Children's Hospital Colorado
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Quality and Patient Safety at Children's Hospital Colorado

We're committed to excellence in caring for kids. Here is an overview of quality and patient safety for our hospital and clinics across all of our locations.

What do we measure?

We measure a wide range of cases, such as preventable infections, to make Children's Hospital Colorado safer for our patients and families.

What public health information is available?

In addition to our own data, several organizations track quality and safety measures. We've provided a list of resources for patients, families and the community.

How was your experience?

We want our patients and families to have an excellent experience here. Take a look at recent patient experience ratings and see what families thought about their experience.

How do our departments compare?

See outcomes and data from across the hospital, including our:

Why we're ranked one of the nation’s best

Children's Colorado has been caring for kids for more than 100 years and is recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. We’re known for our full range of care for kids throughout Colorado and the surrounding states, our breakthrough medical research and family education programs.

We have award-winning nurses

We have also been named a Magnet status hospital since 2005. This distinction, awarded to only 6% of hospitals in the country, is the ultimate measure of nursing excellence and patient outcomes. Learn more about our awards and honors.

We received the American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Award

We were named the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Award. Children’s Colorado is only the second children’s hospital to win the award in its 14-year history. The award recognizes hospitals for their commitment to making six quality aims a reality:

  • Safety
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  • Patient-centeredness
  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Timeliness
  • Equity

The Quest for Quality judges were impressed by our commitment to high-quality, safe patient care in every department, both clinical and non-clinical.

We won the Davies Award of Excellence

Our IT division was honored with the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Davies Award of Excellence, the world's most prestigious healthcare IT award. Each year, the Davies award is given to health organizations that use electronic health records and information technology to improve clinical outcomes and value of care. Children's Colorado was able to determine a new call to action for bronchiolitis treatment, which reduced unnecessary testing and treatment methods nearly by half.

We use technology to bring doctors together

Children's Colorado is one of the first free-standing children's hospitals in the nation to use a fully integrated electronic health record system. The system enables doctors and other caregivers to gain appropriate electronic access to patient records, whether they are at our hospital, their office or any another location.

The value of experience: Last year at a glance

Outpatient visits

In addition to our location on Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Children’s Colorado offers a wide range of outpatient specialty clinics and emergency care locations throughout the region. From sports medicine and audiology to neurology and cardiology — even after-hours, urgent and emergency care — Children’s Colorado brings specialized pediatric care closer to home. In 2017, we had 748,014 outpatient visits across all our locations.

Inpatient admissions

Our healing goes well beyond medicine. We do whatever it takes to make kids physically and emotionally comfortable, so they can heal faster and get home sooner. In 2017, we had 15,330 inpatient admissions among 479 licensed inpatient beds across all our locations.​

What makes us different?

We use evidence-based care

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Children's Colorado uses evidence-based care to help our doctors and staff in making decisions about safe, effective tests and treatments. This keeps us continually up-to-speed on what works by using science, research and technology. Evidence-based care, backed by scientific research, can also mean less time in the hospital — and less stress on you and your child.

We have board-certified doctors

Our board-certified doctors are experts in their specialty and/or sub-specialty of pediatric medicine. This means they have gone through intensive training and passed all tests required to achieve this highest level of certification. In addition to completing years of school and residencies, and passing medical exams required by the state of Colorado, our board-certified doctors must also stay up-to-date on the newest medical techniques, science and technology.

We have more than 3,000 pediatric experts

Pediatric experts are doctors who train in pediatrics after medical school and get additional training in a sub-specialty, such as infectious disease, surgery or neurology. This adds up to six or more years of post-graduate medical education specific to children. And it’s not just our doctors who have years of training.

Parents take comfort in the fact that many of our nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, technicians, social workers, child life specialists and counselors are also specifically trained in pediatrics. Most of our caregivers have years of formal training in children’s health in addition to their general medical education.

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