About Us


Committed to Children in our Community & Around the World

As the leading kids’ health system in the Washington, DC area and the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia and Atlanta, we are dedicated to caring for children and our community.

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Putting Children and Families at the Center of All We Do

With a health care experience designed around kids' unique needs, we’re the premier provider of pediatric servicesin the Washington, DC metro area and its only health system specializing in kids. Last year, we saw more than 219,000 children from the nation’s capital, Maryland, and Virginia as well as from across the country and around the world.

Our pediatric specialists are internationally recognized for providing the best possible care. In fact, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the country’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, and is Magnet® designated for excellence in nursing.

We’ve also earned a global reputation for pioneering new therapies and treatments, including heart, cancer, neurology, and general surgery innovations. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is ranked seventh in NIH research funding for pediatric institutions. 

We’re also recognized as committed advocates for children on local, state, and federal health policy. In fact, we’re often the first at the table when pediatric healthcare legislation is being developed. 

Top 20 for Every Specialty

Ranked in 10 specialties

Children's National is one of just 4 pediatric hospitals ranked in the top 20 in every specialty in the U.S. News and World Report 2016-2017 Best Children's Hospital Survey.

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Grow Up Stronger

We’re proud to announce a new advertising campaign that speaks to the work we do, the families we support, and above all, the kids we help to have healthier futures.

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Nursing’s Highest Honors


Children’s National was once again designated a Magnet® hospital in 2015. Only 7% of hospitals nationwide earn Magnet® status, awarded for excellence in nursing and patient care.

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Our Mission & Vision

As the nation’s children’s hospital, we aim to excel in clinical care, advocacy, research, and education.

Our Health System

From primary care to intensive care, we practice award-winning medicine at state-of-the-art facilities in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Leaders in Child Health

From top ranking by U.S. News & World Report to ANCC Magnet designation, Children’s National consistently earns industry awards and recognition.

Our Leadership

The team steering our health system toward the future brings a unique combination of clinical and business experience.

Board of Directors

From guiding our foundation to shaping our advocacy efforts, our boards help implement our mission.

Our Legacy

Learn more about our history, our growth, and our continuing commitment to the nation’s children.  

Annual Reports

Read the Children’s National Health System 2015 annual report to see how our experts’ work is making significant advancements in children’s health.

Fast Facts

More than 219,000 patients. 6000+ employees. 600+ research projects. Get to know Children’s National through our impressive stats.