Being Little is

a Big Deal

  • 51-bed, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides lifesaving care for approximately 800 ill/premature newborns each year, and babies go home 5 days earlier than the national average.
  • More than 2,600 children annually receive care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Pediatric Unit.
  • Western North Carolina’s only Child Life Program reduces the stress and anxiety of medical experiences through play, developmentally appropriate education for procedures and/or diagnoses, and expressive activities.
  • Pediatric hospitalist team offers complete, coordinated inpatient care for patients admitted to the hospital while providing regular communication to the child’s pediatrician or primary care provider.
  • 60 board certified pediatric subspecialists provide care in 22 different specialties.
  • In April 2010, Mission Hospital became the first hospital in North Carolina to earn the rigorous Baby Friendly designation, signifying excellence in breastfeeding practices.
  • Pediatric support services including care management, lactation center, pediatric nutrition, pharmacy and respiratory therapy services.


Reuter Outpatient Center offers a full range of pediatric specialty services, all situated in a convenient outpatient setting.

  • Mission Children’s Specialists — pediatric subspecialty practices treating patients in a number of areas
  • Western North Carolina’s only dedicated pediatric radiology service offers on-site, fellowship-trained pediatric radiologists and pediatric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with “movie goggles” that dramatically reduce anxiety and the need for medication
  • Olson Huff Center for Child Development, including audiology, autism services, and occupational, physical and speech therapy
  • Certified child life specialists helping craft safe and nurturing care environments for our patients
  • Pediatric laboratory services