Fact Sheet: Programs and Services
Since its opening in 1967, the University of Chicago Medicine Children's Hospital has provided comprehensive, innovative medical care to children of all social and economic backgrounds. The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, a 155-bed acute care hospital that opened in 2004, continues to unite advanced technology with a family-centered, kid-friendly philosophy to provide state-of-the-art care for all children.
Lots of Resources for Little Patients
As a major tertiary referral center, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital sees children with common as well as the most complex medical problems. We annually admit about 5,000 patients from the Chicago area, the Midwest, and around the world. Each year our outpatient clinics accommodate more than 90,000 general pediatric and specialty visits. More than half of these visits are to one of our many off-site locations. More than 28,000 visits are made to the pediatric emergency room each year.
Comer Children's Hospital is staffed by more than 100 physicians from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, as well as specially trained nurses and caring support staff. Our team of healthcare professionals works 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--play an important role in caring for children.
At Comer Children's Hospital and through its outpatient clinics, children and teens receive advanced therapies in virtually all clinical areas, including:
- Adolescent Medicine
- Blood disorders
- Cardiology/cardiac surgery
- Child development
- Cystic fibrosis
- Ear, nose, and throat
- Emergency medicine
- General Pediatrics
- Infectious diseases
- Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
- Pulmonary Medicine
- Sleep Medicine
- Sports Medicine
- Stem Cell Transplant
- Surgery, including minimally invasive surgery
State-of-the-Art Critical Care
Comer Children's Hospital is a pediatric Level-I trauma center that receives about 400 children with severe injuries for emergency trauma care each year. The University of Chicago's Aeromedical Network, or (UCAN), transported many of these children to our hospital. UCAN is a specially equipped helicopter that is staffed by a dedicated team of trained flight nurses, flight physicians, EMS pilots, and communication specialists.
We care for critically ill and injured children in our 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
In addition, 47 designated tertiary care (Level III) beds in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and 18 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.
Taking the Forefront of Kids' Medicine Outside Our Walls
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 at all. Comer Children's Hospital has a strong commitment to our community and sponsors a number of programs and services that extend outside our walls.