Learn more about membership with Children's Hospital Association.

Children's Hospital Association is a membership organization of children's hospitals, health systems and related organizations providing primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care to children in their communities and beyond. The hospital, health system or pediatric organization is considered the member and its current employees and affiliated medical staffs are eligible to participate in various programs and services.

What organizations are eligible for institutional membership?

  • Institutional membership includes voting rights and committee representation.
  • Self-governing, not-for-profit children's hospitals that care for patients with conditions normally requiring a stay of less than 30 days.
  • Self-governing, not-for-profit, independent specialty and psychiatric children's hospitals, including those with clinical specialization in orthopedics, rehabilitation, chronic diseases or mental illness.
  • Pediatric units of not-for-profit medical institutions caring for patients normally requiring stays of less than 30 days and serving as the primary teaching sites of organized pediatric departments of approved medical schools.
  • Not-for-profit medical institutions each with a pediatric graduate education program affiliated with a medical school, but not the primary teaching site, and having a minimum daily pediatric census of 45 and recognition as a pediatric referral center.
  • Committees or other entities pursuing the development of not-for-profit children's hospitals.

What other organizations can join?

Not-for-profit or for-profit children's health care providers that are not eligible for institutional membership but wish to participate in and support applicable association programs are able to join as non-voting members.

Institutions not in the U.S. are eligible for international membership.

What are member benefits?

Membership dues provide the critical funding necessary to sustain the infrastructure and resources for programs and services benefitting all participating children’s hospitals. This investment advances topics of importance to our members.

Through your membership, you have access to:

  • Topical and role-based groups to ask questions, make connections and find new approaches.
  • Annual conferences hosted by CHA that bring hundreds of children’s hospital leaders together for networking and problem-solving.
  • Webinars throughout the year or the on-demand presentations to watch and share with colleagues at your convenience.
  • Safety alerts and risk assessments to proactively identify patient harm risks.
  • Quality and accountability measures that work in value-based arrangements.
  • Pediatric-specific data sets that inform decision-making within your hospital and in advocacy efforts.
  • Groups that influence advocacy campaigns and policy recommendations.
  • Programs and services that aggregate buying power for substantial cost savings.

We also offer a variety of fee-for-service programs that children’s hospitals can leverage to fit individual needs and goals. Our member relations team can help you identify the right portfolio of groups and programs to maximize your membership.

What is the cost of membership?

Membership dues are based on the type and size of the institution. Dues are assessed annually.

How can you apply?

Contact the member relations team.

How can non-health care providers support CHA?

Non-health care providers can support children’s hospitals through our sponsorship and advertising opportunities.


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