About Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)

The Child Life Program at CHaD is designed to promote development in children, adolescents, and their families, and to minimize the psychological trauma of hospitalization.

As New Hampshire's only comprehensive, full-service children's hospital, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) provides an extended system of care that offers advanced pediatric services.

CHaD is recognized by the Children's Hospital Association as a "children's hospital within a hospital". CHaD is one of more than 220 children's hospitals in the United States providing care specifically focused on children.

Our Mission: Your Child's Health is the Most Important Thing

CHaD is committed to providing compassionate care, family resources and advocacy for children and their families. Our mission is to provide each child the best care, in the right place, at the right time, every time. Our patients and their families directly inform our goals, planning and processes, and inspire us to continuously elevate our abilities and improve childrens' lives for generations to come.

Through our personal approach to medicine, we share in medical decision making, support patients and families in times of need, and provide expert care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont and beyond. We see children for everything from well-care visits to the most complex childhood diseases.

Our Approach: Families as Partners in Care

You are at the center of everything we do. The family is a critical member of the healthcare team, and we value your partnership in the care of your children. You know your children best, and we respect your role as your child's advocate and as the ultimate decision maker. Our goal is to provide you with all the information and education you need to understand your options, so you can make informed healthcare decisions that best serve your child and family.

Providing Care Close to Home

CHaD is committed to providing the best care, as close to home as possible. Our main facility is located at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon where we provide a full complement of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care. We also offer:

Our Care Providers: Confidence and Breadth of Expertise

Nearly every medical and surgical specialty is available at CHaD, from pediatric cardiology to pediatric neurosurgery. The care you experience at CHaD is comprehensive. Find a CHaD provider for your family.

Helping Children Feel Welcome and Safe

Our goal is to help children feel welcome and safe no matter the reason for their visit. Our facilities are designed to comfort and heal, and help children feel at ease.

Our Videos

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