What are Children's Hospitals? Why Would I Need a Children's Hospital?

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Children are still developing and their bodies function differently than adults. Therefore, they have special needs for diagnosing and treating injuries and illness. Their small size, especially infants, also make diagnostic testing or treatment more difficult. Some adult hospitals just don’t have equipment small enough to accurately capture an image or to treat a small child.

A children’s hospital will be equipped with technology perfectly sized for your child and will be staffed with specially trained and experienced professionals in caring for the physical as well as emotional needs of children.

That’s not to say that your child must only go to a children’s hospital. Talk to your child’s physician and discuss your child’s specific needs. In the case of an emergency, the closest emergency room is always the best choice. Emergency professionals have the ability to stabilize and transfer to a children’s hospital when appropriate.

How do you choose the best children's hospital?

As with most specialty hospitals, your physician will likely recommend one or two children’s hospitals if one is required. However, these recommendations are often based simply on proximity and your physician having privileges there. We want you to know you still have a choice. We suggest you do research before you accept his or her recommendation. Below are some additional factors you should consider:

1. Quality: Quality is often overlooked but extremely important. You can find quality information on WhereToFindCare.com to help you determine which pediatric hospitals give quality care. Below is a brief overview of quality data available on our website.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) monitors the quality of health care by requiring children's hospitals to report information on several measures. WhereToFindCare.com simplifies data from CMS into one score called the Medicare quality score. The Medicare quality score is the percentage of measures that meet or exceed the national average. There are some instances when CMS feels a children's hospital did not have enough patients to make a judgment on its quality. In these cases, government quality scores are not displayed.

In addition, WhereToFindCare.com has it's own quality score. It is the percentage of people who rated their children's hospital on WhereToFindCare.com and said they received quality care.

You'll find both quality scores (when available) on the pediatric hospital's profile page under the quality scores section. For the Medicare quality score, we also list the details of each measure collected.

2. Recommendations: Word of mouth recommendations can tell us whether we can get along with providers on a personal level. Ask friends, family, and other associates if they have had experiences with the children's hospitals on your list.

3. Insurance: Verify the children's hospital takes your insurance.

4. Reviews: Research online reviews-they are a valuable resource. They can give you a better picture of whether patients received quality care at the children's hospital.

How can WhereToFindCare.com help you find the best children's hospital?

Use the children's hospital search tool below to locate children's hospitals in your area. With the report generated, you can view quality information, reviews and ratings, exceptional healthcare workers at children's hospitals(we call them Care Stars), photos, services provided, insurance accepted, contact information, driving directions, and much more.

Find, compare & rate children's hospitals

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Children's hospitals are also know as pediatric hospitals & peds hospitals.

Have you had experiences with children's hospitals in your area?

Share your experiences with other users by rating the children's hospitals on WhereToFindCare.com. Your feedback is invaluable to others in your community searching for a pediatric hospital.