Our Pediatric Focus

The Next Generation Needs Us

Imagine being a carefree child. Your life has barely started, then a villain called cancer appears. From there on out, it’s a battle for a future— an effort that creates a uniquely difficult experience for children and their families. It’s why our Mission stands at the forefront of how we care for our youngest patients. Young lives need holistic care to carry them through the mental, physical and spiritual challenges of treatment. With services like mental health counseling, nutrition and wellness programs and support programs like in-hospital tutoring, we stand with children in their brave struggle. Through advances in treatment, we can also help families navigate new options like proton therapy, a targeted treatment that spares young, developing tissues and organs, lowering the risk for health issues later in life.

Transformative Technology and Proton Therapy

No one benefits more from world-class technology than children. With proton therapy and a broad spectrum of highly-targeted treatments, we can add not just years, but quality years to the lives of our youngest patients.

Mission-Minded Care

In the spirit of our OSF Mission to serve all persons with the greatest care and love, every patient receives a care plan as unique as they are. For pediatric patients, we go beyond medical treatment to support families with a wide range of services.

Healing Stories

We witness great courage every day in our pediatric patients. Children fight for more time and win more weeks, months and years in their future. It’s the ultimate battle, and through it, they’re living the most tremendous stories.

Violet Spenger

When Violet (age 5) was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer, her family wasted no time seeking treatment. With a targeted chemotherapy regimen close to home and a care team supporting various needs, Violet is now cancer-free and thriving.

Caring for God's children, especially the smallest among them, is our sacred honor and greatest privilege. Where there is a threat to children's lives, we can provide life-changing treatment. Where there is fear, we can bring hope.
Sister Judith Ann Duvall, O.S.F.