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St. Louis Children's Hospital

St. Louis Children's Hospital is the oldest pediatric hospital west of the Mississippi River and the seventh oldest in the United States. Since its founding in 1879, the hospital has been at the forefront of pediatric medicine, with an international reputation for clinical expertise and new treatments that improve children's health.

Children's HospitalIn 2005, Child magazine named St. Louis Children's Hospital one of the 10 best pediatric hospitals in the nation for the second consecutive year. Child also ranked the hospital third in emergency care and ninth in cardiac services and oncology. St. Louis Children's Hospital was the only hospital in the region and the state of Missouri to achieve this elite ranking in 2005. That same year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 13 on its list of the best pediatric hospitals in America.

St. Louis Children's Hospital has 250 licensed beds, including a 26-bed pediatric intensive care unit, a 52-bed neonatal intensive care unit and a 5-bed pediatric bone marrow transplant unit.Each year about 275,000 patients visit the hospital, which offers comprehensive services in every pediatric medical and surgical specialty. The hospital has served patients from all 50 states and 56 countries.

Physicians at St. Louis Children's Hospital are faculty members at the renowned Washington University School of Medicine. An unusually high percentage of the nursing staff has advanced degrees or specialty certificates. In October 2005, the 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 addition to delivering the most advanced pediatric health care, St. Louis Children's Hospital treats all children as treasures and regards their emotional and social well-being as an integral part of their treatment. Every aspect of the hospital is dedicated to children: facilities, food, play therapy and personalized pediatric nurses.