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History & Demographics

Children's Hospital Colorado

History and Affiliations

The Children's Hospital (TCH) of Denver was established in 1910, succeeding the old tent hospital that was erected in 1897 in City Park. Paul Hackett, MD was the first Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at TCH. Charles Lockhart, MD succeeded Dr. Hackett as Chair in 1970 and served in that capacity for over 20 years. Desmond Henry, MD was named Chair in 1997 and served until 2007. The Children’s Hospital now has many unique programs including the Spine Center, the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute, and the Children’s Heart Institute. In 2011, The Children's Hospital was renamed to Children's Hospital Colorado to reflect the regional nature of the services they provide.

The pediatric anesthesiology faculty at CHC are members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology.

 TCH Campus Front View

The New Children's Hospital


  • Opened September 2007
  • 1.44 million square feet on a 48 acre campus, with abundant walkways and beautiful landscaping, including gardens and outdoor areas for patients and their families.
  • From the use of color, to the Colorado landscape reflected throughout the new hospital, to the innovative, sound-absorbing technology, the entire hospital was designed to promote a healing atmosphere.
  • Panoramic views, large single occupancy rooms, abundant family lounges with kitchenettes and laundry facilities.
  • Teen lounge with surround-sound theater. Completely integrated electronic medical record.
  • Sound absorbing technology and other measures to ensure quiet and calm.
  • Outdoor play areas and in room video-on demand.
  • Part of the $4.3 billion Fitzsimons medical redevelopment and Colorado Bioscience Park



Children’s has consistently been ranked among the Top 10 Children’s Hospitals in US World and News Report (#4 this year), as well as in Child magazine. Approximately 20,000 anesthetics are administered annually for:

  • Cardiovascular surgery -- 450 cases per year
  • Complex neurosurgery --300 cases per year, including the separation of conjoined twins in 2001)
  • Major orthopedic surgery, including over 300 major spine fusions and scoliosis procedures (VEPTR) per year
  • Heart, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants
  • Major general pediatric surgery with an emphasis on laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures.
  • Simple and complex ENT procedures including tracheal reconstructions

Anesthesia for remote sites include: CT/MRI, interventional radiology, cardiac catheterizations, auditory brainstem responses, oncology, and the Acute and Chronic Pain Services.
In addition, CHC sends pediatric specialists to 1,200 outreach clinics. More than 400 are held outside the Denver metro area, and bring essential care to rural or small towns in three states.