Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado
Location Aurora and Denver, Colorado, United States
Care system Not-for-profit
Hospital type Children's general
Affiliated university University of Colorado Denver
Beds 250[1]
Founded 1908
Website Children's Hospital Colorado
Lists Hospitals in Colorado

Children’s Hospital Colorado is a nonprofit hospital for children located in the U.S. state of Colorado. The main hospital is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus near the interchange of I-225 and Colfax Avenue in Aurora. Children’s Hospital Colorado's Network of Care provides pediatric healthcare at many locations across the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area.


Clinical Services

Children's Hospital Colorado treats pediatric patients with childhood illnesses, conditions and disorders such as:

Noteworthy Programs

  • It is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Colorado.[2]
  • It has a Level IIIC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest distinction granted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children’s Hospital Colorado NICU treats nearly 750 infants each year from a 10-state area, and is the only NICU in the region with the experience and technology to treat virtually any medical condition affecting newborns.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado Heart Institute is recognized as an international leader in pediatric cardiac care and it is one of only eight stand-alone pediatric research centers in the nation. Children’s Hospital Colorado Heart Institute is the only full-service, pediatric cardiac care center in the seven-state region.
    • Children’s Hospital Colorado Heart Institute Transplant Program has been a world leader in Heart Transplantations of infants and children for the last 15 years.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado offers leading pediatric weight management programs, including the SHAPEDOWN Clinic, the nation’s leading weight program for adolescents and children.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders provides the region’s only Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program for brain tumor diagnosis and treatment; the only program for teen-aged children with cancer; the only Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program; and the only pediatric Experimental Therapeutics Program investigating promising new drugs for cancer treatment.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado is home to region’s first and only Center for Gait and Movement Analysis. The CGMA, or Gait Lab, is one of only 40 centers in the country that provides a comprehensive analysis of gait and movement for patients with neuromuscular disorders. This allows teams to gather data essential to helping children with neuromuscular issues, amputation and other conditions walk better.

Affiliation with The University of Colorado

Children’s campus is affiliated with, and adjacent to, the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. The University is home to world-class education and research facilities. Children’s is staffed with doctors from the department of pediatrics which was ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll in 2011.

This proximity allows the hospital to be at the center of medical research in the Rocky Mountain region and to provide the latest and most effective treatment to its pediatric patients. Children’s has long been on the forefront of medical research, establishing a Research Foundation in 1953.

The hospital and its affiliates at the University are responsible for virtually all of the pediatric research published in the Rocky Mountain region in the past decade, as well as several internationally recognized medical milestones, including the discovery of toxic shock syndrome and development of new pediatric heart surgery techniques now used around the world.

Gallery of the new hospital and former locations


In 1897, the idea for a children’s hospital in Colorado began with summer tent hospitals for babies inspired by Dr. Minnie C.T. Love. Denver’s high-country ventilation was touted as a cure for a variety of diseases. Using a mix of fresh air and Colorado sunshine, six medical staff and volunteer nurses treated up to 50 children under the age of five.

Early on, those volunteers saw a need for a permanent hospital that would “care for sick, injured and crippled children from birth to 16 years of age” and which would be supported mainly by volunteer contributions. With that goal to guide them, this same group of intrepid volunteers officially incorporated as The Children’s Hospital on May 9, 1908.

In 1909, Children’s converted a former residence at 2221 Downing Street in Denver into a “well equipped institution with a capacity of 30 beds,” admitting its first patients on Feb. 17, 1910.

As the demand for child healthcare services increased throughout the region, the hospital quickly outgrew its original location and raised funds to build a new and improved facility, which opened in 1917 at 19th Avenue and Downing Street in downtown Denver.

After numerous expansions over the years at the hospital’s downtown Denver location, Children’s Hospital Colorado opened its new campus in Aurora on September 29, 2007. The 1,440,000 square feet (134,000 m2) hospital includes 284 beds and advanced medical equipment especially designed for children, as well as inspiring artwork and outstanding family accommodations.

On June 21, 2011, the hospital announced that its name was changing from Children's Hospital to Children's Hospital Colorado. The hospital made the change to help differentiate it from other hospitals in the country with the same name.[3]

Awards and Rankings

In 2011, Children's Hospital Colorado was ranked 10th in the nation on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll of pediatric hospitals across the nation. U.S. Newssa and World Report 2011-12

In 2009, Children’s Hospital Colorado was ranked as one of the nation’s 10 best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News and World Report making the publication’s distinguished “Honor Roll,” reserved for those hospitals with national rankings in every specialty area surveyed.

For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Children's Hospital Colorado as one of the nation's top 10 children’s hospitals. Children’s Hospital Colorado ranked seventh (7th) in the magazine's “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” issue published in May 2008.

Children’s was first awarded Magnet nursing status in 2005. The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program was established in 1993 to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care. In 2011, Children's Hospital Colorado received its Magnet redesignation.

Children's Hospital Colorado ranked among the nation's best pediatric hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 edition of Best Children's Hospitals. The hospital ranked in 10 specialty areas surveyed; diabetes & endocrinology (4), pulmonology (4), gastroenterology (5), orthopedics (9), cancer (10), neonatology (12), cardiology and heart surgery (17), neurology and neurosurgery (20), urology (31), nephrology (32). Read the article at U.S. News and World Report Top Children's Hospitals 2011–2012.

Read about the 2010-2011 rankingsU.S. News and World Report Top Children's Hospitals 2010–2011.

Read about the 2009 U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll[4] as one of the nation’s 10 best pediatric hospitals in the nation. Children’s was one of only 10 hospitals nationwide to rank in all 10 specialty areas.

It has also been ranked among the top 10 children's hospitals in the country by CHILD Magazine[5].

Parents Magazine[6] has recognized The Children’s Hospital as one of the United States’ top pediatric hospitals in its 2008 inaugural survey, “10 Best Children’s Hospitals.” Out of 100 children’s hospitals in the nation, The Children’s Hospital ranked 10th for overall care; 2nd in pulmonary care; 7th in ER care; and 9th in orthopedic care.

2008 Facts and Figures

  • Licensed Beds: 284
  • Inpatient Surgical Cases: 4,411
  • Outpatient Surgical Cases: 11,545
  • Inpatient Admissions: 11,649
  • Average Length of Stay (in days): 6.3
  • Total Outpatient Visits: 401,667
  • Total Days of Patient Care: 73,755
  • Total Full-Time Equivalent staff (includes contract): 3,137
  • Medical Staff
  • Active Medical Staff: 839
  • Honorary: 93
  • Residents/Fellows: 190

External links


  1. ^ " Health: Directory of America's Hospitals: Children's Hospital -- At a Glance". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ New Name, Same Great Care: The Children's Hospital is now Children's Hospital Colorado Viewed July 12, 2011
  4. ^ U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 Honor Roll
  5. ^ Karen Cicero. "2007's 10 Best Children's Hospitals". CHILD Magazine. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 2007-02-07. [dead link]
  6. ^ Parents Magazine

Coordinates: 39°44′28″N 104°50′10″W / 39.741°N 104.836°W / 39.741; -104.836

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