May 14, 2024

Event includes tours and activities for the whole family

MU Health Care will host a community open house and ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 23 to celebrate the grand opening of the new Children’s Hospital and Birthing Center.

The state-of-the-art facility is connected to University Hospital, providing a centralized location for specialists to work together to deliver coordinated care. The hospital has more than 160 beds with more private rooms all nested in a nature-infused and kid-friendly design.

“Every detail of our new Children’s Hospital and Birthing Center has been thought through to provide the best environment possible for the care and healing of our patients,” said Ric Ransom, MU Health Care CEO. “This hospital provides more capacity for us to save and improve the lives of children and parents across our state through innovative and comprehensive care.”

The open house event will provide the public an opportunity to see how the new Children’s Hospital will enhance patient care with private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit rooms that have space for parents to spend the night, a pediatric therapy gym and activity rooms for kids of all ages. There’s also a Ronald McDonald Family Room located on the pediatric floor.

The open house will also offer a glimpse of the new Birthing Center featuring a calming atmosphere with low-intervention suites, state-of-the-art operating rooms and a fetal surgery operating room.

In addition to a building tour, the celebration will feature family friendly activities, food and drinks, and an appearance by TJ.

The public open house will take place Thursday, May 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Children’s Hospital and Birthing Center located at 1021 Hitt St. The ribbon cutting will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Guests should park in the Virginia Avenue Parking Structure. Overflow parking lots will include the Hitt St. Parking Structure, Conley Ave. Parking Structure or Turner Ave. Parking Structure. See this campus map for more information.

Contact: Eric Maze,, (573) 884-3656