The history of the Pequeno Príncipe Complex started in 1919, when volunteers got together to offer free appointments and remedies for children and adolescents. At this time, there was also the beginning of a dream to build an exclusively pediatric hospital, non-existing in Paraná at the time. The dream came true and nowadays the Pequeno Príncipe Hospital is the largest of high complexity pediatric unit in Brazil.
The hospital accomplishes cardiac, neurological, and orthopedic surgeries, besides transplants and oncological treatment. There are more than 342,000 outpatients, 24,000 inpatients, and 19,000 surgeries every year. With 390 beds, it has 62 of them in ICUs (half of the beds that exist in Paraná). The Pequeno Príncipe assists patients from all over the country, including from neighboring countries as well. Approximately 70% of its capacity is devoted to patients from SUS (free public assistance).
With more than 30 specialties, the Pequeno Príncipe Hospital is a reference acknowledged by the Brazilian Ministry of Health in 12 specialties, among them the assistance to children and adolescents victimized by sexual and physical violence.