The Best Children’s Hospitals in Michigan
August 12, 2019
Few things are more distressing to a parent than being told your child needs to go to the hospital. You and your family are suddenly faced with worrisome and unfamiliar concerns. For most parents, the first priority is choosing the right hospital. While your child’s doctor may recommend a certain facility, you may want to consider other options. Most importantly, you need a hospital with the right specialists and resources to treat your child’s condition. In addition, if you are anticipating a long stay, you may want a hospital close to home. To make the choice easier, U.S. News & World Report researchers evaluate and rate hospitals across the country. Here is their list of the best children’s hospitals in Michigan:
S. Mott Children’s Hospital-Michigan Medicine (part of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
This hospital is nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialties; including pediatric cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, cardiology and neurology. The facility provides many convenient services for patients and families, including computers with internet access and sleeping areas for parents and siblings.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
This hospital is nationally ranked in five children’s specialties; including pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, urology, neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopedics.
Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Grand Rapids, Michigan
This hospital is nationally ranked in four children’s specialties; including pediatric cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology and urology.
Beaumont Children’s Hospital
Royal Oak, Michigan
This hospital has specialized pediatric emergency services, a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Bronson Children’s Hospital
This hospital, located in the southwestern portion of the state, has more than 25 sub-specialists as well as pediatric intensive care (PICU) and neonatal intensive care (NICU) units.
Hawthorn Center is an accredited hospital that is part of the Michigan Department of Community Health. The facility provides intensive inpatient psychiatric treatment of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and adolescents ages 5 – 17. Those with severe emotional and/or behavioral disorders who have not been successfully treated in other settings may qualify for inpatient treatment. While Hawthorn Center accepts many insurance plans, eligible patients are never denied admission for financial reasons.
Hurley Medical Center Children’s Services
Founded in 1908, Hurley Medical Center is a non-profit public teaching hospital serving the eastern Michigan counties of Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee. It has a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in addition to pediatric intensive care (PICU) and neonatal intensive care (NICU) units.
How do these rankings help parents choose the best children’s hospital?
Caring for a sick or injured child is different than treating an adult. In addition to their medical needs, children have different emotional needs. So do their parents. Therefore, a hospital where most of the inpatients are adults typically cannot provide the services children and their families need. For example, not every hospital has specialized pediatric intensive care (PICU) and neonatal intensive care (NICU) units. In addition, children with rare conditions or unexplained symptoms need specialists with certain expertise.
The U.S. News & World Report ratings are based on extensive evaluations of numerous factors. Researchers use a detailed survey to gather key clinical data from nearly 200 pediatric medical centers across the country. They consider factors such as patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing when determining the best children’s hospitals in Michigan. In addition, they ask more than 11,000 pediatric specialists where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.
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