Celebrating its 135th anniversary, The HSC Pediatric Center is one component of The HSC Health Care System, a nonprofit, Washington, DC-based health care organization committed to serving individuals with complex health needs and eliminating barriers to health services. The HSC Pediatric Center, located in a historic building in the Michigan Park neighborhood of NortheastDC, is a pediatric specialty hospital that serves children and young adults with complex health needs and/or disabilities from infancy through age 21. We provide a range of family-centered medical, behavioral health, and therapy services to meet the individual needs of our patients who are leaving a traditional, acute care hospital, and aren’t quite ready to be cared for at home.

From your child’s first day at The HSC Pediatric Center, our staff works with you and your family to determine health and life goals beyond the hospital stay. Our team of skilled professionals includes pediatricians, nurses, an array of therapists, psychologists, social workers, dieticians, and assistive technology and equipmentspecialists, all dedicated to helping your child gain the skills and confidence they need to reach their full potential. We are focused on providing expert medical care that only a pediatric specialty hospital can provide, but also work to create an environment where a kid can be a kid. We treat the whole child, taking into account interests and goals, and involving the entire family in your child’s care. Our team of child life specialists, social workers and psychologists focus on the emotional and developmental needs of your child and family. Through the use of play and other forms of communication and interaction, they seek to reduce the stress that can come with health care experiences and enable children to cope in a positive manner.

We strive and encourage patients to engage in activities of life, play and learning, even while in a hospital setting. We understand a hospital stay can be daunting for both the child and family, and our team works to make the experience the best it can be. Our staffpartners with families to help prepare your child to return to the community by providing activities and outings that increase confidence and connect you to external resources that make the process as smooth as possible. At The HSC Pediatric Center, we believe in caring, serving, and empowering our patients and families.

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