Des Peres Hospital

2345 Dougherty Ferry Rd
St Louis
(314) 966-9100

Des Peres Hospital is located in St. Louis County, west of the city of St. Louis. Des Peres Hospital is a 143 private room facility, so that each patient can enjoy the peace and quiet they deserve.

Des Peres Hospital is a teaching hospital with physicians' education programs on site. Three medical office buildings are also located on the campus.

The founding hospital organization was established in 1948, and Des Peres Hospital itself was constructed in 1974. From the very beginning, our goal has been to provide quality, personalized health care. To that end, we work in partnership with physicians and health plans to serve tens of thousands of patients annually.

Des Peres Hospital provides quality medical and surgical services and programs, including geriatrics, heart care , bariatrics (surgical weight loss management), orthopedics and emergency care . Des Peres Hospital is a fully-accredited Chest Pain Center, as recognized by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Des Peres Hospital is part of Tenet's Central Region and is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.

Patient admissions, room assignments and patient services are provided at Des Peres Hospital without regard to religion, sex, age, race, color, national origin or disability.

St. Louis Children's Hospital

1 Childrens Pl
St Louis
(314) 454-6000

Founded in 1879, St. Louis Children's Hospital is one of the premier children's hospitals in the United States. It serves not just the children of St. Louis, but children across the world. The hospital provides a full range of pediatric services to the St. Louis metropolitan area and a primary service region covering six states. As the pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children's Hospital offers nationally recognized programs for physician training and research.

Fact Sheet
Licensed beds: 258
Employees: 3,000
Medical staff members: 700
Auxiliary members and volunteers: 1,300

Points of Distinction

  • St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH) serves the health care needs of children, from infancy to adolescence, and advocates on behalf of children and families.
  • Founded in 1879, SLCH is the oldest pediatric hospital west of the Mississippi River and the 7 th oldest in the United States.
  • SLCH has 258 licensed beds, consisting of a 36-bed pediatric intensive care unit (including a 12-bed cardiac intensive care unit), a 70-bed newborn intensive care unit and a 6-bed pediatric bone marrow transplant unit.
  • Each year about 275,000 patients visit SLCH, which offers comprehensive services in every pediatric medical and surgical specialty. SLCH has served patients from all 50 states and 80 countries.
  • In 2012, U.S. News & World Report named St. Louis Children's Hospital to its Honor Roll of America's Best Children's Hospitals. Children's Hospital was one of 12 hospitals on the elite list. The hospital has been honored by U.S. News ten consecutive years.
  • In 2010 St. Louis Children's Hospital was redesignated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which recognizes excellence in nursing. Only two percent of hospitals nationally have achieved Magnet® redesignation.
  • Physicians at SLCH are faculty at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), ranked in 2012 as the #6 medical school in the country, and first in student selectivity by U.S. News & World Report. In 2012 the Department of Pediatrics was ranked #8 nationally by U.S. News.
  • The Department of Pediatrics is recognized by the NIH as a Child Health Research Center of Excellence in Developmental Biology. WUSM/SLCH is one of only a handful of centers nationwide with this status.
  • The Children's Discovery Institute (CDI), a joint venture between St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, focuses research, diagnostic and treatment resources on four pediatric diseases with genetic origins – congenital heart, lung and respiratory, cancer and musculoskeletal and metabolic diseases. Using a team-based research model, the Institute enables SLCH to leverage the intellectual and physical resources of Washington University, including full access to their Genome Center, to advance the health of children.
  • SLCH has received Professional Research Consultants' (PRC) 5-Star Award for 10 consecutive years. This designation is given annually to each healthcare facility that scores in the 90 th percentile or above for the “Overall Quality of Care” percent excellent score in PRC's national client database for the prior calendar year.
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital is the world's leading center for pediatric lung transplants, having performed almost 400 lung and heart-lung transplant procedures since the program's inception.
  • Children's Hospital has active programs in transplant for heart, liver, kidney, lung and bone marrow and performed 77 pediatric transplants in 2011. It is one of the top pediatric transplant centers in the country.
  • SLCH is the only pediatric hospital in Missouri and Illinois nationally recognized by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center (highest classification of trauma care). Also, it is the only pediatric trauma center in the region that has re-vascularization and reimplantation services.
  • SLCH was the first hospital in Missouri to develop a comprehensive pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program. SLCH also performed the first bone marrow transplant, and the unit is one of a select few pediatric facilities nationwide certified to perform transplants from unrelated donors.
  • Surgeons performed 11 liver transplants in 2011, with excellent long-term survival and quality of life for most patients. The area's first split liver transplant was performed at SLCH by dividing a single donor liver between two recipients. SLCH's liver transplant program is one of the largest in pediatric volume in the Midwest and in the nation.
  • The American Burn Association has recognized SLCH as a pediatric burn center, making it the only children's hospital in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois to earn this designation.
  • Since its inception in 1978, the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute at SLCH has treated over 10,000 children with cleft lip and palate and other conditions affecting the head and face. The Institute offers evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for congenital and acquired head and neck deformities.
  • More than 700 children have received cochlear implants, with more than 200 of these children using bilateral cochlear implants. The program is heavily involved in clinical research and trials, which provides patients with the latest technology and treatment options.
  • SLCH is the one of the largest treatment centers in the nation for the non-surgical cast correction of clubfoot.
  • For patients with cerebral palsy, SLCH offers both medical and surgical treatments through its internationally recognized Cerebral Palsy Center and Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity. Dr. T.S. Park, neurosurgeon-in-chief, has performed more than 2,100 dorsal rhizotomy procedures and directs the most active surgery program to reduce spasticity in the world.
  • Through its state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab, SLCH provides surgical alternatives to repair heart defects; more than 600 cardiac catheterization procedures are performed each year.
  • SLCH was one of five sites in the United States to test implantation of a device to correct heart abnormalities.
  • SLCH was the first hospital in the state of Missouri to implant the Berlin heart, a ventricular assist device that serves as a bridge to transplant by supporting cardiac function. SLCH was chosen as one of 12 pediatric transplant centers in the United States to participate in an IDE study with Berlin heart which led to FDA approval of the device in December 2011.
  • SLCH performed the first of three successful ABO-incompatible heart transplants in 2004 by transplanting organs to infants with an unmatched donor blood type. This type of heart transplant remains an option at our center for certain infants awaiting heart transplant.
  • SLCH is the first pediatric facility in Missouri and one of a handful of centers across the country to develop an advanced surgical suite exclusively for minimally invasive surgical procedures.
  • In the largest and longest childhood asthma research study ever, researchers at WUSM and SLCH helped determine that inhaled steroids are safe and effective for children with mild to moderate asthma. In addition to research efforts, the hospital offers a multifaceted approach to asthma care that stresses prevention, education and collaboration with community pediatricians.
  • SLCH is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. The hospital is the only pediatric hospital in St. Louis and one of only two in Missouri accredited by the ADA.
  • SLCH extends its services to children and families in the community through numerous health workshops and outreach interventions. Recent advocacy efforts have included programs on nutrition and fitness, childhood immunizations, home safety for special needs children, car seat and helmet safety, and injury prevention.
  • SLCH established the first dedicated pediatric mobile health program in the region, providing free dental exams, asthma care, and health screening services.
  • BJC HealthCare, of which SLCH is a part of, provides $374 million in community benefit to more than 360,000 people.

Division of Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine

  • Largest cystic fibrosis center in Missouri and second largest in the United States
  • Leading national program in treatment and research of childhood asthma


  • Offers a full array of diagnostic techniques, many of which are non-invasive and were developed or perfected here
  • One of the country's largest programs for heart failure

Diagnostic Center/Medical Diagnostics

  • Provides comprehensive initial assessments of infants and children with complex or challenging problems.


  • One of the world's leading treatment and clinical research centers for diabetes, providing comprehensive care for pediatric patients throughout the entire diagnostic and treatment process.
  • Only pediatric hospital in St. Louis accredited by the American Diabetes Association.
  • Treated the first diabetic child in the United States with insulin.

Hematology and Oncology

  • One of the largest multi-disciplinary research programs on complications of sickle cell disease; a pioneering center for cancer treatment and research.

Immunology and Rheumatology

  • One of the top three centers in the United States offering skilled care for children with immunologic and rheumatological disorders.
  • National leader in the area of pediatric arthritis.


  • One of the largest pediatric neurology departments in the country – 20 pediatric neurologists.
  • Largest full-service, pediatric cerebral palsy program in the country.
  • One of the largest and most comprehensive specialized epilepsy centers in the world.

Newborn Medicine/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

  • Offers a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, the highest classification of specialty treatment for infants.
  • Leader in the nation for understanding the biology of how infant lungs work.

Transplant Services

  • Bone marrow
    • State-of-the-art facilities
    • First and largest in Missouri exclusively for children
  • Heart transplantation
    • One of the largest pediatric heart transplant programs in the nation
    • Extensive experience and success with heart-lung transplantation
  • Liver transplantation
    • Among the most successful pediatric liver transplant programs in the United States
    • Performed the first split-liver transplant on a child
  • Lung transplantation
    • Performed more pediatric lung transplants than any other institution in the world
  • Kidney transplantation
    • Achieved a graft-patient survival rate well over the national average for more than a decade

St. Louis University Hospital

3635 Vista Ave
St Louis
(314) 577-8000

Saint Louis University Hospital is a 356-bed academic teaching hospital located at 3635 Vista Avenue in St. Louis, Mo. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the St. Louis community for more than 80 years. Saint Louis University Hospital is a regional leader in providing tertiary-quaternary health care and has an organ transplant program. The hospital is also the first ACS verified Level I Trauma Center certified in both Missouri and Illinois. Other specialties include geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, rheumatology, urology, heart care, pulmonology, and digestive diseases. Saint Louis University Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. Saint Louis University Hospital has an organ transplant program that offers kidney, kidney-pancreas, liver, and bone marrow transplant.


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