St. Christopher's Hospital for Children has been named as a Best Children's Hospital and America's Best Children's Hospitals for Emergency Care List by the Women's Choice Award®, America's trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. This is the second year in a row St. Christopher's received both honors. 2016 was the first year St. Christopher's was a recipient of the Best Children's Hospital by the Women's Choice Award®.
"Our Best Children's Hospitals award helps raise awareness of the top quality care offered for children—not only the critically ill—with specialists, services and technologies for their unique needs," said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women's Choice Award, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.
"We found in our studies that 75% percent of women associate children's hospitals with care for seriously ill children and nearly 50% of women are unfamiliar with the offerings of a children's hospital," said Passi. "Our goal at the Women's Choice Award is to help moms—and parents—make educated, confident decisions about where to take their children for a wide range of healthcare services."
The list of 38 award winners, including St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, represents hospitals that have met the highest standards for childcare.
"St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is honored to be named a Best Children's Hospital and America's Best Children's Hospitals for Emergency Care List by the Women's Choice Award® again this year," said George Rizzuto, Interim Chief Executive Officer at St. Christopher's. "I am continually impressed by the employees of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and their dedication to providing high-quality care."
The designation of Best Children's Hospitals is based on a point system and self-reported data from almost 60 children's hospitals in the nation.
It is our intent to identify children's hospitals that mothers and fathers can take their children to with the expectation that they will receive excellent and comprehensive care. The award criteria examine five different facility areas to determine which hospital is eligible for the Women's Choice Award. These areas are Pediatric Services, Technology and Family Resources, Board- Certified Staff, Nurses and Support Staff and the facility's Commitment to Quality. Zero to 5 points are assigned to each measure with the exception of NICU, which earns five points for a Level IV and two points for a Level 3. Points for hospital staffing were assigned based on the number of beds per board-certified pediatric professional, with those having the least average beds scoring the most points. Each of these results was also weighted based on the average beds per physician for all reporting hospitals.
Additionally, a children's hospital earned the Best Children's Emergency Care Award if they scored 5 for their pediatric emergency department based on the facility's hospital staffing and if they had a pediatric intensive care unit and an accredited, pediatric trauma center.
For more information on the 2019 Best Children's Hospitals, visit Best Children's Hospitals.
About the WOMEN'S CHOICE AWARD®
The Women's Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria. The Women's Choice Award has been honored by the INC 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies for three years, as well as selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch in 2015, a statewide program managed by GrowFL which celebrates Florida's top second stage companies. Visit Women's Choice Award to learn more.