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Children's Mercy continues transforming children's lives and redefining pediatric medicine. For more than 120 years, we have cared for the needs of children in Kansas City and beyond. Learn more about our history.

We are the only free-standing children's hospital between St. Louis and Denver and provide comprehensive care for patients from birth to 21. Children's Mercy consistently is ranked among the leading children's hospitals in the nation. We were the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to earn the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in patient care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Improve the health and well being of children by providing comprehensive, family-centered health care and committing to the highest level of clinical and psychosocial care, and to research, academic and service excellence.


Be a national and international leader recognized for advancing pediatric health and delivering optimal health outcomes through innovation and a high-value, integrated system of care.

Clinical Care

  • Medical staff of more than 750 pediatric specialists
  • More than 40 pediatric specialties
  • First hospital in Missouri or Kansas to receive Magnet designation in 2003 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for superior nursing quality. Only 7 percent of U.S. hospitals receive this designation.
  • First hospital in Missouri or Kansas to receive Magnet recognition four times (2003, 2007, 2012, 2016).
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  • In July 2015, Children’s Mercy established the Children’s Research Institute, building on a century-long history in pediatric discovery and declaring a bold vision to find answers for children around the world.
  • Nearly 1,000 active research studies currently underway
  • Co-leading CKiD, the largest nephrology research project in North America
  • The largest Clinical Pharmacology program in North America and one of 13 designated Pediatric Pharmacology Research Units studying the safety of new medications for use by children
  • The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine, established in 2011 as the first genome center in the world entirely inside a children’s hospital with a focus on the diagnosis of inherited pediatric diseases
  • One of the 10 leading institutions in the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, which also includes the University of Kansas, Midwest Research Institute, University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Stowers Institute
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