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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Fact Sheet: Programs and Services

The University of Chicago Medicine Children's Hospital has provided comprehensive, innovative medical care to children since it opened its first pediatric facility in 1930. The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, a 172-bed acute care hospital that opened in 2005, 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, Comer Children's 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 nearly 37,000 general pediatric and specialty visits. More than half of these visits are to one of our many off-site locations. More than 30,000 visits are made to the pediatric emergency room each year.

Our Services

Comer Children's is staffed by close to 170 highly trained pediatricians, 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 and through its outpatient clinics, children and teens receive advanced therapies in virtually all clinical areas, including:

State-of-the-Art Critical Care

Comer Children's is a pediatric Level-I trauma center that provides care for children with severe injuries due to emergency trauma. 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, the designated tertiary care (Level III) beds in our 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.

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 has a strong commitment to our community and sponsors a number of programs and services that extend outside our walls.