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Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Colorado logo.svg
Location 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, Colorado, United States
Care system Not-for-profit
Hospital type Children's Hospital
Affiliated university University of Colorado Denver
Emergency department Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
Helipad (FAA LID: 2CD8)
Beds 434
Founded 1908

Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) is an academic pediatric acute care children's hospital located in the Anschutz Medical Campus near the interchange of I-225 and Colfax Avenue in Aurora, Colorado. The hospital has 434 pediatric beds at its main campus in Aurora. As CHCO is a teaching hospital, it operates a number of residency programs, which train newly graduated physicians in various pediatric specialties and subspecialties. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. The hospital provides comprehensive pediatric specialties and subspecialties to infants, children, teens, and young adults aged 0–21 and sometimes until 25 throughout Colorado and the Midwest. The hospital also sometimes treats adults that require pediatric care. Children's Hospital Colorado is the only children's hospital (verified by the CHA) in Colorado. Additionally, The hospital has outpatient centers, campuses, and doctors offices around Illinois. The hospital features an ACS verified Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and features a rooftop helipad to transport critically ill patients.


In 1897, Dr. Minnie C.T. Love, a physician, political office holder, suffragist, and a member of the Women of the Ku Klux Klan, led the founding of the Babies Summer Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Denver's high-country ventilation was touted as a cure for a variety of diseases. Using a mix of fresh air and Colorado sunshine, six medical staff and volunteer nurses treated up to 50 children under the age of five.

Early on, those volunteers saw a need for a permanent hospital that would "care for sick, injured and crippled children from birth to 16 years of age" and which would be supported mainly by volunteer contributions. With that goal to guide them, this same group of intrepid volunteers officially incorporated as The Children's Hospital on May 9, 1908.

In 1909, Children's Colorado converted a former residence at 2221 Downing Street in Denver into a “well equipped institution with a capacity of 30 beds,” admitting its first patients on Feb. 17, 1910.

As the demand for child healthcare services increased throughout the region, the hospital quickly outgrew its original location and raised funds to build a new and improved facility, which opened in 1917 at 19th Avenue and Downing Street in downtown Denver.

After numerous expansions over the years at the hospital's downtown Denver location, Children's Hospital Colorado opened its new campus in Aurora on September 29, 2007. The 1,440,000 square feet (134,000 m2) hospital designed by ZGF Architects includes 284 beds and advanced medical equipment especially designed for children, as well as inspiring artwork and outstanding family accommodations.

On June 21, 2011, the hospital announced that its name was changing from The Children's Hospital to Children's Hospital Colorado. The hospital made the change to help differentiate it from other hospitals in the country with the same name.

In March 2020, the hospital announced that it was expanding its age limit to all patients up to age 30 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to help bring demand away from overcrowded adult hospitals. Although the hospital is treating patients under 30, it is not accepting patients with significant substance use or psychiatric disorders because those are outside of its areas of care. This is a small difference from the hospitals usual age limit of 25.

On the 2020-21 rankings, the hospital was ranked as the #6 best children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report on the publications' honor roll list.

In November 2020, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson collaborated with Microsoft and billionaire Bill Gates to donate Xbox Series X consoles to Children's Hospital Colorado along with 19 other children's hospitals throughout the country.


  • It is the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Colorado.
  • It has a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest distinction granted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children's Hospital Colorado NICU treats nearly 750 infants each year from a 10-state area, and is the only NICU in the region with the experience and technology to treat virtually any medical condition affecting newborns.
  • The Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado is the largest in the region, treating more than 20,000 patients each year. It is also one of only eight stand-alone pediatric research centers in the country.
    • Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute Transplant Program/
  • Children's Hospital Colorado offers pediatric weight management programs to combat childhood obesity.
  • Children's Hospital Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is the only pediatric cancer center in the Rocky Mountain region providing care for patients from birth to age 25. It also has the region's only pediatric neuro-oncology program for brain tumor diagnosis and treatment; program for teenagers with cancer; pediatric bone marrow transplant program; pediatric onco-fertility program that helps cancer patients maximize their chances for future fertility; and the region's only pediatric Experimental Therapeutics Program investigating promising new drugs for cancer treatment.
  • The Orthopedics Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado treats growing muscles, joints and bones.
  • The Center for Gait and Movement Analysis at Children's Hospital Colorado was the second lab in the world to offer movement analysis through motion-capture technology, kinetics, and electromyography, helping specialists fine-tune the best possible course of treatment.
  • The Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado, along with other Colorado physicians, pioneered many of the standard practices used to treat and diagnose pediatric respiratory disease today. It was the first in the world to recognize and treat interstitial lung disease, the first to use nitric oxide to treat neonatal hypertension, and the first to initiate newborn cystic fibrosis screening.


Children's Colorado's campus is affiliated with, and adjacent to, the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The University is home to education and research facilities. Children's Colorado is staffed with doctors from the Department of Pediatrics.

2015 facts and figures

  • Licensed Beds: 479
  • Total Surgeries: 19,776
  • Inpatient Admissions: 11,594
  • Average Length of Stay (in days): 6.0
  • Total Outpatient Visits: 453,476
  • Total Days of Inpatient Care: 106,293
  • Emergency and Urgent Care Visits: 163,647
  • Total Number of Employees: 6,030
  • Total Medical Staff: 2,078
  • Total Residents and Fellows: 225
  • Total Volunteers: 2,646

Clinical and surgical services

Children's Hospital Colorado treats pediatric patients with childhood illnesses and provides surgery in areas such as:



Allergy Abdominal and thoracic surgery
Asthma, Breathing & Lung Bariatric surgery
Behavior & Development Cleft, craniofacial and plastic and reconstructive surgery
Brain, Spinal Cord & Nervous System Colorectal surgery
Cancer & Blood Disorders Dental surgery
Dental Ear, nose and throat surgery
Diabetes, Endocrine & Growth Fetal surgery
Digestive, Liver & Pancreas Heart surgery
Ear, Nose & Throat Burn treatment and trauma surgery
Emergency medical conditions Minimally invasive surgery
Eye Neurosurgery
Genetics & Inherited Metabolic Diseases Orthopedic surgery
Gynecology Ophthalmology surgery
Hearing, Speech & Learning Pediatric and adolescent gynecology
Heart Transplant surgery
Immune System & Infectious Disease Urology surgery
Kidney, Bladder & Urinary
Psychology & Psychiatry
Rehabilitation & Therapy
Sports Medicine
Teen Health
Weight Management


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