Children's Hospital Colorado

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Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado Logo.png
Location13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, Colorado, United States
Care systemNot-for-profit
Hospital typeChildren's general
Affiliated universityUniversity of Colorado Denver
Website Children's Hospital Colorado
ListsHospitals in Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado is a nonprofit hospital for children 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[edit]

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 IV 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.
  • The Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado is the largest in the region, treating more than 20,000 patients each year. It is also one of only eight stand-alone pediatric research centers in the country.
    • Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute Transplant Program has been a world leader in Heart Transplantations of infants and children for more than 25 years.
  • Children's Hospital Colorado offers leading pediatric weight management programs to combat childhood obesity.
  • Children's Hospital Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is the only pediatric cancer center in the Rocky Mountain region providing care for patients from birth to age 25. It also has the region's only provides the region's only: Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program for brain tumor diagnosis and treatment; program for teenagers with cancer; Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program; pediatric Onco-Fertility program that helps cancer patients maximize their chances for future fertility; and the region's only pediatric Experimental Therapeutics Program investigating promising new drugs for cancer treatment.
  • The Orthopedics Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado treats growing muscles, joints and bones and is consistently ranked among the best in the nation by both U.S. News & World Report and Becker's Hospital Review.
  • The Center for Gait and Movement Analysis at Children's Hospital Colorado was the second lab in the world to offer movement analysis through motion-capture technology, kinetics, and electromyography, helping specialists fine-tune the best possible course of treatment.
  • The Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado, along with other Colorado physicians, pioneered many of the standard practices used to treat and diagnose pediatric respiratory disease today. It was the first in the world to recognize and treat interstitial lung disease, the first to use nitric oxide to treat neonatal hypertension, and the first to initiate newborn cystic fibrosis screening.

Affiliation with The University of Colorado Children's Colorado's campus is affiliated with, and adjacent to, the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The University is home to world-class education and research facilities. Children's Colorado is staffed with doctors from the Department of Pediatrics which was ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll in 2016.

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 Colorado 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[edit]


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 Colorado 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 designed by ZGF Architects 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 The 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[edit]

U.S. News & World Report recognized Children's Hospital Colorado as a top children’s hospital in the nation, according to the 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Children’s Colorado for the first time ranked in the top 20 in all ten recognized specialty areas. The nonprofit pediatric health system is the only ranked children’s hospital in Colorado, and the top-ranked children’s hospital in the surrounding 12 states.

Children's was first awarded Magnet nursing status in 2005 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program was established in 1993 to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care. In 2011 and 2015, Children's Hospital Colorado received its Magnet re-designation.

Parents Magazine recognized Children's Colorado as one of the top children's hospitals in the nation in its survey of the "10 Best Children's Hospitals". The results ranked Children's Colorado as No. 5 for overall care and as the highest scoring children's hospital for "Family Friendliness".

Children's Colorado was recently named the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association - McKesson Quest for Quality Award. Children's Colorado is only the second children's hospital to win the award in the award's 14-year history. The award recognizes hospitals for their commitment to making six quality aims a reality: safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and equity.

2015 facts and figures[edit]

  • Licensed Beds: 479
  • Total Surgeries: 19,776
  • Inpatient Admissions: 11,594
  • Average Length of Stay (in days): 6.0
  • Total Outpatient Visits: 453,476
  • Total Days of Inpatient Care: 106,293
  • Emergency and Urgent Care Visits: 163,647

Total Number of Employees: 6,030

  • Total Medical Staff: 2,078
  • Total Residents and Fellows: 225
  • Total Volunteers: 2,646


  1. ^ " Health: Directory of America's Hospitals: Children's Hospital -- At a Glance". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  2. ^ "Trauma Centers". American College of Surgeons. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Children's Recent News". Retrieved 23 May 2019.

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