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St. Louis Children's Hospital

This article is about St. Louis Children's Hospital. For other similarly named hospitals, see Children's Hospital (disambiguation).
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Location 1 Children’s Place, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Care system Non-Profit
Hospital type Pediatric
Affiliated university Washington University School of Medicine
Emergency department Yes
Beds 258
Founded Founded in 1879, St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the oldest pediatric hospital west of the Mississippi River and the 7th oldest in the United States.
Lists Hospitals in Missouri
The entrance to St. Louis Children's Hospital.

St. Louis Children's Hospital provides a full range of pediatric services to the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area and a primary service region covering six states. As the pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children's Hospital offers nationally recognized programs for physician training and research. The hospital has 258 licensed beds, 3,000 employees, 700 medical staff members and 1,300 auxiliary members and volunteers.


St. Louis Children’s Hospital opened in 1879 in downtown St. Louis. St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the first children’s hospital west of the Mississippi River and the seventh oldest in the country, opened in a small, rented house with 15 beds. Today, St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s clinical and community outreach programs serve more than 250,000 patients annually.


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Kidsflight 1 is a MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 helicopter operated by the SLCH transport team
  • The hospital offers comprehensive services in every pediatric medical and surgical specialty. It extends its services to children and families in the community through numerous health workshops and educational partnerships. Advocacy efforts have included programs on nutrition and fitness, childhood immunizations, injury prevention, firearm safety, car seat and helmet safety, and smoking prevention and cessation.
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital has the world's largest pediatric lung transplant program, and also offers transplant programs for heart, liver, kidney, and bone marrow. The hospital has performed more than 400 lung and lung-heart transplants [1] in its history. It is one of the top pediatric transplant centers in the country.[citation needed]
  • Having one of the country’s largest programs for heart failure treatment, St. Louis Children’s Hospital was the first hospital in Missouri to implant the Berlin heart,[2] a ventricular assist device that serves as a bridge to transplant by supporting cardiac function. Through its cardiac catheterization lab, St. Louis Children’s Hospital provides surgical alternatives to repair heart defects; more than 600 cardiac catheterization procedures are performed each year. St. Louis Children's Hospital is the first hospital in Missouri to use a new heart valve that can eliminate the need for open-heart surgery.
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital is recognized as a pediatric burn center by the American Burn Association. It is the only children's hospital in eastern Missouri and the Metro-East area of Illinois to earn this designation.[citation needed]
  • The hospital's Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity performs more selective dorsal rhizotomy surgeries than any facility in the United States. In July 2010, Dr. T.S. Park performed his 2,000th selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure.[3]
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital offers comprehensive EEG/Epilepsy[4] services. The Epilepsy center consists of a 4-bed outpatient clinic, and a state-of-the-art 9-bed EEG-Video Monitoring Unit. The Epilepsy Center has the facilities to utilize a variety of diagnostic techniques (e.g., SPECT, fMRI, 3T MRI, DTI, PET, MEG, WADA, and ECoG) when evaluating patients for epilepsy surgery.

Research: St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine

In 2006, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine collaborated to establish the Children's Discovery Institute with a goal of accelerating cures for childhood disease in four areas: congenital heart disease, cancer, lung and respiratory disorders, and musculoskeletal diseases.

As one of the country's top recipients in research grants, the School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics received more than $24 million for pediatric research in 2005, ranking it in the top seven in the country. When combined with grants awarded to other pediatric disciplines, grants exceeded $30 million, placing the medical school's pediatric services as a consistent leader in National Institute of Health funding.[citation needed]

Awards and accomplishments

Child magazine has named St. Louis Children's Hospital to its list of the nation's '10 Best' pediatric hospitals four consecutive times. St. Louis Children's is the only hospital in Missouri, Illinois and the surrounding eight-state region to achieve this elite ranking. In 2008, the magazine ranked Children's newborn medicine and orthopedics program #3; pulmonary medicine and emergency medicine ranked #4; and cardiac services ranked #6.[5]

U.S. News & World Report has also repeatedly named St. Louis Children’s Hospital on its list of the Best Pediatric Hospitals in America. In 2008 the magazine ranked St. Louis Children's 6th in neurology and neurosurgery, 11th in neonatal care, 12th in respiratory disorders, 17th in general pediatrics, cancer care, heart and heart surgery, and 23rd in digestive disorders.[6] In 2009, St. Louis Children's Hospital was one of 10 hospitals to make the U.S. News Honor Roll by ranking in all 10 specialties evaluated. Hospitals were ranked in cancer, diabetes and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders, and urology.[7] In both 2010[8] and 2011,[9] the hospital was once again named to the U.S. News Honor Roll.

In October 2005, Children's Hospital received the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence, the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). To date, only 170 of almost 5,000 hospitals nationwide – 3 percent – have Magnet status. In January 2010, St. Louis Children’s Hospital was redesignated as a Magnet hospital by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program.[10] Only 2 percent of hospitals nationally have achieved Magnet redesignation.

Year U.S. News & World Report Rank Child Magazine Rank
2003 21st[11] 6th[12]
2004 19th[13] (not published)
2005 13th[14] 10th[15]
2006 14th[16] (not published)
2007 15th[17] 7th[18]
2008 17th (general pediatrics)[19] 5th[20]


  1. ^ "Lung Transplant Program Statistics" St. Louis Children's Hospital, accessed April 23, 2013
  2. ^ "Baby is First Patient in Missouri to Receive Berlin Heart". St. Louis Children's Hospital, accessed August 31, 2012.
  3. ^ "Dr. T.S. Park Performs 2,000th Rhizotomy for Cerebral Palsy". St. Louis Children's Hospital (August 12, 2010), accessed August 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "Pediatric Epilepsy Center". Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, accessed November 16, 2011.
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