Caring for children when they are in the hospital or at a doctor’s appointment is only the beginning. Our mission is to improve every child’s health and well-being, which means caring for children where they are: in the community. Here are some steps we’re taking to meet that goal. Get Started
Afghan Refugees: From Chaos to Care
After the chaotic and frightening exit from Afghanistan, refugee families coming through Philadelphia International Airport were offered a calm clinic where CHOP doctors evaluated ill children and arranged for their ongoing healthcare needs.
CHOP continued to care for children while they were in the refugee camp at Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and after local resettlement. Learn More
Emergency Department physician Sage Myers, MD, MSCE, medical director of emergency preparedness at CHOP, led Philadelphia’s effort to assess the health of some 30,000 of Afghan refugees arriving here and to arrange for urgent and ongoing care, as needed. 6ABC recognized her work.
From Airport to Refugee Camp
As part of Operation Allies Welcome, a team of clinicians triaged ill child and adult Afghans at the airport, providing full medical evaluations to 1,600-plus, and continued to treat children at CHOP as they awaited resettlement.
Children required immediate emergency room treatment
Children came for care to the ER and specialty care locations, including 52 kids with medical complexity
Hospitalizations of children
Safe Medication Disposal Saves Lives
Leftover medications in the home, especially opioids, present a danger to a curious toddler or to a youth seeking to use or to harm themselves. By placing secure drug take-back bins near the entrances to our Philadelphia and King of Prussia hospitals, CHOP gives families a simple, anonymous way to keep their entire family safe by getting their old meds out of the house. Learn More
A Plus for the Community
Jordan Lewis, PhD, as Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, heads up the state’s take-back bin initiative. Did you know more than 1 million pounds of medications have been safely disposed of via the state's bins?
Guns and Kids: A Deadly Mix
Every day, eight children suffer gunshot wounds because of improperly stored or misused guns in the home. Eighty percent of teens who use a firearm to commit suicide use a family member’s gun.
The Center for Violence Prevention partners with community organizations to reduce those numbers by sharing information on how to safely store firearms and handing out hundreds of free gun locks at community events across Philadelphia. CVP also provides these resources to families during primary care and emergency room visits at CHOP. Learn More
Promoting Gun Safety Neighborhood by Neighborhood
When Dee Dukes, President of the Wynnefield Community Neighborhood Association, asked if the Center for Violence Prevention would come to a local event, the answer was a resounding “yes.”
Reaching Out to Families
CHOP’s Gun Safety Program talks to families in primary care offices, the ER and their communities.
Partnership for Playgrounds
Collaboration among the Healthier Together Initiative at CHOP, the Trust for Public Land and Add B. Anderson Elementary School’s principal and other stakeholders — with design help from the school’s students — turned a half an acre of asphalt into a haven that supports active play and encourages spending time outdoors.
The project also brings a safe space to the Cobbs Creek neighborhood, providing a meeting place for community events beyond the school’s operations. Learn More
Shared Goals Benefit Children, Community
Research shows that when kids are active during recess, they can better focus when they return to the classroom. The renovated playground at Anderson Elementary provides different areas for different types of play.
The students at Anderson, and the residents of Cobbs Creek, deserve every amenity that we see in neighborhoods of greater privilege. Everyone should have a welcoming, beautiful and safe place outdoors where they can learn, play and gather with neighbors. We all have a role to play in addressing inequality, and the schoolyard at Anderson represents one step in the right direction.
Anderson Elementary School Principal, Laurena Zeller
Active Recruiting Broadens Supplier Base
With its Supplier Diversity Program, Children’s Hospital has emphasized creating a pipeline of suppliers and contractors that mirrors the diversity of our employees, patient families, board of trustees and the communities we serve and support every day.
Minority Business Enterprises bring their skills and expertise to all areas of the hospital — from constructing new buildings, providing IT solutions to the CHOP enterprise to ensuring the necessary supplies are delivered to our many locations on time. Learn More
Valerie Coffield, Executive VP-Business Development, Carr & Duff Electrical Construction
Logistics / Delivery
John Sanchez, President and CEO, Mustang Expediting Inc.
Architecture / Design
Ian Smith, Principal/Owner, Ian Smith Design Group
Gifts / Baked Goods
Dana Herbert, Chef-Owner, Desserts by Dana
Help for the Helpers
Helping students deal with the trauma they’ve experienced is incredibly rewarding, and also can leave teachers and school staff feeling overwhelmed and under-resourced. The Stress-Less Initiative© gives school personnel skills to manage the secondary traumatic stress they feel so they can continue to provide the best support to students.
It is a collaboration of CHOP’s Center for Violence Prevention and Healthier Together Initiative, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania and the community-based provider Uplift Center for Grieving Children. Learn More
CHOP Helps Kids — and Those Who Support Them
The Stress-Less Initiative complements the CHOP-supported trauma counseling program for students, provided by Uplift, as way to improve mental health in the community.
School personnel who participated in the Stress-Less Initiative said:
We spend a lot of time transferring coping skills to the younger people who we work with, but sometimes neglect to transfer those same skills to our co-workers. And I think the Stress-Less Initiative was a good way in which to help us to do that.
I can say from my perspective, it’s helped me exercise a lot more empathy and not necessarily look as much at these children’s behaviors but look at what’s driving the behavior. So, if I could address the driver, then the behaviors will sort themselves.
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Youth and their caregivers received trauma, grief and/or social support services through GRIT. (FY22)
Staff members at two West Philadelphia schools participated in trauma-informed care and stress reduction workshops through Stress-Less.
Our Financial Commitment
Our pledge to improve the health of children and the broader community takes on many forms: thousands of employee volunteer hours, free use of our facilities for community organizations, free health education and training for families and professionals, donated goods and services, and, of course, financial. Through all these efforts, in fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022), CHOP contributed $585,826,780 to this effort.
All financial data is for fiscal year July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. These reports include amounts expended by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s hospital facilities, as reported on Schedule H of the IRS Form 990, and our controlled affiliates, including our physician practice plans, which are not required to complete Schedule H. Accordingly, the values on this fact sheet are greater than the amounts reported in the CHOP Schedule H, which applies only to our hospital facilities. For more information, call CHOP’s Office of Community Impact at 267-426-5506.
Financial Assistance Policy Summary: The mission of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is to advance healthcare for children. To help children get the care that they need, CHOP provides financial assistance for medically necessary and emergency care to patients who meet the eligibility requirements. If CHOP determines that a patient is eligible, CHOP will waive 100% of the patient’s financial responsibility (after all applicable insurances and other government assistance). Learn more about our financial assistance policy.
|Financial Assistance / Charity Care Cost of medical care services for families that qualify for CHOP’s financial assistance policy||4,748,787|
|Medicaid Programs Unreimbursed cost of Medicaid and other means-tested government health programs||316,343,650|
|Community Health Improvement Services Community-based clinical services, health education and support services focused on public health||13,404,452|
|Health Professions Education Net costs incurred by CHOP to train health professionals, including pediatricians||52,849,179|
|Subsidized Health Services Hospital-based clinical services provided at a financial loss to the organization||49,680,915|
|Research Cost of studies that identify new treatments and cures||145,496,546|
|Cash and In Kind Contributions Funds and goods provided to other organizations to provide community benefit||3,303,252|