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CHILD Magazine Ranks Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh as One of the Top 10 Best Children's Hospitals in the U.S.

Results of CHILD Magazine's third exclusive survey released today

Child magazine today announced the highly anticipated results of its third exclusive survey to identify the top 10 children's hospitals in the country --- naming Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh ninth in the country.

The comprehensive survey - whose results appear in the February 2005 issue of the magazine on newsstands nationwide January 11th - was based on strict criteria and data compiled during the magazine's extensive 8-month investigation.

According to the survey, the 10 best pediatric hospitals ranked in order are:

1. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA

2. Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA

3. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

4. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

5. Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH

6. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

7. The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO

8. Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN

9. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

10. (tie) Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

10. (tie) St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO

"Parents never feel as vulnerable as when their children are hospitalized. And with 8 million children hospitalized each year, Child magazine believes it is important to champion those children's hospitals that offer superb medical treatment as well as sensitive and supportive care to families," says Miriam Arond, Child magazine's editor in chief. "In order to identify these top children's hospitals, we followed a comprehensive and rigorous methodology and examined criteria such as survival rates, staff qualifications, Child Life programs, safety issues, and much more. Our goal is to highlight those pediatric institutions that are excelling in their mission as well as to make parents aware of what services and qualities to look for in their local hospitals."

Survey Methodology

To be considered for the Child magazine survey, a hospital must be among the full-voting members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions: 144 hospitals qualified.

Child magazine narrowed the field to nearly 100, based on each hospital's evaluation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), an agency that visits each hospital and grades on medication use, anesthesia care, infection control, and more.

All of the semi-finalists then received a detailed 164-question survey developed in conjunction with a team of advisers engaged especially for this story. The survey included questions pertaining to survival rates for childhood cancers, heart surgeries, organ transplants, and premature births. Also, questions were asked about staff qualifications; nurse-to-patient ratios; research funding and the number of clinical trials; the availability of playrooms, lending libraries, and activities to help a child's hospital experience seem less frightening; and family services like support groups and sleeping accommodations for parents.

About Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 400,000 visits to Children's and its many neighborhood locations each year. Children's also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking eighth among children's hospitals (FY 2003) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,

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February 19, 2008
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February 19, 2008