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Why Choose Us?

What Makes SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Special?

As a parent, we know that family come first and that you want the best, most compassionate care for your child. For more than 60 years, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital has committed to provide exceptional care to children across the St. Louis region and beyond. We know you have a choice when selecting care for your child, and that’s why we are constantly driving to be better.

We’ve come a long way since opening in 1956 and today, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon is a leader in pediatric care thanks to our SLUCare physicians. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon continues to be a top-notch resource for health and hope to all children and their families, because for us, our patients and their families come first.

Recognition & Awards

Saying you want to be the best is one thing. Constantly driving to be better is a different story. Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases its rankings, and we are proud to be one of the best nationally ranked pediatric hospitals in the country.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is also proud to be designated as a Magnet® Hospital by ANCC and to be a part of the Children's Surgery Verification™ Quality Improvement Program, a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons.


SSM Health Cardinal Glennon prides itself on providing a strong and supportive culture to empower its nurses who average more than 12 years of professional experience. Our deep commitment to nursing can be seen by being designated a Magnet® Hospital by ANCC.

DAISY Award Nominations

Did you know if you have a great experience with one our nursing staff during your visit with us you can nominate a nurse for a DAISY Award? The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses (The DAISY Award) is an international recognition program to honor nurses for their clinical excellence and outstanding compassionate care - it's a great way to say thank you for everything our nurses do.

Patient & Family-Centered Care

With more than six decades of experience caring for some of the rarest and most complex cases, we work together to surround patients with expertise and provide the best possible outcomes for every child. Every day incredible stories occur inside our walls, here are a few of those such stories. We know family is the constant in a child’s life, and that providing excellent care means supporting the entire family before, during and after your stay with us.

Research & Breakthroughs

Research at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, spans through clinical trials, laboratory space and NIH research funded grants. Our partnership with Saint Louis University School of Medicine allows physicians to continue their research in clinical, basic science, and translational research projects at any given moment. Learn more about clinical trials at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.


We believe patients and families are our partners in care and that sharing complete and accurate quality and safety data with you is important. We want you to feel comfortable and empowered to ask us questions. Our transparency helps keep you informed so that you can choose the best care for your child - and helps us stay focused, as we continuously strive for excellence. Learn more about how SSM Health is these standards of excellence.

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