Colorado Fetal Care Center At Children's Hospital Colorado Celebrates Its 10-year Anniversary

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Colorado Fetal Care Center At Children's Hospital Colorado Celebrates Its 10-year Anniversary

Highest level of care provided to sickest babies from across the state, region and country

PR Newswire

AURORA, Colo., Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Colorado Fetal Care Center (CFCC) at Children's Hospital Colorado has grown into a globally renowned leader in its field in the 10 years it has been treating some of the most challenging fetal conditions in children before and after birth.

Since opening in 2011, the CFCC has emerged as a true innovator and catalyst for progress in the field of fetal care, on the strength of a world-class multi-disciplinary team of fetal surgeons, maternal fetal medicine specialists, fetal cardiologists, pediatric surgeons, neonatologists, psychologists, genetics experts, fetal radiologists, maternal and fetal anesthesiologists, labor & delivery and NICU nurses, and specialized technicians. The quality and continuum of care the CFCC provides are integral to the best-in-class track record the CFCC has built in just 10 years.

Beginning with the initial consultation that includes leading experts in nearly every specialty, families are informed of their options and expected outcomes. With a labor and delivery suite just down the hall, families are able to stay connected as their babies are cared for in the NICU.

"When my doctor diagnosed my baby in utero with a rare chorioangioma, I knew I would have to travel for specialized treatment," said Albuquerque mom, Veronica Robinson. "As I was considering my options, I met with the team at the CFCC and talked to my maternal fetal specialist. I quickly knew that they were the team who could and would ultimately save my son's life."

  • Caring for patients from across the state, region and U.S. Patients come to the CFCC from across the state as well as the region and across the country to be treated for fetal abnormalities like Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation, fetal heart conditions like Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Heart Block, conditions affecting twins like Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and Conjoined twins, genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome and Turner Syndrome, and abdominal wall defects like gastroschisis, giant omphalocele, and Cloacal Exstrophy, as well as congenital diaphragmatic hernias and more.
  • A hive of activity. Close to 700 fetal surgeries have been performed in the CFCC, along with 1,500+ deliveries, 34,500+ ultrasounds, 2,400+ fetal MRIs and 13,600+ fetal echocardiograms.
  • A busy, boundary-expanding research culture, through which the CFCC, its doctors and staff are consistently innovating with fetal interventions and treatments. The CFCC and its doctors are engaged in more than 20 active research studies.
  • Setting a standard for excellence. The CFCC has earned the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology's (SOAP) Center of Excellence designation, along with a five-star (highest possible) rating for patient and family experience.
  • Embracing the challenge. The CFCC treats some of the most complex and rare cases and diagnoses in its field, including Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Myelomeningocele, Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and Giant Omphalocele.

"When parents get a diagnosis that their baby has an anomaly, it is rightfully terrifying for them," said Michael Zaretsky, MD, maternal fetal specialist, fetal surgeon and co-director of the CFCC who is also celebrating almost 10 years with the center. "As the only center of its kind in the seven-state region, we see rare diagnoses every day and have the training and experience to treat even the most uncommon developmental concerns."

During the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the CFCC also has adapted to the needs of its patients and their families by expanding its telehealth capabilities and capacity, so patients can access the CFCC's multidisciplinary expertise remotely, without the health risks of travel. In 2020 alone, patients used its Maternal and Fetal Telemedicine Program for more than 2,000 virtual visits.

Whether in person or via Zoom, it's that depth and breadth of expertise that has set the CFCC apart during its first 10 years. "It's not unusual for a mom-to-be and her unborn baby to come to us with multiple issues. These kinds of complex cases are rare for most hospitals but are common here. It is with these complex cases where our multi-disciplinary team really shines and as a result consistently deliver the best possible outcomes for the families we treat," said Ken Liechty, MD, pediatric and fetal surgeon and co-director of the CFCC.

Children's Hospital Colorado is one of the nation's leading and most expansive pediatric healthcare systems with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top ten children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Children's Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children's Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and across the region. In 2019, Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, opened as the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado.  For more information, visits or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contacts: 
Elizabeth Whitehead, Children's Hospital Colorado                                   [email protected] 
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