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10/4/16news article

Women’s Choice Award® announces Best Children’s Hospitals for 2017: highlights comprehensive care for all children

women's choice awardThe Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare, has recognized Dayton Children’s Hospital as a Best Children’s Hospital.

This designation identifies the country’s best children’s hospitals by recognizing facilities that provide important pediatric services, maintain a low ratio of beds per board certified pediatric professional (for 11 different specialties), and have high levels of professional, nursing and support staff. Each of the almost 100 children’s hospitals in the nation that submitted self-reported data was carefully evaluated and awarded points for each desirable quality with only the highest-scoring earning the award.

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

In a survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award, 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.

“We are releasing our list of Best Children’s Hospitals to raise awareness of the top quality care offered for all children, not only the critically ill,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award, and former publisher of Working Womanand Working Mothermagazines.

“Women are not leveraging children’s hospitals because there is a perception that care is provided for only the seriously ill,” said Passi. “Our goal is to change that perception and to have moms—and parents—make educated, confident decisions about where to take their sons and daughters for services ranging from asthma to orthopedics in a child-centric environment that offers specialists, services and technologies for children’s unique needs.”

John Lauck, President & CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, is proud to have his hospitals appear on the list. Dayton Children’s Hospital is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. “Thirty of the children’s hospitals recognized by the Women’s Choice Award are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” he said. “CMN Hospitals are leaders in care and treatment in their communities and being acknowledged by Women’s Choice Award highlights this commitment. These hospitals rely on community donations to support their child-specific equipment, technology, research and life-saving treatments.”

The 2017 Best Children’s Hospitals represent those that have met the highest standards for childcare. This designation is based on a point system that includes information provided by almost 100 children’s hospitals in the nation, which included the following services and criteria:

  • 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

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 was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second 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.

For more information, contact:
Stacy Porter
Public relations manager
Phone: 937-641-3666

Deborah Feldman

president and chief executive officer
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