What it means: We dedicate a lot of therapy time to kids in our care to help them gain function and independence. Seeing multiple specialists helps kids make progress and return home.
Age of our patients
Our team possesses specialized pediatric knowledge to ensure all children receive age-appropriate care from 6 months old to young adulthood.
What we measure: The age of every patient on admission, each year
Age of patients between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022
What it means: No matter your child’s age, we have recent experience caring for kids like them. This also allows you to see how many kids of your child’s age we have cared for in the past year and ask our care team specific questions about our experience with children in a similar situation.
Our average length of stay
Our goal is to safely return children to their home and community with as much functional ability as possible. And the faster we can do that, the better for everyone.
What we measure: Average length of hospital stay compared to the national average
Average length of stay between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022
What it means: We will never let a child go home until they can do it safely and comfortably, but we know kids can’t fully be kids in the hospital. We work hard to get them home quickly and equip them and their families with the skills to continue to improve. Our patients have greater functional gains than the national average and we’re always evaluating our care so kids gain their maximum ability as quickly as possible.
Our WeeFIM® improvement score
WeeFIM® is the leading tool in pediatric rehabilitation to measure independent function in children. It measures how much help a child needs to do basic life activities like toothbrushing, getting dressed, walking or expressing themselves. The more kids can do day-to-day activities on their own, the higher their score.
What we measure: Each child’s improvement on the WeeFIM® scale during their hospital stay compared to the national average
Average WeeFIM® improvement during a patient’s hospital stay between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022
What it means: Compared to the national average for pediatric inpatient rehabilitation programs, our patients showed a greater improvement in their self-care, movement and cognition skills. On average, children in our care go home with a higher level of independence than other inpatient rehabilitation programs, increasing their comfort and reducing readmissions. Our goal is to stay well above the national average.
The diagnoses we treat
We care for children with a wide range of conditions and injuries that affect their daily function.
What we measure: The diagnosis of each condition we treat each year
Diagnoses between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022
*Neurological conditions include the following:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Neuromuscular Disorders
- Other Neurological Conditions
What it means: The greater variety of conditions we care for, the greater our experience and the better our outcomes. We help children recover from many different types of illness and injury, with a specific expertise in all types of brain injuries in recent years.
Our length of stay by illness or injury
Different conditions or injuries require different levels of care and have different recovery times. We track length of stay for different diagnoses so we can understand the unique challenges of each and understand where our greatest areas for improvement are.
What we measure: Average length of stay for traumatic brain injury, non-traumatic brain injury, traumatic spinal cord injury and stroke compared to the national average for pediatric inpatient rehabilitation programs
Average length of stay by condition or injury between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022
What it means: When compared to the national average, Children’s Colorado’s length of stay is shorter for traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries and stroke. Our length of stay for traumatic spinal cord injury is longer than the national average. We work hard to safely return children home quickly and identify opportunities to decrease our patients’ length of stay.
Our WeeFIM® efficiency in the most common injuries or illnesses
WeeFIM® efficiency measures the amount of progress a child makes in their independent functioning in relation to how long they are in our Program. The higher the efficiency score, the more functional skills they have gained while in our care and the more prepared they are for day-to-day tasks at home.
What we measure: WeeFIM® efficiency compared to the national average for pediatric inpatient rehabilitation programs for our four most common diagnoses in the past year: traumatic brain injury, non-traumatic brain injury, traumatic spinal cord injury and stroke
WeeFIM® efficiency by condition or injury between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021
What it means: Children’s Colorado has a higher WeeFIM® efficiency than the national average for our four most common injuries and conditions in the past year. Our patients are making more progress in their functional skills in the same amount of time than the national average for inpatient rehabilitation programs.
Our patients who are discharged to their community
Returning children home safely is our ultimate goal. While some children need extra therapy at short-term care facilities after they leave our Program, we try as hard as we can to send kids directly home.
What we measure: The percent of children who go directly home after our care compared to the national average
Percent of patients discharged home between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022
What it means: When children leave our care, they may need therapy at short-term care facilities, but more often than not they are ready to go home and live their lives. We exceed the national average and are continually looking to increase the number of kids we send directly home with maximum functionality.
Patient and family experience in our Pediatric Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
We’re not satisfied until our patients and their families are satisfied with our care. We track patient satisfaction so we can improve our care and patient and family experience. We ask patient families to rate their experience on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best possible experience.
What we measure: Percent of patients who rate us as a 9 or 10 between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022