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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: To provide financial support to childrens hospital of pittsburgh of upmc.

Programs: Annual funding for chp: children's hospital of pittsburgh foundation (foundation) is the sole fundraising arm of children's hospital of pittsburgh of upmc (children's). Through targeted campaigns, special events, and grants, the foundation raises money to support the hospital's mission of excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. Children's has been a charitable institution since its inception and remains a non-profit entity. To ensure the continuation of its charitable mission, in july 2000, the foundation was established as a subsidiary of children's. It then became an independent organization when the hospital merged with upmc in october 2001. Through the foundation, generous donations large and small from individuals, corporations, foundations, and community partners have a direct and immediate impact on children's hospital's ability to transform young lives through unparalleled care and deep compassion. Rooted in philanthropy, children's is sustained by generous community support, setting the standards of excellence in pediatric care. In fy 2017, the foundation sent more than $20 million in contributions to the hospital in support of research, clinical programs, medical education and funds for free care. For more than 125 years, children's has been a fixture in pittsburgh and the surrounding tri-state region. What began in 1890 as a single cot endowed by the entrepreneurial son of a local pediatrician, has grown into a world-renowned children's hospital dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all children. Today, children's cares for infants, children, and adolescents who make more than 1 million visits to our hospital, its many neighborhood locations, and children's community care pediatric practices each year. In fy 2017, children's had 12,333 inpatient stays, 9,693 observation stays, 80,022 emergency department visits, 23,654 surgeries, and more than 1 million outpatient visits. With a medical staff of over 700, children's provides care along the full spectrum of pediatric subspecialties from allergies to weight management and wellness. Children's today is a leader on a national scale in a multitude of pediatric sub-specialties, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, hematology/oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, organ and tissue transplantation, otolaryngology (ent), pulmonology, and surgery. Our network of neighborhood locations, ambulatory care centers, primary and specialty care practices, and express care centers covers a multi-county region. Children's is consistently ranked among the best children's hospitals and is one of 10 pediatric hospitals in the united states named to u. S. News & world report's honor roll of america's "best children's hospitals" for 2016-2017. Children's also leads the way in advanced technology, with several accomplishments based on our adoption of a fully integrated electronic medical record. In 2009, children's was recognized as the first pediatric hospital in this country to achieve stage 7 recognition from himss (healthcare information and management systems society) analytics for achieving a virtually paperless patient record environment and the most comprehensive use of electronic medical records. All inpatient and outpatient staff utilize children's e-record for order entry, clinical decision support, medication bar-coding, clinician documentation and radiological images. Stage 7 is measured by conformance of the electronic health record to the continuity of care document, the newly adopted international standard for exchange of clinical information. In addition children's has been recognized by klas, an independent health care research organization, as the leader in its use of health care information technology among pediatric hospitals in the united states. In july 2012, children's earned magnet recognition status from the american nurses credentialing center (ancc). In 2017, children's was re-designated as a magnet facility. Magnet is the highest honor an organization can receive for excellence in nursing making children's among only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide to have achieved this prestigious designation. Ancc's magnet recognition program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Children's has the region's only state-accredited level i pediatric trauma center. In fy 2017, it was one of the busiest emergency departments, treating more than 80,000 children. Subspecialists in all pediatric medical and surgical disciplines provide the highest level of care to every patient and family. Children's has one of the fastest growing, national institutes of health-funded (nih) pediatric research programs in the country. Active research programs range from stem cell biology and regenerative medicine to novel strategies for treating pediatric cancer. The john g. Rangos sr. Research center, opened in 2008, houses a 10-story, 300,000-square-foot research facility. In collaboration with the university of pittsburgh's peter m. Winter institute for simulation, education and research (wiser), children's state-of-the-art pediatric simulation center incorporates life-like simulators and multi-task trainers that allow health care professionals to recognize and manage a wide assortment of pediatric-related medical situations. It also is used to impart vital skills such as intubation, lumbar puncture, iv insertion, iv blood draw, arterial blood draw, and bladder catheterization. Children's pediatric residency program is among the most respected in the country, with 87 categorical residents, 16 internal/medicine residents and 9 triple board residents.

free care funding: parents face plenty of worries, but whether or not they can afford their child's health care should never be one of them. Children's provides care to sick children in our region, regardless of their families' insurance or ability to pay through the generous donations made to the free care fund. During calendar year 2016, children's provided more than $12. 5 million in free and uncompensated care.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son was born with a congenital disorder that has caused him to endure more than thirty surgeries at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. If not for the outstanding care that he has received, he would not be alive today. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation ensures that all children receive the same state-of-the-art, patient & family-centered care that my son has received by raising much needed awareness and funds. The foundation staff works dilligently and tirelessly for our children to raise funds to support the Free Care Fund, Equipment, and Programatic needs that otherwise would not be offered. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is able to care for all children regardless of their insurance and ability to pay because of the hard work and dedication of the foundation staff. I whole-heartedly support Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, and feel fortunate that we have a wonderful foundation who supports our children through their outstanding efforts.


Rating: 5

I have been working with the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation over the last 12 years as a volunteer/donor and corporate partner through my various roles within Wal-Mart Inc. The passion and care that the Foundation team shows for the children and their families, that depend on and utilize Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, is both inspiring and equally impressive. The work that the Foundation does allows for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to continue to be one of the industry leaders in child medical care. The tireless work that this group does allows for no child to be turned away due to lack of insurance or other financial struggles. Having lived my entire life in Pittsburgh and raising two children myself it is a true blessing to know that I have Children's Hospital and the incredible individuals that work within the Foundation.

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation


Rating: 5

“Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is proud to be a longstanding supporter of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. We know that the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is an important asset to our region and the families who call Western Pennsylvania home. It’s an organization that’s important to us, to our team members and to our guests. We are glad to support the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and their efforts towards caring for kids and their families in our community.”

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation