Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia got its start in 1855 as the nation's first hospital solely devoted to the care of children. What began as a 12-bed operation that served 67 inpatients and 306 clinic patients in its first year has grown into a 527-bed hospital that handles more than 1 million inpatient admissions and outpatient visits annually. The hospital is also home to a prolific pediatric research facility and one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the country, including upwards of 50 pediatrician offices, specialty care centers and surgical centers.
U.S. News & World Report ranked CHOP No. 2 on its 2015-16 Honor Roll of children's hospitals. CHOP has also been recognized for excellence in nursing with a Magnet designation. The hospital emphasizes family involvement in care by encouraging parents to actively participate in the decision-making process and providing support services such as chaplaincy, family consultants and support groups.
Accompanying its status as the nation's first children's hospital, CHOP boasts a myriad of other firsts that solidify the institution as a trailblazer in pediatric medicine. Notable firsts include the first medical training for pediatric physicians, the first neonatal surgical and pediatric intensive care unit in the nation and the first follow-up program for long-term survivors of childhood cancer. CHOP also provided its patients with the first vaccines for mumps, whooping cough, influenza and rotavirus.
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