Facts about Children's National

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Our vital stats should help you understand the scope of our regional health system and the positive impact of what we do.

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Our Patients

Our Patients

In Fiscal Year 2016, we saw 218,958 patients, primarily from the Washington, DC, metro area.

  • 56% of our patients live in Maryland
  • 26% live in Washington, DC
  • 16% live in Virginia

Patients also came to us from 21 countries around the world. Our Global Services Program brought 2,010 international patients to Children’s National for treatment.

Last year, we performed:

  • 450,080 outpatient visits
  • 16,718 surgeries
  • 123,554 diagnostic imaging procedures
  • 1,140,585 lab tests


Our 6,000+ Member Team

  • We employ more than 1,700 nurses and close to 900 physicians (includes faculty, clinical associates and physicians in training).
  • We have specialists in more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs.
  • We're the region's largest physician network with 1,400 affiliated pediatricians.
  • In FY2016 we taught 120 pediatric residents, 170 fellows and 506 medical students.
  • Our 1,330+ volunteers donated more than 97,000 hours of service last year.


Our Facilities

  • We’ve grown from 12 beds in 1870 to 313 today.
  • The main hospital has 54 bassinets in our Level IV Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics as its highest designation.
  • We have two large emergency departments, located at our main campus and at the United Medical Center campus in Southeast Washington, DC. Our main campus is also designated a Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest rating available, for its adept care for injured children.
  • We have the region’s only pediatric-trained flight teams — ready to provide critical treatment on the way to the hospital. We transport more than 5,000 neonates and children each year.
  • In addition to the main hospital, we have 7 neighborhood health centers and a mobile health program in the District.
  • The more than 40 providers of Children's Pediatricians & Associates (CP&A) deliver primary care at 12 locations in the Washington, DC, metro area.
  • We have 7 Regional Outpatient Centers in VA, MD and Washington, DC, providing our patients with access to Children’s specialists, labs, and outpatient surgery centers right in their neighborhood. 

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Our Research

We’re working on 600+ research projects.

More than 66% of our research funding comes from federal agencies, including 55% from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In fact, Children’s National ranks 7th in the nation for NIH pediatric funding. 

Children’s researchers are investigating a multitude of pediatric diseases and novel treatments, including:

  • ADHD
  • Airway and lung diseases
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries and protection
  • Childhood cancer, including blood, kidney and brain tumors
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Drug and device development
  • Epilepsy
  • Fetal medicine
  • Immune therapy
  • Inborn errors of metabolism
  • Infectious disease
  • Inflammatory disease
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Pain medicine
  • Renal disease
  • Renal tumors
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Stem cell transplantation
  • Urea cycle disorders



Education & Training

We taught 120 pediatric residents,* 170 fellows and 506 medical students

We average 2,500 applications annually for 40 intern positions*

We sponsor 44 nationally recognized fellowship programs

Our medical student training included:

  • 186 third-year medical students from George Washington University
  • 120 third-year medical students from Howard University
  • 200 fourth-year medical students from George Washington University and other schools

*In FY 2017