Children's Hospital Services

As the only children’s hospital in New Hampshire, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) provides advanced, comprehensive, inpatient services in Lebanon for infants, children, and teens.

Designed for children

All of our facilities have been designed with young patients in mind to promote their comfort, healing, and ease. Developed by our child life specialists, Operation Sneak-a-Peek is a tour designed to help children and their families prepare for anesthesia, surgery, and other sedated procedures.

And for families

And because we know that caregivers are vital to recovery, we make sure each child’s room has a sleeping chair or cot for a parent. Learn more about where to stay and other family support.

Our commitment to using groundbreaking techniques, best practices, and innovative technology to enhance your child’s well-being extends throughout our region. We work closely with community hospitals and pediatric clinics in New Hampshire and Vermont to monitor population health and prepare for patient surges.

Our children's hospital's inpatient care

Our dedicated teams have extensive experience working together to deliver advanced inpatient care for infants, children, and teens. Our hospital includes:

  • Intensive Care Nursery: Our 30-bed Level III Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) for premature babies is the only tertiary academic referral center for New Hampshire and south-central Vermont for high-risk obstetric and neonatal patients.
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Our 10-bed, state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides specialty care for critically ill and injured children from 30 days to 19 years of age.
  • Pediatric Emergency Department: Our pediatric trauma center is New Hampshire’s only emergency room dedicated solely to meeting the special needs of acutely ill and injured patients ages 18 and under. We are accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

More resources

  • Emotional support: A hospital stay can be a challenging new experience for a kid. Our child life specialists provide the emotional support and education young patients need to face scary things more calmly and confidently. You and your child can even tour the hospital online with our Operation Sneak-a-Peek.
  • Frequently asked questions: Wondering what to expect during your child’s hospital visit? You’re not alone. We answered the questions we hear most often from families about staying in the hospital, outpatient visits, and preparing for surgery.
  • Additional support for families: Whether you’re coping with a serious illness, getting through a hospital stay, or weighing important medical decisions, we’re here to help your family through with a variety of support services.