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The BearNet network is a legislative advocacy resource that connects you with the issues Children's National supports, and offers quick, easy access to legislators working on the issues. 

BearNet members are the army we deploy when an issue needs major attention. 

Members receive periodic newsletters and additional mailings to guide them to positive action on behalf of the kids at Children's National Health System.

It's fast, easy, effective, and best of all, can be done from the comfort of your home or office. The legislative advocacy grassroots network boasts more than 1,000 members.

Best Children's Hospitals

Best Children's Hospitals

Children’s National Health System has been named to the  prestigious Honor Roll of the U.S. News & World Report 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals, ranking among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation. The Honor Roll features the “best of the best” hospitals for kids in the country. Additionally, Children’s National is the only pediatric hospital in the entire region of Maryland, DC, and Virginia to earn Honor Roll designation. 

Children’s National was ranked in all 10 specialties for the fifth year in a row, and  three--Neonatology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Gastroenterology/GI Surgery-- were ranked among  the top 10 programs in the country.  All 10 specialties ranked in the top 25 nationally. 

U.S.News and World Report Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties:

  1. Cancer
  2. Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  3. Diabetes and Endocrinology
  4. Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
  5. Neonatology
  6. Nephrology
  7. Neurology and Neurosurgery
  8. Orthopaedics
  9. Pulmonology
  10. Urology 


Children's By the Numbers

By the Numbers


Founded in 1870, Children’s National Health System has grown from a modest 12-bed facility to the integrated healthcare system we are today. Our team members are among the most experienced pediatric primary and specialty care providers in the country, and our advocacy and health promotion programs give all children the best chance for a bright future.

With 313 beds, a community-based pediatric network, eight regional outpatient centers, and collaborations around the region, we’re the premier provider of acute pediatric services in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Children’s National is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia and Atlanta. With locations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, we take a team approach to caring for children in their communities. More than 1,500 nurses, 800 physicians, and hundreds of allied team members provide care for infants, children, and adolescents, averaging more than 460,000 outpatient visits each year at health clinics in the District of Columbia, affiliated centers in Maryland and Virginia, and at the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine in Washington, DC.

Other facts and statistics based on fiscal year 2013:

  • Annual admissions to the hospital - 14,944
  • Average length of stay - 6.1 days
  • Surgical cases performed - 17,867
  • Diagnostic imaging procedures performed - 123,332
  • Laboratory tests performed - 1,050,451
  • 65,000-plus hours of service donated by volunteers
  • 126 patients from 21 countries received care
  • $46.2 million provided in uncompensated care

We are the regional referral center for cancer, cardiac and critical care, fetal medicine, neonatology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, pediatric emergency medicine, and trauma. Our Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center is the region’s Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, the highest rating possible, and serves the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia.

We also are the largest non-government provider of primary care in the nation’s capital, delivering care at community centers and mobile health services to help make quality care more accessible to children and families.

Beyond our borders, state-of-the-art telemedicine capabilities enable our specialists to bring knowledge and expertise to children around the world.

To address the most challenging problems in children’s health, our Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation facilitate collaborations between clinical divisions and researchers. Their discoveries enhance our vision to transform healthcare for children worldwide. As of the last fiscal year, there are more than 475 research projects at Children’s National. More than 53 percent of the research funding comes from federal agencies, including 40 percent from the National Institutes of Health.

We also are a teaching hospital, training the next generation of pediatric healthcare professionals. Children’s Research Institute oversees our educational activities and academic affairs and the Department of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

In July 2010, Children’s National received the prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award grant, from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science, to establish the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a partnership between Children’s National and The George Washington University.

Maria's Journey


Maria was the first patient to have weight-loss surgery at Children's National. With its multidisciplinary approach, a team developed a personalized plan for the teenager.

Read More of Maria's Journey