Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Top Pick Among Moms as a 2019 Women’s Choice Award® Best Children’s Hospital

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2018
Media Contact:

Kathi Waldhof
Women’s Choice Award®
Healthcare Client Services

Monica Buchanan
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Director of Communications

Hartford, CT – Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.

Additionally, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center earned the Best Children’s Emergency Care Award for scoring top marks for a pediatric emergency department based on hospital staffing, our pediatric intensive care unit and our accredited, pediatric trauma center.

“This is the third consecutive year Connecticut Children’s has been named to the Best Children’s Hospitals list and the second consecutive year we have been recognized for our emergency services,” said Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President & Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Children’s. “These awards are a true testament to our high quality care and strategic focus on operational excellence. However, none of this would be possible without the dedication, compassion and expertise of our team members who help to enhance the health and wellbeing of children year round.”

“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.

The list of 38 award winners, including Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, represents hospitals that have met the highest standards for childcare.

“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 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 examines 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. 0-5 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.

For more information on the 2019 Best Children’s Hospitals visit the Women’s Choice Award website.

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Women’s Choice as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With a medical staff of more than 1,000, Connecticut Children’s provides comprehensive, compassionate health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization, which serves as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.

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 the Women’s Choice Award website to learn more.

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