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From well-child visits to specialized medical and surgical treatment of complex, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, we offer comprehensive, family-centered care from an exceptional team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. And it’s all right here, conveniently close to home.

Baby-Nurse.jpgWhy choose The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital:

The most pediatric specialists in Maine, offering a full range of pediatric medical and surgical care. See our list of programs and services for more information.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center (MMC) among the top hospitals in the country for Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology care in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Read more»

A patient- and family-centered approach to care

Patient- and family-centered care is at the heart of what we do. Your input in care decisions is sought and respected Our goal is to ensure that you feel included, have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have – and get the answers you need.

Sophisticated diagnostic capabilities
The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital has the most advanced diagnostic technology available today and highly trained physicians with pediatric-specific diagnostic experience that is unmatched at any other Maine hospital. Our capabilities include prenatal and genetic testing, diagnostic imaging by a world-class team of pediatric radiologists, cardiac catheterization and surgical biopsy.

Leading-edge treatment options
The range of treatment resources available at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital reflects our standing as Maine’s premier pediatric hospital. Virtually every pediatric subspecialty is represented here, giving you access to an unparalleled depth and breadth of pediatric healthcare expertise for your child.

Pediatric Short Stay Unit
For children requiring an overnight stay after a surgery, or a visit for a few hours for a procedure, patients at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital may be placed in the Pediatric Short Stay Unit. The unit is an extension of BBCH on the main floor of Maine Medical Center offering convenience in a private, secure setting staffed by the same doctors and nurses providing outstanding patient-centered care.

Hospitalists provide around-the-clock inpatient care
Hospitalists are medical doctors who specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. Our pediatric hospitalists are on site to coordinate your child’s care. They work as partners with your child’s pediatrician and any other specialists to provide the highest standard of attentive care during your child’s hospital stay. And their presence ensures that you have someone to turn to for answers around the clock.

Nursing care that’s nationally recognized
Inpatient care at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is delivered by a team of outstanding nurses with extensive pediatric training and experience. We are a Magnet™ hospital, the highest level of recognition for hospital nursing awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. You are rest assured your child is being cared for by the best nurses.

The most advanced technology
We invest in the most technologically advanced diagnostic, treatment and support resources to provide the most effective care. This includes diagnostic imaging equipment that shortens wait times and increases accurate results, sophisticated operating room technology to enable today’s leading-edge surgical and minimally invasive techniques, high-tech security to ensure children’s safety, and the use of electronic medical records which helps speed the time to diagnosis and treatment.

The advantages of a teaching hospital
We are a teaching hospital affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine. Studies show that patients treated at teaching hospitals have better outcomes; that’s because physicians who are teaching the next generation of doctors are up to date on the latest treatments, techniques and technology. It also means that there’s often more time and consideration given to both routine and complex cases as part of the teaching process – which translates into the best-possible care for patients.

Access to clinical trials and research
By integrating research with our clinical care, we can give patients access to the latest advancements in treatment. Our physicians are involved in research initiatives to cure disease, improve quality of life, and keep children healthy. We participate in such national collaboratives as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the National Institutes of Health’s National Children’s Study, the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), and TrialNet, a network of 18 clinical centers dedicated to the study, prevention and early treatment of type 1 diabetes. 

Extensive child and family support resources
Our commitment to young patients and their families goes beyond excellent medical care. Dedicated child life specialists help normalize each young patient’s stay with activities and supervised play. A tutor helps hospitalized patients stay current with their schoolwork. Social workers are available to help children and families cope with issues related to a child’s diagnosis. Our Chaplain and Spiritual Care department are available to assist patients and families of all faiths, and of no faith, day or night. A resource handbook provides links to local services that families may find helpful. And our Ronald McDonald Room offers parents a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital, just steps away from their sick child.

Close-to-home convenience
Having a dedicated children’s hospital close to home can make a world of difference in the lives of busy parents, enabling them to spend more time with their child and less time traveling. Through our outreach efforts, many of our physicians see patients at sites beyond the greater Portland area, bringing pediatric specialty care even closer to home.

Put it all together and you can have the peace of mind knowing that, with The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, you don’t have to travel far to get the best of care for your child.