St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Of nearly 200 pediatric hospitals surveyed nationwide, only 12% ranked in all 10 specialties, including St. Louis Children’s Hospital. St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital within a 250-mile radius to rank in all 10 specialties.


Established in 1879 as a 15-bed facility in downtown St. Louis, SLCH is now a 350-bed institution offering 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 80 countries. The hospital is staffed exclusively by Washington University faculty physicians and employs 3,000 people.

Around 275,000 patients visit SLCH each year. The hospital is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, receiving approximately 50,000 visits annually (120-130 daily) in the emergency department. SLCH is one of the top pediatric transplant centers in the country. The world’s leading pediatric lung transplant program is at SLCH with active programs in heart, liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantations.

In 2017, SLCH expanded by opening a new tower. Facilities include a 32-bed emergency department, 13 operating suites, a 120-bed neonatal intensive care unit, a 40-bed PICU, a 16-bed bone marrow transplant unit, and a 38-bed Heart Center (including a CICU). Other units include the dialysis unit, wound service, neurorehabilitation service and sports medicine gym, and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms on site.

All patient rooms are equipped with a bathroom, telephone, television, DVD player, and wireless Internet capability. Each room is designed to accommodate one parent per patient for overnight stays, including the intensive care units.

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 at (314) 454-KIDS or (314) 454-TEEN.


2018 Hospital Statistics

SLCH Clinic Visits = 170,377
WU Clinic Visits = 149,628
Inpatient OR Cases = 3,410
EU Visits = 48,678
NICU Admits = 1,295
NICU Patient Days = 38,117
CICU Patient Days = 4,572
PICU Patient Days = 8,472
Admissions = 17,242

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