Why Children's?

We are experts in the care of children.

Children’s National Health System, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Serving the nation’s children for more than 140 years, Children’s National is the premier provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area.

Providing world-class care to children is not just part of what we do, it’s all we do. Our staff takes the time to listen, address needs, and hear concerns of patients and families.

Children’s internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals log more than 360,000 visits annually for patients who come from throughout the region, nation, and world. As one of the largest employers in the region, Children’s National has more than 6,000 employees, including 1,500 nurses and 900 physicians.

We believe that children everywhere should have the best chance at a bright future.

Children’s National is the largest provider of pediatric care in the District of Columbia and as a non-profit health system, we have a mission to serve all children regardless of ability to pay. Each year, Children’s National provides more than $46 million in uncompensated care.

We are committed to improving the lives of children everywhere.

Children's National serves as the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac, and critical care as well as neonatology, orthopaedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery.  The Telemedicine Program at Children’s National provides distance learning and more than 1,000 consultations annually to regional and international providers. Our experts also train the next generation of pediatric healthcare professionals by training more than 200 residents and fellows annually.

We are applying innovative thinking to help solve issues faced by children here and around the world.

With an internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare and research professionals, Children’s has one of the top federally funded pediatric research centers in the country. Children’s National is home to the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is home to the only Clinical and Translational Science Award led by a pediatric hospital.

We are dedicated to meeting a child’s unique physical and emotional needs by providing the highest quality care designed with kids in mind.

Recognized for clinical excellence, Children’s National is ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and is Magnet-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest level of recognition for nursing. All three of Children’s Intensive Care Units are recipients of the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Our focus on continuing education for our staff is key to innovation and continuing to provide the best in world-class care.