Looking Back on 2013: A Big Year at Children's Colorado


As we kick off a new year, we're thankful for all we've been able to accomplish in 2013. Here are the biggest highlights of 2013 at Children's Hospital Colorado:

Opened South Campus in Highlands Ranch

Children’s Colorado officially opened our 180,000-square-foot facility in Highlands Ranch on Dec. 19 to better serve the needs of families in the South Denver Metro Area. The new location includes a 24/7 Urgent Care and is projected to host 80,000 patient visits in 2014.

Ranked nationally

•    U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Colorado #7 in the nation on its “Best Children's Hospitals” list for 2013-2014, once again putting us on the Honor Roll. Children’s Colorado has been ranked every year since the listing began.
•    The Department of Pediatrics was named 5th best in the nation. The Department of Pediatrics, which is affiliated with Children’s Colorado, once again ranked fifth in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of medical schools.
•    Parents magazine ranked Children’s Colorado one of the 10 best in the nation. The magazine also named Children’s Colorado the family favorite and announced results on the Today Show in February.

Gave hope to expectant parents

Under the direction of Dr. Tim Crombleholme, the Colorado Fetal Care Center opened just over a year ago. He and his team performed more than 90 fetal procedures in 2013, giving new hope to parents from all over the country.

Provided high-quality care for even more children

From Broomfield to Pueblo, Children’s Colorado’s expansion has allowed us to provide high-quality care to even more children close to home. In fact, outpatient and emergency department visits increased 10% in 2013 and surgeries increased 6%.

Thankful for happy, committed staff

Based on employee feedback, The Denver Post named Children’s Colorado a top 10 large employer and a Top Workplace for 2013. In addition, 200 Children’s Colorado employees committed to participate in a 20-year American Cancer Society study -- once-in-a-lifetime cancer research. This is the third iteration of the CPS study; the first launched in the 1970s and proved that smoking leads to cancer.

Recognized for top-notch physicians

5280 magazine named 102 Children’s Colorado physicians to its Top Docs list of 334 doctors. ColoradoBiz magazine named five Children’s Colorado physicians to its 2013 Best Doctors for Executives based on peer-to-peer physician surveys.

Completed a record-setting surgical trip to Guatemala

An integrated Children's Colorado surgical team performed a record number of pediatric surgeries during their week-long charitable trip to Guatemala City, but more importantly they changed lives -- patients' and their own.

Graded well on family satisfaction and service

Colorado Parent readers named Children’s Colorado a “Family Favorite” for the fifth time, in addition to the service excellence awards from patient satisfaction measurement company Professional Research Consultants (PRC).
 

Awarded major NIH grant for research

The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), a collaboration including Children's Colorado, recently received a $48.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Among the largest  NIH awards, it renews an earlier grant from 2008, which led to the creation the CCTSI.

Recognized by IT experts

Hospitals & Health Networks magazine named Children's Colorado a "Most Wired" hospital. The survey recognizes hospitals and health systems for excellence in information technology. Children's Colorado has made the "Most Improved" list twice.  

Grateful for our generous community

Children’s Colorado was the top charity recipient of the 2012-13 Vail Ski Challenge. By skiing the most vertical feet and garnering community votes, the winning team (led by Children’s Colorado former board chair Cathey Finlon) earned $150,000 for the hospital. The Children’s Gala, which featured Colorado’s own OneRepublic, hosted 1,400 guests and raised $1.8 million.