Whether your child has a case of the sniffles or a chronic disease such as cystic fibrosis, you can count on the children’s health team at the Children’s Hospital. We are here to help your child heal and thrive.

Taking care of children isn’t just something we do – it’s all we do. Caring for your child with warmth, respect and compassion is our sole focus. We believe that you are an essential member of your child’s care team and should play an active role in your child’s treatment – like being with your child before and after surgery and be involved in the overall care experience. We are here to give exceptional care to your child and provide support for you and your family. 

Superhero window washers

As the only academic health center in the region, our child health doctors, who are also researchers, work together with nurses to provide the highest level of care to children in our communities. This includes specialized services for complex diseases, illnesses and injuries. In Columbia, Missouri, you can find big-city care close to home.

Pediatric specialties

Nothing is more precious than your child’s health. That’s why you’ll find expert care in more than 30 pediatric subspecialties, making us the largest and most specialized pediatric care team in central Missouri. And, when you need us the most, our Children’s Hospital is home to Columbia’s only emergency room and urgent care specifically designed for children.

Expert children’s health care team

Your child will receive excellent care, not only from our subspecialists and doctors, but also from our entire team of nurses and therapists as well as our hospitality staff. From the moment our patient service representative greets you at the door, to when a nurse calls you at home to check on your child, you’ll feel confident in choosing MU Health Care for your child’s care.

Our physicians work closely with your family to make sure you understand your child’s treatment plan. We also keep your child’s primary care physician informed along the way, respecting the relationship you have established with your pediatrician.

If you have a teenager with a chronic health condition, a successful transition to adult health care works best if you and your child plan for it. As part of the University of Missouri Health Care system, we help you and your child make this transition as seamless as possible.

Effective collaborative care

For certain complex chronic conditions, such as spina bifida, your child may see his or her neurologist, physical therapist, dietitian and other care team members during a single appointment. You’ll find this coordination saves you time and is more convenient than making numerous appointments with multiple specialists.

To ensure effective and seamless care, our care team meets to collaborate about your child’s treatment plan. This means you and your family receive consistent information, coordinated communications and ongoing updates about your child’s care.

Support services for children

Child Life
Our Child Life specialists in action

A hospital stay and medical treatments can be scary and confusing for your child. With support services, like our Child Life and Music Therapy programs, we help your child with social, emotional and developmental needs. Our music therapy services can also help make the hospital experience less stressful and more comfortable for your child. We offer a range of services to create an environment where children can gain a better understanding of the hospital and medical treatments.

Pediatric outreach health services

Every year, our staff holds clinics at other facilities throughout Missouri. The goal of our pediatric outreach services is to minimize travel time for families by bringing specialty health services closer to home.

We currently provide outreach health services for:

  • Genetics
  • Cardiology
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Nephrology
  • Rheumatology
  • Pediatric orthopaedics

    Child advocacy

    Our medical staff is involved with child advocacy. We actively participate in:

    • Legislative issues that impact kids’ health
    • Abuse issues and legal protections related to children
    • Connecting children and families with community resources to give them the best chance for successful care plans
    • Coordinating schools and teachers to make sure proper support structures are in place to handle a student’s complex chronic illnesses