Children's National Medical Center

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Children's National Medical Center
Location 111 Michigan Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°55′38″N 77°00′52″W / 38.927291°N 77.014418°W / 38.927291; -77.014418
Care system Commercial, Medicaid
Hospital type Community
Affiliated university The George Washington University
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 303
Founded 1870
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Children’s National Medical Center (formerly DC Children’s Hospital) is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington, D.C. area.[1] Located just north of the McMillan Reservoir and Howard University, it shares grounds with Washington Hospital Center, National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. It is a not-for-profit institution that holds 303 beds, 54 of which are level III C NICU bassinets. Children’s National cares for patients through more than 360,000 visits each year and is the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac, and critical care as well as neonatology, orthopaedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery. [2] Children's National is ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and The Leapfrog Group.[3] Business Week featured the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit in July 2008.[4] Children's National is a teaching hospital of The George Washington University School of Medicine.

Services and Programs[edit]

First Lady Melania Trump visiting Children's National Medical Center in April 2017

Division of Oncology: The Division of Oncology at Children’s National Medical Center 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Children's National Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): The 54-bed NICU is the region’s only level III C and is housed in new facilities with private patient rooms. The NICU provides care for premature infants, and premature and term infants with respiratory distress/failure and sepsis or septic shock.[1]

Children’s Research Institute: Children’s 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.[1]

Mobile Giving Campaign[edit]

In July 2008, Children’s National Medical Center partnered with the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball to promote the Medical Center’s mobile giving campaign, which allows donations to be made via text message [5] 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 Medical Center.[6]

The Night Before Christmas[edit]

Traditionally, the First Lady visits the Center each December with Santa Claus to read the book "The Night Before Christmas". This has been done by First Ladies dating back to Bess Truman.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f US News Archived April 24, 2010, on Wayback Machine., Best Hospitals - Children's National Medical Center.
  2. ^ About CNMC Archived May 17, 2016, on Wayback Machine., Children's National Medical Center.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  5. ^ "The Power to Donate in the Palm of Your Hand" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 

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