Caring for Generations of Southern Arizona's Children

Since 1943, Tucson Medical Center has protected the health and well-being of individuals and families throughout the region, providing The Most Care for generations of Southern Arizonans. TMC opened the city’s first medical unit dedicated to children in 1962, with 81 pediatric beds. Recognizing that children are not just small adults, community pediatricians spearheaded the fundraising effort to create a truly special place for children. TMC continued this leadership role by opening the region’s first Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in 1967, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in 1972, becoming Tucson’s Children’s Miracle Network hospital in 1984 and opening Tucson’s first and largest dedicated Children’s Emergency Center in 2001, which treats more than 30,000 patients annually. TMC for Children is also home to the region’s only pediatric hospice, the only pediatric special care unit and the only pediatric gastrointestinal laboratory, as well as inpatient and ambulatory surgery programs with dedicated pediatric anesthesiologists and child-life specialists who are specifically trained to work with children at their development level. TMC for Children was the first pediatric program in Southern Arizona accepted for membership in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions – a prestigious recognition of our specialized children’s hospital within a hospital.

A day at TMC
  • 8 children in the PICU
  • 29 children in the Pediatric Unit
  • 29 of the smallest babies in the NICU
  • 89 children (130 on a winter day) in the Children's Emergency Center
  • 154 children receive outpatient care

We are designing every aspect of TMC for Children with the needs of patients and their families in mind – from child-friendly imaging and diagnostic services, to play areas and a Family Resource Center where parents can shower and do laundry so they can remain close to their child throughout the hospital stay. We also help children and families master the skills they will need to continue care outside of the hospital, including medical play such as a diabetic teaching doll to teach children how to do their own insulin injections. Currently, TMC has 107 pediatric beds throughout our general pediatric, intensive care and special care units. TMC for Children is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and highly trained personnel, including registered nurses, child-life specialists, social workers, case managers and others. TMC also is committed to addressing unmet community needs, investing in under-served areas, and providing outreach and collaborative programs to benefit the region. TMC annually distributes more than 3,500 car seats, 2,400 booster seats and 8,000 bike helmets. TMC cares for all patients regardless of their ability to pay. To make a donation to the Block by Block campaign, click here