About Children's Hospitals

When it comes to health care, kids are different

Did you know?

Children are vulnerable. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids make up the largest segment of the U.S. population living in poverty.

Children need health care designed for their unique needs—involving families from start to finish—that is delivered by specially trained clinicians in environments designed just for kids.

As patients, children require:

  • Medication dosing and equipment sized for kids
  • Extra time, more monitoring and tailored communications
  • Compassionate caregivers who understand kids’ physical, mental and behavioral development
  • Institutions committed to advancing children’s health and health care

Looking for specific data and resource on the status of children’s health by state? Check out the Resource for Interactive Child Health (RICH) Data

Children’s hospitals champion children’s health, creating healthy futures

Did you know?

About 1 in 25 hospitals is a children’s hospital. Children’s hospitals serve larger geographies than adult hospitals.

Children’s hospitals play a central role in advancing the health of all children. From prevention to critical care, children’s hospitals meet the health care needs of children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Children’s hospitals also provide a disproportionately large share of the nation’s health professional’s training and research aimed at producing the best possible medical outcomes for kids.

Working in and with communities, children’s hospitals lead health improvement initiatives for children that yield long-term benefits, including a healthier adult population and workforce, and countless costs avoided by early intervention in—or even prevention of—chronic health problems.

Children’s hospitals serve all kids

Across all medical conditions and regardless of their insurance type or ability to pay, children’s hospitals serve kids at each stage of growth and development, requiring differently sized equipment and a range of expertise.

Source: Children’s Hospital Association’s Pediatric Health Information System Database (PHIS)

Because of the concentration of expertise and technology in children’s hospitals, the U.S. health care system depends on them to treat children with the most severe and complex conditions.

Sources: CHA analysis of AHRQ HCUP KID Database; CHA Annual Benchmark Report; CMS Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services

The Mission of Children's Hospitals

1. Prioritize children’s health

To be a children’s hospital means investing in keeping kids throughout communities well and thriving by providing top-notch clinical care. That’s why children’s hospitals partner with communities to:

2. Train tomorrow’s pediatricians

As teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists to care for children living in communities of all sizes and in every state.

Did you know?

Children’s hospitals that participate in an annually funded federal grant program train half the nation’s pediatricians.

Source: CHA Analysis of American Medical Association Graduate Medical Education Database.

3. Drive discovery and innovate treatments

Through pediatric research, children’s hospitals continually innovate treatments and share new knowledge and discoveries. Topics of research are far ranging, from genomic sequencing and precision medicine to preventing and treating head trauma.

Did you know?

Over $1.3 billion in annual NIH funding supports clinical research for cures and treatments at children’s hospitals and their pediatric departments.

Source: Report of FY2015 NIH awards to Children’s Hospitals and Pediatric Departments of Medical Schools, Lisa Lanier Consulting, LLC., April 2016.

4. Collaborate to improve children’s health

Through collaboration and the sharing of best practices, children’s hospitals work together to improve the delivery of safe and effective health care for children.

Taking on the number one cause of death for kids, children’s hospitals work together to reduce sepsis deaths and severe sepsis in all pediatric care settings.

Did you know?

Children’s hospitals reduced sepsis mortality by 15% in the last two years.

Through the Child Health Patient Safety Organization, children’s hospitals work together to address serious, preventable patient safety issues.

Did you know?

Children’s hospitals reduced incidents of serious patient harm by 20% in the last two years.

Children’s hospitals across the country have worked with their states to improve care and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations for children with complex medical conditions in the Medicaid program.

Did you know?

Children’s hospitals in a three-year project reduced hospital days by 32%. DID YOU KNOW? Children are vulnerable. Kids make up the largest segment of the U.S. population living in poverty.

Did you know?

From April to October 2020, hospitals across the U.S. saw a 24% increase in the proportion of mental health emergency department visits for kids ages 5 to 11 and a 31% increase for kids and teens ages 12 to 17.

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