Primary Children’s Hospital

Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) is the major primary center for pediatric patients in the Mountain West.

The present facility, which opened in 1990, is adjacent to the University of Utah Health and comprises 164 beds. Clinical services include a 26-bed state -of-the-art pediatric intensive care unit, a 36 bed neonatal intensive care unit, a 20-bed rehabilitation wing, and facilities for both inpatient and outpatient care.

Primary Children's Hospital is a 232 bed facility which serves five surrounding states. In the year 2002, pediatric patient visits totaled 183,215 in both in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room visits. Providing the highest acuity level in pediatric hospitals, over 40 pediatric specialty clinics and over 60 medical specialties and subspecialties are represented here. Various specialty wards include a 30 bed infant unit, a state of the art newborn intensive care unit, and a 26-bed rapid treatment room for children requiring a hospital stay of less than 24 hours.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health supports the emotional needs of children with a physical illness. The department provides care for inpatient through our consultation service in the hospital and also outpatient care at our various locations.

Children with physical illness face all the medical challenges of their condition, often made more complex by the rapid physical growth and development of childhood. In addition to the challenges faced by the physically ill child and his family, there may be emotional bumps in the road during the child’s many developmental stages.

Our staff is uniquely experienced and prepared to support and assist children and families with emotional distress during a child’s acute or long-term illness or condition.

Our staff includes:

  • D. Richard Martini, MD (Director)
  • Laura M. Bennett-Murphy, PhD
  • Celestia H. Buckley, PsyD
  • Deirdre Anne Caplin, PhD
  • Lisa L. Giles, MD
  • Debra V. McQuade, MD, PhD
  • Travis S. Mickelson, MD
  • Jodi Morstein, PhD, APRN
  • Christopher C. Rich, MD
  • Kyle M. Smith, MD

Centralized Intake Office: 801-313-7711

Pediatric Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic

This multidisciplinary outpatient clinic serves children ages 3-18 who are medically complex and have behavioral health-related issues. Services are provided Monday through Friday from 8am – 6pm. at Eccles Primary Children's Outpatient Services building. Intake evaluations, medication management, individual therapy, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and psycho-educational assessments are provided.

Centralized Intake Office: 801-313-7711

Primary Children’s Behavioral Health at Wasatch Canyons Campus

Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

PROVIDES TWENTY FOUR-HOUR CARE for children and adolescents requiring immediate and intense psychiatric care. This secure, 20-bed unit provides medical management individual and family therapy, and additional therapy modalities.

Adolescent Residential and Day Treatment Programs

THIS 28-BED UNIT SERVES ADOLESCENTS ages 14-18, with serious emotional, psychiatric, chemical dependency, and dual diagnosis’ disorders. Program includes an accredited academic setting; group, individual and family therapy, recreation therapy, parent education and medication management. Day Treatment provides the same services in a less restrictive setting Monday through Friday, from 8am-5pm.

Adolescent Chemical Dependency and Day Treatment Programs

DAYSPRING FOLLOWS THE DISEASE MODEL that evaluates and integrates all aspects of the patients’ concerns, including developmental, chemical dependency, psychological, biological, social, and educational. This program serves adolescents ages 14-18 with chemical dependency or dual diagnosis issues. Program hours are Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm with additional family support and educational groups offered some evenings.

Latency Residential and Day Treatment Programs

CHILDREN, AGES 6-14, WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS receive care for severe emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric problems in a 24-bed, home-like setting with the goal of returning a mentally healthier child to a home that is better equipped to meet the child’s needs or to develop alternative permanency plans for children who cannot return home. Residential treatment provides the following: medication management; individual, family, and group counseling; recreation therapy; educational groups; parenting groups; and parent support groups. Day Treatment provides the same services in a less restrictive setting Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

Primary Children's Center for Counseling

THIS MULTIDISCIPLINARY OUTPATIENT CLINIC is located on the Wasatch Canyons Campus and serves clients ages 3-18 with a wide range of services Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm. Intake evaluation, medication management, individual therapy, psychological testing, and psycho-educational assessments are provided.


Phone: 801-313-7711

Primary Children's Hospital
100 N Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113