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10/1/18news article

Dayton Children’s receives the 2019 Women’s Choice Award® as a Best Children’s Hospital

Dayton Children’s Hospital has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital and Best in Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.

“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 percent 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 health care services.”

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

“At Dayton Children’s, moms know we treat their kids like they are our own,” says Deborah A. Feldman, president and CEO, Dayton Children’s Hospital. “We are honored that the Women’s Choice Award proves that trust.”

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 where mothers and fathers can take their children with the expectation that they will receive excellent and comprehensive care. The award criteria 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.  Zero to five points are assigned to each measure with the exception of the 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.

Additionally, a children’s hospital earned the Best Children’s Emergency Care Award if they scored five points for their pediatric emergency department based on the facility’s hospital staffing and if they had a pediatric intensive care unit and an accredited, pediatric trauma center.

For more information on the 2019 Best Children’s Hospitals visit

about Dayton Children’s

One of only 45 independent freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, Dayton Children’s is the region’s only medical facility dedicated to children. Accredited by The Joint Commission and serving 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana, the experts at Dayton Children’s care for more than 320,000 children each year. Consistently recognized as one of the country’s best and most cost-effective pediatric hospitals, Dayton Children’s is home to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and together with the United States Air Force shares the nation’s only civilian-military integrated pe­diatric training program. For more children’s health and safety information, visit our web site at

about the Women’s Choice Award®
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 to learn more. 

Deborah Feldman

president and chief executive officer
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