Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

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Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Methodist Healthcare System
Le Bonheur Logo.jpg
Main hospital entrance
Location 50 N. Dunlap, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Care system Private
Hospital type Children's Hospital
Affiliated university University of Tennessee
Emergency department Level 1 Regional Pediatric Trauma Center
Beds 255
Founded 1952
Website http://www.lebonheur.org/
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Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is a 255-bed, tertiary care children's hospital located in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Le Bonheur has more than 700 medical staff representing 40 pediatric specialties. Approximately 170 patients per day are admitted, mostly from Tennessee and nearby states but also from around the world, mainly due to its nationally recognized brain tumor program, affiliation with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and for being the home of the Children's Foundation Research Center. Le Bonheur functions as the region's primary level 1 pediatric trauma center. The hospital cares for 14,000 patients every year, including about 81,000 visits to the emergency department a year and 8,800 surgeries per year.[1] Le Bonheur also serves as a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and offers training in general pediatrics and pediatric sub-specialties. For the past couple of years the hospital has been recognized among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News and World Report.


Le Bonheur was founded in June 15, 1952 by the Le Bonheur Club, originally a women's sewing circle, and was originally an orphanage dedicated to caring for poor children. The Le Bonheur Club members raised all of the money for the initial investment for the hospital. When the doors opened, the Le Bonheur Club President Mrs. Howard Pritchard stated, "The doors of Le Bonheur will never be found closed and will forever hereafter be open to those who come in need, seeking its help." Since 1952, the medical center has gone through two major expansion projects.

In 1995, Le Bonheur became a part of the Methodist Healthcare System, which is supported by the Memphis, Mississippi and Arkansas conferences of The United Methodist Church.

In February 14, 2008, ground was broken on the new expansion by Le Bonheur executives.  In December 3, 2010, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital opened the emergency department in its newly renovated 12-story patient-care tower.[2]


Le Bonheur is affiliated with the University of Tennessee and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It offers training in general pediatric and subspecialty areas of pediatrics, such as cardiology, critical care, emergency medicine, neonatal-perinatal medicine, neurology, nephrology, gastroenterology, allergy-immunology and pulmonary medicine. Among some other medical specialties that undergo service rotations at the hospital are surgery, radiology, pathology, maternal-fetal medicine, and hospice-palliative care.

In 2013, Le Bonheur was ranked in different specialties, among the Nation's best by U.S News & World Report.


Le Bonheur maintains a fleet of two ambulances equipped for critical care transport and staffed by specially trained neonatal/pediatric critical care nurses and respiratory therapists. PediFlite has a 150 mile primary ground and rotor radius. Pedi-Flite brings many of the therapeutic capabilities of the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit directly to the patients by helicopter, jet or ambulance to provide the highest quality of care both before and during transport. It can provide such advanced critical care capabilities as a neonatal transport isolette, high frequency oscillatory ventilation for neonatal patients, nitric oxide, blood products, and specialty drugs for specific patients.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Le Bonheur Children's Hospital." Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2012. <http://www.lebonheur.org/>.
  2. ^ http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-lebonheur-emergency-department-story,0,7491200.story

Coordinates: 35°08′38″N 90°01′57″W / 35.1440°N 90.0325°W / 35.1440; -90.0325