St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) is ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and consistenly in the top 5 by Parents Magazine. Originally established in 1879 as a 15-bed facility in downtown St. Louis, SLCH is now a 250-bed institution that offers a full range of pediatric services. The immediate service area has a population of 2.8 million, but the hospital has cared for patients from all 50 states and from over 56 countries. The hospital is staffed exclusively by Washington University faculty physicians, and it employs over 2,700 people. Visit the SLCH website directly at: www.stlouischildrens.org
Each year about 275,000 patients visit SLCH. The hospital is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, and the emergency department receives approximately 50,000 visits annually, or 120-130 visits daily. SLCH is one of the top pediatric transplant centers in the country. The world’s leading pediatric lung program is at SLCH, and it has active programs in transplantation for heart, liver, kidney, lung, small bowel and bone marrow.
Recent construction at SLCH added seven floors — 124,000 square feet — to the existing building and renovated 160,000 square feet of existing space. SLCH facilities include a 34-bed emergency department, 13 operating suites, a 75-bed neonatal intensive care unit, a 24-bed PICU with 12 cardiac beds, and a six-bed bone marrow transplant unit. In addition, there are new facilities for the dialysis unit, the ambulatory wound service (PAWS), the burn center, therapy services and sports medicine gym, and a Ronald McDonald Family Room.
SLCH is moving toward private patient rooms and recently increased such rooms from 30 percent to 80 percent of the total. Patient rooms are equipped with a bathroom, telephone, color television, VCR/DVD and wireless Internet capability. Each room is designed to accommodate one parent per patient for overnight stays (intensive care units are exceptions).
In addition to outstanding medical care, SLCH also provides extensive community outreach services, including home care, patient and parent support groups, educational programs, and a free child health information line staffed by pediatric registered nurses (454-KIDS).