2222 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

(719) 776-5000

Status: Former Sanatorium; Hospital



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This hospital began as the Glockner Tuberculosis Sanitarium in 1890. Marie Glockner founded the sanatorium in memory of her husband who died of tuberculosis at 31. The sanatorium was located at 2200 North Trejon Street which seems to be near where the John Kay House is today.

Doctors throughout the Country recommended their patients come to Colorado for treatment for the fresh mountain air and Colorado Springs became the home of numerous sanatoriums at the time.

In 1893 the sanatorium was given to the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati who were known for their care at other sanatoriums and hospitals in western America. In the early 20th century, a training school for nurses was created. As the campus grew the name was changed to the Glockner Sanatorium and Hospital in 1940.

In 1941 Penrose Cancer Center was opened by Julie Penrose in memoriam for her husband whom she lost to the disease. In 1947 the campus was renamed the Glockner-Penrose Hospital while it continued to grow and updating with an ICU, emergency department and surgical wings.

In 1959 the name was changed to Penrose Hospital.

Today the campus is owned by Centura through its subsidiary the Penrose-St Francis Health Services and has become a modern Level II Trauma Center.


Paranormal Activity

The apparition of a nun has been seen still walking the halls of the hospital. Witnesses have seen blood on her habit.

Other Activity: Apparitions of former staff and patients are seen on the grounds; electrical disturbances; cold spots and feelings of not being alone and being watched.

Testimonial By Des

I’ve worked the night shift at Penrose. I've personally and a coworker saw the nun on our floor. There has also been reports from other staff and patients of a man in a top hat and children. TVs and light turn on by themselves. Call light go off in empty rooms. Feelings of being watched. Goose bumps and chills. A pillow shaking on an empty bed.