Boston Children's Hospital - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014

Boston Children's Hospital. Boston Children's Hospital originally opened in 1869 as a 20-bed facility in Boston's South End. Now, it is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States and home to the world's largest research enterprise at a pediatric hospital. 

Boston Childrens Hospital factsBoston Children's offers a complete range of healthcare services for children through more than 200 specialized clinical programs. The hospital has approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and includes more than 400 pediatricians across the state at satellite locations and affiliated hospitals. Boston Children's is the No. 1 ranked children's hospital in seven of the 10 evaluated specialties, according to the 2013-14 edition of Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It is also Magnet-recognized for excellence in nursing.

With a research community of more than 1,100 scientists, the hospital hosts the world's largest pediatric hospital research enterprise. Boston Children's has received a record $225 million in annual funding for its current research initiatives — more federal funding than any other pediatric facility. Recent advances include the development of a new, long-acting local anesthetic, the discovery of new mechanisms for lowering blood sugar in diabetic mice that may lead to diabetics being treated without insulin, and the development of a handheld scanning device (now being field tested) to identify "lazy eye" during the preschool years.

Boston Children's is also the primary teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and it collaborates with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Autism Consortium and Boston University. Additionally, the hospital provides services to local students and families through programs such as the Community Asthma Initiative and a partnership with Boston Public Schools.

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