Hospital is a leading center for pediatric
treatment, education and research. All Children's
specialized care for children of all ages,
from newborns through teens. It is one of two
children's hospitals in the state of Florida,
and the only one on Florida's west coast. Patients
come to All Children's from throughout Florida
and from many other states and foreign countries.
Children's Hospital was founded in 1926 as
the American Legion Hospital for Crippled Children.
Today it is a 216-bed teaching hospital affiliated
with the University of South Florida College
Medicine. More than 140 pediatric specialists
and subspecialists provide state-of-the-art medical
and surgical care for children. They work closely
with specially trained nurses, therapists, pharmacists
and other caring professionals who understand
medical, social and emotional needs of each stage
of childhood and adolescence.
Our Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit accommodates 60 premature and at-risk
infants. Two pediatric
care units provide critical care staffing to
children who are acutely ill and patients who
from complex surgeries.
In 1999 the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services recognized All Children's
transplant program as the most successful such
program in the country based on waiting time
to transplant and survival at one year from listing.
The Hospital also has well established programs
in bone marrow transplantation and kidney transplantation.
Children's is recognized nationally as an outstanding
clinical center in many other areas,
pediatric cancer, immunology, cystic fibrosis,
cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery,
genetics, cleft palate and craniofacial disorders.
course, All Children's provides expert care for
kids with routine medical problems, too.
Two-thirds of the surgeries performed yearly
in our eight
operating suites are outpatient procedures. Our
Short Stay Unit makes it possible for many children
to have surgery or diagnostic procedures without
the anxiety and expense of an overnight hospitalization
(see: Information for Families).
Here's a sampling
of some of the high quality pediatric programs
and services available at
Pediatric Medical Specialties