The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is America’s best pediatric hospital, according to Parents magazine. Parents magazine named CHOP number one in their overall list of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals.
In addition to the overall ranking, CHOP also earned high marks in the magazine’s six specialty categories. The Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Center and emergency medicine were ranked first in their perspective categories. CHOP’s Cardiac Center tied for first, its neonatology ranked second, and orthopedics and pulmonology ranked third.
"We are honored by this recognition, particularly as it comes from a source so many families trust for advice about their children’s wellbeing," said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., chief executive officer of The Children’ Hospital of Philadelphia. "Accomplishments like this one are a testament to our staff, whose commitment to every child and family in our care is extraordinary. To be ranked #1 in the nation affirms our mission and reminds us of our continued and profound responsibility to advance pediatric health."
CHOP also stated the following on how the list was formed:
"Parents magazine’s exclusive list of 10 Best Children’s Hospitals provides the most comprehensive family focused data-driven comparison of pediatric facilities. In compiling the list, Parents focused on key areas including treatment success, groundbreaking research and family-friendly facilities.
The hospitals on the list were ranked by Parents editors, with input from a team of medical advisors, based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; experience in performing certain complex procedures; depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of families of patients. All surveyed hospitals are members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions."
The "10 Best Hospitals" list will appear in Parents’ magazine’s March 2013 issue. It will be available on newsstands as well as online on February 12.