The University of Chicago Medicine has provided comprehensive, innovative medical care to children since its first pediatric facility was opened in 1930. Thanks to generous gifts by Gary and Frances Comer, a 172-bed acute care facility was founded in 2005, uniting advanced technology with a family-centered, child-friendly philosophy to provide state-of-the-art care in a six-floor, 242,000-square-feet building called the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.
As a major tertiary referral center, Comer Children's sees children with common as well as the most complex medical problems. It admits about 5,000 patients annually from the Chicago area, the Midwest, and around the world. Each year its outpatient clinics accommodate nearly 37,000 general pediatric and specialty visits. More than half of these visits are to one of its many off-site locations. More than 30,000 visits are made to the pediatric emergency room each year.
Comer Children's is staffed by close to 170 highly trained pediatricians, as well as specially trained nurses and caring support staff, who work together to provide general and specialty medical care for newborns to young adults. As a center of medical training, the pediatricians of tomorrow -- medical students, residents and fellows -- also play an important role in caring for children.
As a pediatric level 1 trauma center, Comer Children's also provides care for minors with severe injuries due to emergency trauma. The University of Chicago’s Aeromedical Network, or UCAN, transported many of these children to Comer Children’s. UCAN is a specially equipped helicopter that is staffed by a dedicated team of trained flight nurses, flight physicians, EMS pilots, and communication specialists.
In addition, Comer Children’s cares for critically ill and injured children in its technologically advanced Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. This 30-bed facility is fully equipped to treat children with:
- Multiple traumas
- Complex medical problems
- Conditions requiring major surgery, including cardiac, transplant and neurosurgery
Its designated tertiary care (Level III) beds in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the convalescent (Level II) beds in our Transitional Care Unit provide premature and critically ill infants with the most advanced medical care and life support systems.
Nearly 60 percent of all inpatient care and more than 50 percent of all outpatient care -- including 75 percent of emergency room care -- are provided to Medicaid children and those with no health insurance. Comer Children’s has a strong commitment to the community and sponsors a number of programs and services that extend outside its walls.