Parents surveyed children’s hospitals across the United States to determine where the more than three million children hospitalized each year can get the best care possible. The results of the survey appeared in the March 2013 issue of Parents magazine as well as online at www.parents.com, ranking The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia number one overall nationwide
The Parents 10 Best Children’s Hospital survey provides the most extensive data-driven comparison of children’s hospitals to date. All surveyed hospitals are members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Hospitals are ranked 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.
Watch as Dana Points, Editor-in-Chief of Parents magazine, discusses why CHOP was named best children’s hospital in the nation during an interview on the TODAY Show.
In addition to the overall ranking, Parents magazine also ranked CHOP’s Cancer Center and emergency medicine division number one in the nation. The Cardiac Center tied for first, neonatology ranked second and orthopedics and pulmonology ranked third. Parents, published monthly by Meredith Corporation, has been America’s number one family magazine for more than 80 years. Since its inception in 1926, it has been a trusted source by every generation of parents.
The mission of the Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is to provide the most skilled, compassionate care available. State-of-the-art facilities enable us to focus on the needs of both children and their families. The Cancer Center offers comprehensive, family-centered care with more than 40 pediatric oncologists. Their expertise spans every form of childhood cancer, from the most common to the most rare, enabling us to provide more breadth and depth than any other pediatric cancer program in the country. Each year, we treat more than 500 new patients and follow more than 4,000 patients previously treated for childhood cancer.
In addition, the Center for Childhood Cancer Research brings together the diverse talents of investigators from multiple disciplines with the goal of eradicating the problem of cancer in children. The Center pursues this goal through both basic and clinical research, aiming to take research advancements from bench to bedside, incorporating new therapies into routine clinical care for children with cancer.
The Cancer Center also offers proton therapy and pencil beam scanning proton therapy in collaboration with Penn Medicine at The Roberts Proton Therapy Center. This is an innovative form of radiation treatment that allows for more conformed radiation doses delivered to cancerous tumors. This advanced proton therapy center was the first in the mid-Atlantic region and was designed specifically to accommodate the needs of children with cancer and their families.
The Cancer Center also offers specialized care designed specifically for cancer survivors. The Cancer Survivorship Program cares for long–term survivors of childhood cancer and conducts research to understand how cancer treatment can affect a patient many years later, both physically and psychologically, making recommendations about how to mitigate harmful late effects of treatment.
The CHOP Emergency Division (ED) provides safe and efficient, family-centered, high quality care to more than 80,000 critically ill, injured, or sick children each year. The ED is a 75-bed, state of the art facility; each patient room is private, designed for families’ comfort and equipped with TVs and VCRs for education or entertainment. No patient is ever treated in a hallway and patients are never diverted. The ED has been designed to safeguard patients in the event of a bio-terrorism attack; it is equipped with three decontamination quarters to allow the team to care for whole families or critically ill children.
Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is multi-faceted and includes not just the care provided by the Emergency Department, but the life-saving interventions of the Poison Control Center, Trauma Team and Medical Transport Team. The ED team’s commitment extends beyond delivery of care to injury prevention efforts and advocacy for all children.
The Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the world’s largest and most experienced programs, with more than 24,000 outpatient visits and 1,500 admissions, more than 1,000 surgeries, 1,000 catheterizations and 53,000 diagnostic studies each year; patients are referred to the Center from across the nation and around the world. The program’s high volumes of complex cases, along with the dedicated team of 500 professionals, correlate directly with its consistently exceptional record of outcomes. The Cardiac Center provides comprehensive services across the full continuum of care, from diagnosing a fetus with congenital heart disease to caring for them through adulthood.
Thanks to advances in care, many pioneered at CHOP, the first generation of children with previously fatal congenital heart disease are surviving – and thriving – into adulthood. In 2005, the Cardiac Center created the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Uniting the resources of a renowned pediatric heart program with a national leader in adult cardiac care, the Center offers comprehensive care to meet the unique needs of this rapidly growing population.
The Fetal Heart Program – one of only a few and the largest of its kind in the U.S. – specializes in the detection, evaluation and management of fetal heart defects prior to a baby's birth. The Fetal Heart Program performs more than 3,200 fetal echocardiography studies annually. The program attracts referrals from across the nation.
The newest addition to the Cardiac Center is the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU), the first birth facility created exclusively for pregnancies complicated by birth defects. It includes eight labor-delivery rooms and two operating rooms for c-section deliveries and fetal surgery. Almost half the babies born in the SDU have congenital heart disease. The newborns are evaluated by cardiologists and, if necessary, transported to the Evelyn and Daniel M. Tabas Cardiac Intensive Care Unit just down the hall.
Each year, more than 4,000 medically fragile babies receive comprehensive, high-quality care from the multidisciplinary team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, RNs, developmental therapists and others, in the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, in neonatology specialty programs and throughout the CHOP Newborn Care Network.
CHOP founded the nation’s first surgical ICU for newborns and infants in 1962. The Division of Neonatology has a history of innovation, a commitment to optimal care, and a strong dedication to training future generations of doctors, nurses and other care providers.
Committed to family-focused care, we include all members of the healthcare team and the family in discussion related to each patient's diagnosis, treatment plan and progress. To meet rapidly growing demand, the N/IICU facility recently expanded to an 83-bed unit, equipped with the latest technology and advances in neonatal medicine to care for neonates with all types of diseases.
The team’s clinical expertise has been recognized by regional providers as CHOP operates NICUs at 10 community hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The board-certified N/IICU faculty are leaders in the field, clinically and in research. Patient volume at the main campus has grown to more than 1,100 admissions per year; about 20 percent of neonatal admissions come from beyond the metropolitan Philadelphia region.
The Neonatology Division – and its doctors, nurses and support staff in the N/IICU – regularly partner with CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment to provide treatment and follow-up care to neonates who need surgical treatment before or after birth.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in pediatric orthopedic patient care, education, and basic and clinical research. CHOP physicians have pioneered more than 20 orthopedic surgical procedures and are internationally renowned for their skill in limb-sparing surgery, tumors, spines, hand, sports medicine and trauma.
The Division of Orthopedic Surgery provides a full-range of services from caring for children with common conditions such as sports injuries to those with the most complex musculoskeletal disorders such as cerebral palsy and bone tumors.
Each year, the team provides more than 70,000 outpatient visits in our orthopedic and musculoskeletal programs, receives over 3,200 admissions and performs nearly 3,500 surgical cases. In addition to our Main Campus, outpatient care is available at eight Specialty Care Centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and surgical procedures are offered at four Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
We have a broad referral network, with 25 percent of surgical cases coming from outside the Philadelphia region. The orthopedics team has also expanded programs in neuromuscular, spine and cerebral palsy, established a world-class hand surgery program and are one of a handful of institutions that treat children with complex spine and chest wall deformities.
With orthopedics at its core, CHOP’s unique musculoskeletal program brings together a multidisciplinary team representing 10 pediatric subspecialties to provide seamless and comprehensive care for infants, children and young adults with congenital or acquired musculoskeletal conditions. This Program treats more than 10,000 outpatients with the most complex musculoskeletal conditions such as scoliosis, musculoskeletal tumors, limb deformities, hip dysplasia, cerebral palsy and others.
Other specialty orthopedic-based programs include: the Center for Sports Medicine and Performance and the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency. We also offer programs in spine disorders, cerebral palsy, musculoskeletal tumors, musculoskeletal injuries, foot and ankle disorders, hand and arm disorders, hip disorders, leg and knee disorders, limb deficiency and limb-length discrepancies.
The Division of Pulmonology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is internationally known for being at the forefront of patient care and research into causes and treatments for the entire range of diseases affecting the lung, chest wall and control of respiration in children. These disorders include asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, congenital lung disorders and chronic respiratory failure requiring home mechanical ventilation or other forms of technology.
The Division has extensive expertise in managing complex end-stage lung diseases and in lung transplantation. The team believes in a holistic, multidisciplinary approach that utilizes the talents of many healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, nutritionists, respiratory therapists and physical therapists. These professionals work together to educate families and patients about their disorders, which in turn allows the team to partner with patients to achieve the best possible outcomes.