Our Top Picks: Pediatric Hospitals

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These five U.S. pediatric hospitals show the future of American pediatric healthcare is bright. From state-of-the-art corrective surgeries to best value for your money, these hospitals deliver quality care to the tiniest of patients.

#1 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio
Timely, family-centered care and research pioneering make this Cincinnati gem our top pediatric hospital.


Efficiency and cost effectiveness make Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH) economical, but without compromise to superior care. In 2013, CCH received recognition from US News, the Children’s Hospital Association and a commendation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for outstanding professional nursing. Aside from patient-centered medicine, CCH is one of the preeminent pediatric research institutions and commits more than $100 million to research every year. CCH continues to explore pediatric heart medicine with the recent accreditation of the Pediatric Heart Failure Institute. This venture explores the genetic roots of heart failure in children to aid in early detection and care.

#2 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Penn.
The City of Brotherly Love is lucky to have a large-scale operation committed to caring for a wide range of child health concerns.


Serving patients for 150 years, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, earned top honors for exemplary care from the 2013-2014 US News report.  CHOP utilizes the largest treatment network in the United States with 50 facilities spanning over two states. Specialties include state-of-the-art asthma treatment and airway disorder research, and an orthopedic department that serviced 59,000 visits last year. Experts regard CHOP for its Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, the only treatment center of its kind to offer surgical options for unborn babies with recognized birth defects. 

#3 Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Wash.
Prioritizing specialty care and patient safety make Seattle Children’s a rising star in the Pacific Northwest.


The largest craniofacial center in the nation calls Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) home. This team of elite surgeons provides care for cleft palates and other rare facial disorders affecting children. Last December, the SCH craniofacial team received national recognition for fulfilling a young boy’s Christmas wish to smile by providing corrective surgery for a rare nerve disorder. SCH is the primary pediatric referral hospital for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, making it the largest care radius in the United States. The first children’s hospital west of the Mississippi, SCH continues to lead the charge in trimming excess and waste out of healthcare through “lean healthcare.”

#4 Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, Ohio
All-star staff and user-friendly online medical resources prove the consumer appeal of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Located in the heart of Ohio, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) is fighting the childhood obesity epidemic through its bariatric surgery center. Parents of children suffering from extreme obesity can receive information at a series of free sessions on bariatric surgery. Educating parents and patients is a key goal at NCH as evidenced by its user-friendly website, complete with a full index of medical conditions, tests/procedures, and a drug reference library. Two hundred of the 2014 “Best Doctors in America” practice at NCH, and other accolades include recognition by the Children’s Hospital Association for consistent, outstanding results.  Last year, more than 1,000 medical professionals provided nearly 1 million patients the opportunity for better health.


#5 Duke Children’s Hospital
Durham, North Carolina
Connected to one of the top universities in the country, Duke Children’s Hospital marries medical innovation with a holistic approach to improving child vitality.


Thirty-six different pediatric units provide patients a wide array of treatment options at Duke Children’s Hospital (DCH). Distinguished programs include the Center for Communication Enhancement—a treatment initiative for children suffering with congenital hearing and communication disorders. DCH also offers the largest pediatric blood and marrow transplant program in the world for oncology and other terminal illnesses. Every summer, the hospital fully funds Camp Kaleidoscope to show terminal illness patients the outdoor delights of summertime.

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