Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center

Mission and Values

"Our patients and their families are shining examples of courage and strength. They are a source of inspiration to us as we work to bring children the benefits of the latest medical care and research in a warm, child-friendly atmosphere--and to bring new hope to the children we serve, today and tomorrow."

Joseph W. St. Geme III, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
CMO, Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center is dedicated to providing the best possible care for the patients and families we serve today and discovering treatments that will enhance the health care of future generations.

We are committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all we do. Most importantly, we consistently strive to make the patient experience a model of quality care through advanced treatment, compassionate support, and full family participation and communication.

We also set the highest standard possible for training pediatric health care professionals by offering innovative curricula and learning systems to enhance trainees' learning and development.

Our mission is to provide:

  • Excellence in the clinical care of infants and children;
  • Innovation in basic and applied research;
  • Leadership in the education of health care professionals; and
  • Advocacy for children's health.

Commitment to Patient and Family Centered Care

At Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center, we are committed to the philosophy of Patient-and Family-Centered Care (PFCC), and this guides our everyday interactions. It also is the framework for our planning and program development. We believe that when healthcare providers, patients, and families are brought together in daily, ongoing partnerships—sharing information, making decisions, participating in care and exchanging ideas—the results include better outcomes, higher quality, and improved safety