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Call 682-885-4000 to refer or admit a patient to Cook Children's. Our specialists work closely with referring physicians to assure that each patient gets the very best care available based on their needs.

Specialty Clinics

Emergency referral/admission

For emergency referrals, call 1-800-KID-HURT (1-800-543-4878)

Please have the following patient information ready:

  • Patient's name and date of birth
  • Reason for admission
  • Admission type, such as observation or inpatient
  • Special needs of patient, such as isolation or equipment
  • Patient's medical history

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit referral/admittance

Refer to our Level IV all-single room neonatal ICU which provides heart rate observation (HeRO) technology, ECMO and hypothermia therapies, as well as integrated cardiac monitoring, infant stroke, preemie care, and other critical neonatal medical conditions.

To refer to Cook Children's NICU, please contact Teddy Bear Transport:

Pediatric specialty referrals

Click here to access our referral forms for Cook Children's various specialty clinics.

International referrals

Our highly skilled physicians cover more than 30 specialties and subspecialties which allows your patients to receive outstanding care, all in one place. Our International Patient Services team will review each case and recommend the best treatment plan for a child visiting Cook Children's.

If you'd like to refer an international patient, need assistance or have questions, our staff is here to help at +1-682-885-INTL (+1-682-885-4685).

Transport a patient

If your patient needs to be transferred to Cook Children's Medical Center from a different medical facility, please call 1-800-KID-HURT (1-800-543-4878).

Our medical team is always ready for consultation and transport arrangement by jet, plane, helicopter or ambulance, all equipped to meet the needs of patients from the tiniest preemies to young adults. Learn more about

Important phone numbers for referring physicians

Insurance information

As of November 12, 2014, Cook Children's has contracts with the following health care insurance companies, and we are committed to growing this list. We want to be sure that every family and child in our community has the coverage they need to get and stay healthy.

Did you know that Cook Children's also offers a health plan that may help your patients access the care they need? Learn more about Cook Children's Health Plan here.

Quick reference guide and specialty contacts

For a listing of referral contacts by department you can view, download and/or print our quick reference contact guide by clicking here.

Find a specialist. Looking for a particular specialist or specialty location? Here is our complete physician directory.

Learn more about our specialty services. If you need more information on our specialties, you'll find it here.