About Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., treats more than 250,000 children each year in a 255-bed hospital that features state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly resources. Nationally recognized, Le Bonheur has been named by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital. Serving as a primary teaching affiliate for the University Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), the hospital trains more pediatricians than any other hospital in the state.

Le Bonheur was founded by the Le Bonheur Club, an organization formed in 1923 to make clothes for underprivileged children at the Leath Orphanage in Memphis. Dedicated to improving the lives of area children, this group of women raised funds and combined other needed components to open the hospital in 1952. Since then, Le Bonheur has grown to treat the changing needs of children.

Le Bonheur partners with UTHSC to train a new generation of pediatric subspecialists and health care clinicians. In addition to pediatric residency and fellowship programs, we also offer internships and residency programs in areas like pharmacy, child life and respiratory therapy.

Le Bonheur is the pediatric teaching facility of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The University's Department of Pediatrics is headquartered at Le Bonheur, and students in medicine, nursing and other allied health fields receive training at Le Bonheur. State-of-the-art equipment, skilled physicians and committed staff are not the only elements that help a child overcome illness and injury. At Le Bonheur, a family-centered approach to pediatric care is emphasized, providing whatever creative means are needed to help children recuperate and return home as quickly as possible.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's dedication to research and teaching is paving the way for a better future in children’s health care. The hospital is home to the Children's Foundation Research Institute (CFRI), a partnership between Le Bonheur, UTHSC and Children's Foundation of Memphis that is committed to finding new discoveries in pediatric medicine.