site toward the end of November, with a grand opening set for Dec. 19.
According to Ferretti, the 22-bed urgent care, inpatient care and four operating rooms will open Dec. 19, and the specialty clinics will follow suit, opening Jan. 6.
The hospital will offer a wide range of outpatient services, a sports medicine program, numerous laboratories, imaging and diagnostics. Additionally, keeping with the concept of Children’s, it will also have play areas, short-term sibling care, a family hospitality area and a healing garden.
Clinics to be consolidated:
The four existing Children’s Hospital Colorado clinics that will close in late 2013 and consolidate services into the Highlands Ranch South Campus when it opens include:
• Children’s Hospital Colorado Outpatient Specialty Care, 7960 S. University Blvd., Centennial
• Children’s Hospital Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, 7720 S. Broadway, Littleton
• Children’s Hospital Colorado Orthopedic Care, 9094 E. Mineral Ave., Littleton
• Children’s Hospital Colorado Outpatient Specialty and Therapy Care, 151 W. County Line Road, Littleton