Top Children’s Hospitals

by Leighann on June 7, 2010

How does your endocrinologist stack up?

Best Children's HospitalsU.S. News News & World Report recently ranked children’s hospitals in a number of specialties including 30 Pediatric Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology.

The specific criteria for the rankings wasn’t spelled out (as least that I readily saw). But it’s always interesting to if your own hospital is listed.

The hospital that we go to for care was among the top 30, but I won’t lie…I looked to see if there was a higher ranked hospital that is a shorter drive for us.

Our drive is about 200 miles each way to the endocrinologist; a trip that takes us about four hours including numerous pit stops for potty breaks, food, and playtime. It’s taxing. Not to mention it costs money for gas and sometimes a hotel and my daughter misses one to two days of school each time.

Did your child’s hospital make the grade? Do you think these rankings really mean anything?

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1 KristinD June 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

when my daughter was diagnosed we were given the choice of 2 hospitals..one is about 40 minutes away, and the other is about 2 hours away (Boston Children’s)..our doctor said she would rather see us go there, so the decision was made..we actually go the Joslin Clinic for her appointments. It ends up she misses a day of school usually and it takes us about 3-4 hours of driving round trip. I love the care she gets there, but as she gets older she can’t be missing so much school. I’m thinking of switching when she gets into highschool, but we will see.

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2 Leighann June 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Kristin- We have a pretty big hospital in our town (actually 2), but they won’t see kids in endocrinology. The way our pediatrician puts it: it’s better to go to a big clinic that does lots of research, etc. than go someplace local just because it’s a shorter drive.

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3 Lani June 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

I am extremely grateful to live in NH only 45 minutes north of Boston. Our choice is Children’s Hospital Boston and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Not to mention Joslin right across the street!! Worth the drive in my opinion 🙂

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4 Leighann June 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Lani- I hear great things about Joslin. If only we were all so lucky. Not to mention, who wouldn’t want to live that close to Boston.

BTW, I was born in Concord. LOVE NH and VT!

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5 Renata Porter June 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I am really suprised not to see Seattle Children’s on there. We were so happy with them…they were amazing. Well, I would assume they still are!

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6 Gisele Misieczko June 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm

My son, Michael, 13, was diagnosed at age 5. We live about an hour from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he is followed by our wonderful Dr. Wilma Rossi. CHOP absolutely deserves its Number 1 designation.

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7 annie June 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm

My son is seen at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis (15) – it’s about an hour’s drive, but well worth it – especially since it’s only quarterly right now. It’s an amazing Children’s Hospital – they have a great balance of warmth and professionalism – and it gives me a good excuse to do some shopping in Indy 🙂

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8 NJRae July 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

Our son’s go to CHOP and have since diagnosis. Absolutely love our CDE, Endo and nutritionist. Our only complaint would be the front desk, because we have 2 kids with diabetes make appointments always seems to give them a hard time which they pass along, even thought we have asked them for separate appointment days for each child.

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