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Number One

Boston Children’s Hospital ranked top by US News

The 2017-18 edition of U.S.News & World Report's "Best Children's Hospitals" has been released, and we are proud to announce that Boston Children's Hospital is ranked #1 on the Honor Roll for the third year in a row and ranked #1 in 8 out of 10 evaluated specialties.


Firearm Legislation and Firearm Fatalities

Firearms lead to over 33,000 fatalities a year and another 80,000 injuries; over 20% of young adult fatalities each year are due to firearm violence and over the past 10 years firearm fatalities have increased by 10%. While federal firearm laws are limited, and there is a complete lack of firearm safety regulation, many states have enacted their own firearm legislation. 

Dr. Eric Fleegler and colleagues evaluated the relationship between state level firearm legislation and firearm fatalities. Looking at data on all state firearm laws and firearm-related homicides and suicides between 2007-2010, they found that states with the most legislation have 40% fewer firearm homicides and 37% fewer firearm suicides compared to states with no or minimal legislation. Further analysis suggests that the pathway to safety is through a reduction in household firearm ownership rates, though which came first – lower ownership rates or increased legislation – is not clear. The results were published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2013. 

Quality & Safety

At Boston Children’s Hospital, we believe that patients and families deserve to know whether the hospital where they have chosen to receive their care meets the highest standards and is committed to excellence.  Through our Program for Patient Safety and Quality, we continually monitor and improve the care we provide to our patients. Since the diseases and chronic conditions that affect children and adolescents are quite different from those of adults, it is often not appropriate to use adult measures to evaluate the quality of pediatric care.  That’s why we have taken a leadership role in developing scientifically sound methods to measure the quality of care provided to all children and adolescents.

 We aim to solve some of the world’s greatest pediatric health problems. Some ways we do this stem from scientific research: Understanding diseases deeply—even at the cellular or molecular level—leads to new drugs and therapies. Other discoveries arise from moments spent at patients’ bedsides, when doctors and nurses see opportunities to improve care. This approach, which we call “clinical innovations,” often requires us to develop entirely new tools or come up with inventive strategies. This creative form of innovation is the path by which many major improvements in health care have been made.