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Children's National Medical Center

Children’s National Health System (formerly DC Children’s Hospital, Children's National Medical Center) is a children's hospital in Washington, D.C. Ranked among the top 6 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report,[1] and located just north of the McMillan Reservoir and Howard University, it shares grounds with Washington Hospital Center, National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Kurt Newman, M.D., has served as the president and chief executive officer of Children’s National since 2011. Children's National is a not-for-profit institution that performs more than 450,000 visits each year. Featuring 323 beds and a Level IV NICU, Children's National is the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac and critical care as well as neonatology, orthopaedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery. [2] Children's National is ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and The Leapfrog Group.[3] Children's National is a teaching hospital of The George Washington University School of Medicine and The Howard University College of Medicine.

Children's National Medical Center
Location111 Michigan Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., USA
Coordinates38°55′38″N 77°00′52″W / 38.927291°N 77.014418°W / 38.927291; -77.014418
Care systemCommercial, Medicaid
Hospital typeCommunity
Affiliated universityThe George Washington University
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center


Services and programsEdit

Division of Oncology: The Division of Oncology at Children's National Medical Center strives to cure cancer and minimize the side effects of treatment. Children's National has access to Children's Oncology Group's Phase I trials and Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium protocols.[4]

Children's National Heart Institute: The Institute is made up of the departments of Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Intensive Care, and Cardiac Anesthesia. Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, interventionalists, cardiac intensivists, anesthesiologists, and fetal heart specialists care for a wide range of congenital heart problems.[4]

Children's National Division of Neurosurgery: The neurosurgery team tackles complex cases using image-guided surgery, gamma knife, and minimally invasive approaches. The Division of Neurology at Children's National treats a range of pediatric conditions, including autism, brain tumors, epilepsy, headaches, learning disabilities, migraines, movement disorders, neonatal neurology, neurogenetic diseases, neuromuscular diseases, stroke, and white matter diseases.[4]

Children's National Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): The Division of Neonatology is ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Within this division is one of the only level IV NICUs in the Washington, D.C., area, providing care for premature and ill newborns.[4]

Children's Research Institute: Children's Research Institute is a top ranked pediatric research institution in terms of overall National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Principal investigators and physicians work side by side.[4]

Mobile giving campaignEdit

In July 2008, Children's National Medical Center partnered with the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball to promote the Medical Center's mobile giving campaign, which allows donations to be made via text message.[5] In July 2009, Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers created a public service announcement encouraging people to support the diabetes program at Children's National Medical Center.[6]

The Night Before ChristmasEdit

Traditionally, the First Lady visits the Center each December with Santa Claus to read the book "The Night Before Christmas". This has been done by First Ladies dating back to Bess Truman.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Children's National Medical Center Rankings". U.S. News & World Report.
  2. ^ About CNMC Archived May 17, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, Children's National Medical Center.
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  4. ^ a b c d e U.S. News & World Report
  5. ^ "The Power to Donate in the Palm of Your Hand" "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2008-12-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2009-07-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2012-01-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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