Helping Kids Be Their Best

Primary Children’s Hospital ranks among the best children’s hospitals in the United States. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, our hospital is focused on providing the best care for more than 1 million children living in a 400,000 square-mile service area.

Our 289-bed facility is a Level I pediatric trauma center and cares for children with complex illness and injury, including organ transplants and complex birth defects. Our hospital is part of Intermountain Healthcare, a not-for-profit health care system, and the pediatric teaching hospital for the University of Utah, School of Medicine.

For more than 95 years, we have been helping children, families, and communities across the western United States. Our simple philosophy of The Child First and Always, informs every decision we make, and how we care for patients and families.

What Sets Us Apart


Ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals in the Nation

Primary Children's is ranked as one of the nation's best children's hospitals in 8 out of 10 pediatric specialties in the 2019 - 20 Best Children's Hospital survey by U.S. News & World Report.

Comprehensive Specialty Pediatric Care

As a free-standing children's hospital we provide more than 60 medical and surgical pediatric specialties. We have more than 800 pediatric providers, supported by a staff of more than 3,000 - all specializing in pediatrics. We also provide outpatient care at clinics in four states.
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Level I Pediatric Trauma Center

Our hospital is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma center serving a five-state region. Originally certified in 2002, we have been a pediatric trauma center for 15 consecutive years. We have one the busiest trauma programs in the country. Our hospital has a 32-bed PICU, 16-bed CICU, 28-bed Neuro Trauma Unit, and 50-bed Level IV NICU. We have a dedicated pediatric and neonatal team that transports more than 1,500 patients each year.

Research and Evidence-Based Care

Research plays a vital role in offering in innovative and cutting-edge care. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the University of Utah School of Medicine, we help train 80 residents and 45 fellows. Additionally, clinicians published more than 50 research papers and participate in basic science, translational and clinical research.
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Building a Network to Keep Kids Close to Home

Our philosophy is to provide safe, high-quality care as close to home as possible. We provide multiple clinic locations for specialty pediatric care across the west. We also partner with community hospitals to improve pediatric care. Our partnerships include:
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Central Location in the Western United States

Our hospital is located in Salt Lake City, Utah and serves one of the largest geographic areas of any children's hospital, including: Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming and Alaska. Short direct flights, with easy access from airport to hospital, bring patients from across the United States. Robust family support services have been designed especially for out-of-area patients.
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Family-Centered Care

Our hospital has robust family support services staffed by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, therapists, specialists and volunteers. They work as a team to engage patients and families with therapeutic activities, positive distractions, and social support. Our hospital also partners with Ronald McDonald House Charities. Our hospital has the largest Ronald McDonald Family Room in the world, along with a newly opened second room, specifically for critical care services.
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