St. Christopher's Hospital for Children teaches pediatric care as an academic affiliate for Drexel University College of Medicine. The hospital was founded in 1875, when it opened as a one-room dispensary for the mill workers' children of the Kensington area of Philadelphia. Today St. Christopher's is a 189-bed hospital providing cutting-edge medical services to children across the Greater Philadelphia area and has been at the forefront of many areas of pediatric medicine. For more than 60 years, the hospital has been dedicated to not only the education and training of physicians; but, that of nurses and other allied health professionals.
St. Christopher's is committed to delivering high quality patient-centered care to children throughout the greater Delaware Valley. It has a full range of pediatric subspecialists to support the care of its patients and the families it serves. Its highly acclaimed programs include the highest level of pediatric trauma care and neonatal care, a Heart Center, Oncology unit and the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the region. St. Christopher's also has one of the busiest emergency departments for children in the country, with over 70,000 annual visits.
St. Christopher's once again achieved Magnet status in 2014 and numerous awards to St. Christopher's physicians, who are frequently recognized in regional and national publications as “Top Docs” in their fields of expertise. In 2014, St. Christopher's was the only pediatric hospital in the state and one of only nine nationally to be listed as a Top Children's Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Top Children's Hospital award is given to hospitals that demonstrate excellence in hospital safety and quality and is given to less than 7% of eligible hospitals.
St. Christopher's recently opened the Center for the Urban Child, which provides children with comprehensive services to help break the cycles of food insecurity, violence and childhood illness.
To learn more about St. Christopher's, visit www.stchristophershospital.com or call 215.427.5000 or 1.888.CHRISKIDS (247.4754).
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a primary academic campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Its physicians are non-compensated members of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine and its clinical practices are independent of Drexel University.