About La Rabida

La Rabida is a resource upon which Chicago's families have depended -- and the world's kindhearted have supported -- since 1896.

Our history is a story of giving.  La Rabida was borne of the generosity of the government of Spain and a group of dedicated volunteers, a legacy that continues to the present day.

Our mission to provide care to children with lifelong medical conditions regardless of their family's ability to pay has been unwavering.

Today, La Rabida serves approximately 7,500 children annually who require primary and specialty care to address complex and challenging medical conditions.  Services and programs include treatment for chronic illnesses such asthma, diabetes, and sickle cell disease, and developmental disabilities through both inpatient and outpatient care. In addition, La Rabida specializes in the treatment of children who have been abused, neglected or experienced trauma.

Under one roof, La Rabida offers access to board-certified pediatricians and specialty physicians, behavioral science professionals, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians, case managers and social workers.  All have dedicated their careers to pediatric health care and are committed to our philosophy of care.

Our Outpatient Center is staffed by physicians from the University of Chicago and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, all specializing in the treatment of children with special needs. The outpatient clinic rooms are spacious and wide, allowing for oversize wheelchairs and enabling large families to be in the room while the patient receives care. The outpatient space features 18 exam rooms, a sick and well waiting area, a special needs restroom, pharmacy, rehabilitation gym and laboratory.

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Our inpatient unit, the S.S. La Rabida, serves patients with chronic illnesses who are experiencing a critical episode, as well as those in need of rehabilitation after surgery, burns, brain injury, stroke, or suffering trauma.

La Rabida also offers expert care to children who are dependent on technology, such as ventilators or tracheostomies or who receive nutrition intravenously, as well as those who are transitioning from a neonatal intensive care unit or pediatric ICU at another hospital.

As a specialty hospital for extended acute care, we serve patients who need hospitalization for weeks, months, and in some cases even longer. La Rabida Children's Hospital combines the specialized expertise of a large hospital with the personalized, patient-focused attention of a smaller facility. As a long-term acute care hospital, we are also the most appropriate setting for the chronically ill or seriously injured patient with special needs because we offer a range of services through coordinated and focused care teams.

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Take a tour. You will come to understand why La Rabida is so special. 

We enjoy a magnificent lakeside just minutes from the heart of downtown Chicago. Our facility is designed to showcase its spectacular views and inspire hope for every child and family who crosses our threshold.

La Rabida Children’s Hospital’s interdisciplinary approach to treatment has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its medical homes programs for children with special health care needs. It is the only pediatric facility in Illinois to earn the designation. More Detail

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is a member of the Children's Hospital Association, which represents more than 220 pediatric hospitals, serving as the voice of children’s hospitals nationally. The Association champions public policies that enable hospitals to better serve children and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics, driving improved clinical and operational performance of member hospitals. More Detail