Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center is ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals nationally in nine specialties by U.S. News & World Report and provides care for thousands of patients annually.
The Duke Children’s Health Center includes specialty clinics, a pediatric endoscopy and procedure suite, a pediatric perioperative suite, an outpatient pharmacy, and the Jim Valvano Day Hospital for children and adolescents receiving chemotherapy and other outpatient infusions.
We are committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do. Most importantly, we consistently strive to make the patient experience a model of quality care through advanced treatment, compassionate support, and full family participation and communication.
Our mission is to provide:
Excellence in the clinical care of infants and children
Innovation in basic and applied research
Leadership in the education of health care professionals
Advocacy for children's health
Patient and family centered care
Our commitment to patient and family centered care guides our everyday interactions, and is the framework for our planning and program development. We believe that bringing together health care providers, patients, and families in daily, ongoing partnerships—to share information, make decisions, participate in care and exchange ideas—results in better outcomes, higher quality, and improved safety.
Duke Children's Hospital is a self-contained "hospital within a hospital" on the fifth floor of Duke University Hospital. It contains pediatric and neonatal intensive care units.
The Duke Children's Health Center, adjacent to Duke University Hospital, provides an attractive, family-friendly setting for a variety of specialized pediatric services. It includes the Jim Valvano Day Hospital and dedicated cardiology, pulmonary, endoscopy-bronchoscopy and perioperative suites.
The pediatric emergency section of the Duke University Hospital Emergency Room offers a cheerful, child-friendly environment for a wide range of pediatric emergency and trauma services. It contains equipment designed specifically for children and includes 18 beds, two critical care rooms, and isolation rooms for children with infectious diseases.
In addition to Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center:
The Lenox Baker Children's Hospital is located one mile west of Duke University Hospital. It provides outpatient services for children with genetic, metabolic, endocrine, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Physical and occupational therapy services are also provided.
As one of the largest charity health care providers for children in the Southeast, Duke Children's brings care directly to those who are often overlooked.
Our specialty outreach services include:
cardiology telemedicine program, which links Duke pediatric cardiologists with caregivers at community hospitals in North Carolina and Virginia;
collaborative center created by Duke Children Hospital & Health Center with other local universities to provide medical and mental health services for abused children and raises awareness about child abuse and neglect;
the Duke Children's pediatric HIV clinic, which has cared for hundreds of HIV-infected or -exposed infants throughout the region since 1986.
Quality and Safety
Duke Health is committed to delivering high-quality care and providing you with reliable, easy-to-understand information about how we compare to our peers. This information comes from independent, third-party sources and will let you know how well our hospitals follow care guidelines that are proven to lead to better patient outcomes and how satisfied patients are with their Duke health care experience.
We hope this information will assist you in making informed decisions when you are choosing a hospital.
Certified Safe Sleep Hospital
Duke University Hospital, which includes Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center, is certified as a "Safe Sleep Hospital" by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. The certification recognizes our commitment to follow the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the training programs we provide to health care team members, and family caregivers.
Join our team. We are dedicated to building the region’s most experienced and compassionate health care team. A team of individuals who share a commitment to caring for our patients, their families, and our community. Individuals who believe that patients are our number one priority.
As a not-for-profit health system, Duke University Health System is committed to caring for our patients, nurturing the sick, and strengthening the well. We honor our tax-exempt status and our responsibility to the counties we serve through various programs, activities and partnerships that are aimed at improving the health of our communities.