BY BOB SWEENEYPUBLISHER
The alpine styled architecture stands apart from the massive new Anschutz Campus hospital structures towering into the Colorado blue sky with over 10,000 employees at Colorado’s largest health care facility.
The seven-acre facility is located at the west end of the campus behind beautiful flower gardens and mature trees from the 14-year substance treatment center.
CeDAR stands for “Center for Dependency, Addiction and. Rehabilitation.” The facility was the vision of Phil Anschutz and his foundation that have provided immense support to the former Fitzsimons’s Army hospital facility, now UCHealth facility on the Anschutz CU Campus.
Anschutz and the early designers of the facility followed the leadership of the famed Betty Ford facility in California, one of the nation’s world-famous treatment centers.
Now, in the second decade of operation, the non-profit facility offers many services for inpatient and outpatients addiction treatment. The Center has two full-time psychiatrists and a staff medical doctor for the facility.
Director of the facility Susan Dearing-Bond relates that CeDAR offers “management of medication assisted therapies that are crucial to addressing the biological aspects of recovery from addiction and other co-occurring disorders.” Dearing states, “We provide the necessary combination of medication, management, and individual therapy for effective outcomes.”
The campus comes with gourmet food kitchen and a chapel dedicated to Phil Anschutz’s loving mother and father. The facility can house 20 female and 20 male residents at one time on the secure picturesque campus.
Bond relates that while the CU hospitals fight to quell the drug crisis, her facility treats those who have already had encounters with substance abuse and need medical assistance. “We know the cause,” she relates, “We’re offering the individual therapy for effective treatment outcomes.”
The Center is hosting singing star Belinda Carlisle for a benefit concert on August 24 to benefit the CeDAR scholarship fund that provides extended additional treatment for those in financial need.
Tickets and sponsorships are available now: Contact Susan.DearingBond@uchealth.org or visit cedar
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