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America’s top pediatric hospitals

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Best pediatric hospitals

Parents may often worry about their children developing chronic diseases or sustaining debilitating injuries, but they don’t often do research on the best pediatric hospitals until a serious illness or injury occurs. Though the nearest hospital may be a sufficient medical facility for your child, knowing there are pediatric hospitals that offer specialized care for pedatric diseases and disorders can give you peace of mind if your child happens to fall ill. Here are the nation’s top pediatric hospitals listed by specialty.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Pediatric Cancer

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Website: www.chop.edu

The Children's hospital in Philadelphia is one of the top pediatric hospitals in America. The nonprofit hospital was recently ranked No.1 by US News & World Report for its specialized care of children with cancer. The main hospital has enough beds for 431 patients and staffs 299 full-time and 30 part-time physicians, including 40 pediatric oncologists. The hospital is home to one of the largest pediatric bone and marrow transplantation (BMT) programs as well as the Brian Tumor Center. In addition, the hospital has one of the only pediatric PET/CT scanners in the Northeastern part of the country; PET/CT scans are instrumental in detecting various cancers in children.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 by Francis West Lewis, MD. His vision was to create a children's hospital that would be focused on treating children's illness and injuries and discovering cures for diseases affecting children. Presently the hospital has over 50 facilities across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and it is the largest network for pediatric healthcare in the country. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has one of the largest research programs dedicated to pediatrics in the US with an annual budget of more $200 million, which includes $100 million derived from federal grants.

Peditric Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders

Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Website: www.childrenshospital.org

Children's Hospital Boston specializes in pediatric cancer treatments and also the treatment of diabetes and endocrine disorders. The Diabetes Program was ranked second by US News Media Group's 2009 edition of "American's Best Children's Hospitals" featured in the August issue of US News & World Report. The program is home to an expert team specializing in endocrinology and diabetology, diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and a media social worker who are all dedicated to helping patients and their families manage their conditions.

The program provides services for children with all different types of diabetes of all ages from infants to young adults. Children's Hospital Boston was also ranked as having one of the nation's best childhood cancer programs -- the Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Care program (DF/CHCC) is a joint effort between Children's Hospital Boston and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that offers comprehensive cancer care and treatment to more that 2,000 children and young adults battling cancer. The hospital has 396 patient beds and 193 full-time physicians, 73 part-time physicians and 1,500 researchers on staff.

Digestive Disorders

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Website: www.cincinnatichildrens.org

The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center specializes in pediatric disorders of the digestive system including eosinophilic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, motility disorders and feeding disorders in ages ranging from infants to teenagers. The hospital's specialized centers address various disorders including The Aerodigestive and Sleep Center, The Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders (CCED), The Feeding Team, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Schubert-Martin Inflammatory Bowel Disease/IBD Center, The Pediatric Liver Care Center and The Motility Disorders Program which collaborates with the Small Bowel Transplant Center and the Colorectal Center. The hospital has 449 beds to accommodate patients and has 454 full-time physicians and 101 part-time physicians on staff.

Pediatric Heart Disease and Heart Surgery

Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Houston, Texas

Website: www.texaschildrenshospital.org

Texas Children's Hospital in Houston was ranked as one of the top hospitals for pediatric heart conditions and heart surgery by US News & World Reports. In addition, the facility was named as one of top pediatric hospitals by Parents magazine. The Texas Children's Heart Center sees more than 12,000 patients annually and performs more than 900 surgeries.

The hospital has more than 1,580 board-certified physicians on staff including cardiologists, surgeons and researchers responsible for developing procedures and therapies. The Heart Center offers care and treatment for a number of cardiac conditions including total anomalous pulmonary venous return, transposition of the great arteries, aortic valvar stenosis and many others. In addition, the Texas Children's Heart Center houses a cardiovascular genetics clinic, a syncope (fainting) clinic and an adult congenital heart clinic.

Texas Children's Hospital opened in 1954 and to date has cared for more than one million children from across the continent and around the world. The hospital is host to one of the largest pediatric residency programs in the US and is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. The hospital, along with Baylor College of Medicine, is active in pediatric research and receives over $100 million in grant funding yearly.

Neonatal Care

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

Website: www.rainbowbabies.org

Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital is one of the top hospitals for neonatal care in the country according to US News & World Report and Parents magazine. In addition, US News & World Report ranked it as one of the country's top children's hospitals and a number of the hospital's physicians made Cleveland Magazine's "Best Doctors in America" 2009-2010 list.

Last year, the 244-bed facility cared for more than 500,000 patients including 26,000 children who arrived as emergency cases. The hospital has more than 1,300 pediatric specialists on staff and is the only hospital in Ohio with a Level 1 pediatric trauma center.

The hospital's 38 bed Quentin & Elisabeth Alexander Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened in 2009 and features state of the art technology. The NICU houses an intensive care unit specifically for specialized treatment for newborns with variety of complex medical problems and disorders. The Rainbow NICU and Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) unit has one of the best newborn and patient survival rates in the US. The hospital runs a variety of centers and programs including the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Pediatric Orthopaedic Division and the Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department.

 

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