Author: James Mandell, MD, CEO

U.S.News & World Report ranks Boston Children’s #1 in seven out of 10 specialities

James Mandell, MD, CEO

U.S.News & World Report ranks pediatric hospitals according to 10 individual specialties. This year we are ranked #1 in more specialties than any other pediatric hospital, including Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Urology. We are ranked #2 in Cancer, #4 in Pulmonology and #8 in Orthopedics.

As important as these rankings are to families and referring physicians, they are just as important to us, serving as an inspiration to keep striving to be the best. To be consistently listed at the top of the U.S.News rankings is a tribute to the extraordinary work our staff does on a daily basis, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every member of the Boston Children’s community for their continued effort to work tirelessly until every child is well.

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How will the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama’s health reform law impact children?

James Mandell, MD

Regardless of your political views, yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold President Obama’s health reform law, which was originally passed in March 2010, was historic and will touch the lives of nearly every American in some way or another.

As the CEO of one of the nation’s largest hospitals for children and chairman of the board for the Children’s Hospital Association, I’m focused on how this law impacts children and their families. As I said in 2010, I believe there are several positive things related to pediatric health in this law, namely:

  • Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for any child with a pre-existing condition.
  • There are no lifetime limits or exclusions on insurance coverage.
  • Young adults can now stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they’re 26.

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Boston Children’s ranked #1 again

James Mandell, MD, CEO

The 2012-13 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings has been released, and we’re proud to announce that Boston Children’s Hospital is ranked #1 on the Honor Roll and in the top four of all 10 specialties ranked.

We’re ranked first in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Nephrology, and Neurology and Neurosurgery; second in Cancer, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Urology; third in Neonatology and Orthopedics; and fourth in Pulmonology.

Boston Children’s was the only hospital in New England named to the U.S.News Honor Roll.

The ranking reflects the dedication of our caregivers, researchers, staff, volunteers and referring doctors across Boston Children’s community of care, and speaks to the collective commitment to improving the quality of outcomes for each and every family that comes through our doors.

In honor of that dedication we made a brief video showcasing some of our amazing patients and staff.

We’re proud of the recognition, and of the hard-working people who earned it. If you’re proud of Boston Children’s too, please share this video on your Facebook page, through Twitter and blogs, and let the world know what being part of the Boston Children’s family means to you.

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Decisions at the ballot box

James Mandell, MD, CEO

James Mandell, MD, is chief executive officer at Children’s Hospital Boston. In the following post he weighs in on some issues facing Massachusetts voters on Tuesday.

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are blowing about—a sure sign that fall has arrived in New England. Another staple of the season are the seemingly incessant TV advertisements and phone calls reminding us of an upcoming election. While campaigns can be tiresome, it helps to remember how fortunate we are to live in a democracy that guarantees every American a voice in the direction of our country.

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