Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Voted Best Children’s Hospital and Best Children’s Hospital for Emergency Care by Moms Across the Country

For Immediate Release: October 2, 2017
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Monica Buchanan | Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Melanie Otero |Women’s Choice Award®


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

The Women’s Choice Award provides women an opportunity to advocate on behalf of brands, services and hospitals they trust– and that includes Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Moms across the country are recommending the medical center for its pediatric expertise, dedicated and skilled staff and high level customer service both hospital wide and within the emergency department.

“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 67 award winners, including Connecticut Children’s, represents hospitals that have met the highest standards for childcare.

“As Connecticut’s only independent children’s hospital, we remain focused on treating children and keeping them well, both across the state and throughout the region. This award speaks to our dedication and expertise not only in providing state of the art pediatric care but enhancing the overall experience for our patients and families at a time when they need it most” said Jim Shmerling, President and CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The designation of Best Children’s Hospitals is based on a point system and self-reported data from almost 100 children’s hospitals in the nation. Hospitals are judged according to the availability of specific services and capabilities, including:

  • Family Centered Care
  • Family sleeping/living accommodations
  • Dedicated pediatric emergency department
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Child Life specialists
  • Use of telehealth technologies
  • Participation in pediatric health research
  • Accreditation by the Joint Commission
  • Pediatric Trauma Center accreditation

For each of the available services, hospitals received five points towards their score with the exception of NICU, which earns five points for a Level IV and two points for a Level III. A maximum of 50 points could be earned for these services.

Points were also assigned to a hospital based on the number of beds per Board Certified pediatric professional in the following specialties:  Anesthesiology, Radiology, Orthopedics, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Urology, Oncology and Neonatology. Points of 5, 3, 1, or 0 were assigned based on the relative number of beds per physician, with those having the least average beds scoring the most points. Each hospital’s results were also weighted based on the average beds per physician for all the reporting hospitals. Lastly, up to six additional points were provided for high levels of professional, nursing and support staff.

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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 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, world-class 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 was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2017 for a third consecutive year, 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 to learn more.

The information contained in this release is not permitted to be used in a non-press related context without the express prior written consent of the Women’s Choice Award.

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