Please join me in the fight against childhood cancer by making a donation the the Cancer Program at Children's Hospital! Every penny helps! In 1955, Children's Hospital was dedicated as a 50-bed facility, designed to serve primarily polio victims and physically handicapped children. Today, Children's Hospital New Orleans is a 247-bed medical center serving the entire Gulf South region and caring for children from birth to twenty-one years. Our hospital is Louisiana’s only free-standing, acute care general pediatric hospital, and we maintain a policy of never turning away a child who needs the care we offer.