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Children's Hospital Colorado Ranked Top 5 Best Children's Hospital by Parents Magazine


Top children's hospital for "Family Friendliness"

Children's Hospital Colorado has once again been recognized by Parents magazine as one of the top children's hospitals in the nation in its survey of the "10 Best Children's Hospitals." The results released today ranked Children's Colorado as No. 5 for overall care and as the highest scoring children's hospital for "Family Friendliness."

The "10 Best Children's Hospitals" provides a comprehensive family-focused data-driven comparison of pediatric facilities. In compiling the list, Parents focused on key areas including treatment success, groundbreaking research and family-friendly facilities.

Parents also ranked the Top 10 children's hospitals in six specialties. Four Children's Colorado specialties ranked in the Top 10: Heart Care, No. 6; Cancer Care, No. 7; Emergency Care, No. 9; and Pulmonary Care, No. 10.

"Every day, parents entrust their children with us and these rankings are further confirmation of the excellent care we provide for our patients and their families," said Jim Shmerling, president and CEO of Children's Colorado. "I am thrilled that Children's Colorado has once again been recognized not only as a top pediatric hospital, but also for our outstanding specialty care rankings."

The hospitals on the list were ranked by Parents editors, with input from a team of medical advisors, based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; experience in performing certain complex procedures; 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 patients.

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

Parents last released rankings during its inaugural survey of Best Children's Hospitals in 2008, and Children's Colorado received a No. 10 ranking overall.

The "10 Best Children's Hospitals" list will appear in the March 2013 issue of Parents on newsstands nationwide on Feb. 12, as well as on the Parents website.