How Children's Colorado made THE news in 2012

Honors and Accolades

U.S. News & World Report "Best Children's Hospitals"

Children's Colorado was named once again in the annual "Best Children's Hospitals" listing for 2012-2013 by U.S. News and World Report, ranking No. 7 on its Honor Roll, awarded to only 12 children's hospitals nationwide. Diabetes & Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Cancer, Orthopedics and Gastroenterology ranked in the top 10. In the print issue of the rankings, Children's Colorado was featured for its treatment of Colton Meade, 2, in a story about life-threatening food allergies.

5280 Magazine's Top Docs

Of the 337 doctors who made the list of 5280 Magazine's Top Docs, 103 were Children's Colorado physicians. Cardiologists Shelley Miyamoto, M.D., James Jaggers, M.D., and Max Mitchell, M.D., from the Heart Institute were featured in profile articles.

World Health Organization designation

Children's Colorado is a partner with University of Colorado Denver in one of just two programs in the Americas to receive the World Health Organization's WHO Collaborating Center for Promoting Family and Child Health designation in maternal and child health.


South Campus

Local media outlets ranging from the Denver Business Journal to KOA radio covered Children's Colorado's groundbreaking of the future Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus in Highlands Ranch. The 180,000-square-foot facility on a 22-acre site will offer urgent, outpatient specialty, inpatient and surgery care, and imaging and diagnostic services. The campus, slated to open in late 2013, is projected to host 80,000 patient visits in its first year.

East Tower

Children's Colorado officially opened its 355,000-square-foot main campus East Tower on Sept. 27, 2012. Timothy Crombleholme, M.D., Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director of the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health, was interviewed by local media as well as industry media including Becker's Hospital Review.

Memorial Hospital

In October, Children's Colorado's commitment to Colorado Springs was further deepened when University of Colorado Health's (UCHealth) bid for a 40-year master lease for Memorial Hospital was approved by the city's residents. Under the lease, Children's Colorado partnered with UCHealth and began to provide pediatric services at Children's Colorado at Memorial Hospital Central. Jim Shmerling, President and Chief Executive Officer, was quoted in the Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado business media.

New satellite locations

Children's Colorado Outpatient Specialty Care at Briargate opened in Colorado Springs, expanding pediatric care for patients in the area. Media coverage included the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Denver Business Journal. Children's Colorado also opened the relocated and expanded Children's Colorado Therapy Care, Broomfield, which was highlighted in coverage by media including the Boulder County Business Report.

Research Highlights

FDA approval of cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco

Children's Colorado, home of one of the largest cystic fibrosis (CF) centers in the country, led a major breakthrough in the treatment of CF. Kalydeco, the first drug that treats the underlying causes of CF, recently gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Children's Colorado participated in early research and drug trials for Kalydeco. Cystic fibrosis expert Frank Accurso, M.D., was featured in several media outlets including, Colorado Public Radio and Health Policy Solutions.

Leukemia survival rates improve

Based on research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Stephen Hunger, M.D., found five-year survival rates among children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) increased from about 84 percent to 90 percent from 1990 to 2005. He was featured in Bloomberg and HealthDay, among other media outlets.

Treating type 2 diabetes

Several media outlets highlighted Philip Zeitler, M.D., and his research study results on the effectiveness of treating teens with type 2 diabetes. Coverage included, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets.

Community Resources

Concussion advocacy and treatment

The Denver Post featured Michael Kirkwood, pediatric neuropsychologist and Co-Director of Children's Colorado's concussion program, Pam Marsh, psychologist, and Michael DiChiaro, M.D., about the emotional effects concussions can have on patients.

Providing aid during tragedy

From the Emergency Department's first responders to the mental health experts helping families cope, Children's Colorado dealt with the Aurora theater shooting and Colorado wildfires with professionalism and empathy. Children's Colorado stories and advice appeared in hundreds of media outlets such as CNN and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Children's Colorado was mentioned in theater shooting media coverage more than 6,400 times.

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