These facts sheets provide just some of the statistics available to illustrate how children's hospitals benefit the health of all children through their four-part mission of clinical care, research, education and advocacy.

Sources for the information include NACHRI's database of comparative indicators on children's health care and children's hospitals, comprehensive surveys of NACHRI member hospitals, experts on specific diseases and conditions in member hospitals and other respected resources on child health. For more details, contact NACHRI Member Services.

Fact Sheets
A Parent's Guide to Choosing Hospital Care for Children - A new NACHRI guide for parents on choosing high quality, safe hospital care for children. The guide provides five sets of questions specific to inpatient pediatric care that will help parents and families make important decisions. It also outlines how children’s health care needs differ from adults’.

History of Children's Hospitals - Among the first children's hospitals in the English speaking world, the Hospital for Sick Children at 49 Great Ormond Street, London, was founded in 1852. Today, there are some 250 children's hospitals in the U.S.

NACHRI - Facts on Children's Hospitals - Advocacy - Each year between 20 and 25 percent of children—more than 39,000 each day—will sustain an injury serious enough to require medical attention, missed school and/or bed rest. That's why a core part of children's hospitals' mission is to lead advocacy efforts to prevent intentional and unintentional injuries in their communities.

NACHRI - Facts on Children's Hospitals - Clinical Care - With the most technologically advanced facilities and top specialists focused 100 percent on the unique needs of children, children’s hospitals serve as regional centers for child health.

NACHRI - Facts on Children's Hospitals - Education - Children’s hospitals and pediatric departments of major teaching hospitals train the large majority of pediatricians and virtually all pediatric subspecialists.