About East Tennessee Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital is a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt institution, meaning we do not pay federal income and excise taxes or state and local property and sales taxes. To meet the criteria for tax-exempt status, an organization.
- must act on behalf of its community
- must return any revenue back into the organization (must use any budget surplus to purchase new equipment, expand our facilities and enhance our services)
- must not spend substantial effort to influence legislation or participate in a political campaign.
Without a tax exemption, Children's Hospital would be forced to pass along our increased expenses to our patients. As our number of patients grows each year, so does our need for more equipment and larger facilities. Without tax exemptions, it would be more difficult to add services and maintain equipment at the rate our community needs.
Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center
Children's Hospital is certified by the state of Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.
In June 1998, former Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist signed the Emergency Medical Services for Children bill into law, requiring all Tennessee hospitals to maintain appropriate capability to provide pediatric emergency health care services to children who seek medical care for illness or injury at their facilities.
Under this law, each hospital in the state was required to self-designate according to the level of pediatric service offered. East Tennessee Children's Hospital designated that it would serve the families of East Tennessee as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, a designation certified by the state of Tennessee on September 18, 2000. Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center is the highest level of certification for pediatric care.
As a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, Children's Hospital offers full capabilities to care for seriously ill children in a unique pediatric environment separated from adult care areas, as well as offering the services of many different pediatric subspecialties. Children's Hospital works jointly with the University of Tennessee Medical Center to ensure that injured children in this region receive trauma care at the institution most appropriate for the child's needs. Comprehensive centers also are responsible for assisting smaller hospitals to meet the requirements of their selected designations, primarily by providing pediatric health care training opportunities to these hospitals.
East Tennessee Children's Hospital was the first hospital in East Tennessee to be certified by the state as a Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.
Tennessee was one of the first states in the country to enact such important standards for improving the health of children. The other levels of pediatric service that a hospital can designate itself are general pediatric emergency facility, primary pediatric emergency facility and basic pediatric emergency facility.
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2018 Clinch Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916
Tel: (865) 541-8000