Here, Kids Win

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. 

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.

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 of 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 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.

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:

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.

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.

Serving our Patients and Families

Specialty Pediatric Care

Primary Children’s provides care in more than 60 medical and surgical pediatric specialties.

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Wellness & Prevention

We are committed to keeping our community informed, safe, and out of the hospital. 

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Patient & Family Support

We offer a variety of programs, resources, and services we provide to support our patients and their families.

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Our History

Primary Children's Hospital began in the early years of the twentieth century as a church-sponsored institution. The Primary Association (the children's program) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened a children's ward at Salt Lake's LDS Hospital in 1911. This action was taken after association officers Louie B. Felt and May Anderson were touched by the sight of a child on crutches struggling along a city street, and they realized the need for special medical help for children.

The Early Years

On May 12, 1922, the Primary Association opened its own 35-bed facility in a large old home at 40 West North Temple, across from Salt Lake City's Temple Square. Surgeries were performed at LDS Hospital, and then children convalesced in the Primary facility.

Children with mostly orthopedic and chronic diseases were hospitalized an average of six months. Parents had limited visiting privileges because of the threat of communicable diseases in those pre-antibiotic days.

The hospital was supported by donations of birthday pennies by LDS Primary children, and by an annual Penny Parade held in hundreds of Intermountain area towns and farming districts.

Executive Officers

Angelo P. Giardino, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Katy Welkie

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Prince, MD

Medical Staff President

Our Board

Richard Kaufusi

Chair, Trustee since 2013

Patrick Cartwright, MD

Vice Chair, Trustee since 2006

Darrell Brown

Trustee since 2013

Eileen Christensen

Trustee since 2017

Greg Cook

Trustee since 2020

Sophie Di Caro

Trustee since 2016

Luz Escamilla

Trustee since 2009

Natalie Gochnour

Trustee since 2010

Karen Hale

Trustee since 2008

Ted L. Hill

Trustee since 2009

Jani Iwamoto

Trustee since 2013

Becky Lindsey

Trustee since 2016