Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado Begins Phased Reopening of Pediatric Services

Children's Hospital Colorado | April 30, 2020
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Editor's note: This page was updated May 4, 2020. Due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, recommendations can change quickly. Please follow all rules and guidelines set by state and local public health and safety authorities. Reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for immediate updates on COVID-19.

Phased appointments, enhanced safety precautions and location updates

Kids will always need great pediatric care, and Children’s Hospital Colorado is starting to reactivate services that were suspended temporarily due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Children’s Hospital Colorado was the first hospital system in Colorado to offer COVID-19 testing, and we continue to bring that forward-thinking expertise to everything we do,” said Jena Hausmann, President and CEO. “Kids needed Children’s Hospital Colorado before the pandemic, and they need us now. We are here to deliver safe, thoughtful, high-quality care for kids who need it, and we’re ready to resume services our patients and families wish to receive.”

Keeping you safe

We are exercising all precautions to keep patients, families and our team safe. These measures include increased screening measures for all team members and visitors, testing patients and symptomatic caregivers, increased availability of telehealth appointments, and limiting the number of people at locations.

“We want patients and families to know that our locations are safe and so are doctors’ offices,” said Daniel Hyman, MD, Chief Medical and Patient Safety Officer at Children’s Colorado. “We urge families to not put off important medical visits, especially their well-child care appointments, and most importantly, vaccines. In this pandemic, we are seeing the terrible impacts of serious contagious disease. The vaccines we routinely give, like measles, are essential in protecting our children from many other serious infections.”

Phased opening for pediatric services

In accordance with Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ Safer-at-Home order and directives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Children’s Colorado will reopen select pediatric services and procedures. We’re re-scheduling the following pediatric services that were previously deferred:

  • Surgery and procedures (beginning April 28)
  • Sleep and diagnostics (beginning May 4)
  • Clinics (beginning May 11)

Additional details regarding the reopening of other specialty clinic, therapy care and urgent care locations will be announced in the next several weeks.

Schedulers and clinical teams continue to communicate changes to affected patients, families and referring providers. Existing Children's Colorado patients are encouraged to communicate with their care teams via MyChart or telephone for any questions or concerns.

Available pediatric emergency and urgent care services

The following locations remain open for 24/7 emergency care and/or daily urgent care:

 Maternal and fetal care services

The Colorado Fetal Care Center in Aurora remains open for labor and deliveries and fetal surgeries.

Virtual visits

Telehealth visits will continue to be available to many families. It’s been part of the outreach offerings at Children’s Colorado since 2012, but exploded in March from about 100 virtual visits per week to now more than 6,000 per week! Please reach out to your child's provider if you are interested in scheduling a virtual visit.

Children's Colorado temporary closures

Several Children’s Colorado locations remain closed until further notice. Our providers and schedulers are directing patients and families to the best location for their needs.

Children’s Colorado’s leaders continue to follow local, state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19. In addition to continuing to assess the epidemiology of the pandemic in Colorado, we remain prepared to adjust operations quickly to protect the health and safety of patients, families, team members and our community.

Questions about the coronavirus

  • For information about COVID-19 and potential exposure information, call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in multiple languages.
  • If you are concerned that your child is sick and has been exposed to the coronavirus, please contact your child's doctor or call our COVID-19 hotline at 720-777-2221 
  • For additional questions and information, see our family-friendly coronavirus resources, all in one place.

What to do if you need medical care

  • For non-urgent medical concerns, please contact your child’s care team through MyChart or call Children’s Colorado at 720-777-1234.
  • If you need general medical advice for your child and you do not have a primary care provider, call our free ParentSmart Healthline at 720-777-0123to speak to an experienced pediatric nurse, 24/7.
  • If you need to seek urgent medical attention for possible COVID-19, call ahead. Do not go unannounced to a doctor's office, emergency department or urgent care facility. When you call the doctor's office, they will give you information on how to proceed in order to protect other patients and visitors.

Additional resources for the coronavirus