Children are special. We think children's medicine should be too. As the only health system designed for kids in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, we believe every child should be cared for by professionals who have devoted their career to children’s medicine.
At Children’s National Health System, we are dedicated to providing the best pediatric care for our patients, families, and community. We are the premier provider of pediatric care in the region and the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta.
Serving the nation’s children for 140 years, we are a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Our internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals cares for more than 300,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world.
Serving as an advocate for all children, we are the largest non-governmental provider of pediatric care in the nation’s capital, providing $46.2 million in uncompensated care. We also serve as the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac and critical care as well as neonatology, orthopaedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery.
We’re home to numerous institutes, centers and specialized units featuring innovative physicians, nurses, and academic experts working together to find better ways to prevent, treat and cure different conditions:
- Children’s Research Institute is our academic arm that focuses on translational research, clinical, and community studies and oversees the educational activities and academic affairs of Children's and the Department of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
- Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is a multifaceted unit that encompasses several divisions: Blood and Marrow Transplantation; Hematology; Allergy; Immunology; Laboratory Medicine; Oncology; Pathology; Pharmacology; Pharmacy; and Rheumatology.
- Child Health Advocacy Institute identifies and studies threats facing children, and develops and implements programs to address those threats. It was established more than 40 years ago as the nation’s first hospital-based office focused exclusively on child health advocacy.
- Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease offers the region’s largest program and most experienced professionals in pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, pulmonology, sleep medicine, and nephrology.
- Center for Hospital-Based Specialties encompasses those disciplines that provide critical and acute care for neonates, infants and children and adolescents who are injured or ill, and diagnostic and therapeutic imaging for these children.
- Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care provides the highest level of care to infants, children and adolescents needing surgery with our surgeons performing more than 17,000 surgeries each year.
- Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Health is home to the Daniel and Jennifer Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Institute. Both are internationally recognized centers of clinical care, clinical/translational research, and basic research pertaining to a child’s mind, behavior, emotions and neurological function.
- Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health offers a community-based model which focuses on comprehensive primary care, prevention, diagnoses and treatment of pediatric health conditions prevalent in the District of Columbia.
We’re consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report. We’re also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve.