10 Best Children's Hospitals

The Best of the Rest

The Runners-Up

Although some of these 15 runners-up don't have as much research funding or studies as Parents' top picks, they still provide excellent care.

11. Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis
From offering a meditation room to room service, laundry facilities to sibling play areas, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health takes care of the families of patients as well as it cares for the patients themselves. The hospital ranked number 4 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Preemie Care.

12. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
The hospital offers more than 17 neighborhood locations, including five outpatient centers for its cardiology program. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta ranked number 5 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Heart Care.

13. Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville
In 2011, the hospital provided 480 autism evaluations -- nearly half of its total volume -- at no charge to the family or the insurance carrier. Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt ranked number 8 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Preemie Care.

14. Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri
The hospital boasts one of the most active parents' advisory boards of any facility in our survey, with 29 moms and dads meeting once a month. The hospital has a Children's Advisory Board as well. Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics ranked number 4 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Orthopedic Care.

15. Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City
A government-funded center for child-health research, Primary Children's Medical Center is conducting more than 1,200 studies. The hospital ranked number 8 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Heart Care.

16. Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
The hospital's program to educate parents about sudden infant death syndrome is highly acclaimed. Children's National Medical Center ranked number 10 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Emergency Care.

17. Children's Hospital Los Angeles
The hospital is a leader in injury prevention. Programs, such as LA Street Smarts, educate families about pedestrian safety and car seats. Children's Hospital Los Angeles ranked number 7 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Orthopedic Care.

18. UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland
The hospital's neonatal intensive care unit is one of the most family-friendly in Parents' survey, offering free meals for nursing moms, a donor milk program, and a sibling play area. UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital ranked number 5 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Preemie Care.

19. St. Louis Children's Hospital -- Washington University
The hospital offers an 8,000-acre rooftop garden with more than 7,000 plants and flowers. A horticulture therapist works with patients on gardening activities. St. Louis Children's Hospital -- Washington University ranked number 10 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Heart Care.

20. Children's Medical Center of Dallas
The hospital's Child Life program, which supplies support and distractions to sick kids and their families, has long hours, running until midnight daily. The joint orthopedics program between Children's Medical Center, Dallas, and Texas Scottish Rite Children's Hospital ranked number 8 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Orthopedic Care.

21. Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital has a low nurse-to-patient ratio, and 100 percent of the nurses in critical departments such as radiology and emergency care are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

22. Rady Children's Hospital -- San Diego
The hospital provides 35 support groups for families, including 13 for those with autism and other developmental delays. Rady Children's Hospital -- San Diego ranked number 5 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Orthopedic Care.

23. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, California
The hospital published 750 studies in 2011 and spent nearly $70 million on research.

24. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley/Komansky Children's Hospital, New York City
Publishing 85 heart-related studies in 2011, the hospital ranked number 4 in Parents' 10 Best Children's Hospitals for Heart Care.

25. Miami Children's Hospital The hospital recently implemented an orthopedic "fast track" system in the emergency department to reduce wait times. It also has a very strong asthma-management program.

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Originally published in the March 2013 issue of Parents magazine.

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