University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital

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University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital
University of Missouri Health Care
Location Columbia, Boone County, Missouri, United States
Coordinates 38°57′27″N 92°17′18″W / 38.95757°N 92.28825°W / 38.95757; -92.28825Coordinates: 38°57′27″N 92°17′18″W / 38.95757°N 92.28825°W / 38.95757; -92.28825
Hospital type Specialized
Affiliated university University of Missouri
Emergency department Level II
Beds 157
Founded 1974; 44 years ago (1974)
Website University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital
Other links University of Missouri School of Medicine

The University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital (formerly Columbia Regional Hospital) is the only hospital in Missouri exclusively dedicated to the health of women and children. The hospital is home to MU Children's Hospital, MU Women's Center, and the Family Birth Center. In Fiscal Year 2009, 1,793 babies were born in the Family Birth Center. The hospital offers the da Vinci minimally invasive surgical robotic system. MU Women's and Children's Hospital is located in eastern Columbia near the interchange of Interstate 70 and U.S. 63.

University of Missouri Women's Health Center

The MU Women's Health Center provides comprehensive care for all stages of a women's life. The Family Birth Center[1] features 26 antepartum and postpartum rooms, eight labor and delivery rooms, two surgical suites and a well-baby nursery. Each private patient room includes a bathroom, a sleeper sofa for guests and special amenities for new mothers. An obstetrician/gynecologist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide care at the Family Birth Center, which delivered 1,863 babies in Fiscal Year 2010.

Mothers-to-be with high-risk pregnancies will benefit from the expansion of maternal-fetal medicine and ultrasound services connected to the hospital and located on the fourth floor of the Keene Medical Building. The new facility features more than 5,000 square feet (460 m2), six exam rooms, five ultrasound suites and a non-stress testing suite.

The Women’s Health Center also includes consultation and management of all aspects of reproductive endocrinology and fertility for couples experiencing difficulty conceiving, a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for women with pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence, comprehensive care for women with gynecologic cancers, minimally invasive gynecological surgical care, including robotic surgery, and women’s wellness services.

University of Missouri Children's Hospital

The University of Missouri Children's Hospital, also known as the MU Children's Hospital, is the largest pediatric health care facility in Mid-Missouri. More than 100 physicians provide care in more than 30 pediatric specialties including cardiology, cancer and surgical specialties,[2] radiology, a pediatric sleep lab, and plastic and reconstructive surgery. It includes the highest level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Level III), the sophisticated Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), an adolescent unit, a short-stay center, a general pediatrics unit, an adolescent game room, a pediatric play room, a patient playground,[3] and a school for children who are in the hospital for a long period of time. In 2009, more than 4,000 patients were admitted to Children’s Hospital. Clinic visits numbered nearly to 42,500.[4]

The hospital has 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) dedicated to it. There are 43 private inpatient rooms for pediatric and adolescent patients decorated in bright, kid-friendly décor, averaging 244 square feet (22.7 m2), and including a bathroom and sleeper sofa for family members. The rooms come equipped with free wireless Internet access, Blu-ray DVD systems, and a Wii Gaming System. Additionally, there are 13 private patient rooms in the new pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and expanded pediatric and adolescent playrooms featuring age-specific games, toys, and activities. Construction was underway to consolidate all pediatric primary- and specialty-care clinics to the MU Children's Hospital. The project was completed in fall 2011.

The Children's Hospital Critical Care Transport Service is the only service of its kind outside of St. Louis and Kansas City. The service cares for children of all ages from premature infants to adolescents. The 26-member Children's Hospital transport team is composed of registered nurses, respiratory therapists, neonatologists and pediatric intensivists who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ambulance team, consisting of an emergency medical technician, respiratory therapist, and registered nurse, responds to any hospital request in Missouri by both ground and air.


In 1972, physicians from Columbia Orthopaedic Group joined with a number of other physicians from around Columbia to build Columbia Regional Hospital. Construction began after the land was purchased on February 7, 1972, and the new Columbia Regional Hospital and 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) orthopedic clinic to the south opened in 1974.[5][6][7]

Columbia Orthopedic Group leased the 265-bed facility to Medenco, which later became Lifemark Corp. Ten years later, Lifemark purchased the hospital and then sold it to American International Hospital Corp., which in turn became Tenet Healthcare Corporation.[7] In 1999 University of Missouri Health Care purchased Columbia Regional Hospital from Tenet Healthcare for $34.55 million.[8]

Change to Women's and Children's Hospital

In September 2010, University of Missouri Children's Hospital moved to the Columbia Regional Hospital and the name was officially changed to University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital. More than $12 million was spent to renovate the former building including the construction of two new entrances, one child-friendly and one specifically for women.[9][10]


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