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Annual Report & Facts

Annual Reports & Facts

80+ Years Healing Children in East Tennessee

For more than 80 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.

Facts About Our Hospital

Children's Hospital has served the children and teens in Knoxville and East Tennessee since 1937.

  • Children's Hospital is home to nearly 2,000 full and part-time staff supporting hospital operations. We are East Tennessee's 18th largest employer.
  • Children's Hospital has 152 licensed inpatient beds; 60 level III neonatal intensive care, 13 support pediatric intensive care and 79 beds 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 or expertise.
  • Our hospital has led statewide efforts to improve the quality of care by reducing system-wide central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) 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).
  • Children's Hospital has one of the largest cochlear ear implant programs.
  • Children's Hospital has been approved as a cleft palate team by the Commission on Approval of Teams.
  • Children's Hospital is accredited as a cystic fibrosis care center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Children's Hospital is accredited as the only sleep medicine center dedicated to pediatrics in East Tennessee.
  • Children’s Hospital has received accreditation with commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
  • Children's Hospital was awarded the 2013 Tennessee Nurses Association's Outstanding Employer Award.
  • East Tennessee Children's Hospital has been named one of the country's top hospitals by the Leapfrog Group.