Welcome to this 360 virtual tour of Children’s National. Take a look at some of our spaces and learn how we help kids grow up stronger. We look forward to caring for your child and your family.
The Costco Wholesale Atrium serves as the heart of Children’s National – the place where you can obtain your visitor’s badge, get directions and information, visit the coffee bar, withdraw cash and fill a prescription. The Costco Atrium also hosts special events throughout the year, including celebrity visits to Seacrest Studios, the First Lady of the United States reading to patients, and visits from adorable zoo animals.
Facilitating the treatment journey for international patients and families for over two decades, the Children’s National Global Services Division is a multilingual team well-versed in the cultural, linguistic and religious needs of many different countries. When you and your family travel for care, Global Services provides you with the highest level of dedicated support to manage medical services and all related care needs, at every step of the treatment journey. We strive to make your stay at Children’s National as comfortable as possible by helping you feel more at home and bridging any cultural gaps.
Learn more about how Global Services can facilitate your treatment journey.
Home to one of the largest pediatric diabetes programs in the country, the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex features state-of-the-art outpatient treatment rooms and an education center for patients and their families. In the education center, you can participate with your child in simulation labs to learn about proper nutrition and physical activity.
Our waiting rooms provide you and your child with a clean, comfortable space to make you feel at home while you wait to be seen. More than just a standard waiting room, our rooms support our family-centered approach to care, relieving many logistical challenges families may face and providing psychosocial support. While there are toys and televisions for your child while he or she waits, there are vending machines, microwaves, free coffee and a business center with computer access while you wait. Additionally, select waiting rooms also have parent showers and laundry services to help with your inpatient needs.
At Children’s National, our team of Child Life Specialists creates a positive experience for your family by providing psychological preparation for medical procedures, as well as emotional support before, during and after treatment. In our Child Life Playroom, our specialists provide therapeutic play experiences to minimize stress and anxiety through interactive experiences, arts and crafts, toys, games and small electronics. Our specialists are also trained to provide support specifically for teens – our Teen Rooms provide a safe space free from medical procedures and feature videogames, television, books and other age-appropriate activities.
Discover how our Child Life Specialists help ease the anxiety of children and their families
For many of our patients, their serious illnesses cause them to have very limited access to fresh air and the outdoors. Thus, the Bunny Mellon Healing Garden was created to provide a beautiful outdoor area for our patients – right at Children’s National. Named for late philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, our spacious, 7,200-square-foot rooftop garden is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and gives families dealing with health challenges a peaceful space to connect with nature and renew their spirits. Your family can relax at our soothing water feature, walk through our labyrinth for meditation and calming, or simply enjoy trees, flowers and a variety of plants and shrubs.
Children’s National is dedicated to providing fresh, healthy and delicious food to families, visitors and staff. There are several options for dining at our hospital, with the main cafeteria on the 2nd floor being the largest. In addition to Grab ‘N’ Go food stations serving entrees, salads and sandwiches throughout the day, there are also beverages, prepared foods, snacks, fruit and ice cream available. Families staying at the hospital can order meals when they’re ready to eat through our Dining On-Call automated room service.
Additionally, our vending machines offer both hot and cold foods, snacks and beverages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They’re located in the main cafeteria seating area, the Emergency Department waiting area and family waiting rooms on floors 3 and 5. Microwave ovens are featured in and around vending areas to warm your food.
Children’s National is the only hospital in the Washington, D.C., area with a rapid air transport system dedicated exclusively to children. We transport more than 5,000 children each year, many of them newborn babies coming to our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The landing pad for SkyBear connects directly to two entrances at the hospital, one of which is dedicated to babies being transferred to the NICU.
Our physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and emergency medical technicians (EMT) are all specialty-trained in transport medicine for children, and work with pediatric-sized medical equipment.
We’re ready to help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and will coordinate all aspects of the transport and intake process with your referring physician. Please note that in the event of an emergency, please do not try to contact us directly – always call 9-1-1.
Ranked number one in the country by U.S. News & World Report, our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) offers the highest level of care for premature and ill newborns. As one of the region’s few Level IV NICUs, we care for more than 800 tiny patients each year, providing us with extensive knowledge for treating the most complex cases.
Your baby will receive personalized care in our NICU in a facility specially-designed with parents and their babies in mind. You’re able to see your baby at any time in a space with sound-proof flooring, indirect lighting, comfortable rockers and sleeping couches.
While your baby’s health is our focus, the emotional and physical health of your entire family is important to us as well. We provide extensive resources to support your family, including breastfeeding assistance, child development specialists, bonding resources and help with transitioning home.
Though adults are generally familiar with X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and other forms of imaging, it can be a very scary experience for children. To allay the fears and concerns of our young patients, our Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology suite was created specifically for your child’s comfort, with an ocean theme that calms and soothes during scanning procedures.
Additionally, our scanners have larger openings to increase your child’s ease, and while our radiologists use state-of-the-art equipment, they’re able to use the lowest doses of radiation required to obtain excellent image quality, making it the safest possible experience for your child.