In the City of Brotherly Love, sick little boys and girls have a place to get better at the The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). As a leading pediatric hospital, CHOP also has one of the largest pediatric research programs in the world. The nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children, it has about 460 beds at its primary facility and is a leader in formal pediatric medical training, pediatric emergency medicine, and adolescent medicine. In addition to its main hospital facilities, CHOP operates a pediatric health care network with owned or affiliated offices, clinics, and research facilities in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The hospital was founded in 1855.
CHOP is consistently ranked among the best pediatric health facilities in the nation. Its primary specialties are diabetes care, neonatology, cardiology, pulmonary care, endocrinology, gastroenterology, urology, orthopedics, and oncology. The hospital's extended regional network includes the CHOP Care Network, a group of about 50 pediatric practices and specialty care centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
CHOP's doctors also provide pediatric care at half a dozen affiliated hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as neonatal care at about 10 regional hospitals including Pennsylvania Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center, and Shore Memorial Hospital.
The hospital conducts hundreds of research programs under the auspices of its Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, and many programs are conducted in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania. Its research programs include investigations into pediatric AIDS, fetal surgery, sickle cell disease, and child safety. CHOP also conducts medical training and residency programs in partnership with University of Pennsylvania.
CHOP expanded its research capabilities in 2010 by opening a $400 million research tower. The Colket Translational Research Building holds four laboratory floors (two of which are focused on cancer research), a two-story ground floor lobby, and four administrative office floors, three of which are convertible to future laboratory use. The main CHOP hospital building also added a new patient care wing in 2009, expanding its bed count to meet the growing needs of area residents.
Future growth plans include CHOP's ambitious South Campus program. The hospital is building new outpatient buildings, imaging centers, and day medicine centers on its South Campus at a cost of about $1 billion. The South Campus will also include new research facilities.
Like many other health care providers, CHOP faces some challenges related to health reform measures and reimbursement changes in the US. The hospital is especially reliant on reimbursement from Medicaid, which is the largest national payer of pediatric services. However, its strong industry ranking, research program funding, and private insurance reimbursement rates balance the reliance on federal and state health programs. – less