Thank you for making Boston Children’s #1

The 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings were released this morning, and Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the #1 children’s hospital in the nation.

The U.S. News rankings are about more than just reputation. They’re based on four key elements — reputation, patient outcomes, patient safety and care-related factors such as the amount of nurse staffing and the breadth of patient services. They rely most heavily on outcomes — in other words, were we able to make a difference?

At Boston Children’s, we care for patients with the most complex conditions — children whose needs are unimaginable, and whose chances of survival may be heartbreakingly low. They drive our researchers and innovators to seek out cures for the incurable, and answers to the unimaginable. They inspire us to deliver the best care for all our patients, from the complex to the common. And frequently, their families are the ones who look to sources like U.S. News when trying to decide which hospital will be most likely to make a difference for their child.

This is a moment worth celebrating — but it’s just one moment of millions that made a difference in the lives of our patients, family and our team. While we can’t capture all of those moments in just a few minutes, we’ve created this video to give you just a taste of what can happen when all of you — researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, patients and families — strive together to make the impossible possible.

Thank you for making Boston Children’s #1.


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