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Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area, and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nation’s children for nearly 140 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in developing and providing innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

The components of Children’s National include:
  • Children’s Hospital, which features 303 beds most in private rooms. Of those beds, 54 are in the level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).The hospital also features a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit; a Neuro Intensive Care Unit; and a Level I pediatric trauma center which serves three states; a critical care transport team via ambulance, helicopter*, and fixed-wing airplane;
  • Eight Regional Outpatient Centers that provide specialty care around around the region, including an Ambulatory Surgery Center;
  • The largest primary care program in the District of Columbia, including seven health centers and three mobile units, as well as several owned pediatric practices throughout the area;
  • Children’s National Health Network with 400 affiliated pediatricians;
  • Several Research Institutes, including the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, the Heart Institute, the Brain Tumor Institute, the Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute, and our flagship Children’s Research Institute, a national leader in translational, basic, clinical, and community research programs;
  • Numerous programs focused on school health services, mobile health services, community partnerships, and safety campaigns.

Patients from around the region, nation, and world seek the care and treatment of Children’s internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals. Enhanced by our location in the nation’s capital, we serve as a voice and advocate for all children.

Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report. Children’s National also has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve.

Clinical Specialties/Programs Offered by Children’s National
Adolescent Medicine
Allergy and Immunology
Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Brain Tumor Institute (Neuro-Oncology Program)
Children’s National Heart Institute
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Cardiac Catheterisation
  • Cardiac Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac Surgery
Child and Adolescent Care Program
Complex Care Program
Craniofacial Program
Critical Care Medicine
Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Emergency Medicine
Endocrinology and Diabetes
Environmental Health and Lead Exposure Program
Epilepsy and Neurophysiology
Ethics Program
Fetal and Transitional Medicine
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
General Pediatrics
  •Children’s Health Centers
  •Generations Program
  •Mobile Health Program Genetics and Metabolism
Hearing and Speech
Hospitalist Medicine
Infectious Disease
Laboratory Medicine Services
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Neurogenetics
Neurofibromatosis Institute
Obesity Institute
  •IDEAL Clinic
  •Weight-Loss Surgery Program
Oral Health
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Pain Medicine Care Complex
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Pulmonary Medicine
Respiratory Care Services
Sleep Medicine
Spina Bifida/Spinal Defects Program
Surgery, General and Thoracic
Transport Medicine
Trauma and Burns

 Annual admissions to the hospital 14,944
 Average length of stay 6.1 days
 Number of outpatients 304,172
 Number of inpatients
Total Outpatient visits
   Visits to off-campus Outpatient Centers
   Visits to on-campus Outpatient Clinics
   Visits to Children’s Health Centers
   Emergency Department visits
   Evaluation and Treatment Unit
 Surgical cases performed 17,867

   Children’s Hospital-Sheikh Zayed Campus
   Ambulatory Surgery Center in Montgomery County
   Procedures performed at Children’s National Specialists of Virginia, LLC.
Diagnostic imaging procedures performed 123,332
Laboratory tests performed 1,050,451
   Physicians (including faculty and clinical associates)
   Physicians in training
   Full-time employees

Volunteers: 928 individuals donated 65,000+ hours of service

116 patients from 21 countries around the world sought care at Children’s National through the Global Services Program.

Children’s National provided approximately $46.2 million in uncompensated care.

  • The Injury Prevention Program performed a total of 343 car seat inspections in 2013.
  • Nurses of the Children’s School Services (CSS) Program had more than 396,284 health suite encounters with District of Columbia public school and public charter students. (CSS does not service all public charter schools.)
  • The Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center, a federally funded program of Children’s National, provides expert consultation to all 50 states, five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia to assist in improving their state’s infrastructure to adequately care for children in an emergency.
  • The Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center, a program of Children’s National, provided on-site and off-site technical assistance and expert consultation to all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • Safe Kids Worldwide, launched by Children’s National in 1987, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 years and younger, through a global network of organizations.
  • There are more than 475 research projects at Children’s National.
  • More than 53 percent of Children’s research funding comes from federal agencies, including 40 percent from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Children’s researchers are investigating a multitude of diseases, including:
    • ADHD
    • Asthma
    • Autism
    • Brain and spinal cord injuries and protection
    • Brain tumors
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Congenital heart disease
    • Epilepsy
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Inflammatory disease
    • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
    • Muscular dystrophies
    • Neurofibromatosis
    • Obesity and type 2 diabetes
    • Pain medicine
    • Renal disease
    • Renal tumors
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Stem cell transplantation
    • Urea cycle disorders
  • Clinical training is provided to 117 pediatric residents and 150 fellows and other graduate trainees each year.
  • Each year, Children's provides pediatric training is provided for approximately 180 third-year medical students from George Washington University (GWU), 48 third-year medical students from Howard University, and 100 fourth-year students from GWU and other medical schools.
(Facts and statistics are based on Fiscal Year 2013)

*STAT MedEvac is a Direct Air Carrier, E3MA774L, that arranges and coordinates the operation of air ambulance services. All flights are operated by STAT MedEvac.

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