Here, Kids Win
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:
- Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska
- St. Vincent Healthcare, Montana
- Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Nevada
- Layton Hospital, Utah
- Riverton Hospital, Utah
- Utah Valley Hospital, Utah
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.
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.
Wellness & Prevention
We are committed to keeping our community informed, safe, and out of the hospital.
Patient & Family Support
We offer a variety of programs, resources, and services we provide to support our patients and their families.
Everything you need at the hospital, such as places to eat and other amenities.
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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.