All CHaD HERO proceeds benefit Dartmouth Health Children's and every dollar makes a difference!
Children and families at Dartmouth Health Children's receive expert, compassionate care and benefit from the latest discoveries in child health research. Your support makes that possible.
Dartmouth Health Children's is committed to its purpose — to help all children lead their healthiest, happiest lives, with a promise to continue to improve health, advance knowledge, and deliver the very best patient and family centered care through discovery, innovation, education, and advocacy.
In addition to the many locations throughout New Hampshire and Vermont where families can receive Dartmouth Health Children’s care, the flagship Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) serves as New Hampshire's only children's hospital, delivering top quality care and services to the sickest children in our region, provided by exceptional and dedicated caregivers and staff.
Dartmouth Health Children's at a Glance:
- 95,000 children served each year, including 322,050 outpatient visits
- 250 Dartmouth Children's providers in 30 specialties
- 1 children's hospital in NH (CHaD) serving families throughout both NH and VT
- 30- bed neonatal intensive care unit
- 23- bed pediatric and adolescent progressive care unit, including pediatric intensive care
- 2,500 surgical cases and 3,600 hospital stays
- 0 families turned away by Dartmouth Health Children's based on their inability to pay for medical care.
The philanthropic generosity of our community is an important source of financial support for many Dartmouth Children's programs including the following:
Child Life Program
The Child Life Program offers services that are designed to meet the social, emotional, and developmental needs of children and adolescents while they are in the healthcare setting. Services include preparing children for medical experiences, distraction and support during health care encounters and procedures, and activities to promote growth and development.
Pediatric Mental Health Access Initiative
Cost of care, lack of access to providers, and an overall shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists make it incredibly difficult for families to access help for their children struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. To address this urgent need, the Pediatric Mental Health Access Initiative is expanding access to quality mental health services and education. The goal of this initiative is to insure that as many children as possible throughout the region get the attention they need, when they need it.
CHaD Social Work Team
Social workers have long led the Dartmouth Children’s care management team, but in July 2021 a specialized team was officially embedded specifically in Dartmouth Children’s patient care. These social workers provide counseling, family services, discharge planning, and support for social welfare issues. The CHaD Social Work team works closely and collaboratively with nurses, doctors, the Child Life team, CHaD chaplains, and schools and independent resources in the patient’s home community.
Child Advocacy and Protection Program (CAPP)
The Ken & Vickie French Child Advocacy and Protection Program is a multidisciplinary program that helps evaluate and manage child maltreatment, including consultations for physical abuse, sexual abuse and medical neglect. CAPP personnel work closely with protective services, law enforcement, schools, social agencies, and referring providers, and also provide ongoing medical education for providers and agencies.
Molly's Place at the Family Center is located in the CHaD Outpatient Center in Lebanon, NH. It provides families with resources, education, information, and community connections in a respectful, culturally sensitive, and comfortable manner. This essential support was developed in direct response to requests and feedback from Dartmouth Children's families. Molly’s place also serves as a place for families and children to relax and unwind during both short visits to the hospital as well as during longer stays.