Hospitals Blazing Trails, The Best in Children's Care
Written by John McMalcolm
Hospitals Blazing Trails, The Best in Children's Care
As many doctors can tell you, children respond differently to medical treatment because their bodies are very different from those of adults.
Routine medical procedures that work for adults may be detrimental to children. As parents look for the best facilities available when seeking care for their children, is your hospital making the grade? Are you providing all the necessary services that youngsters and their loved ones need at any given moment?
With that in mind, what are some of the facilities scoring high marks nationwide when it comes to caring for children?
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ranks first on U.S. News and Parents.com's lists of best children's hospitals in 2013. It is one of the largest hospitals of its kind in the world, offering outpatient and emergency care to over 1.16 million children and admitting over 28,000 children every year.
With more than $30 million invested in research annually, this hospital conducted many studies and developed fetal surgery for treating spina bifida before birth. Additionally, it has achieved the Magnet Nursing Status, which is the highest award attainable for nursing excellence.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia features a multimedia center called the Seacrest Studios, where patients can listen to songs and watch performances, and its emergency room is equipped with interactive displays and a library.
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston Children's Hospital was named the best pediatric hospital by the U.S. News in 2012.
It offers a complete range of medical services for patients aged 0 to 21, and it is ranked number one in cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, nephrology and urology. It was responsible for inventing a heart valve that can grow with a child, and it succeeded in treating a child with bubble-boy disease. The Boston Children's Hospital was also awarded the Magnus Status for its outstanding nursing care.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has the busiest emergency department and undertakes the second highest number of surgeries among pediatric hospitals in the U.S.
This hospital also invests heavily in research, and it is presently leading a major study on a medication that can potentially prevent children from experiencing migraines. It is planning to start a pet visitation center soon to enable its patients to play with their pets from home.
Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora
For over a decade, the Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora has been regarded as one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country by the U.S. News.
It also achieved top 10 rankings in the areas of pulmonology, gastroenterology, diabetes and endocrinology, orthopedics and cancer.
This hospital is home to one of the world's largest children heart tissue banks, and it has private NICU rooms. Presently, the Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora is doing research on equine therapy to help autistic children.
What Makes These Hospitals Stand Out?
The top pediatric hospitals in the U.S. are able to gain a competitive advantage over other hospitals because they have a higher level of commitment to providing quality medical services for children.
Their fervent dedication to give patients the best possible healthcare experience enables them to build a solid reputation and attract the finest physicians, surgeons, nurses and technicians.
They also invest heavily in amenities, equipment and technology to provide the most effective and efficient healthcare, as well as research to discover new treatment methods.
The future of the country depends on the wellness of its children.
Pediatric hospitals are playing an important role in local communities by ensuring the health and happiness of children.
About the author
John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from healthcare to reviews of children products such as toys and strollers.
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