Boston Children’s Hospital is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children’s offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age.
The hospital has approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and 200+ specialized clinical programs that schedule 557,000 visits annually. In 2013 the hospital performed more than 26,500 surgical procedures and 158,700 radiological examinations.
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. More than 1,100 scientists comprise their research community, including 9 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 on-staff members of the Institute of Medicine and 9 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Current initiatives have attracted a record $225 million in annual funding, including more federal funding than any other pediatric facility.
In the John F. Enders Pediatric Research Laboratories, named for the Boston Children’s Hospital researcher and Nobel Prize recipient who cultured the polio and measles viruses, hundreds of laboratory researchers and physician investigators search for answers to some of the most perplexing diseases.
In 2003, a generous philanthropic gift made the 295,000 square foot Karp Family Research Laboratories possible. The building increased their research space by more than 60%. The Karp family gift is just one of many important gifts that support Boston Children’s Hospital vital research enterprise.
Through the years, scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital have set the pace in pediatric research, identifying treatments and therapies for many debilitating diseases, including those of adulthood.
Boston Children’s is the #1 ranked children’s hospital in 8 of the 10 evaluated specialties according to the 2016-17 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Boston Children’s is ranked first in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology.
Children’s is a certified Magnet hospital for nursing excellence. The Magnet award is the highest level of recognition for hospital nursing awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.