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Choosing a Hospital for Your Child

Parents have many healthcare options for their child and it can be confusing to understand how to choose the best care. Here are some questions that parents should consider asking when making a decision about where to take their child for treatment.

  • Is the hospital designated a Level 1 or 2 Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons or by your state licensing board?
  • Are prescriptions for medicines and orders for tests and procedures entered directly into a computer?
  • Does the hospital include nurses in its leadership and in key decision making?
  • Does the hospital have an Emergency Department and equipment designed just for pediatric patients?
  • Are the intensive care units staffed by specially trained, pediatric intensivists?
  • If my child needs surgery, are the physicians pediatric anesthesiologists?
  • Is the hospital recognized for its safety culture?
  • Does the hospital have board-certified specialists for my child’s condition?
  • Does the hospital practice family/patient-centered care?