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Child patient care

Boston Children's Hospital is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Boston 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 214,000 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.

Best childrens and pediatric hospitalU.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.

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).

Leader in LGBT Healthcare EqualityLGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader

Boston Children's is one of a select group of 496 health care facilities nationwide to be named Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality. Facilities awarded this title meet key criteria, including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity, a guarantee of equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and LGBTQ health education for key staff members.

Additional recognition

Leapfrog GroupLeapfrog Group Top Children's Hospital

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 2017, Boston Children’s Hospital achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the third time. We are one of only a handful of hospitals in the country — eight 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 is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. More than 1,100 scientists comprise our research community, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 on-staff members of the Institute of Medicine and nine 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 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 percent. 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 have set the pace in pediatric research, identifying treatments and therapies for many debilitating diseases, including those of adulthood. Learn More »

100 Great Hospitals in America 2017

Leapfrog Group Top Children's Hospital

Becker's Hospital Review compiled a listing of the 100 Great Hospitals in America. The list is generated by reviewing several reputable hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, Truven Health Analytics, The Leapfrog Group and Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Top 50 in Digital Health

Each year, fifty of the leading entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, reporters, and providers dedicated to bringing technological advancements to healthcare are recognized by Rock Health, Fenwick & West, Goldman Sachs, and Square 1 Bank. Boston Children's was recognized among the Top 50 in Digital Health as Non-Profit of the Year in 2017, in recognition of our dedication to advancing pediatric care for all children and the work being done in our Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) to support clinical and research leaders as they pursue breakthrough pediatric technology.

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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