About the 2221 Society
Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation’s 2221 Society was formed in 2018 by like-minded leaders who are dedicated to transforming children’s health and supporting the Foundation’s mission. The 2221 Society name honors the first major transformation of Children’s Hospital Colorado, when a group of nurses providing care in tents at City Park moved the operation into a house at 2221 Downing Street in 1909.
The 2221 Society contributes philanthropic funding to Children’s Colorado to support important initiatives like cutting-edge research, treatment, therapy, education and advocacy. In partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, the 2221 Society works to identify and fund projects that need significant philanthropic support and will advance pediatric medicine and care.
The 2221 Society operates under a d/b/a within Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, a 501(c)(3), but has autonomy to fund the projects of its choice. Donations to the 2221 Society will support the Foundation and are tax-deductible. To date, the 2221 Society has raised more than $1.75 million for Children’s Colorado.
Commitment levels of 2221 Society
In addition to setting goals, attending meetings, serving as a Children’s Colorado ambassador, recruiting new members and executing events, 2221 Society members are asked to make a personal financial commitment on an annual basis to positively impact Children’s Colorado’s mission. Membership is available at the following levels:
- Founder’s level – members give or fundraise $25,000 annually (3-year commitment)
- President’s level – members give or fundraise $10,000 annually (3-year commitment)
- Friends of 2221 – members give or fundraise $2,221+ annually
In order to make an impactful difference at Children’s Colorado, the 2221 Society sets ambitious goals every year so that the group can truly move the needle and make transformational change for the hospital and its system of care. Members’ passion for Children’s Colorado shines through their financial commitments and their contagious, shared belief that a child’s life can and should be filled with limitless possibilities.
2024 Focus: Creating a Healing Mental Health Environment
Today, Colorado is in a state of emergency for youth mental health. Kids are coming to Children’s Hospital Colorado emergency departments at an alarming pace, and the need for care has skyrocketed.
What each child in a mental health crisis needs when they reach our emergency department—the tools, interventions, and environments that will equip each young person to recover—is very different. Consider the situations of three patients who have come to our North Campus Emergency Department. One teenager is experiencing a psychotic episode that endangers herself and those around her. She needs an emergency room environment designed with her safety and the safety of others in mind, and a rapid assessment by a specialist who understands her underlying disorder. Once she has been stabilized, she needs psychiatric inpatient care, where experts can provide care and address her symptoms.
Another young adult is having thoughts of suicide for the first time. They are not sure they feel safe enough to return home. In the short term, this patient needs a private environment in the emergency department to discuss their mental state, along with more extensive support than can be provided in the ED. They would benefit from brief, therapeutic, evidence-based interventions that allow them to safely step down to lower levels of care.
Finally, there is an adolescent who has battled depression and anxiety for years. At times, his condition can become overwhelming. When he enters the emergency department, his life is not in immediate danger, but he does not feel he has anywhere else to turn for help. In the ED, he needs a comforting environment to support him and a timely connection to longer-term community care.
How we’ll get there
Mental health crisis care is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Recognizing this, the leaders of Children’s Colorado are launching a new model across our system: one finely tuned to meet kids with the right level of care, in the right environment, at the right time. As part of this effort, the North Campus Emergency Department (ED) will be renovated to enable the delivery of healing mental health crisis services. The Children’s Colorado’s crisis team—following extensive research, benchmarking, and review— will combine the most effective models and design of spaces in crisis care, establishing an innovative, comprehensive paradigm. In addition to extensive workforce investments to implement this new care model, we will make care environment and design improvements at our North Campus to address safety and compliance considerations for the growing volume of mental health ED visits at that location.
Fundraising Goal: $650,000
By fundraising $650,000, the 2221 Society will help the North Campus’ Emergency Department revamp its mental health intake process, creating a new “Integrated Split-Flow Model. This shift requires significant, costly renovations, modifications and construction in the existing physical space. In this improved model, every patient who enters the emergency department will receive an initial mental health acuity score. Mental health patients will be placed on tracks – and provided with specially designed spaces – according to their acuity scores using an approach to care that recognizes the impact of trauma. As a result, youth will receive care that meets their specific needs. Patients in urgent distress, for example, will undergo a full crisis assessment in a room that minimizes the risk of further harm to themselves or others, while those with lower scores will be connected to more appropriate settings for their healing. With this newly designed environment and patient flow, care providers will dramatically reduce patient stays in the ED from the current average of 18 hours to a goal of one to two hours, depending on acuity, and significantly lower the return rate to the emergency department, from its current rate of 29% of mental health patients who return to the ED. Thousands of kids and families will be impacted by these upgrades; on average, the North Campus ED has more than 1,000 behavioral health patients, along with nearly 50,000 patients who come to the location for other emergencies.
2221 Society’s impact on Children’s Colorado
A genetic test can be a critical tool in helping a child battling disease by enabling diagnosis, reducing treatment time, and alleviating the worry that accompanies the unknown. Genetic tests are also the foundation for future advances in precision medicine.
Fundraising from the 2221 Society has served as a catalyst for Children’s Colorado to add a second genetic sequencing platform that is devoted to urgent patient cases. In addition, now genetic panels can be conducted at a more competitive cost, so Children’s Colorado can offer genetic testing to more patients in need and provide enhanced genetic data to our researchers. These rapid advances in genetic testing propel scientific understanding of genetic conditions and create a vast ripple effect, impacting countless patients’ and families’ lives.
Outdoor healing and palliative care patios offer patients, families, and caregivers the chance to be in the open air and ease suffering, sorrow and trauma, including for end-of-life transitions, while also providing protection from varying environmental conditions.
Fundraising from the 2221 Society allowed Children’s Colorado to upgrade and renovate these two spaces, equipping them with electricity, outlets, hospital bed umbrellas, and all the support needed for medical equipment and treatments, including chemotherapy, impacting thousands of kids and their families during some of the most challenging times of their lives.
The Simulation Lab Program provides experiential learning opportunities that help medical professionals practice their craft, identify problems, and prepare for a variety of medical circumstances in conditions that mimic a hospital environment.
Fundraising from the 2221 Society enabled Children’s Colorado to offer these vital training and education services to more providers and will create a dedicated Simulation Training Center, providing a dedicated space for team members to practice basic and procedure-based medical skills.
In addition, the 2221 Society hosted a golf tournament, 2221 Society x Sanctuary, to raise funds for Children’s Colorado’s Asthma Program, helping kids with one of the most common chronic illnesses of childhood.
Partners for Children’s Mental Health is a statewide entity that brings together health care, policy and thought leaders to improve access to the highest-quality mental health services for kids.
Fundraising from the 2221 Society supported the state-wide implementation of an innovative software technology that helps equip rural health care providers with the tools, skills and support required to respond to mental health needs in their communities.
Children’s One enables Children’s Colorado’s flight team to transport patients from around the U.S. and even from around the world. When a family is in critical need of care, Children’s One is there to make the transport as seamless as possible, ensuring the safety of critically ill or injured children as they receive world-class care.
Fundraising from the 2221 Society fully outfitted a vehicle, while also ensuring the medical equipment and innovative technologies stay up to date.
Children’s Colorado’s Extended Reality Program has emerged as a national leader in using innovative technologies as adjunctive therapies to enrich the patient experience and the care of children.
Fundraising from the 2221 Society has allowed more patients to benefit from the extended reality state-of-the-art technology which greatly enhances their experiences at Children’s Colorado and their recoveries.
2221 Society members
Kristin and Dean Koelbel
Rob and Solveig Lawrence
Jason and Anna Lucas
Tim Miller and Melissa Leuck Miller
Alison and Clayton Millice
James and Rebecca Orcutt
Sachi and Jeff Osatinski
Anna and Robert Pierini
Amanda and Jack Rohr
Lauren Valinoti and Tim Penney
Kathy Lee and Eric White