Children's Medical Center Dallas

Children's Medical Center Dallas is a nationally ranked pediatric acute care teaching hospital located in Dallas, Texas. The hospital has 496 pediatric beds and is affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. The hospital provides comprehensive pediatric specialties and subspecialties to infants, children, teens, and young adults aged 0–21[1] throughout Texas and surrounding regions. Children's Medical Center also sometimes treats adults that require pediatric care. Children's Medical Center Dallas also features an ACS designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, 1 of 5 in the state.[2][3] The hospital also has affiliations with the adjacent Parkland Memorial Hospital. Children's Medical Center Dallas is the main hospital campus of Children's Health, the only academic healthcare system in Dallas-Fort Worth dedicated solely to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 21. Children's Health started with just the Dallas location, but has grown to include Children's Medical Center Plano as well as several other pediatric specialty, primary care and urgent care centers located throughout North Texas.Children's Medical Center Dallas is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the country.[4]

Children's Medical Center Dallas
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FundingNon-profit hospital
TypeChildren's hospital
Affiliated universityUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Emergency departmentLevel 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
Former name(s)Texas Children's Hospital
Children's Medical Center Dallas at night.


Children's Medical Center Dallas traces its origins to the summer of 1913, when a group of nurses organized an open-air clinic on the lawn of the old Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The original clinic was known as the Dallas Baby Camp and treated infants up to age 3.[5]

The nurses recognized that children received better care when it was focused only on them. In 1930, the Dallas Baby Camp grew into the Bradford Hospital for Babies, which merged with Children's Hospital of Texas and Richmond Freeman Memorial Clinic in 1948 to form what is now known as Children's Medical Center of Dallas.[6]

Children's Medical Center affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1964.[7][8]

In 1967, administrative structures strengthened and the new campus was opened at its current day location.[9]

In 2014, Children's Medical Center expanded into Children's Health, a system dedicated to providing all types of care for children, as well as public education about health and wellness, across its several hospitals, specialty centers, and pediatric clinics throughout North Texas.[10]


Location and featuresEdit

Located at 1935 Medical District Drive in the heart of Dallas, Children's Medical Center Dallas is licensed for 490 beds and recorded more than 460,000 patient encounters in 2018. The hospital features 16 large, technologically advanced operating rooms, 47 bed Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and offers expertise in more than 50 pediatric specialties and the highest level of trauma care in North Texas as a Pediatric Level I Trauma Center.

Rankings and recognitionEdit

  • Named to U.S. News & World Report's list of the top pediatric hospitals in the country in the 2018-2019 "Best Children's Hospitals" survey. Children's Medical Center Dallas is ranked in all ten specialties.[11]
U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Children's[12]
Specialty Rank (In the U.S.) Score (Out of 100)
Neonatology #17 77.2
Pediatric Cancer #21 80.9
Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery #17 73.8
Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology #18 73.4
Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery #10 86.6
Pediatric Nephrology #18 81.6
Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery #12 84.9
Pediatric Orthopedics #2 96.2
Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery #32 65.0
Pediatric Urology #12 83.4


  1. ^ "Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (AYA)". Children's Medical Center Dallas. Archived from the original on 2020-02-02.
  2. ^ "Trauma Centers". American College of Surgeons. Archived from the original on 2020-09-26. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  3. ^ "Texas Trauma Centers". State of Texas. Archived from the original on 12 May 2020. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  4. ^ Page, Leigh. "30 Largest Children's Hospitals in the United States". Beckers Hospital Review. Archived from the original on 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  5. ^ Center, Children's Medical. "Children's Medical Center Collection". Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  6. ^ Luecke, Percy E. (17 January 2004). "The history of pediatrics at Baylor University Medical Center". Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center). 17 (1): 56–60. doi:10.1080/08998280.2004.11927957. ISSN 0899-8280. PMC 1200641. PMID 16200089.
  7. ^ "Department of Pediatrics History" (PDF). UT Southwestern Medical Center. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-06-04.
  8. ^ "Facts and Figures". Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  9. ^ HAZEL, MICHAEL V. (2010-06-12). "CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER OF DALLAS". Archived from the original on 2020-08-01. Retrieved 2020-04-16.
  10. ^ "Our History". Archived from the original on 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  11. ^ "Rankings". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  12. ^ "Best Children's Hospitals". U.S. News and World Report. 2020. Archived from the original on 2019-12-23.

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Coordinates: 32°48′34″N 96°50′11″W / 32.8094°N 96.8365°W / 32.8094; -96.8365