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


Emily Stadel

Accounting Manager, Operational Accounting


Thomas E. Smith Jr.

Vice President of Operations & Finance


Steve VanNurden

President & CEO



Sue Niblo

Property Manager


Jeremiah Murray

Facility Engineer


David Peterson

Facility Engineer


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


Marsha Berzins

Councilwoman, Aurora City Council

Board Members

Mike Coffman

Mayor, City of Aurora

James C.T. Linfield

Partner, Cooley LLP

Chris Gessner

CEO, University of Colorado Hospital

David Perez

Retired President & CEO, Terumo BCT

Allison Hiltz

Councilwoman, Aurora City Council

Tony Salazar

Assistant Vice President of Engagement, University of Colorado

Jena Hausmann

President and CEO, Children's Hospital Colorado

Afshin Safavi

President and CEO of Safavi Holdings, LLC

Connect with the Fitzsimons Innovation Community