The inpatient pediatrics service is centered at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois (CHOI)–housed on the OSF St. Francis Medical Center campus in the new Milestone Building. With 147 pediatric beds and over 5000 admissions per year, CHOI has been rated #1 in patient satisfaction in a survey of 15 major children’s hospitals in the nation. The inpatient pediatrics service centers on 4 teams of residents–with each team consisting of an attending physician, one senior resident, and two interns. Each intern oversees a maximum of eight patients.
While three of these teams are dedicated to general pediatrics, one team is solely focused on Hematology/Oncology patients. CHOI is the largest affiliate of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the United States. The typical day begins at 7am, with rounds at 9am, and combined morning report and noon conference at 11:45. Admissions are taken until 5PM with sign-out to the night team beginning at 5:30 each day.
Our PICU has 32 ICU and intermediate beds and is a designated Critical Care Referral Center in Illinois featuring quaternary care (ECMO, HFOV, Nitric Oxide). Notably, CHOI has the largest pediatric heart surgery program in the state. The Congential Heart Center’s board-certified pediatric cardiologists see about 4,000 infants and children each year, and the two pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons perform approximately 250 surgeries on infants as young as a few hours to adults with congenital heart defects.
CHOI is now home to the first state-designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in downstate Illinois. The Level 1 distinction is the highest ranking of its kind that a hospital can attain, recognizing centers that provide optimal care for the trauma patient.
The nursery delivers over 2,400 newborns per year. Our Level III+ 60-bed NICU is one of the oldest in the nation (founded in 1942) and had the first neonatal life flight in the country (1962); recently, the CHOI NICU has been recognized for being one of the top performing NICUs in the world based on outcomes among the other 600 who shared their info with the Vermont Oxford Network.
Children’s Hospital of Illinois is also home to downstate Illinois’ only Pediatric Diabetes Resource Center and operates the Pediatric Surgery Center, which brings together 10 surgical specialties, including the only pediatric neurosurgeons in Illinois outside of Chicago.