Awards, Accreditations and Recognition

Ranked as One of the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

us news honor roll badge Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is proud to once again be named to U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

In addition to the overall Honor Roll rankings of the top children’s hospitals in the nation, U.S. News evaluates programs in 10 specialty areas. For 2018-19, CHOP ranked in the top three in seven out of 10 specialties, and No. 1 rankings were awarded to the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and Division of Urology.

Named Among 20 Most Innovative Children’s Hospitals by Parents Magazine

Parents Most Innovative Children's Hospital logo CHOP was named one of the 20 most innovative children’s hospitals by Parents magazine based on the results of a comprehensive survey, sent to members of the Children’s Hospital Association. The survey identified hospitals with a proven track-record of innovations that have led to medical advances.

CHOP was recognized specifically for significant contributions to the development of CAR T-cell therapy for children with advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). This was the first-ever cell therapy to receive FDA approval.

Accredited by the Joint Commission on Health Care Organizations

The Joint Commission is widely known for its leadership role in evaluating and accrediting thousands of healthcare organizations in the United States.

Joint Commission standards represent a national consensus on quality patient care amidst changing healthcare practices and new delivery methods. Participation in the accreditation process is entirely voluntary, and those organizations that do participate choose to be measured against national standards for excellence in providing quality patient care within organized healthcare delivery settings.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia achieved a three-year Accreditation by Joint Commission on Heath Care Organizations for June 2013 through June 2016. This accreditation means that we demonstrated compliance with applicable Joint Commission standards in all performance areas.

Accredited by the NCQA as an Accountable Care Organization

An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of healthcare providers that have agreed to work together to provide seamless, comprehensive care for a specific patient population. The group could be made up of group practice providers, networks of individual practices, hospitals, provider-health plan partnerships or publicly governed entities. These providers choose to come together to form an ACO because of a shared goal to improve the quality of care and patient experience, while simultaneously reducing costs.

ACOs have the potential to achieve better quality at lower cost because they create financial incentives to improve care coordination and healthcare delivery across the spectrum of providers who participate in a patient’s care. This means sharing data and information, sharing accountability for the health of patients, and sharing best practices that lead to high-quality, efficient, patient-centered care.

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Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence

Magnet ranking Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was awarded Magnet status for Nursing Excellence, the nursing profession’s highest national recognition, by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), an arm of the American Nurses Association, in 2004, and received recertification in 2008 and 2014. CHOP is one of a select group of 397 healthcare organizations out of nearly 6,000 in the United States to achieve the coveted Magnet status. Children's Hospital was the first pediatric hospital in Pennsylvania to receive Magnet status.

Designated Human Genome Center

Children’s Hospital was designated a Human Genome Center by the National Institutes of Health and was awarded a major federal grant for the mapping of chromosome 22 in the early 90s. Children’s Hospital researchers completed mapping chromosome 22 in 1999, making it the first human chromosome to be fully sequenced. Defects in genes on chromosome 22 are implicated in certain leukemias and other pediatric tumors, intellectual disabilities, numerous birth defects and the 22q11 deletion syndrome.

First Children’s Hospital Named Center of Excellence in Fertility

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the first pediatric hospital recognized as a Center of Excellence by Fertile Hope for its commitment to educate cancer patients and their families about the risk of infertility following cancer treatment and to offer potential ways to preserve fertility. Fertile Hope is a national initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.

The Chair's Initiatives Program

In 2004, the Department of Pediatrics at CHOP began a program called the Chair's Initiatives. The goal: to establish new models of care in pediatrics and tackle some of the most daunting challenges in healthcare today.

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