Friday, February 8th, 2013
Parents magazine has named its picks for the top 10 children’s hospitals in the nation, by gathering more than 1,000 pieces of information from members of the Children’s Hospital Association (formerly the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions).
Click here to read the full list of the 10 best children’s hospitals in America, the criteria that were used to determine the honorees, and special services and innovations that each offers. Here’s the top 10 list:
- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
- Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
- Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
- University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Image: Girl in hospital, via Shutterstock
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Monday, October 29th, 2012
The Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee was the site of a fun surprise for patients recently–not something that often happens in the scary environment of a hospital. A group of window washers amazed kids by dressing in superhero costumes which they donned while they clambered up the windows on the outside of the building. ABC News has more:
“The kids always come up to the window and ask us, ‘Are you Spiderman?’” Steve Oszaniec, a 23-year employee of the Chicago-based American National Skyline window cleaning company, told ABCNews.com today. “So I came up with the idea of, ‘Why don’t we just show up as Spiderman?’”
With the plan hatched, Oszaniec, son Danny Oszaniec and their colleague, Jordan Emerson, pitched the idea to their boss, Sean Conley, in the company’s Memphis office and to hospital administrators, who all quickly said yes.
The trio then purchased their costumes – two Spiderman suits and one Captain America – and Oct. 17 turned the hospital into a scene straight out of a comic book.
“We just went there, put them on and went up,” Oszaniec said. “They [hospital staff] brought a lot of the kids to the little family room there so they could see us. It was unbelievable. They just totally forgot they were sick for a minute. They were just ecstatic about it.”
Oszaniec, who describes himself in real-life as “more Captain Old Country than Captain America,” says the dressed-up superheroes also shot silly string as they repelled up and down the 12-story hospital building for four hours to make their Spiderman takeover even more life-like.
Hospital administrators say what Oszaniec and his colleagues did was, all jokes aside, truly heroic.
“It’s a real thing,” hospital spokeswoman Sara Burnett said of the use of out-of-the-box therapies like this one to help kids heal. “When a child’s mind gets off their pain and their sickness, it makes them heal, it makes them relax and it helps them recover and get better quicker.”
Image: Window washer, via Shutterstock
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