A Look Back on 2009
As 2009 comes to an end, Children's Hospital Colorado is recapturing some of the year’s highlights and celebrating the successes we’ve had while striving to provide the best care for kids. We look forward to another year of fulfilling our mission of improving the health of children.
Children’s Colorado celebrates success and continues to expand
In February of 2009, Children's Hospital Colorado at Parker Adventist Hospital celebrated its five-year anniversary and the significant growth it has seen. Later in the year, the Parker location expanded, becoming what is now known as the Parker Campus. The Parker Campus offers 24/7 emergency care, specialty care and therapy care for kids and teens.
In August of this year, Dr. Talat (Tania) Khan and her practice, Colorado Pediatric Pulmonary Associates joined Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Khan sees patients at several locations including Children's Hospital Colorado at Saint Joseph's Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado North Campus in Broomfield .
In addition, Children's Hospital Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) announced that Childhood Hematology Oncology Associates (CHOA) joined Children's Hospital Colorado Network of Care, also in August of 2009. The new locations are in Littleton and Colorado Springs.
Children’s receives honors for excellence in pediatric care
Children's Hospital Colorado made Honor Roll as one of the nation’s ten best pediatric hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America's Best Children’s Hospitals. The publication’s Honor Roll is reserved for those hospitals that achieved ranking in all surveyed specialty areas. In addition to its Honor Roll designation, the hospital ranked in the top 10 in six specialty areas. Read more about this exciting award.
Also this year, more than 70 doctors from Children’s made 5280 Magazine’s “2009 Top Docs” in Denver list. See who was recognized in the Top Docs issue.
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. The only hospital recognized as a finalist, this honor reflects the efforts made to create a positive, healthy, and rewarding work place for the remarkable staff here at Children’s.
In addition, Children's Hospital Colorado was voted the 2009 Family Favorite for Hospital or Health Clinic in a survey by Colorado Parent magazine.
Electronic health records allow Children’s to provide better care
Children's Hospital Colorado is one of few hospitals in the nation with a fully-functioning electronic health record system. In November of 2009, Children’s, Kaiser Permanente Colorado and Exempla Healthcare went live with an electronic health record (EHR) “health information exchange” system. This allows patients to show up at any one of the organizations’ hospitals and clinics and have their records instantly available to doctors with the click of a button.
Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital announce Mother and Baby Program
In late 2008, Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital announced they would be exploring a partnership to advance existing mother-baby services to provide unparalleled care and treatment for high-risk moms and their newborns in a dedicated mother/baby facility that will eventually serve as a local, regional and national referral center. In 2009, it was announced that until this new facility is built, these services will continue to be provided by our high risk mother/baby teams through the Colorado High Risk Maternity and Newborn Program.
Children’s Grassroots Advocacy Network helped to improve Colorado children’s well-being in 2009
Each year Children's Hospital Colorado works to positively influence public policy decisions related to children’s health and well-being. During the legislative session, members of Children's Hospital Colorado Grassroots Advocacy Network made over 5800 contacts to policy makers on bills related to children’s health and safety. Read more about the highlights of the legislative session and other great work done by the Advocay Network in 2008.
Children's Hospital Colorado goes green
In 2009, Children’s made significant efforts to become a more eco-friendly facility. Implementing recycling programs, providing alternative transportation options for employees and finding ways to conserve energy are just a few of the steps the hospital has taken. Children’s continues to take steps to be more environmentally conscious everyday.