About Children's National


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About Children's National Health System

Children's National is a Kid-Focused Care in State-of-the-Art Facilities that has been around for over 150 years!

At Children’s National, their goal is not simply to cure illness, but to care for each child’s entire well-being.

From their primary care centers to their main hospital, Children's National's experts have devoted their careers to pediatrics. Each care team has specialized training, and often extensive experience, in treating kids’ unique healthcare needs.

In the hospital, the experience is designed to keep kids entertained, enriched, and at ease.

  • Child Life Specialists help children emotionally prepare for procedures, providing support before, during, and after treatment. 
  • Playrooms on each inpatient unit give sick kids a fun and relaxing place to just be kids. 
  • The new Ryan Seacrest Studios gives patients a chance to share their talents on air as they help produce multimedia programming for the whole hospital.
  • Children's National's Dining on Call room service lets patients order meals from their restaurant-style menu on their own schedule. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared fresh to order and delivered within 45 minutes.
  • A library, art therapy, clown care, therapeutic pups, support groups, chaplains and a host of other comforts also help make children feel more at home in the hospital.

Pioneering Research & Innovation

A top NIH-funded pediatric institution, Children’s National is innovating new treatments and healthcare solutions through our research institutes. 

The Children’s Research Institute is Children's National academic arm. It encompasses the translational, clinical, and community research efforts of the institution. 

Their Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation is making pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and less painful for children. 

The Bear Institute Innovation and Learning Center is designed to develop advanced technology healthcare for children.

Through Children's National Department of Nursing Research, Children's National nurses are leading some of their most innovative clinical research.

Transformational Advocacy & Community Programs

Children's National is committed to building a brighter, healthier future for all children, not just the ones who come through their doors.

Their annual community benefit report highlights Children's Nationals investment in the surrounding community and its children.

And, Children's National location in the nation’s capital gives them a unique opportunity to be the voice for children on city, state, and federal policy. As passionate champions for children, their staff are often the first at the table when pediatric healthcare policy is developed.

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With a health care experience designed around kids' unique needs, Children's National is the premier provider of pediatric services in the Washington, DC metro area and its only health system specializing in kids. Last year, Children's National saw more than 219,000 children from the nation’s capital, Maryland, and Virginia as well as from across the country and around the world.

Children's National's pediatric specialists are internationally recognized for providing the best possible care. In fact, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the country’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, and is Magnet® designated for excellence in nursing.

Children's National also earned a global reputation for pioneering new therapies and treatments, including heart, cancer, neurology, and general surgery innovations. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is ranked seventh in NIH research funding for pediatric institutions. 

Children's National is also recognized as committed advocates for children on local, state, and federal health policy. In fact, Children's National is often the first at the table when pediatric healthcare legislation is being developed.

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