If a hospital stay can make grown adults feel dreary and uneasy, then just imagine how worse children may feel. After all, children are very sensitive to pain and discomfort. In fact, seeing a sick child lying down a hospital mattress can’t help but make you feel sorry for him or her.
Thankfully, there are hospitals all over the world that specialize in pediatric care. Aptly known as children’s hospitals, they make sure that children are given proper intervention without neglecting their specific needs. The following some of the best examples of this kind of hospital.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
It is human nature to feel compassionate towards children with cancer. However, the men and women of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia channel this compassion into effective medical practice. In fact, when it comes to research in the field of oncology, the branch of medicine that deals with cancer, this hospital is one of the world’s leader. Proof of this is the fact that it has successfully treated patients with some of the worst cases of leukemia, not to mention devised a way to eradicate certain types of neuroblastoma and lymphoma.
Boston Children’s Hospital
When it comes to sheer number of specialties, Boston Children’s Hospital is one to match. So how many specialties does it have exactly? Three, four, seven? Actually, BCH specializes in ten fields: cancer, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology, ranking #1 in seven of them.
And if you’re interested in numbers, you should know that this hospital has 395 patient beds, more than fifteen thousand hospital admissions in the past year, performed around six thousand in-patient and nineteen thousand out-patient surgeries, and received around fifty-eight thousand emergency room visits. It’s also a teaching hospital. Talk about expertise.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
Established in 1883, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center is one of the oldest and most widely recognized children’s hospitals in the United States and the rest of the world. In 2013 alone, it had more than 1.1 million patients from all the fifty states and up to 53 countries around the globe.
Aside from its 130-year old existence and its massive clientele, this children’s hospital offers a wide range of medical services that value the involvement of family in the care process, dedication in finding the best approaches, and transparency towards patients and relatives.
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Although prominent entrepreneur Johns Hopkins died way back in 1873, his legacy still lives on through a world-renowned university and one of the leading hospitals in the world today. And it is from the John Hopkins Hospital that the John Hopkins Children’s Center was born.
Specializing in pediatric pulmonology, neurology, and gastroenterology, there is little to no doubt that this offshoot is making a name for itself and not riding the coattails of its parent hospital.
A sick child is more than likely not a happy child. But with hospitals like these, even children with serious conditions can smile again another day.