About Us | Overview
Boston Children’s Hospital is dedicated to improving and advancing the health and well-being of children around the world through its life-changing work in clinical care, biomedical research, medical education and community engagement.
Boston Children's is ranked the number one pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. It is home to the world's largest pediatric research enterprise, and it is the leading recipient of pediatric research funding from the National Institutes of Health. It is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. Boston Children’s treats more children with rare diseases and complex conditions than any other hospital.
Vision and mission
For over 150 years, Boston Children's Hospital has maintained the same vision: to advance pediatric care worldwide. Our four-part mission is to:
- provide the highest quality of health care
- lead the way in research and discovery
- educate the next generation of leaders in health care
- enhance the health and well-being of the children and families in our local community
Boston Children’s Hospital’s Declaration on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity
Boston Children’s is dedicated to creating a culture where all patients, families, clinicians, researchers, staff, and communities feel empowered and supported. We are committed to working together to support health equity and promote anti-racist practices. This is not merely an aspirational goal, and in August 2020, we shared our formal Declaration on Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity that will be our guiding compass in making this goal a reality.
Learn more about our commitment to LGBTQ Equality.
Learn more about our commitment to Supplier Diversity.
Collecting Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Education Level from Patients and Families
At Boston Children’s Hospital, we are committed to providing our patients the best health care. Getting to know the background and preferences of our patients helps us deliver high quality care.
We collect language, education, and background information from all of our patients and their families to make sure we provide the best care possible. Looking at trends in patient care over time helps us identify areas for improvement and work on those areas.
Any personal information you share with us is confidential and protected by law. The people who see this information are registration and clinical staff, hospital administrators, teams involved in quality improvement, and people interested in improving the health of children.
We will use your child’s information, along with hundreds of all of our patients, to measure our performance and ensure we provide all of our patients the highest quality care.
Your child will receive the same quality of care whether or not you choose to share information about their race, ethnicity, and language with us.
No. We collect this information from all of our patients and their families to help improve the care that we provide. All information about our patients is private and confidential.
We do not want to make assumptions about race or ethnicity based on how someone looks. We are asking you this question to make sure we enter the correct information.
You can choose all of the races that apply to your child.
Usually American is considered a nationality rather than an ethnicity. We are asking about how you describe your child’s background or heritage. You may select as many groups as apply to your child. Feel free to include information on your child’s ethnic background and heritage in addition to their nationality.
Nearly all hospitals collect this information.
Some diseases and conditions occur more often among certain racial or ethnic groups. Knowing your child’s race and ethnicity may help us diagnose these conditions more quickly and begin their treatment sooner.
Collecting this information also helps us monitor how well we serve patients. If you have any additional questions, your child’s doctor, care team, or provider would be happy to talk with you more.
With more than 40 clinical departments and 258 specialized clinical programs, Boston Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States. We provide a complete range of health care services for children of all ages, and in some cases, we can offer fetal interventions and treatments for adults.
Learn more about our extensive expansion and renewal projects that will increase capacity and ensure the highest quality care for patients and families.
Patient and Family Experience Data
Boston Children’s Hospital is committed to better understanding and improving the experiences for our patients and families while at Boston Children’s. After a visit to Boston Children's you or your child might receive a survey by mail or email asking about your experience. Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve and provide the best care to all patients and families.
The Child HCAHPS survey is used by pediatric hospitals across the country. The data below shows how we do on the survey question “Would you recommend this hospital to your friends and family?” The data shown is a Top Box Score*. Top Box is the number of times we get the highest possible score on the survey question. In this case, it is the percent of times we received a “Definitely, yes” on whether someone would recommend Boston Children's.
We are proud to be the primary teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and our Nursing Department partners with 27 schools of nursing throughout Massachusetts and New England.
Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an integrated pediatric hematology and oncology program through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, provides – in one specialized program. We also maintain close working relationships with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and many other are hospitals in caring for our patients.