Children's Hospital Boston ranks at top of CHILD magazine's Top 10 Children's Hospitals Survey
January 4, 2007
Child magazine today announced the results of its biannual survey to identify the top ten children's hospitals in the country, with Children's Hospital Boston ranking second on the list. The survey results appear in the February 2007 issue of Child magazine, which hits newsstands on January 9.
"We are proud to again be at the head of this list," says James Mandell, MD, president and CEO of Children's Hospital Boston. "To be ranked at the top for the fourth time in as many surveys is a testament to the commitment to excellence of all of our employees. Child magazine is an important resource for parents looking for information on the best places to obtain specialty pediatric care, so it is important for us to participate in the survey."
The survey also ranked Children's Hospital Boston's Cardiovascular Services Program No. 1 in the country, with Children's Orthopedic Care ranking second and Cancer Care ranking fourth.
"With over 8 million children hospitalized each year, Child magazine believes it is important to champion those children's hospitals that offer superb medical treatment, as well as sensitive and supportive care to families," says Miriam Arond, Child magazine's editor-in-chief. "Our goal is to highlight those pediatric institutions that are excelling in their mission, as well as to make parents aware of what services and qualities to look for in their local hospitals."
To be considered for the Child magazine survey, a hospital must be among the full members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions: 116. The magazine survey consisted of 247 questions examining the institutions vital medical information including survival rates, the number of complex procedures and intricate surgeries conducted, the volume of research studies, efforts made to reduce medical errors, and the quality and training of doctors and nurses--as well as child-friendliness, support for families, and community involvement. Of the 116 hospitals, 86 completed the survey. The responses were graded to determine the best hospitals overall and the leaders in six pediatric subspecialty areas.
Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 500 scientists, including eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 347-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's also is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about the hospital and its research visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.