WVU Children’s Hospital serves patients throughout West Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and western Maryland. They provide care in Morgantown at the hospital and outpatient clinics, as well as at eight other locations around the state. Seven thousand times each year, parents and families turn to us for hope and healing in their hospital; their physicians, nurses, and other health professional’s welcome children to their outpatient clinics more than 130,000 times a year. Located on the 6th floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Children’s Hospital is a hospital within a hospital, consisting of four separate units: a 39-bed Level 3 Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a 19-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a 28-bed general pediatric unit, and a 29-bed Maternal Infant Care Center (MICC). They offer a continuum of care from minor injuries to serious illnesses. In fact, that is the state’s only hospital offering certain specialties, including pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. micro-preemie nursery cares for tiny newborns at the edge of life. They have grown substantially over the last five years, adding more than 40 specialists, recruited from the country’s best academic medical centers, to care for a wide variety of conditions. NIH-funded research programs are undertaking some of the most sophisticated research happening today. WVU clinician-scientists are advancing knowledge in diseases most prevalent among West Virginia’s children, including obesity, asthma, and diabetes. Their mission has never been more urgent. West Virginia’s 378,000 children are their future. Unfortunately, they lead the nation in poor health. If they can improve their health now, they will have a huge impact on their lives as they grow into adults and, in turn, on the future health and prosperity of the state.