2011 News

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After Arriving from Haiti, Vanessa's Journey Continues

When the earthquake hit Haiti in early 2010, Vanessa found herself buried in the rubble of her orphanage. Having only a few cuts and scrapes, she was relatively well, considering. Blount's disease had already done its worst and severely transformed this little girl's legs years prior. 9NEWS followed Children's Hospital Colorado patient Vanessa's remarkable journey for three months to help repair her severely bowed legs.

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Telemed System Sends Children's Colorado Expertise All Over the Region

In 2011, Children’s Hospital Colorado conducted more than 40 telemedicine visits (the use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide health care at a distance) with patients in Western Slope communities like Grand Junction and Montrose, as well as other far-flung sites like Alamosa, Lusk, Wyo. and Billings and Bozeman in Montana. Thanks to refinements in telecommunication technology, as well as a $10,000 contribution from the AT&T foundation, such remote medical visits can now make a significant difference for families far from the hospital site in Aurora.

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Children's Hospital Colorado CAMP Program Gives Young Mothers Fresh Start

Children's Hospital Colorado's CAMP (Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program) Program is helping young mothers deal with the day-to-day stresses that come along with teen pregnancy.

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Children's Hospital Colorado Announces the Addition of Dr. Timothy Crombleholme as New Surgeon-in-Chief

After an extensive national search, Children's Hospital Colorado is pleased to announce that Timothy M. Crombleholme, MD, FACS, FAAP, has been named The Ponzio Family Chair for the Surgeon-in-Chief.

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The Growing Trend of Tweens and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have been common in teens and adults, and now it's starting to cross over to tweens.

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Talking with Technology Camp Marks 25th Anniversary

On Aug. 5, the 25th anniversary of the Talking with Technology Camp (TWT) was celebrated at a reception held at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In attendance were participants of the most recent camp which was held July 24-29.

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Dance + Kids = Healthy Children

There are many ways parents can help their children stay active, one easy solution is to sign them up for a dance class.

Experts have pointed to research over the years that clearly shows that physical activity is a key component to keeping children healthy, it can also help future obstacles such as obesity and health problems.

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Nine Children Graduate from KidStreet

One by one, graduates paraded across the KidStreet lawn while employees shared anecdotes about each of them: "loving," "takes care of friends," "adoring," "flirtatious." Adorned in caps and gowns, they received diplomas and plaques in front of a backdrop themed to Where the Wild Things Are.

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6 Tips to Germ Proof your Child

Germs are inevitable and natural, however most experts agree that teaching your children healthy habits can help keep the doctor away.

"Germs are everywhere, and we can't, and shouldn't, try to keep our kids completely germ-free," says Harley A. Rotbart, MD, vice chairman of pediatrics at Children's Colorado. "But commonsense approaches can help us cut our kids' annual sick days in half and keep families healthier."

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Hits Milestone With New 10-story Patient Tower

Children’s Hospital Colorado hosted a Topping Out ceremony for its East Tower, marking a significant milestone toward the completion of the $230 million project.

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KidStreet and Mother Nature Play Together

KidStreet at Children's Hospital Colorado, a program for young children with complex medical needs, has Mother Nature on its side Kidstreet has a beautiful garden and landscape created specifically for the kids by members from the Associated Landscape Contractor of Colorado (ALCC).

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Heart of an Angel: Children's Hospital Colorado Patient Has Two Heart Transplants

Samantha Remington received a heart transplant when she was just 4 months old. That heart gave her life for nearly 18 years, until last spring when the heart began failing and Samantha needed a second transplant.

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New Name, Same Great Care: The Children's Hospital is now Children's Hospital Colorado

The Children's Hospital is changing its name to Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado), effective immediately. Children's Colorado proudly adds the geographic location of Colorado to distinguish itself clearly on a national level and to better reflect its regional network of care.

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Children's Hospital Colorado Celebrates Prom

"Is this the prom suite?" Jessica Luna, 17, asks. As she enters the room - fragrant with hairspray sizzling on curling irons - it alights, as though a favorite celebrity has arrived.

Others in the room compliment her dress and hair as Jessica bashfully makes a half-turn.

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Prudence Mabhena's Amazing Journey Touches Denverites' Hearts

Prudence Mabhena is an inspiration to others. In fact, she is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary called "Music by Prudence," which showcases Prudence's singing talent while documenting her life struggles.

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NICU Reunion Celebrates the Journey of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 2007-2008 Graduates

On Sunday, June 5, 2011, Children's Hospital Colorado and March of Dimes celebrated the journey of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 2007-2008 graduates.

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Power of Mother's Love Gives Hope and Life

Tamika Shambe lost her son, Dallas, in a tragic car accident in 2008. Read her story about giving others hope and life through organ donation. 



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Children's Hospital Colorado Receives Distinguished Magnet Redesignation for Excellence in Nursing

Children's Hospital Colorado has received recognition for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This credential recognizes continuing excellence in nursing and overall patient care at Children's Hospital Colorado.

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Children's Hospital Colorado Ranks Fifth on the U.S. News & World Report 2011-12 Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll

Children's Hospital Colorado once again has been ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Children’s ranked fifth on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital’s 2011-12 Honor Roll.

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A Mother's Voice Changes a Hospital

To trach or not to trach - that question weighed on Cindy Desplinter for months. Her son, Micah, was having breathing challenges due to his cerebral palsy and faced the possibility - yet again - of undergoing a tracheotomy to help him breathe.

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Kids with Down Syndrome Learn to Dance

The Colorado Ballet, in partnership with the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children's Hospital Colorado, is teaching kids with Down syndrome to dance.

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YOUR SHOW Talks With Children's About Childhood Obesity

The YOUR SHOW program from 9News invited Renee Buchanan Porter, RN, CPNP from Children's Hospital Colorado and Anne Warhover, CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, to talk about childhood obesity on a recent show.

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Chief Information Officer of The Year Award Goes to Children's

Mary Anne Leach, vice president and chief information officer at Children's Hospital Colorado, was recognized as the Denver Business Journal’s Chief Information Officer of the Year for Nonprofits.

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Two Miracles: Ages and Miles Apart

Children's patient, two-year-old Michael Wilson, and University of Colorado Hospital patient Bruce Miles, 59, share a very special bond – they share a liver. Michael and Bruce's lives collided when they both became the recipients of a split-liver transplant.

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Children's Hospital Colorado joins forces with pediatricians and pediatric specialists in the community to improve healthcare for more than 100,000 Colorado children

Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Pediatric Partners and Physician Health Partners have formed a non-profit partnership, Colorado Pediatric Collaborative (CPC), to improve the quality, coordination and efficiency of healthcare for children in Colorado. CPC is the first organization of its kind in the Denver area combining the expertise of a hospital, primary care physicians, specialists and a medical management company to improve the overall quality of care for the children and families they serve.

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The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect Names Dr. Des Runyan as New Director

Des Runyan, MD, has been named the new director of The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. A professor of social medicine and pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Runyan’s expertise in child abuse has been recognized nationally and internationally.

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How to manage teens’ interactions with social media

An interview with Dr. Jeffrey I. Dolgan, Senior Psychologist at Children's Hospital Colorado

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The Reality of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Preventing child abuse is a cause that Children's Hospital Colorado supports all year long, but we're giving extra attention to the topic during the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. To mark the beginning of this important month, Children's held a special lighting ceremony. Because the color blue symbolizes child abuse prevention, you will see blue lights and ribbons lining the hospital entrance during the entire month of April. In addition, we're taking the time to give you the low-down on preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, one of the most common forms of child abuse.

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Protecting Kids Year-Round; Why Spring Sports Safety is a Must!

As winter turns into spring and temperatures increase, so does the amount of time that children spend outdoors playing spring sports. This means that the number of injuries to children can also increase. Each year, more than 38 million children participate in sports in the United States and more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under are treated for sports injuries. Experts say as many as half the injuries sustained by youth while playing sports are preventable.

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Senate Bill 40 – The Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act – Signed Into Law

According to the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, a conservatively estimated 1,500 to 2,500 youth athletes visit Colorado emergency rooms for sports-related concussions each year. At the same time, the number of children treated in the Concussion Program at Children's Hospital Colorado has risen steadily over the last three years at an average rate of 32 percent per year.

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Yoga Benefits Kids at Children's Hospital Colorado

New studies are showing that yoga is not just good for adults, but kids too. A growing number of schools, hospitals and studios are offering yoga for children, saying it can can help them relax, focus and improve their flexibility.

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Children's Awarded March of Dimes' Seal of Approval for Pregnancy-Friendly Work Environment

The March of Dimes today announced it has awarded its first-ever "Healthy Babies Healthy Business Seal of Approval" to Children's Hospital Colorado. Children’s becomes the first organization in Colorado – and the nation – to earn this new certification.

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Children's Monumental Life-Saving Discovery Leads to Global Recall

Children’s made international news on March 7 with a MSNBC homepage top news story about our discovery of contaminated alcohol wipes. When a patient developed an unusual blood stream infection from the bacteria Bacillus cereus, it prompted a swift internal investigation that led to the product being immediately pulled from our shelves and a global recall of the wipes from hospitals, clinics and homes.

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A Mother's Story About Heart Care at Children's

My son Kyle has been followed by Children's Hospital Colorado since he was an infant and diagnosed with a genetic growth disorder called Russell Silver Syndrome. During a routine check-up at Children’s shortly after Kyle’s fourth birthday, a medical student discovered an abnormal heart sound. This led to an extensive cardiac work-up resulting in the eventual finding that Kyle has pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH is a rare disorder of high blood pressure in the lungs that makes the heart work harder, which can cause the heart to weaken and eventually fail completely if not treated properly.

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Berman named director of the Center for Global Health & medical advisor for the Global Health Institute

Stephen Berman, MD, professor of pediatrics at The University of Colorado School of Medicine and endowed chair holder in general pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado, has been named director of the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health and medical advisor for the Global Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado.

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Children's Hospital Colorado Hires Dr. Lisa Howley to Advance Fetal and Pediatric Cardiology Program

Children's Hospital Colorado is proud to announce the hire of pediatric cardiologist Lisa Howley, M.D., who recently joined the hospital’s Heart Institute and will work closely with the new advanced maternal fetal neonatal medicine (MFNM) program.

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Children's Hospital Colorado’s Commitment to Kids

For more than 100 years, Children's Hospital Colorado has had a presence in our community as an advocate for children. Our mission extends far beyond the walls of the hospital as we work to improve the health and well-being of all kids – regardless of if they ever walk through our doors.

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Children's Doc: Immunizations Not Linked to Autism

James Todd, MD, of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Colorado, recently appeared on morning TV program, Colorado & Company, to discuss recent news regarding vaccines, autism and the launch of a new parent-focused immunization campaign, Immunize for Good.

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Humidifiers Safe for Baby?

You may have heard recent news about white dust created by certain humidifiers that can be harmful to small children. White dust is caused by minerals in the water that may be released in the mist of the humidifier and settle as fine white dust that may be small enough to enter the lungs.

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'What?': Does Your Child Have Hearing Loss?

A recent study shows that hearing loss among young people has increased 20 percent since the 1980s. Are personal listening devices like iPods to blame?

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Winter Sports Safety Tips

As days get shorter and the air gets colder, children will start exchanging their soccer cleats for ice skates and skis. While the change of seasons brings fun winter activities, it's important to remember that safety should be an essential part of your plans. Read our expert-reviewed tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable winter for your whole family.

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