Children's Hospital Colorado

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Children's Hospital Colorado
Location 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, 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 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.
  • 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 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]

In 2012, Children's Hospital Colorado was once again ranked among the nation's top children's hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report 2012-13 Best Children's Hospitals rankings. Five specialties were ranked among the top 10: Diabetes & Endocrinology (No. 4), Pulmonology (No. 7), Cancer (No. 8), Orthopedics (No. 9) and Gastroenterology (No. 10). "[1]"

In 2011, Children's Hospital Colorado was ranked 5th in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of pediatric hospitals across the nation. U.S. News 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 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.

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 rankings U.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.

2015 Facts and Figures[edit]

  • Licensed Beds: 479
  • Total Surgeries: 19,775
  • Inpatient Admissions: 11,593
  • 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

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