Children's Hospital Colorado

Awards & Recognitions

Children's Hospital Colorado has been ranked for more than a decade as one of the best children's hospitals nationally in U.S. News & World Report, and as the consistent choice eight years in a row by area physicians for the care of their loved ones. Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado is a private, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare network dedicated 100 percent to caring for kids. With more than 3,000 pediatric specialists and more than 5,000 full-time employees, Children's Colorado is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized medical programs.

U.S. News & World Report

Kids get the best care in the nation at Children’s Colorado, because our care team is the best at what they do. U.S. News & World Report began ranking U.S. hospitals in 1993 based on clinical data and surveys of thousands of specialists around the country. Since then, we’ve been recognized among the best in the nation — the only ranked children’s hospital in Colorado — with 10 of our specialties ranked among the best in their field.

In 2016, four of our specialty areas were among the country's top 10, including Diabetes & Endocrinology (No. 4)Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (No. 10), Orthopedics (No. 7) and Cancer (No. 9). Children's Colorado also ranked among the top 10 on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital's 2016-17 Honor Roll.

Learn more about our 2016 U.S. News & World Report Rankings.

5280 Top Docs

5280 Magazine's Top Docs

5280 magazine has once again named more than 100 physicians at Children's Colorado to its annual "Top Docs" list. We're proud to say that in 2016, 106 Children's Hospital Colorado physicians made the list. The magazine surveys Denver-area doctors and asks them, specialty by specialty, which metro-area physicians they would trust to treat themselves and their families.

Read more about our 5280 Top Docs.

Nursing Magnet Status

Magnet Recognized

The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program was established in 1993 to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing that supports professional nursing practice. Independent studies of Magnet hospitals have shown that patients average a shorter length of stay and higher rate of satisfaction.

Children’s Colorado received our third Magnet recognition in 2015, and we are presently one of only eight Magnet recognized hospitals in the state. We were initially designated a Magnet hospital in 2005, and were recognized again in 2011. Hospitals must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years based on adherence to Magnet concepts and demonstrated improvements in patient care and quality.

Read our press release or visit the ANCC website.

McKessen Quest for Quality Logo

American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality

Children’s Hospital Colorado was recently 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, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and equity.

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

Read our press release.

Most Wired Award

For the third year in a row, Children's Colorado has been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals according to the 2015 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. 


Parents Magazine

Children's Colorado has once again been recognized by Parents magazine as one of the top children's hospitals inParents Magazine the nation in its survey of the "10 Best Children's Hospitals." The results ranked Children's Colorado as No. 5 for overall care and as the highest scoring children's hospital for "Family Friendliness."

Parents also ranked the Top 10 children's hospitals in six specialties. Four Children's Colorado specialties ranked in the Top 10: Heart Care, No. 6; Cancer Care, No. 7; Emergency Care, No. 9; and Pulmonary Care, No. 10.

Read our press release or visit Parents' website.

Colorado Awards

2015 Parent Family Favorite

2015 Family Favorite for Hospital or Health Clinic, Colorado Parent Magazine

Children's Colorado was voted 2015 Family Favorite for Hospital or Health Clinic in a survey by Colorado Parent magazine. Voted on by the readers of Colorado Parent, Family Favorites honors services and companies Colorado families love.

Colorado Patient Safety Coalition's Outstanding Culture of Patient Safety Achievement Award

Children's Colorado was recognized for our comprehensive patient safety program, including our Great Catch award program, post event review process, real-time reporting system, patient safety rounds and The Patient Safety Committee (leadership structure).

The Denver Post's Top Workplaces of 2017

Children's Colorado is named one of the top workplaces in the state by The Denver Post in their annual ranking of Colorado employers. We are second only to Rose Medical Center among hospitals to appear on the list of top-ranked, large companies (defined as those employing more than 500 local workers). See the list from 2017 and learn more about the ranking process.

Colorado Biz Magazine's Top Company in Healthcare

ColoradoBiz Magazine's Top Company awards is Colorado's most competitive business awards program, judged on the basis of financial performance, operational excellence and community involvement.

Colorado Best Companies To Work For

Colorado Biz Magazine's Best Companies to Work for in Colorado

Children's 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 for 2009.