Children's National Hospital

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Children's National Hospital
Children's National logo.svg
The Sheikh Zayed Campus of Children's National Hospital
Location111 Michigan Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates38°55′38″N 77°00′52″W / 38.927291°N 77.014418°W / 38.927291; -77.014418Coordinates: 38°55′38″N 77°00′52″W / 38.927291°N 77.014418°W / 38.927291; -77.014418
Care systemCommercial, Medicaid
FundingNon-profit hospital
TypeChildren's teaching hospital, Community hospital
Affiliated universityThe George Washington University
Emergency departmentPediatric Level I Trauma Center
ListsHospitals in Washington, D.C.

Children's National Hospital (formerly Children's National Health System,[1] DC Children's Hospital, Children's National Medical Center) is a nationally ranked, freestanding, 323-bed, pediatric acute care children's hospital located in Washington D.C. It is affiliated with the George Washington University School of Medicine and the Howard University College of Medicine.[2] The hospital provides comprehensive pediatric specialties and subspecialties to infants, children, teens, and young adults aged 0–21 throughout the region.[3][4] The hospital features an ACS verified level I pediatric trauma center, the only in the District of Columbia.[5] Its regional pediatric intensive-care unit and neonatal intensive care units serve the region. The hospital also has a rooftop helipad for critical pediatric transport.[6]

Children's National is ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and The Leapfrog Group.[7] In June 2021 the hospital was ranked as the #7 best children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report on the publications' honor roll list. The neonatology division was also ranked #1 in the country for the fourth year in a row.[8]

Services and programs[edit]

Division of Oncology: The Division of Oncology at Children's National Hospital strives to cure cancer and minimize the side effects of treatment. Children's National has access to Children's Oncology Group's Phase I trials and Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium protocols.[9]

Children's National Heart Institute: The institute is made up of the departments of Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Intensive Care, and Cardiac Anesthesia. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, interventionalists, cardiac intensivists, anesthesiologists, and fetal heart specialists care for a wide range of congenital heart problems.[9]

Children's National Division of Neurosurgery: The neurosurgery team tackles complex cases using image-guided surgery, gamma knife, and minimally invasive approaches. The Division of Neurology at Children's National treats a range of pediatric conditions, including autism, brain tumors, epilepsy, headaches, learning disabilities, migraines, movement disorders, neonatal neurology, neurogenetic diseases, neuromuscular diseases, stroke, and white matter diseases.[9]

Children's National Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): The Division of Neonatology is ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Within this division is one of the only level IV NICUs in the Washington, D.C., area, providing care for premature and ill newborns.[9]

Children's National Research Institute: Children's National Research Institute is a top ranked pediatric research institution in terms of overall National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Principal investigators and physicians work side by side.[9]

Children's National Infectious Disease Division: The Division of Infectious Disease has renown physicians and fellows providing care to the area with Lyme disease, Zika, and other complicated infectious disease issues in the hospital. The division also contains a separate Transplant Infectious Disease division which cares for critically ill transplant patients including heart, bone marrow, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. A partnership also exists with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and ID division where internal medicine-pediatric infectious disease fellows rotate and collaborate with research projects.[9]

A picture of the sign in front of the emergency room at Children's National Hospital.

Mobile giving campaign[edit]

In July 2008, Children's National Hospital partnered with the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball to promote the hospital's mobile giving campaign, which allows donations to be made via text message.[10] In July 2009, Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers created a public service announcement encouraging people to support the diabetes program at Children's National Hospital.[11]

The Night Before Christmas[edit]

Annually, the First Lady visits the Hospital each December with Santa Claus to read the book "The Night Before Christmas". This convention has been maintained by First Ladies since Bess Truman.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Children's National has a new name". Washington Business Journal. 2019-09-30. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  2. ^ "Medical Student Education | Children's National Research Institute". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  3. ^ "Our Specialty Programs". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  4. ^ "Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine | Children's National". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  5. ^ "Trauma Centers". American College of Surgeons. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  6. ^ "AirNav: DC17 - Children's Hospital Heliport". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  7. ^[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Children's National Hospital". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 2013-06-09.
  9. ^ a b c d e f U.S. News & World Report
  10. ^ "The Power to Donate in the Palm of Your Hand" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2009-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2012-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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