Children's Hospital Colorado

Your Child's Care Team at Children's Hospital Colorado

Your child's care at Children's Hospital Colorado is founded on a concept called family-centered care. That means care is centered around the children and their family. We believe this is the best way to provide care and to help your child heal faster and get home quicker. Therefore, you are a critical member of your child's own care team.

A member of the Children's Colorado care team treats a young child.

Children's Hospital Colorado is a teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. This program is one of the strongest pediatric medical education programs in the nation with a reputation for research excellence. This means that your child might be seen by more than one doctor, as we are teaching hospital. It also means you are getting the best pediatric care possible.

During your visit to Children's Hospital Colorado, your child may meet many different specialists, all focused on your child. Although the members of a care team vary from patient to patient, the descriptions below should help you understand just who some of the experts are that you might meet.


  • Attending Physician is the physician responsible for your child's care.
  • Resident Physician has advanced training in the care of hospital patients. The resident reports to the attending physician about your child's progress every day.
  • Fellows are physicians who have completed residency training and are completing additional training in a pediatric specialty.
  • Consulting Physician is a physician with expertise in a particular area that might offer additional advice on your child's case.
  • Medical Students are many times part of a patient's care team because Children's Hospital Colorado is a teaching hospital.

Registered Nurses (RNs)

The nurses at Children's Hospital Colorado have special training in the care of children and many have additional training in a specific pediatric specialty. They are an important part of your child's care team.

  • Clinical Director is the nurse manager or head nurse that supervises the unit. You may discuss any aspect of nursing care, hospital services or your child's comfort with the nurse manager.
  • Clinical Coordinator is the charge nurse who is available 24 hours a day and is responsible for the daily operations of the unit. In addition to your bedside nurse, the Clinical Coordinator helps facilitate the care of your child and is available each shift if you have any questions
  • Primary Nurse is the nurse that is available at your child's bedside and is responsible for planning and coordinating your child's care throughout the hospital stay.
  • Advanced Practice Nurses are registered nurses with additional education and clinical training in a specific area of healthcare. These nurses work in all areas of the hospital to perform physical exams and procedures, order lab tests and teach parents about issues related to the child's care.

Other Members of the Care Team

  • Nutritionists, including registered dieticians and dietetic technicians, are nutrition experts who evaluate and modify a patient's eating patterns. They work with family and medical staff to recommend dietary changes that will promote recovery and prevent complications.
  • Occupational Therapists build on skills learned in physical therapy. Patients apply these skills to accomplish tasks such as dressing, bathing and other age-appropriate activities.
  • Physical Therapists help patients move independently by building strength and restoring function to the greatest extent possible.
  • Pediatric Pharmacists are available 24 hours a day to ensure safe and effective use of medication in children. Our specially-trained pharmacists work with physicians and other healthcare professionals to determine the best medication regimen and monitoring plan for your child. They are experts on the most up-to-date scientific research and provide advice on medications to physicians and families.
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners evaluate and treat patients with breathing problems.
  • Speech Therapists evaluate and treat patients with speech and/or hearing problems as well as those with swallowing disorders.
  • Child Life Specialists help children and families cope with the stress of hospitalization and to meet other treatment goals by providing play and other creative activities.
  • Family Services can help ensure you get the most out of your visit to Children's Hospital Colorado.