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Children's Hospital of Philly ranked #1

Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:25 AM

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked the top children's hospital in the United States, officials of Parents magazine said.

Hospitals were ranked by Parents editors with input from a team of medical advisers based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; their experience in performing certain complex procedures; the depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of families of outpatients and inpatients.

The remaining Top 10 pediatric hospitals included:

-- Boston Children's Hospital.

-- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

-- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

-- Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colo.

-- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UP MC.

-- Texas Children's Hospital, Houston.

-- University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor.

-- Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus.

-- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

"Making an informed decision about your child's health care can be overwhelming, especially in the face of a serious illness," Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents, said in a statement. "We created this guide with the hope of making it easier to find a great hospital when you need one most."

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