To improve the life of every child — through dedication to exceptional clinical care, research, education, and advocacy
To be a global leader for children’s health
To improve the life of every child: At Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, this is our mission — and it’s the heart of everything we do. As the region’s pediatric healthcare leader, we’re dedicated to exceptional clinical care, research, education, and advocacy. Whether we’re providing care for critically ill children or championing child-centered legislation, we strive to improve the lives of children, families, and entire communities.
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is the only full-service, pediatric healthcare center in Nebraska, providing expertise in more than 50 pediatric specialty services to children across a five-state region and beyond.
- We are home to Nebraska’s only Level IV regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the state’s only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.
- Our regional heart center offers expertise in pediatric heart transplantation.
- Children’s is recognized as a 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in five pediatric specialties: Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Orthopedics, and Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders.
Our HistoryJohn Paul Mattson was born with a hernia. In 1948, at nearly 7 years old, he became the first child admitted to Omaha’s brand new medical facility, Children’s Memorial Hospital. His hernia surgery was a success — the first of many successes for what would go on to become Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
Ten years later, John returned to Children’s with a ruptured appendix that almost took his life. His treatment was successful, and he eventually graduated from Omaha’s Westside High School and Northwestern University. John Mattson is now a father and grandfather who says, “I’m here because of Children’s.”
The original Children’s Memorial Hospital was founded in 1948 by Dr. C.W.M. Poynter, Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald. Together, these men had a vision: that no child in need of medical care would be turned away due to an inability to pay.
The hospital cost $835,000 to build. A community-wide penny drive and contributions from 30,000 donors in Nebraska and western Iowa funded the cost.
Total Patient Visits: 623,700
Medicaid Patients: 46,500
50+ Outpatient Specialty Services
11 Regional Clinics In 3 States
The video above outlines our ambitious future goals to expand our footprint of services in our region and throughout the nation. Here’s some of the key information included:
- 1:57 — How will we supply some of the medical resources that the community is currently lacking?
- 2:59 — What will make the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stand out from other facilities in our community and beyond?
- 3:45 — How will the Fetal Care Center help mothers with a high-risk pregnancy during and after birth?
- 4:32 — Why is the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) important to our expansion?
- 5:33 — How does the Cardiac Care Center help children with heart conditions?
- 6:51 — How will the Surgical Services expansion help fulfill the need for more surgical facilities in the community?
- 7:35 — How will the new Emergency Department accommodate more patients and provide better care?
- 9:54 — What is Telehealth, and why is it important to our future development?
- 10:38 — How will we continue to expand pediatric research with our new facilities?
- 11:23 — Will the new facilities help to educate future pediatric healthcare professionals?
- 11:51 — How will Children’s Omaha make advances in community support and involvement with the new expansion?
- 12:54 — What other places do we plan to provide our specialty pediatric services, and what services do we provide?
- 15:22 — What is our capital campaign, and why should you offer your support?
- 18:34 — What are the goals and initiatives of our expansion?
Awards And Recognition
U.S. News & World Report: “Best Children’s Hospital In Cardiology And Heart Surgery”Recognizes hospitals with excellent survival rates, patient safety, specialized staff, and hospital reputation.
Joint Commission AccreditationAccreditation is a process in which a hospital is reviewed for their ability to meet standards and requirements that have been established by a particular accreditation agency. Receiving accreditation means that the hospital is dedicated to meeting high standards in performance and patient care.
Hospitals can be accredited as a whole, and can also receive accreditations for certain specialties or procedures (e.g., home care accreditation).
The Joint Commission is the oldest and largest standards-setting and accreditation agency in the US. Hospitals with Joint Commission accreditation are recognized across the nation as high-quality institutions that have a commitment to meeting the highest performance standards.
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems AccreditationAccredited for meeting quality and safety measures in air and ground medical patient transportation.
Level II - Verified Pediatric Trauma CenterProvides 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons and specialists in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology, and critical care. Children’s is the only Level II Center in Nebraska.
Gold Beacon AwardRecognition by the The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for hospitals who exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care, and outcomes. “Gold” is the highest level of recognition. Children’s is one of only seven neonatal intensive care units — and one of 10 pediatric care units — in the nation to be honored with this award.
HI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture & Technology Innovator AwardRecognizes extraordinary and innovative initiatives that drive successful implementation of technology in healthcare.
Magnet® RecognitionThis voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing, where nursing leaders successfully align their strategic goals to improve the organization’s patient outcomes. Only 7% of healthcare organizations have earned this prestigious credential, and only 2.8% of US hospitals have achieved three or more designations. Children’s has been honored with Magnet® Recognition three consecutive times.
Magnet® recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:
- Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receival of discharge information
- Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue (when providers cannot prevent death after a complication, such as difficulty breathing after surgery)
- Higher job satisfaction among nurses
- Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave positions
America’s Best Children’s Hospital By The Women’s Choice Award®: Best Children’s HospitalDesignates hospitals that demonstrate exceptional ratings, and provide the highest level of commitment and care. This is the only award that takes women’s preferences when selecting a hospital into account.
American Nurses Association: Recognized for excellence in Nursing Quality Indicators for Pediatric HospitalsThe American Nurses Association created a national database for nursing quality indicators — a set of standards for evaluating nursing care. It also establishes links between health outcomes and nurse staffing characteristics (e.g., education level, turnover). Children’s was recognized for outstanding nursing quality, based on following these standards.
Nurses are a key part of your child’s care. They administer care, communicate to physicians, provide comfort, and advocate for you and your child. That’s why we are honored to have received this recognition.
ECRI Institute: Winner — Health Devices Achievement AwardThis award is given to recognize healthcare institutions who have implemented innovative and effective initiatives related to health technology management (e.g., using technology to improve patient safety or lower costs).
Receiving this award means that Children’s is always striving to use the most high quality, cost-effective, and safe technology for treating your child.
Child Health Corporation of America: Winner — National Award for Excellence in Asthma Best PracticesOur care teams will only use nationally recognized best practices, guaranteeing that your child is receiving the most advanced treatment for managing asthma.
Meet The Executive Team
Board of Directors
- Richard Azizkhan, M.D.
- Brad Brabec, M.D.
- Bradley Britigan, M.D.
- Joleen David
- Dave Diamond
- Robert Dunlay, M.D.
- Diane K. Duren
- Jim Greisch
- Mark Hasebroock
- Margaret Hershiser
- Sherrye Hutcherson
- John Jenkins
- Steve Lindsay
- Rodrigo Lopez
- Samantha Mosser
- Michael Robino
- Amy Ryan
- Paul Sammut, M.D.
- Stacy Scholtz
- Jayesh Thakker, M.D.
- Scot Thompson
Quality & Safety
From preventing infection to ensuring patient satisfaction, here is how we guarantee that your child is receiving the highest quality, safest care.
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