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Children's Hospital Facts

Facts About Children's Hospital

For the last 75 years, Children's Hospital has been the primary provider of pediatric care in East Tennessee. Throughout our history, Children’s Hospital has been the first in the region to offer a number of unique, specialized services to meet the special needs of infants, children and teens. This emphasis on children is what makes Children's Hospital unique among medical centers.


Children Served in Fiscal Year 2013

  • Patient visits: 148,140
  • Patients: 72,575
  • Hospital admissions: 6,091
  • Outpatient visits: 168,355
  • Physician practice visits: 261,558
  • Emergency Department visits: 71,764
  • Surgeries: 10,918
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) patient visits: 559
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patient visits: 790

2013 Children's Hospital Annual Report

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Other Facts About Children's Hospital

  • Children's Hospital is home to about 1,900 full and part-time staff supporting hospital operations
  • Children's Hospital has 152 licensed inpatient beds; 60 support level III neonatal intensive care, 13 support pediatric intensive care and 79 support a variety of medical/surgical conditions.
  • TennCare is our most significant insurance program, representing 65 percent of our funding annually.
  • We have partnered with Knox County's adult facilities to provide expert on-site neonatal nurses supporting newborn deliveries and has provided both physician and nursing support for the University of Tennessee Medical Center's Level I Trauma Center.
  • We work closely with all hospitals in our region to ensure they are prepared to care for children by providing education and, when appropriate, pediatric supplies.
  • Children's Hospital has neonatal and pediatric transport programs available 24 hours a day to work with hospitals confronted with children whose needs exceed their capability.
  • Our hospital has led statewide efforts to improve the quality of care by reducing system-wide central line associated blood stream infections and is currently leading a consortium of hospitals through the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Care (TIPQC) to improve care to babies born dependent on drugs (a condition called NAS, or Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome).
  • We are a Center of Excellence for cystic fibrosis.
  • Children's Hospital has one of the largest cochlear ear implant programs and one of the most comprehensive cleft lip and palate programs in the East Tennessee region.

Service Area

Children's Hospital has been a part of the East Tennessee community for 75 years. It is not just Knox County's hospital - it is here for children throughout the 16-county service area of:

Children's Hospital Service Area
Children's Hospital Service Area
Map courtesy of East Tennessee Economic Development Agency
  • Anderson
  • Blount
  • Campbell
  • Claiborne
  • Cocke
  • Grainger
  • Hamblen
  • Jefferson
  • Knox
  • Loudon
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Roane
  • Scott
  • Sevier
  • Union


Partnerships and Affiliations

As an advocate for children, Children's Hospital provides staff, volunteers, in-kind services (such as meeting space) and/or financial support to many community organizations whose goals are to improve the lives of children, including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • CoverKids
  • CureFinders
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Group
  • Dream Connection
  • Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center's Perinatal Program
  • Girls on the Run
  • Hello Hospital
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Knox County Health Department
  • Knox County Schools' Partners in Education
  • Knoxville Area Coalition on Childhood Obesity
  • Knoxville Area Pregnancy Prevention Initiative
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • March of Dimes
  • Montgomery Village
  • Project ADAM
  • Safe Kids of the Greater Knox Area
  • Shoney's Eating and Living Healthy
  • Smoke-Free Knoxville
  • TENNder Care Coalition
  • United Way