About Us

United to Advance Health and Care

Our commitment to health innovation began a century ago when the U.S. Army opened Fitzsimons General Hospital to treat soldiers returning home from World War I. The hospital built on Colorado’s reputation as a destination for lung care and specialized in treating soldiers with devastating lung diseases due to mustard gas and tuberculosis exposure. In the 1990s, the Army decommissioned the hospital and base, making way for the current Fitzsimons Innovation Community and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Hope for a cure brought patients from all over the world to Fitzsimons 100 years ago. This rich history inspires our community as we work to transform the future of health and care.

                     Meet the Team


Lyle Artz

Site Manager


M. Ann Dennis

Executive Assistant

Ann (2)

April Giles

VP, Business Development


Sue Niblo

Property Manager



Thomas E. Smith Jr.

Vice President of Operations & Finance


Steve VanNurden

President & CEO


Community Meetings

Board of Directors

The Fitzsimons Innovation Community Board of Directors is made up of leaders in the bioscience industry, University of Colorado and the City of Aurora.


Don Elliman

Chancellor, University of Colorado
Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

Chair Elect

Michael Komppa

President, Corum Real Estate Group


James C.T. Linfield

Partner, Cooley LLP

Board Members

Mike Coffman

Mayor, City of Aurora

David Perez

Independent Board Member

Curtis Gardner

Public Sector Solutions Manager, Waste Management and Councilman At-Large, City of Aurora

Afshin Safavi

President and CEO of Safavi Holdings, LLC

Tom Gronow

President and CEO, University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus

Tony Salazar

Assistant Vice President of Engagement, University of Colorado

 Jena Hausmann

President and CEO, Children's Hospital Colorado

Dustin Zvonek

President and Owner, Zvonek Consulting and Councilman At-Large, City of Aurora

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