What do you do when your child is seriously ill? Most people will take their child to the closest hospital for emergency care or to see a specialist when the pediatrician suggests one. But what about once your child is stable and a diagnosis has been made? Do you stay at that hospital for treatment, or do you go to one that specializes in caring for what your child has?
As you consider treatment facilities for your child, keep the nation’s 10 best children’s hospitals in mind.
- Boston Children’s Hospital: This hospital ranked first in a recent list created by U.S. News because they ranked in the top 3 hospitals for cancer treatment, cardiology, diabetes, gastroenterology, neonatal, nephrology, neurosurgery and orthopedics. Boston Children’s ranked #2 on a list created by Parents magazine, which looked at a much larger set of criteria.
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Ranking #1 on the Parents magazine list and #2 on the U.S. News list, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ranked in the top 3 for cancer, cardiology, diabetes, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center: This Cincinnati hospital ranked #3 in the U.S. News list and #4 in the Parents magazine list. The specialties where Cincinnati Children’s ranked in the top 3 include cancer, neonatal, and pulmonology. Parents scored them very high based on low mortality rates, different types of procedures performed, knowledgeableness of the staff, experience levels of the staff, and successful outcomes.
- Texas Children’s Hospital: This Houston based Children’s Hospital has come in at #4 on the U.S. News list and #7 on the Parents magazine list, scoring in the top 3 in the nation in cardiology, gastroenterology, neonatal, and pulmonology. Parents liked that this hospital had an 80% success rate with a treatment for Hodgkin’s disease, according to a study performed there.