The University of Chicago Medicine has provided comprehensive, innovative medical care to children since its first pediatric facility was opened in 1930. Thanks to generous gifts by Gary and Frances Comer, a 172-bed acute care facility was founded in 2005, uniting advanced technology with a family-centered, child-friendly philosophy to provide state-of-the-art care in a six-floor, 242,000-square-feet building called the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.
As a major tertiary referral center, Comer Children's sees children with common as well as the most complex medical problems. It admits about 5,000 patients annually from the Chicago area, the Midwest, and around the world. Each year its outpatient clinics accommodate nearly 37,000 general pediatric and specialty visits. More than half of these visits are to one of its many off-site locations. More than 30,000 visits are made to the pediatric emergency room each year.
Comer Children's is staffed by close to 170 highly trained pediatricians, as well as specially trained nurses and caring support staff, who work 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 -- also play an important role in caring for children.