Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is a 255-bed tertiary children’s hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. More than 700 medical professionals work at Le Bonheur, covering 40 pediatric specialties. Approximately 170 patients are admitted per day, mostly from Tennessee and neighboring states but also from all over the world, owing to the hospital’s nationally recognized brain tumor program, affiliation with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and status as the home of the
Children’s Foundation Research Center. Infants, adolescents, teenagers, and young people between the ages of 0 and 21 are treated at the hospital.
Le Bonheur is the principal level 1 pediatric trauma center in the region. Every year, the hospital sees 14,000 patients, including 81,000 trips to the emergency room and 8,800 visits to the outpatient clinic.
The Le Bonheur Club, originally a women’s sewing circle, created Le Bonheur on June 15, 1952, as an orphanage committed to caring for destitute children. Members of the Le Bonheur Club raised all of the funds for the hospital’s original investment. Mrs. Howard Pritchard, President of the Le Bonheur Club, said as the doors opened, “The doors of Le Bonheur will never be found locked and will forever be open to all who come in need, seeking its support.” Two major enlargement projects have taken place at the medical center.
Every aspect of Le Bonheur was designed with children and their families in mind. We’re ready to care for children’s particular requirements, from the art on the walls to specialist technology.
Designed for Kids
From little needles to tasty anesthetics, we treat kids in a way that helps them recuperate faster. Children’s emotional needs are also addressed in our care. Red wagons, playrooms, and Child Life professionals on each unit all assist children to deal with their hospitalization.
More than half of our hospital’s beds are reserved for newborns and children who require the most intensive care. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) have staff and facilities that are specifically designed to care for children with complicated requirements.
Our pediatric emergency department sees approximately 80,000 children each year. The American College of Surgeons has designated us as the region’s sole Level 1 pediatric trauma hospital.
Our pharmacies are located in the critical care areas of the hospital, allowing pharmacists to maintain a high level of control and offer patients with rapid, safe medicine access.
Designed for Families
According to studies, when children are surrounded by loved ones, they recover faster. As a result, each patient room is private and offers enough space for two family members to sleep.
Families have access to family rooms, playrooms, a separate play area for siblings, laundry facilities, a resource library, and a mini-movie theater.
We have a school program that is accredited and provides year-round educational services for children who may be absent for days or even weeks.We think that art has the ability to heal and restore.
We believe that art has the ability to both heal and reassure people. Our hospital’s quirky and fun artwork helps families find serenity and joy during tough times. Using our mobile art cart, kids may choose art to hang in their rooms.
The FedExFamilyHouse is the city’s first facility to provide lodging for families of Le Bonheur patients undergoing extended treatment. There are communal kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, and patios in the house.
Le Bonheur is built to be environmentally friendly and socially responsible. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is the fifth LEED-certified children’s hospital in the United States.
Technology and Equipment
We have all of the technology we need to diagnose and treat your kid under one roof.
The Le Bonheur pharmacy distributes more than 1 million doses of pharmaceuticals each year, and we have equipment that makes medication distribution safer and more efficient. Our system keeps track of prescribed medications, reducing the risk of medication errors. Only 30% of hospitals in the United States employ this technology in their pharmacies.
We’re one of only a few children’s hospitals that uses MRI, functional MRI, intraoperative MRI (iMRI), and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in both clinical and academic research in neuroscience.
Le Bonheur is one of just a few hospitals having an EOS imaging system for orthopedic patients, which gives low-dose scans in a standing posture. In the operating room, O-arm imaging technology gives multi-dimensional surgical pictures, resulting in less invasive treatments.
By giving a three-dimensional image of the heart’s anatomy, our cardiac MRI capabilities reduce the need for diagnostic catheterization and further radiation. This enables for a faster and more detailed diagnosis, as well as further preparation for cardiac surgery.
Beyond the Hospital
Our on-campus Outpatient Center houses 40 specialty clinics that annually treat over 100,000 children.
Occupational, physical, and speech therapy are available in our outpatient rehabilitation center, which is conveniently located near the hospital. Three gyms, 12 individual treatment rooms, parent observation rooms, an outdoor playground, and a kitchen are all available to enable parents to continue activities at home.
Mobile health units travel around West Tennessee, assisting local primary-care physicians by finding unmet healthcare needs.
When a child’s pediatrician’s office is closed, Urgent Assistance Centers in Cordova, Memphis, and Olive Branch can provide care.