Children's Hospital is part of the UPMC family.
Below is information physicians will need in order to make a referral to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. We routinely accept patients until their 22nd birthday.
If you would like to make an outpatient referral and know the department you’d like to reach, we’ve assembled a list of phone numbers that will give you direct access to our specialists and departments.
There are a variety of procedures available to referring physicians in order to make inpatient referrals as seamless and efficient as possible. Many of these channels include the physicians of the Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service (DRS).
The DRS is a team of highly-skilled hospitalists who are often a referring physician’s first point of contact. In addition to acting as patients’ attending physicians during their stay at Children’s, these physicians update referring doctors regularly on their patients’ progress while in the hospital. DRS physicians also provide comprehensive discharge letters outlining the care rendered during the patients’ hospital stay and facilitate post-hospitalization care, including outpatient follow-up and clinic visits, if required.
If you are among the 325 referring physicians who are a Hospitalist Care Partner, please follow the steps below to make an inpatient referral:
Children’s Hospital is proud to be the region’s only Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center for children. Each year, our Emergency Medicine Department cares for 60,000 children from Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia and beyond. Our Emergency Department offers attending level coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are an Emergency Medicine physician who would like to make a trauma or non-trauma referral to Children’s Emergency Medicine Department, please follow the following procedure:
During the initial referral call, Children’s strongly encourages referring physicians to discuss transportation arrangements with our staff since a child’s condition can deteriorate rapidly. Our staff is happy to serve as a resource to help referring physicians determine if emergency transportation (by air or ground) is necessary. If emergency transportation is required, our dispatch center will make all necessary arrangements.
While Children’s is not part of the UPMC MedCall system (toll-free: 800-544-2500), MedCall dispatchers will often determine if a patient should be transferred to Children’s. In rare pediatric cases, patients may require admission to another UPMC hospital. Be assured that your patient will be placed appropriately to ensure the best outcome possible.
Children’s will also need pertinent records to travel with the patient including all radiographs, CT and MRI scans, and laboratory results.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
With myCHP, you can request appointments, review test results, and more.
For questions about a hospital bill call:
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