Children's Hospital Colorado's Heart Institute is nationally ranked for heart care and surgery by U.S. News & World Report, treating patients from across the country. Here, over 300 cardiac experts work together to provide care for all kinds of congenital and acquired heart diseases.
As a leader in pediatric heart care, our institute is the largest in the region, treating over 20,000 patients each year. And because we're dedicated to training tomorrow’s leaders, our heart fellowship program has educated more than 100 pediatric cardiologists who are changing the lives of children with heart disease across the country.
We are also one of only eight stand-alone pediatric research centers in the country and we are committed to improving the lives of all kids and families with heart disease.
Learn about our cardiology and cardiothoracic research
Better outcomes. Better care. Complete transparency.
We're known for outstanding outcomes and for providing patients and families with the best care possible. We are recognized as 1 of only 3 programs nationally to report on all 6 quality measures.
Heart surgeries annually – top third in the nation
Same-day appointments available
For heart surgery outcomes
From surgical survival to length of hospital stay, see how we compare to other hospitals.
Why is it important to report outcomes?
At the Heart Institute, we believe that every family deserves to know what outcomes to expect at a children’s hospital.
That’s why our team, consistently ranked among the top pediatric heart teams in the country, reports outcomes data far exceeding national reporting standards. And we’re proud of what that data shows: that we consistently deliver safe, successful, high acuity pediatric heart care. Watch a video about how to choose a heart surgery program.
Pediatric heart surgery
Our cardiac surgery team is renowned for high success rates using state-of-the-art technology, making Children’s Colorado one of the best choices in the nation for heart surgery. Learn about our program and watch our video on what to expect from your child's heart surgery.
See why our outcomes make us one of the top heart hospitals
The Connection Journey: Giving Hope a Heartbeat
One family comforts another through hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Watch our experienced family help answer questions for parents new to heart disease.
See their journeys
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Children's Colorado in the news
July 29, 2019
Cuy Kepler’s parents learned that her heart wasn't functioning properly when she was 3 months old. Experts at Children's Colorado's Heart Institute performed lifesaving surgery days later. Now, at just 3 years old, Cuy's training for her first 10K race.
July 3, 2019
Born with a congenital heart defect, Chris Dini now works as a firefighter in Fort Collins. Though he’s now 38, he still receives treatment at Children’s Colorado. Joseph Kay, MD, wants more teens and adults with congenital heart disease to know they need specialized care as they age.
June 18, 2019
About half of children with Down syndrome have congenital heart disease. At other hospitals, Charlie Smith would have needed open heart surgery to repair her heart. But at Children’s Colorado, Gareth Morgan, MD, repaired Charlie’s heart defect through a minimally invasive procedure called heart catheterization.
February 13, 2019
Spencer Rice, a captain at the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, brought his daughter to a specialist for a heart murmur. He saw the same doctor a month later and eventually had surgery at Children’s Colorado.
November 19, 2018
Beau was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta, a congenital heart defect. About three months after his procedure at Children's Colorado, he climbed Mt. Sherman: his first 14er.
September 9, 2018
Thanks to a special partnership between Children’s Colorado and Mayo Clinic, baby Calista became the first patient in Colorado to receive regenerative therapy for a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Children’s Colorado is the only hospital in the region offering access to this groundbreaking clinical trial.
March 22, 2017
Watch the story of a dad who wanted to help other parents make one of the most important choices of their life. David Kasnic started the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association as a resource to help parents make informed decisions about their child's care.