Lurie Children's Hospital

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
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Location225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Care systemVariable
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityNorthwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
SpecialityChildren / Pediatrics
ListsHospitals in Illinois

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children's Memorial Hospital) in Chicago, Illinois is a pediatric specialty hospital. Located in the downtown Streeterville neighborhood, the hospital has more than 1,200 [1] physicians on its medical staff and 4,000 employees. Lurie Children’s offers 70 pediatric sub-specialties and has physicians at 14 other city and suburban locations. Based on volume, it is ranked #1 regionally in all pediatric specialties[2] and is accredited by the Joint Commission (formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). Physicians and staff provided highly specialized care for more than 148,000 children in 2011, from every U.S. state and 35 countries.[3]


Founded in 1882 as the Maurice Porter Memorial Hospital, nurse and mother Julia Foster Porter established a 4-bed cottage at the corner of Chicago’s Halsted and Belden streets after the death of her 13-year-old son. It was the first hospital in Chicago focused solely on the care of children and pediatrics.[4] The hospital expanded, was renamed Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1904, and moved to the corner of Fullerton and Lincoln avenues. It remained in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood for 130 years.

In the 1940s, the hospital established one of the earliest pediatric surgery programs in the nation. Surgeons Willis J. Potts and Sidney Smith invented a number of surgical tools used to operate on blood vessels and they devised a new surgery to treat blue baby syndrome.[5]

The main hospital was built in the 1960s and located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the north side of the city (41°55′28″N 87°38′51″W / 41.92444°N 87.64750°W / 41.92444; -87.64750).

The former hospital site in 2016

On June 9, 2012, the hospital moved to its current location, 225 East Chicago Avenue, and changed its name to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The new name recognized philanthropist Ann Lurie, and her late husband, in honor of the $100 million gift she made in 2007 to help create the new hospital and to enhance its pediatric research initiatives. The staff moved 170 patients and their parents, traveling by ambulance and escorted by the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department. The move was designed to:[citation needed]

  • Allow the hospital to be closer to its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Continue to attract and retain the best staff
  • Foster stronger collaboration with adult researchers and clinicians
  • Improve transition of patients into adult care
  • Provide even faster transport for critically ill newborns from Prentice Women’s Hospital

In October 2014, the hospital inaugurated its first annual Hope and Courage awards, recognizing "leaders who have demonstrated exceptional commitments to improving the health and well-being of children".[6] The 2014 honorees were Jamarielle Ransom-Marks, who runs the Jam's Blood and Bone Marrow Drive, child product safety advocates Linda E. Ginzel and Boaz Keysar, and Senator Richard J. Durbin.


As the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the hospital offers a pediatrics residency program. The Feinberg School is ranked 17th for research and 17th for primary care in the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report rankings of top research-oriented medical schools in the country.[7]

Awards and rankings[edit]

  • U.S News & World Report's 2011 edition of "America’s Best Children’s Hospitals" calls out ten clinical programs, with Urology ranking sixth nationally.[8]
  • Ranked #6 among only 11 children’s hospitals nationwide to qualify for the Honor Roll in the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.[9]
  • As the first free-standing children's hospital in the country and the first hospital in Illinois, the hospital was granted in 2001 the first of its four Magnet designations which it received again in 2005, 2010 and 2015. Less than one percent of all hospitals have achieved this accomplishment of redesignation three or more times.[10]
  • The hospital is one of only 10 children's hospitals nationwide, and the only one in Illinois, to be named a "Top Hospital" for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, a national consortium of healthcare payers that promotes "leaps" in patient safety.[11]
  • The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, named the hospital as one of three of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures. Children’s hospitals were ranked in one area – children’s asthma.[12]
  • The hospital was recognized as a "great place to work" by Becker's Hospital Review.[13]
  • In July 2016, the hospital became the first children's hospital in Illinois to be designated as a level 1 pediatric surgery center by the American College of Surgeons.[14]

Building information[edit]


  1. ^ [1], Becker's Healthcare
  2. ^ Illinois Hospital Association's COMPdata
  3. ^ Internal data
  4. ^ Internal historical files
  5. ^ "Dr. Willis Potts, physician, was 75". The New York Times. May 8, 1968.
  6. ^ Lurie Children’s Honors Patient, Community Advocate and Government Leader for Exceptional Child Health Commitment [2]
  7. ^ U.S. News Top Medical Schools
  8. ^ U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals 2011-12
  9. ^ U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2012-06-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ 150 Great Places to Work
  14. ^ "American College of Surgeons Website".

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Coordinates: 41°53′46″N 87°37′18″W / 41.89611°N 87.62167°W / 41.89611; -87.62167