About Us

Since its start in 1855 as the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to caring for children, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. The Hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Over 150 years of innovation and service to our patients, their families and our community, reflect an ongoing commitment to exceptional patient care.

Family-Centered Care

Our employees view families as equal partners in the pursuit of excellence in patient care, medical education and research.

Learn about our family-centered approach to care »

Parents' Guide to Research

Are you considering having your child participate in a research study? Our online guide explains the process so you can decide if it's the right choice for your family.

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Just For Kids

Visit Kids Health Galaxy, our kids' Web site, to prepare your child for a visit to the hospital.

Community Resources for Families

Search our database to find resources and supportive services in your community.

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Tour the Connelly Center

Staff visiting from other hospitals and institutions can arrange a tour of our Connelly Resource Center for Families. Learn more »


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Annual Report 2013

In our 2013 Annual Report, you’ll find stories of how CHOP is leading change in pediatric healthcare. You’ll meet extraordinary people who serve as “change agents.” And you’ll see the numbers that help us measure the power of transformation. Ready for a change? Let’s get started.

CHOP specialty license plates are now available for Pennsylvania residents. When you buy a plate, you support our vital programs in the community.


You drive, we thrive!

International Visitors

Learn about the services we offer international patients.

We are smoke-free!

To provide a safe, healthy environment for our patients, families and staff, all CHOP locations are 100% smoke-free, inside and out.