Children's Hospital's History

Children's Hospital History From LeMoyne to Lawrenceville

For more than 120 years, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has been a fixture in the Pittsburgh community. What began as a single cot endowed by Kirk LeMoyne to be used for children and infants at a local hospital, has grown since 1890 into a world-renowned children’s hospital regularly ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation.

This section of our website documents the rich history of the past 120 years — a history we continue to build upon today.

Check back frequently as we add to this part of our website.

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View a gallery of Esther Bubley's images from 1951.