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Awards and Honors


Children's Hospital Colorado has been ranked for more than a decade as one of the best children's hospitals nationally in U.S.News & World Report, and as the consistent choice eight years in a row by area physicians for the care of their loved ones.

Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado is a private, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare network dedicated 100 percent to caring for kids. With more than 2,000 pediatric specialists and more than 5,000 full-time employees, Children's Colorado is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized medical programs.

Parents Magazine

Children's Hospital Colorado has once again been recognized by Parents magazine as one of the top children's hospitals in the nation in its survey of the "10 Best Children's Hospitals." The results released today ranked Children's Colorado as No. 5 for overall care and as the highest scoring children's hospital for "Family Friendliness."

Parents also ranked the Top 10 children's hospitals in six specialties. Four Children's Colorado specialties ranked in the Top 10: Heart Care, No. 6; Cancer Care, No. 7; Emergency Care, No. 9; and Pulmonary Care, No. 10.

Read our press release or visit Parents website.

U.S. News & World Report

Children's Hospital Colorado has been ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report every year since the inception of its pediatric hospital rankings edition in 1993. In 2012, five of Children's specialty areas were among the country's top 10, including diabetes and endocrinology (4), pulmonology (7), cancer (8), orthopedics (9) and gastroenterology (10). Children's also ranked among the top 10 on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital's 2012-13 Honor Roll.

Read our press release or visit U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Children's Hospitals.

Nursing Magnet Status

The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program was established in 1993 to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing that supports professional nursing practice. Independent studies of Magnet hospitals have shown that patients average a shorter length of stay and higher rate of satisfaction.

Children's first achieved Magnet designation in 2005 and is presently one of only eight Magnet-designated hospitals in the state. Children's joins the ranks of only three percent of U.S. hospitals that have achieved Magnet redesignation—a process considered even more rigorous than achieving initial designation.

Read our press release or visit the ANCC website.

Most Wired Award

Children's Hospital Colorado has once again been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired (Most Improved) according to the results of the 2011 Most Wired Survey released in the July 2011 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Children's Colorado also received the award in 2007.

Read our press release.

Colorado Awards

2012 Family Favorite for Hospital or Health Clinic, Colorado Parent Magazine

Children's Hospital Colorado was voted 2012 Family Favorite for Hospital or Health Clinic in a survey by Colorado Parent magazine. Voted on by the readers of Colorado Parent, Family Favorites honors services and companies Colorado families love.

Colorado Patient Safety Coalition's Outstanding Culture of Patient Safety Achievement Award

Children's was recognized for our comprehensive patient safety program, including our Great Catch award program, post event review process, real-time reporting system, patient safety rounds and The Patient Safety Committee (leadership structure). Learn more about this honor.

Colorado Biz Magazine's Top Company in Healthcare

Colorado Biz Magazine's Top Company awards is Colorado's most competitive business awards program, judged on the basis of financial performance, operational excellence and community involvement. Read more about this prestigious award.

Colorado Biz Magazine's Best Companies to Work for in Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado was selected as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Colorado by ColoradoBiz magazine, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Colorado State Council, and Jobing.com for 2009. Learn more about the award.

Award-Winning Website and Online Communications

Colorado Healthcare Communicators' Gold Leaf Awards

  • Grand Gold Leaf: ChildrensMD (Best in Show category)
  • Gold Leaf: "The Facebook Engagement Score" (Social Media category)
  • Gold Leaf: ChildrensMD (New Media category)
2011 eHealthcare Leadership Awards
  • Gold Award-Best Mobile Communications for ChildrensMD
  • Silver Award-Best Web 2.0
2011 Web Health Awards
  • Bronze award for our work in the Social Media category for Facebook
Hermes Creative Awards
  • Gold honors in the 2008 Hermes Creative Awards, "website overall" category.