Child Patient Care
Boston Children's Hospital is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. (Our services can begin interventions at 15 weeks gestation and in some situations we also treat adults.)
We have approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and our 200+ specialized clinical programs schedule 557,000 visits annually. Last year the hospital performed more than 26,500 surgical procedures and 158,700 radiological examinations.
Our team of physicians and nurses has been recognized by a number of independent organizations for overall excellence and we're proud to share some notable examples with you here.
We're the #1 children's hospital in the nation for 2015-2016, according to U.S. News & World Report.
U.S. News & World Report
Widely considered the leading publisher of hospital rankings, U.S. News & World Report has named us the number-one pediatric hospital in the United States for 2015-16. In addition, seven of our clinical specialties were deemed to be the best of their kind in the nation:
U.S. News & World Report's hospital rankings are based on a wide range of factors, including reputation among pediatric specialists, medical outcomes (such as cancer survival rates), and care-related indicators of quality (such as nurse staffing and the availability of specialized services).
The Leapfrog Group is a national consortium of public agencies and large corporations that evaluates hospitals around the country in order to make smart decisions about health care for employees. (Leapfrog members include Fortune 500 companies such as FedEx, GM, and Boeing.) In its most recent report, the group named us a "Top Hospital" based on quality, safety, and efficiency. We were one of only eight children's hospitals to make the list, which the Leapfrog Group describes as "the most competitive national hospital quality award in the country."
American Nurses Credentialing Center
In 2008, the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded us Magnet status for nursing excellence. We are one of only a handful of hospitals in the country -- less than six percent -- to achieve this status. Magnet status means that we have a world-class nursing organization that provides quality patient care and has a track record of developing innovations that improve professional nursing practice.
National Research Corporation
The National Resource Corporation (NRC) focuses on patient-centered care and uses surveys and other data to help health care providers measure and improve their quality and services. In 2011, we received the NRC Picker’s "Path to Excellence" award, which recognizes overall excellence. NRC selected the winners from their extensive database of members based on performance over the previous four quarters.
Boston Children's Hospital is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. More than 1,100 scientists comprise our research community, including 9 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 on-staff members of the Institute of Medicine and 9 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Current initiatives have attracted a record $225 million in annual funding, including more federal funding than any other pediatric facility.
In the John F. Enders Pediatric Research Laboratories, named for the Boston Children's Hospital researcher and Nobel Prize recipient who cultured the polio and measles viruses, hundreds of laboratory researchers and physician investigators search for answers to some of the most perplexing diseases.
In 2003, a generous philanthropic gift made the 295,000 square foot Karp Family Research Laboratories possible. The building increased our research space by more than 60%. The Karp family gift is just one of many important gifts that support Boston Children's Hospital vital research enterprise.
Through the years, scientists at Boston Children's Hospital have set the pace in pediatric research, identifying treatments and therapies for many debilitating diseases, including those of adulthood. Learn More »