Facts about Children's National

Patient Care

Children’s National is more than a hospital, we are a health system just for children. We’re the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area, and the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta.

Serving children for more than 140 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in developing and providing innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s National is the largest non-government provider of primary care in the District of Columbia, seeing more than 35,000 children through our health centers each year. About 56 percent of our patients live in Maryland.

We also offer families a link to quality pediatric care through our mobile medical program and at community centers. Our team averages 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 in Washington, DC. On average, that equals nearly 1,000 patient visits in one day to one of Children’s National’s 30 locations in the District of Columbia and throughout the metropolitan area. In 2013, we performed more than 17,860 surgical procedures, 123,332 radiological examinations, and more than 1 million laboratory tests.

Clinical Care

Our focus is resolutely on doing what’s best for the children of the region, the nation, and the world. Our multi-campus organization consists of many entities focused on providing research-based care (in dozens of specialized clinical programs):

  • Children’s National, located on the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine, houses 313 inpatient beds, including 54 dedicated to our level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics with its highest designation.
  • Children’s National has more than 60 intensive care beds and includes the only pediatric Neuro-Intensive Care and Cardiac Intensive Care units in the mid-Atlantic region. The hospital is home to the region’s busiest Emergency Department and is a designated Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest rating available, that serves the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia.
  • We are the only hospital in the region with pediatric-only trained flight teams — ready to provide critical treatment on the way to the hospital and in the air thanks to SkyBear, Children’s National’s rapid helicopter transport service, and STAT MedEvac, a direct air carrier that arranges and coordinates the operation of SkyBear ambulance services.
  • Our renowned specialists practice not only at the hospital on the Sheikh Zayed Campus, but also at our eight Regional Outpatient Centers that provide specialty care around the region, including an Ambulatory Surgery Center. These centers make it more convenient for families to access Children’s clinical expertise that includes imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, surgery, oncology, neurology, and much more.
  • Children’s National Health Network is the Washington, DC, region’s largest dedicated pediatric provider network. Comprised of more than 900 members, the network links community-based pediatricians with the team at Children’s National.
  • We’re also recognized for our numerous research institutes including the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, the Children’s National Heart Institute, the Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute, the Brain Tumor Institute, the Obesity Institute, and the Children’s Research Institute, which is a national leader in translational, basic, clinical, and community research programs.


There’s no greater place to advocate on behalf of children than within a short distance from Capitol Hill. But proximity is not enough to establish a national voice for pediatric healthcare. Our staff dedicates their careers to children’s medicine and serves as passionate champions for children. Often, they’re first at the table when national pediatric healthcare policy is developed.


We’re trailblazers when it comes to research in pediatric medicine. In 2013, Children’s Research Institute expanded faculty and staff, increased grant funding and the number of research projects. We have more than 475 research projects with researchers investigating a multitude of diseases including brain ad spinal cord injuries and protection, obesity and type 2 diabetes, renal disease, and autism. More than 53 percent of our research funding comes from federal agencies including 40 percent from the National Institutes of Health.


Our pediatric program is one of the most competitive in the nation, receiving 2,700 applications for 40 open intern positions. We sponsor 30 nationally recognized fellowship programs. New programs formally approved in 2013 include: Pain Medicine, Neurocritical Care, Cardiac Intensive Care Medicine, and Cardiac Anesthesia. Each year, we have 150 subspecialty fellows in 30 fellowship programs, 117 pediatric residents, 750 rotating residents, and 300 medical students. Each year, we provide pediatric training for approximately 180 third-year medical students from George Washington University, 48 third-year medical students from Howard University, and more than 100 fourth-year students from George Washington and other medical schools.