Children’s at a Glance

  • Named one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report with nationally ranked clinical programs in Cancer, Endocrinology, Heart, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology
  • Among only 5% of the nation’s hospitals to have Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • Serves children through more than 677,000 total patient encounters every year
  • The only pediatric hospital in the nation with seven disease-specific management program certifications by The Joint Commission
  • Serves patients through more than 50 specialty and subspecialty programs
  • A major pediatric kidney, liver, heart and bone marrow transplant center
  • Primary pediatric teaching facility for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Private, not-for-profit pediatric hospital system that receives no state or county tax dollars

Our Facilities

  • Campuses in Dallas and Plano, Texas; a Specialty Care Center in Southlake, Texas; and several MyChildren’s outpatient centers across the Metroplex
  • Licensed for 595 inpatient beds
  • 71 dedicated pediatric intensive care unit beds, making it one of the Texas’ largest ICUs just for children
  • 28 of the largest, most technologically advanced operating rooms available in pediatrics today
  • 20-bed dedicated pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, the largest heart center for children in North Texas
  • First pediatric hospital in Texas to be designated a Level I Trauma Center
  • Sees more than 173,000 patients in the Emergency Department each year

Celebrating 100 Years of Making Life Better for Children


Children’s traces its origins to the spring of 1913 when a group of nurses organized an open-air clinic for infants on the lawn of the old Parkland Hospital. The nurses recognized that children received better care when it was focused on them. The clinic 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.

Patient Care

Children’s is the only academic health care facility in North Texas dedicated to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18. Children’s provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology/oncology and cystic fibrosis. In addition, Children’s is a major pediatric kidney, liver, heart and bone marrow transplant center. In 2006, physicians at Children’s performed the first successful combined heart-liver transplant.


Through an affiliation with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the physicians on the medical staff at Children’s conduct research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies and greater understanding of pediatric diseases. The Children’s Medical Center Research Instituteat UT Southwestern recently opened to focus on the discovery of transformative advances related to the understanding and treatment of cancer, birth defects and metabolic diseases. Research programs in cancer, neonatology, kidney disease, infectious disease, pharmacology, sickle cell disease and psychiatry are nationally recognized. New treatments discovered on researchers’ benches at UT Southwestern are applied directly to patient care at Children’s, offering patients and their families more options for recovery and direct benefit from leading-edge medical science. Members of our medical and dental staff lecture and teach their groundbreaking procedures around the world.


As the primary pediatric teaching facility for UT Southwestern, Children’s sets the standard for pediatric care in North Texas. The relationship between UT Southwestern and Children’s allows the organizations to recruit the nation’s best pediatric specialists to the region. Children’s offers a three-year residency program for physicians and supports academic fellowships in many specialties. Many of the hospital’s more than 1,000 medical and dental staff members completed the UT Southwestern program and now hold faculty positions at the medical school. Educational experiences also are available for nurses, child development specialists, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and others who participate in Children’s internships.


Child advocacy is an important part of the Children’s mission. Hospital administrators, employees and medical staff members continually work to educate officials and the public on matters of health care, education, safety and security for the children of Texas. Advocacy efforts extend into the areas of access to children’s health insurance, child abuse, pediatric AIDS, childhood obesity and community health and wellness. Children’s serves an essential role in connecting the uninsured population with the resources available to receive insurance. Children’s also leads the Dallas-area SAFE KIDS Coalition, spearheading local efforts to raise awareness about childhood injury prevention.


As a private, not-for-profit academic pediatric health care organization, Children’s relies on the generosity of the community to help fulfill its mission to make life better for children.

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