Parents magazine ranked two Texas hospitals on its top 20 list of children's hospitals in the country. (Published Monday, Feb 4, 2013)
Parents magazine released its list of best children's hospitals in the country. Two of the top 20 are in Texas.
Texas Children's Hospital in Houston ranked seventh on the magazine’s list, while Children's Medical Center of Dallas ranked at number 20. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia topped the list as number one.
Parents magazine analyzed 1,000 pieces of information from 66 children's hospitals across the country. From the sample, the magazine ranked hospitals based on everything from cutting edge treatments to routine care to kid-friendly and innovative programs.
Texas Children's Hospital in Houston ranked seventh for several reasons including, the highest level of nursing care, more than 10 experimental cancer studies, and a survival rate of 85 percent or higher for complex heart surgeries.
Children's Medical Center in Dallas was recognized for the child life program – providing support for sick kids and their families. The program runs daily until midnight. The joint orthopedics program between Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Children's Hospital ranked number eight in Parents magazine’s 10 best children's hospitals for orthopedic care.
NBC 5’s Investigative Consumer Unit spoke with Parents magazine. The authors of the study have advice if you are not near one of the top hospitals and your child needs critical or specialized care.
- First and foremost, be your child's biggest and best advocate.
- Ask specific questions about treatments and studies.
- Being proactive may lead you to a bigger or more well-renowned hospital at a lower cost.
The authors of the study urge parents to seek out answers if you're not getting the answers at your child’s hospital. Better care exists if you’re willing to be more assertive.
Published at 9:31 PM CDT on Feb 4, 2013