Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center Commemoration Medallion

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Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Commemoration Medallion  


Artifact Is: 3 Dimensional
Located at: Health Sciences Library - University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Artifact Significant To: Colorado, Nation

Artifact Description:

Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Commemoration Medallion.  

Why Is This Artifact Significant?

This medallion commemorates the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center which operated from 1918 to 1996 in Aurora Colorado.  In 1995, when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended the closure of Fitzsimons, the base was handed over to the University of Colorado to build a new Medical Campus, now Anschutz Medical Campus.  Many of the original buildings have been removed, but the iconic Building 500, the main hospital building remains.  

How Does The Artifact Relate To Colorado History?

The Fitzsimons Army Medical Center cared for soldiers from 1918 to it's closure in 1996.  It's most famous patient was President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was treated at the hospital when he suffered a heart attack while visiting Denver in 1955.