We are the only pediatric skilled nursing facility in the Pacific Northwest, providing 24-hour long-term, short-termrespite and end-of-life care to medically fragile children and young people ranging in age from infancy to 21 years.

When a child has profound disabilities and complex medical needs, providing the necessary round-the-clock care can be exhausting and overwhelming. For four decades, families have turned to the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center. Children at the center receive treatment and education essential to their well-being.

Our interdisciplinary care team assesses and treats complex medical conditions. They monitor symptoms, administer medications and provide leading-edge therapies, such as the Providence Child Center snoezelen room and aquatic therapy. Parents receive information and support to understand their child's complex medical needs.

Many of our children attend classes at Portland public schools; others receive individualized education on site. All children have the opportunity to participate in Providence Child Center activities, including bowling, gardening, dancing, arts and crafts, music and field trips to kid-friendly venues such as the Portland Children's Museum.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide a loving, enriching environment for every youngster. The center serves as an extension of the child's family, complete with volunteer grandmothers, grandfathers and school-age friends who play, laugh and cuddle with children. 

We strive to keep the cost of care from becoming a burden to families. Community support helps to bridge the gap between Medicaid and the actual cost of this specialized care.