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2/10/21news article

Dayton Children's Hospital receives the 2021 Women’s Choice Award® as a Best Children’s Hospital

Best Children’s Hospital and Best Children’s Pediatric Emergency Care Award honors

Dayton Children's Hospital 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.

“Our Best Children’s Hospitals award raises awareness of the top quality care offered for children. The best hospitals embrace families as an integral part of healthcare and improving children’s outcomes.” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award.

“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 38 award winners, including Dayton Children's Hospital, represents hospitals that have met the highest standards for childcare.   

“At Dayton Children’s, families know we treat their children as if they are our own,” says Deborah A. Feldman, president and CEO of 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 that mothers and fathers can take their children to 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.  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.

Additionally, a children’s hospital earned the Best Children’s Emergency Care Award if they scored 5 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 2021 Best Children’s Hospitals visit

about the Women's Choice Award®
The Women’s Choice Award for Best Hospitals™ is a trusted referral source and coveted credential that identifies the nation’s best hospitals based on robust criteria that includes relevant clinical performance, patient satisfaction and appropriate accreditations. The Best Hospitals demonstrate exceptional ratings, providing the highest level of care and commitment to their patients’ health and well-being.  The Women's Choice Award is the only designation that takes into consideration the preferences of women when selecting a hospital. Visit to learn more. 

Deborah Feldman

president and chief executive officer
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